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28.05.2020

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  • Cabinet Secretary holds meeting with Municipal Commissioners and District Magistrates to review COVID-19 situation in 13 worst affected cities.

  • Government says, around 30 groups in the country trying to develop vaccines to fight novel Coronavirus.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 42.75 per cent; 3,266 people cured in last 24 hours.

  • Finance Minister launches free instant e-PAN card facility through Aadhaar.

  • Women peacekeepers from India and Brazil jointly win United Nations Military Gender Advocate Award.

  • Southwest Monsoon likely to make onset over Kerala from 1st of June.

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Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba today held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of 13 COVID-19 hit cities to take a review of the situation. The meeting bears significance as these 13 cities are considered to be the worst novel Coronavirus affected locations and constitute about 70 per cent of the positive cases in the country. The cities are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi , Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur. The Chief Secretaries of all  concerned States and Union Territories attended the meeting.


"The measures taken by the officials and the staff of the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were reviewed during the meeting.  The central government has already issued guidelines on management of COVID-19 in urban settlements. Highlights of this strategy include work on high risk factors, indices such as confirmation rate, fatality rate, doubling rate and tests per million people. Centre has stressed that containment zones are to be geographically defined based on factors like mapping of cases and contacts and their geographical dispersion. This would enable in demarcating a well defined perimeter and enforcing the strict protocol of lockdown.  The cities are advised that the area should be appropriately defined by the district administration and local urban body with technical inputs from local level. Suparna Saikia AIR News."

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Principal  Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Dr  K Vijay Raghavan has said around 30 groups  in the country from big industry to individual academics, are trying to develop vaccines to fight COVID-19. Dr Vijay Raghavan was briefing media in New Delhi.


"So there are about a total of 30 groups in India big industries to individual academic were trying to develop vaccine of its about twenties are keeping a good pics yet it is a very competitive"


Dr. Vijayragahvan said, the efforts to develop the vaccine are being made in three ways- indigenously, in collaboration with other companies and by working with the leading companies. He said, Indian institutions are engaged in developing four types of vaccines for this virus. He said, discovery of a new vaccine is very challenging. He added that  AICTE and CSIR have embarked on a drug discovery hackathon which is a high-end hackathon where students are trained with information on how to do computational drug discovery. He also said, five important things need to be kept in mind for the prevention of COVID-19  before vaccine arrives.


"कोविड 19, उसके खिलाफ हमारे पास पांच तरह के कार्य करने चाहिये जीतने के लिये, एक तो हमारी हाईजीन ठीक होनी चाहिये। यानि मास् पहनना चाहिये, हाथ साफ करने चाहिये, दूसरी सरफेसेज़ को साफ करना चाहिये। तीसरी, फिजिकल डिस्टेन्सिंग मीट करनी चाहिये। यह तीनों आसान लगते हैं लेकिन जैसे लॉकडाउन निकलती है करना मुश्किल है और उसके लिये साइंस एंड टैक्नोलॉजी से तरह-तरह के साल्यूशन् निकालने चाहिये। चौथे और पांचवें ट्रैकिंग और टेस्टिंग है। यह पांच, हमारे हाथ में, हमारे सोसायटी के हाथ में, अभी भी हैं जब हम वेट करते हैं वैक्सीन और ड्रग् के लिये।"


In reply to a question, Dr  K Vijay Raghavan said, no change in the fundamental properties of the novel Coronavirus  has been witnessed till now.


NITI Aayog member, Dr V K Paul said that the fight against novel Coronavirus will be won through vaccine and drugs. He said, country's science and technology institutions and pharma industry are very strong. He said, about 20 companies are providing diagnostic kits to the countries.

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The recovery rate of people affected with COVID-19 has improved further and it haw now reached 42.75 per cent. Health Ministry in a statement said that so far, a total of 67 thousand 691 people have been cured and in the last 24 hours, 3,266 people have recovered from the infection. It said, the number of cases under active medical supervision is 86 thousand 110.

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, there were a total of 367 domestic flight departures today. In a tweet, the Minister said over 30 thousand passengers were handled. There were a total of 310 arrivals which handled 25,530 passengers. He added that the total number of fliers were 30136.

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The Vande Bharat Mission is in full swing and phase two of the Mission is underway till the 13th of June. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said a total of 45,216 Indians have returned till this evening. These include 8,069 migrant workers, 7,656 students and 5,107 professionals. About 5000 Indians have returned through land border immigration checkpoints from Nepal and Bangladesh. A total number of 3 lakh eight thousand and 200 people have registered their request with Missions abroad for repatriation to India on compelling grounds.


