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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 to visit West Bengal and Odisha today to take stock of the situation in wake of Cyclone Amphan.

  • Director General of NDRF S N Pradhan says, normalcy in affected areas of Odisha is expected to be restored soon.

  • Prime Minister says, no stone will be left unturned in helping Cyclone Amphan affected people.

  • Booking of train tickets at around 1.7 lakh common service centres across the country to resume today.

  • Civil Aviation Ministry issues guidelines for airlines, airports and passengers on domestic flight resumption from Monday.

  • Seven flights from the Gulf region to fly back over 1000 stranded Indians today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to West Bengal and Odisha today to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan. The Prime Minister will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed.

This will be the first time in almost three months that the Prime Minister will be stepping out. His last tour was 83 days ago to Prayagraj and Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh on 29th February this year.

Prime Minister will be visiting West Bengal this morning. The Storm caused severe destruction of life and property in several districts of the State besides damaging standing crops. It has claimed 72 lives so far. The West Bengal Government has decided to earmark a fund of one thousand Crore rupees for relief and restoration.

"Showing instant gesture on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's request Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to the State. Both Prime Minister and Chief Minister will make aerial survey at Cyclone ravaged Bashirhat and adjoining areas of Sundarbans to have a first hand experience on devastation. Later both the leaders will take part in review meeting where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed. The super cyclonic Storm AMPHEN caused havoc in seven districts of the State including Kolkata. Home Minister Amit Shah has also assured all kinds of help to the State. A team of Home Ministry will also visit West Bengal soon to assess the extent of damages. Another four teams of NDRF are also arriving in the State for relief and restoration work. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."


Director General of National Disaster Response force (NDRF) S N Pradhan  has said, the Cyclone Amphan has impacted much in West Bengal than the areas which came under it during the landfall in Odisha. Addressing media in New Delhi yesterday, he said the normalcy in the affected areas of Odisha is expected to be restored in 24 to 48 hours. He informed that a team of Home Ministry will visit the states to assess the damage to property.

Mr. Pradhan said, situation in Odisha is under control. He said, weather has moderated in Odisha and some people have started returning to their homes. Mr Pradhan said, soon after Cyclone Amphan landfall, NDRF teams had fanned out and started work, as per deployment in Odisha and West Bengal yesterday. He said, NDRF Teams deployed are operational and will continue to provide services till states require services. He said, NDRF teams worked throughout the night in order to clear roads and restore normalcy as soon as possible. He also said, around 5 lakh people evacuated in West Bengal have been told to remain in shelters while in Odisha more than 2.37 lakh people were evacuated.

Mr Pradhan said, the forecast of the IMD about the Cyclone was totally accurate and it is being a user department, the NDRF is very grateful to IMD for this. The NDRF DG said the  correct climatological intelligence provided by IMD has enabled the NDRF to minimize loss of lives and property in the cyclone hit areas. India Meteorological Department, IMD, DG M Mohapatra said that Cyclone Amphan has weakened from a super cyclonic storm to a cyclonic storm yesterday.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, no stone will be left unturned in helping the Cyclone Amphan affected people. In a series of tweets, Mr. Modi said, the  NDRF teams are working in the cyclone affected parts and top officials are closely monitoring the situation and also working in close coordination with the West Bengal government. The Prime Minister said, he has been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by the Cyclone and in this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with the state. Mr. Modi said, he is praying for the well-being of the people of the state. He added that efforts are on to ensure normalcy.


Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today. New Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and maximum 43 degree Celsius. The national capital is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

Mumbai will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will remain around 34 degrees Celsius. In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 31 and 41 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will witness 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around  32 degrees. 

Moving on to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be around 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 38 degrees Celsius. The city will observe mainly clear skies, becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will 11 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 28 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky with possibility of  rain or thunderstorms or Dust storm.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature will be 14 degrees celsius while the maximum temperature will settle at 29 degrees Celsius. The city will face partly cloudy skies.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. It will witness a minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius while maximum temperatures will be around 36 degrees Celsius.


Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said, booking of train tickets will resume at around 1.7 lakh common service centres across the country today. He said, people who are in remote locations where the availability of computers and internet is negligible or absent can also access it. The minister also said bookings will also resume at counters at specific railway stations over the next two to three days.

Mr. Goyal credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conceptualising the railways' isolation coaches for Covid-19 patients. He informed, Railways so far has converted around 5,000 coaches into Covid-care centres which will be deployed at 225 stations.

Mr Goyal said, Railways is taking strict action against agents who use software to book tickets. In a series of tweets yesterday, he said, if an agent approaches a passenger and offers to book tickets, the passenger is requested to complain against the agent using 138 complaint number. 


The Ministry of Railways in a statement said that Zonal Railways have been instructed to decide and notify opening of reservation counters as per local needs and conditions. It said, these reservation counters will open in a phased manner, along with dissemination of information about their respective locations and timings as per the local needs and conditions. The Railways has also allowed booking of Reservation Tickets through the Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents from  today.

Talking exclusively to All India Radio, a senior railway official said that only confirmed and RAC ticket holders will be allowed to board the train.


Railway Protection Force, RPF has started nation-wide efforts to identify and act against touting activity. The action was initiated following complaints against the touts of e-tickets using multiple personal Ids and cornering reserved berths in the special trains. The RPF arrested 14 touts including 8 IRCTC agents and recovered tickets worth over six lakh and 30 thousand rupees wherein the journey is yet to be performed.


In a relief to people during the lockdown, the Maharashtra government has decided to resume intra-district State Transport (ST) bus services, excluding in red zones and COVID-19 containment areas, from today with certain conditions. Meanwhile, in an order, the railways said all the tickets of the special trains scheduled to run from June 1 within Maharashtra will be automatically cancelled and full refund will be provided to passengers.

"The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation in a statement said the ST buses will be run at 50 per cent occupancy to meet social distancing norms and services will be available only for limited hours. Red zones and COVID-19 containment areas have been kept out of the routes of these buses. Since the past two months, MSRTC's bus operation has been restricted to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Since the first week of May, the corporation has also ferried over two lakh migrants till Maharashtra's borders with other states and to various districts within the state. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its live phone-in programme SAMVAAD today will bring you a Special programme on Railways where listeners can ask questions to the experts related to passenger trains on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 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 7.10 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 listen to us on the NEWSONAIR app.


In Nagaland, the special shramik train carrying 1,325 stranded persons from Chennai will be arriving to Dimapur railway station today. Shramik Special Train Number 06194 which departed last Tuesday from Chennai will arrive at Dimapur at 13:05 hours today. The Nagaland Government has made all arrangements including fooding, basic amenities and logistics in the Quarantine Center. The government has appointed the DIG Training Chumukedima to be the overall in charge of the Quarantine Center.


J&K government has so far arranged 23 COVID special trains, 3 flights and several buses to bring back its residents, stranded outside the Union Territory due to lockdown imposed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered door to door  screening of all migrant workers on the lines of the pulse polio campaign. Mr.Kumar instructed to constitute teams in this regard immediately. The Chief Minister said the stress should be on keeping health infrastructure for testing and containing Coronavirus pandemic in a state of readiness in view of the arrival of large number of migrant workers.


Civil Aviation Ministry has issued guidelines for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders on domestic flights' resumption. Only passengers with confirmed web check-in can enter airport. Our correspondent reports there will be no physical check-in at airport counters.

"In a set of detailed guidelines, the Civil Aviation Ministry  has  advised the vulnerable people like the elderly, pregnant women and passengers battling health issues to avoid air travel. People residing in the containment zone will also  not be allowed to travel. People who were tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel. All passengers will have to provide their medical details through the Aarogya Setu app or by filling up a self-declaration form. Passengers will have to report to airports two hours before flights are scheduled to depart and they will have to strictly follow social distancing norms.  The rules included no meals on board, mandatory temperature checks for all passengers and allowing only one check-in bag for each passenger.  Boarding for flight will commence 60 minutes before departure and boarding gate will be closed 20 minutes before departure. Passengers will have to wear protective gear like mask. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."


