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06.04.2020
THE HEADLINES
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks central Ministers to remain in touch with states and district administrations to provide solutions in view of COVID-19 crisis.
  • Prime Minister urges Ministers to ensure the benefits of Garib Kalyan Yojana reach to poor.
  • Government decides to cut salary of MPs by 30 percent for one year; Suspends MPLAD fund for two years.
  • President, Vice President, Governors to take 30 per cent less salary as social responsibility.
  • Center releases additional 3,000 crore rupees under National Health Mission funds to states for COVID -19 management; Around 17 lakh metric tonnes of food grains transported across country so far.   

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Prime minister Narendra Modi today interacted with central ministers and emphasized the importance of being motivated, determined and vigilant in the battle against COVID-19. During the interaction, Mr Modi asked ministers to remain in touch with state and district administration to provide solutions to emergent problems and  formulate district level micro plans. He urged relevant ministries to continuously monitor and ensure that benefits of Garib Kalyan Yojana keep reaching intended beneficiaries in a seamless manner. Mr Modi asked ministers to popularize Aarogya Setu app in the rural areas and grass root institutions. Mr Modi asked to explore use of innovative solutions like ‘truck aggregators’ on the lines of app based cab services to connect farmers with Mandis.

The Prime Minister appreciated the leadership of the ministers and said that the continuous feedback provided by them has been effective in strategizing for tackling COVID-19. He said that welfare of farmers is of high importance. He also said that the government would provide all possible help to farmers in the harvesting season.

The Ministers praised the initiative of #9pm9minute, saying that people from all corners of the country participated in it, bringing together the entire populace in the battle against the pandemic. They apprised the Prime Minister about efforts to tackle difficulties faced by migrant labour, preventing misuse of social media to create panic, maintenance of supply lines of essentials, issues faced by front line workers and efforts to mitigate them. Our correspondent reports, top officials of the Government gave detailed presentations on steps being taken to meet the emerging challenges.

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Union Cabinet today approved an Ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 for reducing salary and pension by 30 per cent for one year. It will come into effect from 1st of this month. Speaking to media about Cabinet decisions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the salary of Union Ministers and members of Parliament will be cut by 30 per cent for one year.

The Minister also informed that Cabinet has decided to suspend MPLAD fund for two years from 2020-2021 to 2021-2022. He said, an amount to the tune of 7900 crore rupees will be accumulated and deposited in the consolidated Fund of India to fight COVID-19.

Mr Javadekar also informed that President, Vice President, Governors of States have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut of 30 per cent as a social responsibility for one year. The money will go to Consolidated Fund of India.

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As many as 693 fresh confirmed cases of COVID- 19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 4067. Out of these, 291 patients have recovered and have been discharged from the hospitals, while 109 patients have died. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Lav Aggarwal said, 76 per cent cases have been reported in males and 24 per cent in females. He also informed that out of the total cases,1445 cases are related to Tablighi Jamaat cluster. Mr Aggarwal suggested to the high risk people to follow the directive and guidelines issued by the government. Mr Aggarwal also informed that during the Lockdown period, 16.94 lakh metric tonnes of food grains have been transported across the country till now. 

इस लॉकडाउन की अवधि में देशभर में लगभग 16.94 लाख मैट्रिक टन फूड ग्रेन के द्वारा हमने उनको 605 रेक के द्वारा ट्रांसपोर्ट भी किया है। अब तक फूड कॉरपोरेशन ऑफ इंडिया के द्वारा इस मॉडल के द्वारा 13 स्‍टेट्स में 1.3 लाख मैट्रिक टन वीट और 8 स्‍टेट्स में 1.32 लाख मैट्रिक टन राइस अलॉट किया गया है। साथ ही 4 अप्रैल को सेंट्रल पूल में फूड कॉरपोरेशन के पास अभी 55.47 लाख मैट्रिक टन अनाज अभी भी है।   

He said, 1100 crore rupees have already been released from National Health Mission Funds for the states for COVID management and today an additional amount of 3000 crore rupees has been released in this regard. On cases related to Tablighi Jamaat workers Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Punya Salila Srivastava said, out of the 2083 foreign Tablighi Jamaat workers identified so far, 1750 workers have been blacklisted. 

