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Midday News

1400 HRS
28.05.2020

THE HEADLINES:
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  • Security forces avert a major vehicle-borne IED blast in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • In Jharkhand, three hardcore naxalites killed in a police encounter.

  • 19 thousand crore rupees released under the PM-KISAN scheme benefiting more than 9.5 crore farmers during last two months.

  • Evacuation by land route under Vande Bharat Mission begins; Around 230 stranded Indians leave from Bangladesh. 

  • Locust control operations and survey stepped up in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

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Security Forces today averted a major incident of a vehicle-borne IED blast in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. An improvised explosive device (IED) recovered from a car in Ayengund area of Rajpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was defused by personnel of the bomb disposal squad this morning.


The white coloured car was flagged by security forces at a mobile vehicle check point but the driver of the vehicle sped away prompting the security forces to fire few shots at the vehicle which they found abandoned some distance away.


IG Police, Vijay Kumar congratulated the security forces for this success. He said in a briefing that Pulwama police received credible information yesterday that a terrorist was moving with an explosive laden car. He informed that the car was carrying about 45 kgs of Ammonium Nitrate explosive.


In a joint operation of Army, J&K Police and CRPF, the security forces blew up the vehicle and subsequently averted a major catastrophe.

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In Jharkhand, three hardcore naxalites of Peoples Liberation Front of India, PLFI have been killed today in an ongoing encounter with police forces in Manmaru forest and Kentai hills of West Singhbhum district. The encounter with the police forces is still ongoing in the forest area. One naxalite who was severely injured has been arrested.


Earlier, two naxalites including Zonal Commander of PLFI Sachit Singh were arrested yesterday by Simdega police in a planned operation by the security forces. SP Simdega Sanjeev Kumar informed in a press conference about the arrest of PLFI commander with INSAS weapon and arms. Jaladega and Kolebira police station in-charges had conducted raids based on information and were successful in arresting the alleged naxalites.


SP Simdega informed that a reward of Two lakh rupees was announced on the arrested PLFI maoist. Around 31 cases under the Arms Act and several cases of murder, levy and extortion have been registered against him in various police stations.

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In Arunachal Pradesh, security forces have busted an NSCN (IM) hideout at Miao Bum Reserve Forest in Changlang District yesterday. Based on specific intelligence input regarding presence of armed NSCN (IM) cadres in the area, India Army and State Police launched a joint operation in the forest area.


During the search operation conducted in inclement weather and inhospitable terrain, the team successfully recovered a cache of weapons, ammunition and other war like stores. The recovered items included one AK-56 Rifle with three Magazines and 115 live rounds of ammunition, one Point 22 Pistol with a Magazine and three live rounds of ammunition.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has emphasized on the need to enhance consumer satisfaction while increasing operational efficiency and improving financial sustainability of the power sector.


The Prime Minister reviewed the work of the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, last evening. In the meeting, policy initiatives including revised Tariff Policy and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 to redress the problems afflicting the power sector were discussed.


Mr. Modi pointed out that the problems in the power sector, especially of the electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states. He said, instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivize each state to improve its performance.


The Prime Minister also emphasized on adopting a holistic approach for the entire supply chain of the agriculture sector ranging from solar water pumps to decentralized solar cold storages. 

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A total 9.67 crore farmers have been benefited and an amount of more than 19 thousand crore rupees has been released under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme during the last two months. The government said, 4.57 lakh metric tonnes of pulses have been dispatched to the States and Union Territories under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana Out of this, 1.78 lakh metric tonnes of pulses have been distributed to 13.4 crore beneficiaries.

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Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that a total 67 thousand 692 people affected with corona virus have been cured and the recovery rate reached  42.75 per cent in the country. During the past 24 hours, 3,266 people have recovered and 6,566 fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh 58 thousand 333. Health Ministry said, 194 deaths have been registered in last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to four thousand 531. 

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The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total one lakh 19 thousand 976 samples of corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. With this, figure of total number of tests reached to 33 lakh 62 thousand 136 in the country.


Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total 632 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for Covid-19 including 439 government laboratories and 193 private laboratories' chains.