During Phase II, a total of 429 Air India flights from 60 countries are scheduled to land in India. The Indian Navy will be making four more sorties to bring back returnees from Iran, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.


The spokesperson said, government is also assisting return of stranded Indians from remote locations in Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, and parts of Europe. This is being done by taking advantage of foreign carriers flying to India primarily for evacuation of their nationals. Recently, about 300 stranded Indians from Peru, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Portugal and The Netherlands were brought in. Mr Srivastava said, more such options will be explored.


The spokesperson also said, private airlines have now been included as part of Phase II of Vande Bharat Mission. Chartered flights have also begun to operate and return of Indian nationals through land borders has commenced. 

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Under Vande Bharat Mission, 170 stranded passengers from Bangladesh and 151 from Kuwait reached Gaya in Bihar today. These passengers were stranded due to lockdown. All passengers belong to different parts of Bihar.

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Kerala reported 84 new cases for COVID 19 and a Corona death today. The deceased is a Telangana native who had reached Thiruvananthapuram by mistake as the person chose a wrong train from Rajasthan. Out of the newly confirmed cases except five, all the 79 people are returnees either from abroad or other States. The total active cases rise to 526. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that so far Kerala has reported very less contact spread cases. He said, there is no situation of panic as through the continuous , the fear of community spread can be overcome.


Meanwhile under Vande Bharat mission,  flights carrying expatriates arrived in Kerala today from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat.

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The discharge ratio of Covid-19 affected people in Tamil Nadu has improved to nearly 55 per cent. 637 infected people today went back home after recovering. However, the number of Covid-19 affected people has crossed nineteen thousand in the state with the figure reaching nearly 13-thousand in Chennai alone. The total deaths due to Covid-19 has gone up to 145 in the state with 12 people succumbing to the disease today.


"A positive aspect in the clinical side of the Covid-19 pandemic is that the trial of the convalescent plasma therapy tested in seven patients in Chennai has proved very effective, as said by the state health minister Dr Vijayabhaskar. The therapy involves using the blood plasma drawn from the discharged people in the patients who are currently under treatment. He told reporters in Chennai today, the solidarity trial for Covid-19 treatment with the broad spectrum anti-viral medicine remdesivir has also given promising results. He reiterated that the increased number of Covid-19 positive cases every day in the state is a reflection of the increased number of tests. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today announced a slew of measures to cut expenses of Raj Bhavan to make resources available for COVID-19 relief measures.  Some of the measures include, deferring car purchase, no new capital works to be undertaken, no new regular recruitment in Raj Bhavan and the practice of offering gifts and mementos to VVIPS will be discontinued until further orders.


"The series of measures announced by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is estimated to save nearly 10-15 per cent of the budget of the Raj Bhavan in the current financial year. The Governor has already contributed his one month salary and further pledged 30 per cent of his salary for one year to the PM CARES FUND for Covid-19. In another development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concerns over the ''complete breakdown'' in the real estate sector due to several restrictions and ongoing lockdown over coronavirus pandemic. In his letter to the PM, Pawar has stated that the real estate sector is suffering heavily due to massive outflux of labourers and halted work & sale for almost three months. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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BJP has said that the whole country is united in the fight against novel coronavirus and its party workers are in the service of the people in this time of crisis. Briefing a digital press conference in New Delhi today, party General Secretary Bhupender Yadav said,  BJP workers undertook the 'Feed the Needy campaign all over the country. He said, under the campaign, party workers provided cooked food to over 19 crore needy people and dry ration to over 4 crore people. He informed that party workers distributed five crore masks all over the country.


Mr Yadav said, the BJP will hold virtual rallies in all districts across the country as it readies to celebrate the first anniversary of the Narendra Modi government's second term. He said, Party National President J P Nadda will address party workers on the occasion through Facebook Live. Mr Yadav said, party's all seven wings will also hold 500 digital rallies in their respective fields. He added that BJP will reach out to people with a letter written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking about self-reliant India, achievements of the government, and will distribute them in ten crore families. He said, it will be a month-long campaign from June.

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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, President of Public Health Foundation of India Dr K Srinath Reddy stressed the need to maintain social distancing to check the spread of COVID-19 in the country.