"सभी राज्‍य सरकारों के साथ गृह मंत्रालय ने एक मेगा अभियान द्वारा लगभग साढे पच्‍चीस हजार से ज्यादा लोकल टी जे कार्यकर्ता और उनके संपर्क में आए लोगों को पहचान करके उनका क्‍वारंटाइन किया है। इसके अलावा हरियाणा के पांच गांव जहां पर ये फोरन नेशनल टी जे नेशनल वर्कर रहे थे उनको भी सील करके क्‍वारंटाइन कर दिया गया है। अभी तक जो 2083 फोरन टी जे वर्कर्स आइडेंटीफाइ किए गए थे उसमें से 1750 को ब्‍लैकलिस्‍ट कर दिया है।"

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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 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.

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Indian Railways has converted two thousand five hundred coaches as isolation coaches in order to supplement the national efforts in combating COVID-19. It has made forty thousand isolation beds ready for contingency.
"On an average 375 coaches are being converted daily into isolation coaches by Indian Railways. The target is to convert five thousand coaches into isolation coaches. The work is being carried out at 133 locations in the country. These coaches are equipped as per medical advisories and efforts are being done to ensure best possible stay and medical supervision as per the needs and norms. The isolation coaches are being prepared only as a contingency and to supplement the government's efforts in fighting COVID-19. With Mohd Naseem, Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi."

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Indian Railways have responded to over one lakh 25 thousand queries through its Railway Control Office to assist passengers, citizens and to resolve issues related to freight operations since lockdown. Railway Control Office is doing 24x7 monitoring through its helpline numbers 139 and 138, social media platforms and email railmadad@rb.railnet.gov.in.

Indian Railways are taking special efforts to ensure that interest of the passengers and all commercial clients are taken care of and national supply chains keep running all the time.

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Government today opened up supply lines from abroad with the receipt of 1.70 lakh Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) coveralls from China which have been donated to India. Along with domestic supplies of 20 thousand coveralls, a total of 1.90 lakh coveralls will now be distributed to hospitals and will add to the 3 lakh 87 thousand 473 PPEs already available in the country as of now. A total of 2.94 lakh PPE coveralls have been arranged and supplied by the Centre now. In addition to this, two lakh domestically produced N95 masks are also being sent to various hospitals. About 16 lakh N95 masks are presently available in the country, and this figure will increase with the fresh supply of two lakh masks.

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The Ordnance Factory Board under the Ministry of Defence is ready to roll out modified tents in the form of low cost isolation units to check the Covid 19 pandemic. These tents are being assembled at Ordnance Factory Kanpur and are 30 per cent cheaper than tents used for military purposes. The Ordnance Factory tents measuring 9.55 sq meters can accommodate two patients each and all necessary medical equipment that are reqiired to fight Covid 19.

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The Centre has issued and advisory to States and Union Territories regarding containing and management of COVID-19 in National Parks, Sanctuaries and Tiger Reserves. In view of the spread of COVID 19 in the country and a recent news report on a Tiger being infected with the COVID 19, Environment Ministry has written to States and Union Territories to take immediate preventive measures to stop the transmission and spread of the virus from humans to animals and vice versa. It has asked to reduce the human wildlife interface and restrict the movement of people to National Parks, Sanctuaries and Tiger Reserves.

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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 40th Foundation Day of Bhartiya Janta Party.