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Evacuation of distressed and stranded Indians has began through the land route under Vande Bharat Mission. About 230 stranded Indians have left Bangladesh this morning for Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya through land ports. Out of these, a batch of 125 Indians left for Agartala from the Akhaura border of Bangladesh. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das came to the border of Akhaura to see them off . Speaking to Prasar Bharti special correspondent at Akhaura, High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das gave details of the evacuation:


The High Commissioner said before today’s evacuation about 1500 people were evacuated under the Vande Bharat Mission from Bangladesh.


One of the Evacuees thanked the Indian government and Indian high Commission in Dhaka.


With these evacuations, more than 1700 people have been evacuated so far from Bangladesh to India under the Vande Bharat Mission of the government of India to bring back Indians from abroad who have been stranded due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic and subsequent disruption of international travel.


The evacuation from Bangladesh started on the 8th May. Flights from Dhaka have operated to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Srinagar.

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As part of Vande Bharat mission, 6 flights are scheduled to reach Kerala today from the Gulf region.


"Four flights from Dubai will be arriving today in the  Thiruvananthapuram, kochi, Kannur and Kozhikode  airports  carrying stranded Indian nationals. One Flight each from Abudhabi and Muscat is also  scheduled to arrive today. A special flight from Tajikistan carrying 182 passengers reached Kannur early morning today. Meanwhile  As Met  Department issues warning of two low pressure areas forming in the Arabian Sea on southeast and southwest regions, the Kerala Government has banned fishing activities in the coast, from today midnight. Orders  are being issued  asking  all fishing boats, out in the sea to be back or reach the nearest coasts by today night. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Railways has transported 48 lakh passengers to their home states through Shramik Special trains. Railways Ministry said, a total of three thousand 543 Shramik Special trains have been operationalized from various states across the country in the last 26 days.


"Railways had started running Shramik Special trains from 1st May, to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lock down. 85 per cent of the expenditure of Shramik special trains is being borne by the Centre and states are paying 15 per cent in the form of fare. The top five States from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. While the top five states where maximum trains terminated are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. IRCTC has distributed more than 78 lakh free meals and more than one crore water bottles to travelling migrants. In addition to Shramik specials, Railways is running 15 pairs of special AC trains and has decided to run 200 more trains from 1st of June. With Dipendra, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi".

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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh today said till date the state has sent 9 lakh 82 thousand migrant labourers to various states. Deshmukh said the state made special arrangements to send these migrant labourers who were stranded in the state especially in Mumbai due to the lockdown. Deshmukh said atleast 696 special trains have run to transport these migrant labourers to various states UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Karnataka.

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In West Bengal, Domestic Flight operations from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata began this morning. Flight movements will also be started from Bagdogra in Siliguri and Andal Airport in West Burdwan District of the state today. The State Government has issued an advisory for all domestic flight passengers.


"Screening of all passengers have been made compulsory. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board plane wearing face mask. Passengers have to be abide by the norms of social distancing. The 10 points guidelines says that asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go out of the airport with an advisory that they will self monitor their health for 14 days. In case any passengers develop symptoms of COVID they will inform local hospital for medical interventions. Sample will be collected for COVID test from all symptomatic passengers and will be taken to nearest COVID health centre. On arrival all passengers have to submit self-declaration form on their health status to the officials at the airport. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR NEWS, KOLKATA".

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Arunachal Pradesh has reported one more COVID-19 positive case, taking the tally to three. The total active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at two while one has recovered and was discharged from Hospital last month.


Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a tweet this morning has said that one more positive case (asymptomatic) has been detected yesterday night. He said that the patient is already shifted from quarantine facility to a Covid care centre and his condition is normal.

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In Nagaland nine fresh positive cases of COVID-19 has been reported today. Out of the nine, six are tested positive in Dimapur and three in Kohima. With this, the total number of active confirmed COVID-19 Positive cases has risen to 18.


According to the COVID-19 War room Nagaland dashboard, Dimapur has  registered 12 positive cases, 5 in Kohima and one in Tuensang.


All positive patients are undergoing treatment at the respective districts Covid hospital and are in stable condition.


Meanwhile, Nagaland Government has decided to establish a BSL-2 testing laboratory in Tuensang district headquarters and set up TrueNat testing facility in all the districts of the State.


The Government has also taken a decision that all returnees from outside the State will be tested for COVID-19 and they will proceed to their respective districts only after the results of the tests are made available.