Director AIIMS, Dr Randeep Guleria advised the people to aggressively follow the social distancing and hand hygiene norms to check the spread of COVID-19 infection.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to governments of Gujarat and Bihar and Chairman of  Railway Board as well as Union Home Secretary on  reports that the trains which are ferrying the migrant labourers are not only starting late but are taking many additional days to reach destination. The Commission said, it is alleged that many migrant labourers lost life during their journey by train due to longer duration and no arrangements for drinking water and food. Taking  suo motu cognizance of media reports, the Commission asked them to submit  a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

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


Government has denied the claim made in a video of a woman lying on the ground in the context of migrant situation during the COVID-19. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau termed it as incorrect.  It said, this is an old video and is being shared out of context. The PIB asked people to beware of such false claims.

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A senior railway official has said that migrants are being sent back on a very large scale to their native places by the railways. Participating in the All India Radio programme, Samvaad, he talked about the measures taken by the Railways at various railway stations to contain the spread of Covid-19. He said, migrant passengers are asked to follow the Social Distancing norms.


The official suggested that those who want to travel in the coming days should avoid heavy luggage.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion Programme on COVID-19. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN on near to real time basis.  This facility is now available for those PAN applicants who possess a valid Aadhaar number and have a mobile number registered with Aadhaar. The allotment process is paperless and an electronic PAN, (e-PAN) is issued to the applicants free of cost. The beta version of the facility of instant PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC was started on 12th of Feburary on the e-filing website of Income Tax Department. Since then, over 6 lakh 77 thousand instant PANs have been allotted with a turnaround time of about 10 minutes, till 25th of this month.


A total of 50.52 crore PANs have been allotted to the taxpayers, out of which, around 49.39 crore are allotted to the individuals and more than 32.17 crore are seeded with Aadhaar so far. 

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The 22nd meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held in New Delhi today through video conferencing. The meeting chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the measures to maintain financial stability in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting reviewed the current global and domestic macro-economic situation, financial stability and vulnerabilities issues and major issues likely to be faced by banks and other financial institutions. Besides, market volatility, domestic resource mobilisation and capital flows issues were also discussed by the Council. The Council noted that the Pandemic poses a serious threat to the stability of the global financial system as the ultimate impact of the crisis and the timing of recovery, is uncertain at this point of time.  It felt there is a need to keep a continuous vigil by Government and all regulators on the financial conditions that could expose financial vulnerabilities in the medium and long-term. The efforts of the Government and regulators are focused on avoiding a prolonged period of dislocation in financial markets.

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The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced interest rates on retail term deposits by up to 40 basis points (bps) across all tenors. This is the second reduction in fixed deposits interest rates by the lender in May. It had reduced its deposit rates on May 12.

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Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Council (JKAC) under the chairmanship of LG, G C Murmu, gave a go ahead today to the recruitment of 2000 Panchayat Accounts Assistants. AIR Correspondent reports that the decision will strengthen the functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the Union Territory. The recruitment to these posts will be restricted to the Domiciles of J&K and shall be done in accordance to relevant recruitment rules. The selection will be made through Services Selection Recruitment Board on the basis of merit determined through a written test only as shall be no interviews in the recruitment process to these posts.

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In Himachal Pradesh, over 90 percent of Pharmaceutical industries have resumed their production amid COVID 19 pandemic. The state government has also allowed free movement of workers for the industrial units from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali with some restrictions.


"Pharmaceutical manufacturing units at Baddi in Solan district are not only meeting the medical requirements of the country but also supplying hydroxychloroquine to countries like United States. The state government is also considering to create infrastructure in the industrial area of Solan district so that necessary facilities can be provided to the workers during an emergency situation. In order to cater to the need of the drug industry both nationally and internationally, the State government has urged the Union Government to establish a Bulk Drug Park in the State. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said the State has emerged as an important hub for the manufacturing of bulk drugs and generics and captured a major portion of the market within the country and outside. Chief Minister said his Government not only provided all possible help to the industry during a pandemic but also ensured smooth movement of the workers in the industrial area. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla."

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Uttar Pradesh government will develop 800 km roads as Herbal roads in the state. Our Lucknow correspondent reports that the herbal roads will have medicinal and herbal trees along with the land on their both sides.