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

"जो भी आवश्‍यक निर्णय करने की जरूरत पड़ी। एक्‍सपर्ट की मदद से करते रहे। एयरपोर्ट पर विदेशों से आने वाले लोगों के थर्मल स्‍क्रीनिंस्‍क्रीनिंग हों, विदेश में फंसे भारतीयों को स्‍वदेश लाने की बात हो, दुनिया के कई देशों से भारत में आने वाले हवाई यातायात को बंद करने का बड़ा कठिन निर्णय हो, मेडिकल इंफ्रास्‍टेक्‍चर को इस महामारी से निपटने के लिए तैयार करने के लिए प्रयास हों, भारत एक के बाद एक प्रोएक्टिव होकर के फैसले करता गया। राज्‍य सरकारों के सहयोग से इन फैसलों को गति भी दी। भारत ने जितनी तेजी से काम किया है। होलिस्टिक एपरोच के साथ काम किया है। आज उसकी प्रशंसा सिर्फ भारत में ही नहीं, वर्ल्‍ड हेल्‍थ ऑर्गेनाइजेशन डब्‍ल्‍यू एच ओ ने भी की है।"

He 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.

Referring to 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 130 crore people of our country.

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

हमारी पार्टी का स्‍थापना दिवस हम सब के लिए एक प्रेरणा का अवसर होता है। नये संकल्‍पों का पल होता है। देश के लिए, समाज के लिए, कुछ कर गुजरने के लिए कृतसंकल्‍प होने का ये पल होता है। लेकिन इस बार का ये स्‍थापना दिवस एक ऐसे कालक्रम में आया है देश ही नहीं पूरी मानव जात के सामने एक संकट पैदा हुआ है। चुनौतियों भरा ये वातावरण देश की सेवा के लिए हमारे, संस्‍कार हमारे समर्पण हमारी प्रतिबद्धता इन सबको लेकर के और अधिक सशक्‍त होकर के प्रसस्‍त होने का मार्ग तय करता है।

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.

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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. 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. 

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In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a new segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTHBUSTERS.
Union Government has come across reports in a section of social media purportedly stating, World Health Organization protocol and procedure of lock down periods for controlling on most dangerous virus.
In this context, it is stated that THIS IS A FAKE NEWS. The facts have been checked with WHO. No such protocol exists. The authorities have once again called upon people to be aware of any such misleading information and not to fall for it.

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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.

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and colleges to set up mental health helplines to address psychosocial concerns of students during the lockdown imposed to combat Corona virus. UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain in a letter to Vice Chancellors wrote, it is equally important to address any kind of mental health and psychosocial concerns of student community during and after COVID-19 situation issue.

Mr Jain said, in order to reassure the student community and to avoid any kind of stress or panic in the prevailing situation vis-à-vis their studies, health and other issues, the universities and colleges may set up mental health helplines for the purpose. He said, the helpline should be regularly monitored and managed by counsellors and identified faculty members.

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CBSE today said that there are some unscrupulous elements circulating fake news in form of lookalike circulars about CBSE board exams, evaluation and pass criteria through various social media groups with the sole purpose of misleading innocent students and parents. CBSE said, the board has in the recent past taken strict action against rumormongers by filing FIRs against individuals and links under IT act.

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The National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets have started serving people in different parts of the country in fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Exercise NCC Yogdan, the cadets are providing a helping hand to state and municipal authorities to augment relief efforts.

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All major ports and Public Sector Undertakings under Shipping Ministry have decided to contribute 52 crore rupees to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund.

Employees of all the major ports and PSUs have also came forward to donate a day’s salary amounting to seven crore rupees to PM-CARES for providing assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In Chhattisgarh, ninety percent of the COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from the hospital.  In the state, ten patients were tested positive for Corona in the last about 20 days. Nine of these patients have recovered after the treatment and their reports were found negative.
Meanwhile, talking to AIR News, the first woman, who tested positive in Chhattisgarh and now discharged from the hospital after the treatment, said that social distancing is the key to prevent from Corona virus infection.