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In the Union Territory of Chandigarh, 6 more Covid-19 positive cases were reported  from Bapu Dham Colony today. Our correspondent reports among six persons reported positive, three males and two females are below the age of 18 and one male is over 53 year old. With this the number of positive cases reported so far in UT Chandigarh have risen to 288 and out of it 216 positive persons have been reported from Bapudham colony alone which is a corona hotspot of the city. Now there are 97 active cases of Covid19 are under treatment. An official spokesperson said that 46 COVID-19 patients who had been earlier discharged and were in post discharge quarantine centre within Sood Dharamshala have been sent home yesterday.


Meanwhile UT administration has declared Sector 38 and Sector 52 non containment zone.

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The Karnataka government will soon launch a project to maintain the health database of all its citizens. A first of its kind initiative State Health Register will be a robust and standardized health repository of all the citizens. Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that this project will be implemented first in Chikkaballapur district on experimental basis. Enhanced focus on healthcare has become imperative and our government is committed to provide world class healthcare to all citizens, he said. Dr Sudhakar said that Covid-19 experience has demonstrated the necessity of having robust, real-time public health data and therefore, there is a need to maintain repository of health data of each and every citizen. He said that Government will be undertaking a survey of all 6.5 Crore people in the state using a team of Primary Health Centre officials, revenue officials, Education department staff and ASHA karyakartas.

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Fifty four more Covid-19 positive cases have been recorded in Andhra Pradesh during the last 24 hours. Atleast 45 persons have recovered and discharged in last 24 hours from various Covid hospitals in the State. The total 2841 Covid positive cases registered so far in Andhra Pradesh and about 1958 persons got recovered and discharged from various Covid hospitals across the State. About 824 persons are under Covid treatment.

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In Gujarat, the clinical trial of ayurvedic medicine for Covid19 derived from panchgavya is to begin in Rajkot. The Chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog Dr Vallabh Kathiria has said that clinical trials of the medicine will begin soon using protocols used to test allopathic medicines. He said that the effectiveness of Panchgayva medicine is known in India for centuries but not established in modern scientific context. Today, when the world is struggling to find a medicine for Covid-19, there is a possibility that Panchgavya medicine may give us an effective treatment for cure.


"The effectiveness of cow urine and cow dung to treat certain ailments is already documented in Ayurveda. The five main products derived from cows— milk, butter, ghee, dung and urine — has mention in Vedas as Panchgavya and are being used in India since long. Now, the clinical trials of these five elements will authenticate its medicine value in the treatment of Covid-19. This is for first time in India, that the clinical trials of any Ayurveda medicine will be carried out.  After Rajkot, the clinical trials of Panchgavya medicine will also be carried out in Surat and Ahmedabad. According to experts, it will be a break-through in Covid19 treatment after the success of clinical trials. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, there seems to be no respite from Covid-19 for Kulgam district of south Kashmir as 27 more new positive cases were reported yesterday taking the total number of cases in the district to 255.out of which 230 are active while 26 patients have recovered so far. Kulgam district is now topping the list with highest active positive cases in Jammu & Kashmir. Four coronavirus patients has also died due to Covid-19 in the district.


"Jammu and Kashmir yesterday witnessed the biggest ever single day surge of 162 positive case since the outbreak of Cornavirus pandemic, taking the total number of positive cases in the Union Territory to 1921.  The cause of concern is the detection of some positive cases who have no contact history at all. Many of them are the young women in their early twenties. Meanwhile,  two more persons one from Feteh Kadal in Srinagar and another from Anantnag have fallen prey to this deadly pandemic taking the Covid death toll in the Union Territory to twenty six so far." This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."

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The Delhi Police will file 12 fresh charge sheets today against foreigners who are accused in the Nizammudin Markaz case. These charge sheets are in addition to the 35 charge sheets which were filed in the last two days.


Delhi Police said, these fresh 12 charge sheets will be filed against 536 foreigners who belong to three different countries. Delhi Police have already filed charge sheets against 374 foreigners from 32 countries.

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In Jharkhand, 174 migrants and labourers from Mumbai reached Jharkhand at Birsa Munda airport in Ranchi today morning from Air Asia flight. In one of the best ever humanitarian service towards the plight of migrants, the chartered Air Asia flight was fully funded by the Alumni Network of National Law School, Bangalore.