"Deputy Chief Minister and PWD minister of of state Keshav Prasad Maurya told AIR that these herbal roads will have trees like like Peepal, Neem, Sehjan along with other herb varieties like brahmi, ashvagandha and jatrofa. He said that these plants will help us in providing raw material for the medicines and will also help in curbing the erosion of land. He said that this scheme will help both development and beautification and bring medicinal benefits along with promoting bio diversity. These 800 kilometer roads will be along national and state highways passing through state and the herbal garden along with them will keep air-borne, bacterial and other diseases at bay. PWD Department will also make arrangement for rain water recharging water water recharging system on these herbal roads. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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To provide d and latest statistics related to labour welfare, Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar has inaugurated the twitter handle @LabourDG for Labour Bureau. Secretary, Labour and Employment Heeralal Samariya and DG Labour Bureau, DPS Negi were present on the occasion yesterday. The Minister tweeted that the handle will be a regular and d source of snapshot on Indian Labour Market Indicators.

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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) was recovered from a car in Ayengund area of Rajpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district which was defused by the personnel of the bomb disposal squad this morning.


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

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar concluded a review meeting of India- European Union relations with High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles. Dr Jaishankar said in a tweet they discussed initiatives to promote post-Corona economic recovery. The Minister stressed on shared perspectives on technology, connectivity and security during the meeting.

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External Affairs Ministry has said, India and China have established mechanisms, both at military and diplomatic levels, to resolve situations which may arise in border areas peacefully through dialogue. In a virtual briefing today, Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, Indian troops have taken a very responsible approach on border management. He said, they strictly follow the procedures laid out in various bilateral agreements and protocols with China to resolve any issue that may arise in the border areas. At the same time, Mr Srivastava said, India remains firm in the resolve to ensuring India's sovereignty and national security.


Replying to a question on Nepal map issue, the spokesperson said, India attaches great importance to Nepal. In recent years, relations are on an upward trajectory, and there is an evident expansion of cooperation. Even during challenging times, India continues to supply essential items to Nepal including medicines. Mr Srivastava said, India continues to monitor the issue and the matter is receiving careful consideration in Nepal. He said, India is open to engaging with all neighbours based on mutual trust.


On cooperation with Pakistan on locusts issue, the spokesperson said, there is an existing local channel of communication with the neighbouring country that is normally activated in June every year. He said, seeing the alarming situation, India had suggested activating the channel but there has been no response from Pakistan yet.

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Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said the Centre is taking the issue of locust attack in different parts of the country seriously.  In a tweet, he said,  all necessary steps are being taken with states to control the locust.  The Minister today reviewed the measures being adopted  in this regard.

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Delhi government has issued advisory in view of the probable locust attack in the national capital. These locusts are reportedly present in neighbouring States including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the advisory, the city government has asked authorities concerned to spray insecticides and pesticides on standing crops, vegetation, plants, gardens and orchards to prevent a probable attack of locusts in Delhi.  It said, as the swarm of locusts flies in daytime, and rests during the night, it should not be allowed to rest at night. It asked the authorities to carry out spraying of pesticides chlorpyriphos and malathion as per the need during night.

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Women peacekeepers from India and Brazil jointly won the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year 2019 Award. Major Suman Gawani of the Indian Army, a Military Observer formerly deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer have been chosen for the award. They will receive the award during an online ceremony tomorrow presided over by UN Secretary-General António Guterres marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.


For the first time, two peacekeepers will receive the award jointly for their contribution to this important cause.


Created in 2016, the United Nations “Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award” recognizes the dedication and effort of an individual military peacekeeper in promoting the principles of UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in a peace operation context.


Major Gawani expressed gratification at seeing her work as UN Military Observer recognized. Since her deployment to UNMISS in December 2018, Major Gawani mentored over 230 UN Military Observers  on conflict-related sexual violence and ensured the presence of women military observers in each of the Mission’s team sites.

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The Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into some parts of Maldives-Comorin area, some more parts of south Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Andaman Sea and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Ministry of Earth Sciences said, conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of Maldives-Comorin area during next 48 hours. It said, a low pressure area is likely to form over southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea from 31st of this month to 4th June. It said, due to this, conditions are very likely to become favourable for onset of southwest Monsoon over Kerala from 1st of June.


The Ministry also said, a low pressure area has formed over westcentral Arabian Sea which is  very likely to concentrate into a Depression over the same region during next 48 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into westcentral Arabian Sea from tomorrow till 1st of  June.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.


The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and maximum 39 degrees Celsius. The Metro will also witness thunderstorm with squall tomorrow.


Mumbai will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 29 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees Celsius.


In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 30 and 39 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will also witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or Thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will witness 24 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees. 


On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 40 degrees Celsius.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 15 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 26 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Dust storm.


In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 36 degrees Celsius.


In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Dust storm.

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