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In Rajasthan, 22 new cases of COVID 19 were reported today taking the total number of cases to 288 in the state Our correspondent reports that the number of infected persons in the capital Jaipur has increased to 100.
"Corona Cases have been reported from 22 out of 33 districts of the state. Sample collection and investigation of suspected patients has also been increased three to four times in the last few days. However, the situation in Bhilwara is now getting controlled, which had been identified as a hotspot of Corona. It is also the matter of relief that the number of infected persons in 14 districts of the state is just five or less than it. More than 35 patients have been cured of the disease, many of them have been discharged from the hospitals. The government has identified at least one dedicated COVID 19 hospital in each district of the state. The number of such hospitals will be further increased in the coming days. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

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A dashboard giving real time data on COVID 19 cases in the state will be inaugurated tomorrow in Bengaluru.

"The dashboard Covid-19 to be inaugurated tomorrow will collate the data and publish a daily bulletin on the trend in the spread of corona virus in the state. The Integrated Command and Control Centre conducts predictive analytics for virus containment across different zones, CCTV surveillance of public places, GIS mapping of COVID 19 positive cases, GPS tracking of healthcare workers, real time tracking of ambulances and disinfection services, tele-counselling and tele-medicine services. Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed that red zones with high incidents of positive cases are closely monitored by the centre. Sudhindra AIR News, Bengaluru."

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The number of Covid-19 patients in Tamil Nadu has risen to 621 with fifty new cases confirmed today. 48 of the new patients are those who attended the Delhi-conference, taking the total from the single source to 573. 

"The Union Government has released the first instalment of five hundred crore rupees to the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Relief Fund to help fight the pandemic. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said the intensity of the disease spread is seemingly rising as the days go by. To control it, the testing facilities are being scaled up. The state government is in the process of installing 21 more laboratories across the state, in addition to the 17 that are currently operational. The chief minister said the Centre’s approval for the new facilities is expected soon. In addition, one-lakh rapid testing kits that show the results in just about half-an-hour are also in the pipeline. In effect, the state bets on the ongoing containment plan and scaling up testing to overcome the pandemic. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In Kerala, Kudumabasree, the women neighbourhood groups are actively engaged in making life better during lockdown days.

"Kudumbasree, the women Self Help Groups in Kerala were in fore  front from the begining in the battle against Covid 19. The various units of Kudumbasree across the State had formed special masks and sanitisers manufacturing units.They are the backbone of the Community Kitchen created by the state govt aimed at providing food for all needy during this lockdown period. Kudumbasree units are also actively involved in information dessimination on Covid 19 .In Alapuzha, the land of backwaters, kudumbasree in kainakary panchayat have created a floating supermarket bringing essential commodities to the doorsteps in boats.These are being aided by the panchayat and wholly managed by women. All these activities instill the spirit of humanity and selflessness proving again that together we will overcome this difficult time. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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In Uttar Pradesh  there are 305 COVID 19 patients in the state so far and out of these, 159 are from Tablighi Jamaat. Additional Chief Secretory Information and Home Awanish Awasthi said the  government is taking care of people and all essential items and food are being provided to poor and needy persons. He said that 9955 FIRs have been lodged against people who had violated lockdown rules.
Mumbai today reported 57 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infected patients to 490. Four more patients have died while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection, taking the total death toll to 34 so far. Three doctors and 26 nurses have tested positive for novel coronavirus at a private Hospital in Mumbai. The city Civic body Health officials said today that a private hospital in Mumbai Central area has been sealed to prevent the spread of infection.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the Itanagar Capital Complex administration has declared curfew in the City from April 7 to 14. The order states that the restricted timing for enforcement of 144 CrPC will be effective from 3.30 PM to 8.30 AM in addition to already existing regulatory order issued earlier for the lockdown.

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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. Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital said, there is no medicine of approval value for the prevention of COVID-19
Dr Sanjay Pandey of G B Pant Hospital, Delhi said that the country is at Stage-2 and most of the cases are related to either contacts or from those have travelled abroad.

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Amidst coronavirus outbreak, Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle has appealed to people to respect social distancing norms and take all precautions to combat the pandemic.
Female actor producer Ritabhari chakraborty said in a time of difficulties we need to fight out this battle collectively.

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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. You can also ask questions ontelephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

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