Aviation regulator DGCA has issued seven bands of ticket pricing with lower and upper fare limits. The first such band will consist of flights that are less than 40 minutes in duration. A DGCA order said that the lower and the upper fare limits for the first band is 2 thousand rupees and  6 thousand rupees. For flights with durations of 40 to 60 minutes the lower and upper limits will be, 2 thousand 500 rupees and 7 thousand 500 rupees.

For 60 to 90 minute flights, the lower and upper limits will be 3 thousand rupees and 9 thousand rupees. For flights with durations of 90 to 120 minutes, the lower and upper limits will be 3 thousand 500 rupees to 10 thousand rupees. 120 to 150 minute flights will have lower and upper limits of 4 thousand 500 rupees and 13 thousand rupees. For flights with durations of 150 to 180 minutes, the lower and upper limits will be 5 thousand 500 rupees to 15 thousand 700 rupees. And for flights with durations of 180 to 210 minutes, the lower and upper limits will be 6 thousand 500 rupees to 18 thousand 600 rupees.


Seven flights from Muscat, Doha, Riyadh, Bahrain and Dubai from the Gulf under the Vande Bharat Mission will fly back more than a thousand distressed and stranded Indians back to the country today.

"Today there will be a Vande Bharat flight to Srinagar , which is expected to take back more than 150 people . Senior citizens, cases of medical emergency, pregnant women and worker in distress have been given priority. This is the first flight to the Jammu Kashmir from any of the Gulf countries. Besides this, there are two other flights from Dubai. One to Kochi and the other to Hyderabad. Doha has a scheduled flight to Bengaluru, Bahrain to Thiruvanathapuram, Muscat to Kannur and Riyadh to Hyderabad via Vijawada. More than a thousand Indians are expected to be home today. KANCHAN PRASAD, AIR NEWS, DUBAI."


The number of total Covid-19 infected cases in Tamil Nadu is almost touching the 14-thousand mark as 776 new cases have been confirmed yesterday. Meanwhile, the state government has announced austerity measures in the wake of revenue loss due to Covid-19.

"Faced with considerable revenue loss due to the pandemic, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to cut down its expenditure at least by 20 per cent. Expenses on new office furniture, entertainment, hospitality and training programmes have been asked to be slashed by fifty per cent. Purchase of new office vehicle has been barred, except for health, police, fire and rescue and other essential services. Official travel restrictions have also been imposed. Advertising and publicity and printing expenditure has been cut down by 25-per cent. Replacement of computers and other machineries is possible only if they are beyond repair. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Kerala reported its 5th COVID-19 death late last night. The 73-year-old deceased lady hailed from Thrissur district.

Kerala continue to report a spike in Covid 19 cases with 24 more  positive cases being confirmed lately, taking the total active cases  to 177 in the State.


In Uttar Pradesh, spurt in corona cases continues and in last 24 hours, 341 new positive cases have been reported in the state. Active cases stand at 2,173 while 138 deaths have occurred due to COVID19 and 3,204 people have been cured/discharged till now.

"In last 24 hours 54 cases were found in Barabanki followed by Basti where cases were 16.  State's principal secretary, Health Amit Mohan Prasad said that a high incidence of infections being observed among migrant workers returning to state and village and 'mohalla' monitoring committees have been asked to be on vigil. He said that Over 5.42 lakh migrant workers are under the surveillance. Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi said that So far, over 20 lakh migrant workers have returned. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS LUCKNOW."


In Madhya Pradesh, after 248 new cases of coronovirus have been reported, the number of infected cases in the state has gone up to 5 thousand 981. So far 270 people have died in the state. Our correspondent reports that the virus has now spread to 49 of the state's 52 districts.