"Setting up an example for the society, the tireless efforts by the Former students of the National Law School, Bangalore paid off fruitful results. Raising funds for a fully chartered air flight of Air Asia in less than a day, the alumni network arranged for return of migrants from Mumbai city to Jharkhand after they were moved by seeing the plight of migrants stranded in Mumbai. Assisted by IIT Bombay students and the Bombay COVID Action Network in organising the flight for the migrants, the migrants were warmly received at the Birsa Munda airport by Labour Minister Satyanand Bhokta. All migrants and labourers were examined at the airport and were sent to their respective native home districts through sanitized buses. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has also tweeted, thanking the alumnus for the effort and has asked other members of the civil society to come forward in bringing back the stranded to their homes. Shilpi All India Radio News Ranchi."

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There is a major relief to the students appearing for the pending Class 10th and 12th  examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education from 1st of July this year. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has informed that students who have moved to another state or district during the lockdown can appear in these exams from their current district or state. He said the students don't need to travel to their previous exam centres in order to appear in these examinations.


Mr. Pokhriyal said that the students need to inform their schools regarding their choice of district for appearing in the Board exams.

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


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


Dr Purva Mathur, Professor Lab Medicine, AIIMS  has  said that social distancing is very important to check the spread of the virus.

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Amidst a wave of locust swarms sweeping across western and northwestern India, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has stepped up locust control operations in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. As of today, there are active swarms of immature locust in Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Sikar, Jaipur districts of Rajasthan and Satna, Gwalior, Seedhi, Rajgarh, Baitul, Devas and Agar Malwa districts of Madhya Pradesh.

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Gujarat government has stepped up its efforts to control locust swarm with spraying chemicals and other traditional methods. The State is facing locust attack on crops mainly in north Gujarat districts. According to State Agriculture department, all precautionary measures are being taken to control locust attack in Banaskantha, Kutch and Jamnagar. Sources said that authorities are constantly monitoring the menace in all districts bordering Pakistan as well as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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"Continuous action is being taken for effective control and prevention on locusts in Madhya Pradesh. Insecticides are being sprayed from fire brigades, tractors and other vehicles. Administration in many districts has been using blaring sirens to scare locusts away. Nearly 10 districts including Neemuch, Harda, Guna and Hoshangabad are suffering from a massive locust infestation that is threatening crops at a time of harvest. These 10 affected districts are major producers of mustard, cumin, wheat, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Talking to media persons, principal secretary, department of agriculture Ajeet Kesari said that swarms of desert locusts have entered mainly from two areas - Neemuch in the Malwa region and Sheopur in the Gwalior-Chambal region - both close to the Rajasthan border. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar today paid their tributes to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on his birth anniversary.


Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu in a series of tweets said, Veer Savarkar was a multidimensional personality- a freedom fighter, social reformer, writer and political thinker. He appealed to youth to take inspiration from Savarkar's life and ideals and strive to build a strong, prosperous and inclusive India.


In a tweet, Mr. Modi said, on his Jayanti, I bow to the courageous Veer Savarkar. He said, we remember him for his bravery, motivating several others to join the freedom struggle and emphasis on social reform.


Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar said, Savarkar ji was a great patriot and a unique writer. He has worked as a foundation stone for improving the society.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today (28.05.2020) will bring you a Special discussion Programme on  Covid-19 .  Listeners can ask questions to the expert 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.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its live phone-in programme SAMVAAD today (28.05.2020) 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.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather today.


National capital is witnessing cloudy sky with possibility of Light Rain or Drizzle. Minimum temperature remain 29 degrees and maximum is likely to be 43 degree Celsius.


Mumbai with partly cloudy sky witnessing minimum temperature at 29 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature remain around 35 degrees Celsius.


In the south, Chennai is witnessing a partly cloudy sky. The temperature is hovering between a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 36 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata is witnessing a generally cloudy sky with possibility of thunder or lightning. The minimum temperature remain 28 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees. 


On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum is going to be 40 degrees Celsius. The city is witnessing Partly cloudy sky.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will remain 15 degrees Celsius while maximum is going to be around 28 degrees. The city observes partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or Duststorm.


In Gilgit, the temperature hovered between 13 and 36 degrees Celsius with clear sky conditions.


Muzzafarabad had mainly clear skies becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 17 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be 36 degrees Celsius.

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