"So far, 2,843 people have been cured of viral infections in Madhya Pradesh.  Meanwhile, government announced that barbers' shops and parlours can resume business in the green zone. The Govt has issued a standard operating protocol for them. Principal Secretary, Home, S N Mishra informed that as per the SOP, those having fever, cold, cough or sore throat will not be allowed to visit these shops. Hand sanitiser should be placed at the entry of such shops and the staff must use masks, head covers and aprons. All the tools and equipment used at hair-cutting salons and parlours should be sanitised after every use. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


In Himachal Pradesh in view of the sharp rise of COVID 19 cases the state government has intensified COVID 19 testing for all residents arriving from various parts of the country.

"In the wake of continued surge in coronavirus cases more than 1000  tests are being carried out every day in the state. Doctors and paramedical staff have also been increased in view of the growing number of positive cases. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said people  need  not to panic as  all individuals tested positive for COVID 19  will be sent to their home only after their proper medical treatment. He urged the residents arriving from outside the state not to go home until they get investigated for COVID 19 test. They will be sent for home isolation only if found negative. Meanwhile 31  positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Hamirpur district in a single day , taking the active number of cases in the district to 41. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News Shimla."


A gram panchayat in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh has taken the initiative to provide employment to migrant workers during the lockdown so that they could earn income.

"Migrant workers stranded in other states due to the lockdown are now returning to Chhattisgarh. These returning migrants have to be in quarantine for 14 days at the centres set up in gram panchayats of various districts. The Manpur Gram Panchayat of Patewa area of Mahasamund district has come up with a unique initiative to keep the migrant workers engaged during quarantine period. After the workers expressed their willingness to do brick making, the sarpanch Brijen Heera Banjare provided them materials like clay and sand, necessary for brick making, in the primary school premises itself. Subsequently, these labourers made about 30 thousand bricks and have earned more than fifteen thousand rupees. These migrant workers utilized their quarantine period to earn money during the difficult time. With Anand Ram Sahu from Mahasamund, this is Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."


Chamil Singh of Doda District in Jammu and Kashmir has received employment under MGNREGA during the lockdown. He thanked the government for the initiative which has provided support and employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Checking and Mythbusters.

A headline printed in a Gujarati Newspaper yesterday has claimed that 8000 people per 1 lakh of the population are corona affected in India

The claim is factually incorrect. PIB has tweeted that according to official figures around 8.3 persons per 1 lakh population were corona affected till yesterday evening.


In a unique outreach initiative, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will talk to Community Radios in the country today. It will take place at 7 PM. The talk will be simultaneously broadcast on all Community Radio stations of the country. The talk will be broadcast in two segments one in Hindi and one in English. Listeners can also tune in to AIR FM Gold to listen to the Minister, at 7:30 PM in Hindi and at 9:10 PM in English.

The move comes as government makes earnest efforts to reach out to all sections of the country for COVID -19 related communication.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Dr S Rajeshwari, Department of Anesthesiology, AIIMS has advised the people to stay at homes and maintain hand hygiene.


Veteran actor Raza Murad has appealed to the people to celebrate the festival of Eid within the confines of their homes.


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.K.Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India will participate in the discussion.

This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional

frequencies from 9.25 PM onwards.



  • With restrictions slowly easing down in the 4th phase of the lockdown, most newspapers today talk about new rules, safety measures and procedures.

  • The Hindustan Times headline reads, "New SOP: web check-in, 1 bag in cabin, avoid using lavatories. Another headlines states "Sports authority of India releases SOP on players training." while the Financial Express states, "Government caps air fares, issues safety tips."

  • And in a headline captioned, "Putting health first" The Pioneer says eating healthy is the first step towards building a strong immune system. If you are looking at ways to safeguard yourself from any infection, your first stop should be your local grocery store rather then the chemist.


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