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0830 HRS
02.06.2020

THE HEADLINES

  • Government hikes Minimum Support Price of Kharif crops to boost farmers' income; also raises MSME turnover limit.

  • Public Sector Banks sanction collateral free loans worth 3,200 crore rupees in a single day under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

  • Three more States - Odisha, Sikkim and Mizoram included in One Nation One Ration Card scheme.

  • Centre approves 812 crore rupees for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Odisha.

  • Elections to 24 Rajya Sabha seats to be held on 19th of June.

  • Country to receive a normal monsoon this year.

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The Union Cabinet has given its nod to historic decisions aimed at helping farmers and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Briefing media in New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for 14 Kharif crops will be increased upto 83 per cent, to ensure better returns for their farm produce. The government hiked MSP for paddy by 53 rupees per quintal to one thousand 868 rupees per quintal while the MSP for cotton has been increased by 260 rupees to five thousand 515 rupees per quintal for the current crop year. He informed that the Cabinet has approved extension of repayment date for short term loans for agriculture and allied activities till the end of August this year. The decision will help all farmers whose loan repayment due dates were between 1st March and 31st of August.

Announcing relief measures for MSMEs, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the Cabinet has further revised the definition of MSMEs, a decision which will lead to inclusion of many industrial units under it's ambit. The investment and turnover limit for medium manufacturing and service units have been increased. Those enterprises with investment of upto 50 crore rupees and turnover of upto 250 crore rupees will now be able to avail the benefits of MSME sector. All export turnovers of such enterprises will also remain exempted from the total turnover.

Speaking on the occasion, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said, the Cabinet has also approved distressed MSME fund of 20 thousand crore for extending a helping hand to the enterprises in distress. This decision will benefit over two lakh units in the country. He highlighted the decision of creation of a Fund of Funds with initial outlay of 50 thousand crore rupees. The amount will be infused in the MSME sector through equity route.

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The Union Government has launched Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi, PM SVANIDHI - a special micro-credit facility scheme for providing affordable loan to street vendors. The scheme is aimed at enabling the street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to COVID-19 lockdown. Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched the scheme in pursuance of the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month.

The scheme targets to benefit over 50 lakh street vendors, who had been vending on or before 24th March this year, in urban areas.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the cabinet decisions as historic and said these will usher in positive changes in the lives of farmers, labourers and workers. He said, the decisions of the government will bring tremendous benefits to the farmers, street vendors and MSMEs.

Mr. Modi said, the change in definition of MSMEs will not only give impetus to the self-reliant India campaign, but also will revive the enterprises in the country. He added that huge employment opportunities will be created as a result of the positive reforms introduced by the government.

Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of the pioneering efforts of the government to extend loans to the street vendors. He added that more than 50 lakh people will benefit from the PM SVANIDHI Scheme.

The Prime Minister hailed the efforts of farmers in the country and reiterated the government's commitment to extend required stimulus to rural India.

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Public Sector Banks have sanctioned collateral free loans worth three thousand 200 crore rupees in a single day under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed that largely the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) located in over three thousand TIER-2 towns were covered on the first day of sanctions of the collateral free loans. The amount sanctioned will help the MSMEs to meet the expenses towards payment of salaries, rent and restocking of goods.

While making announcement of the financial stimulus of over 20 lakh crore rupees under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Ms. Sitharaman had laid out the scheme for Emergency Credit Line Guarantee to the MSMEs. Collateral free loans worth three lakh crore rupees with one year moratorium were provisioned under the scheme.

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Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has released 868 crore rupees pension along with 105 crore rupees arrears on account of restoration of commuted value of pension. Ministry of Labour and Employment said on the recommendation of the Central Board of Trustees, the government has accepted one of the long standing demands of workers to allow restoration of commuted value of pension after 15 years.

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Three more states have been included in One Nation, One Ration Card scheme. These are Odisha, Sikkim and Mizoram.  Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced the inclusion of these states in the scheme on Integrated Management of Public Distribution System. Under this system, nation-wide portability of the benefits under National Food Security Act (NFSA) through One Nation, One Ration Card plan is implemented to enable the NFSA ration card holders to lift their entitled quota of subsidized food grains from any e-PoS enabled Fair Price Shop of their choice anywhere in the country. They can lift ration by using the existing and same ration card after Aadhaar authentication. The facility is enabled in 17 States and Union Territories so far. Constant efforts are being made to expand the reach of national portability to the beneficiaries of other states. By 31st March 2021 all states will be added to One Nation, One Ration Card scheme.

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The government has set a target to provide Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to one crore 50 lakh dairy farmers belonging to Milk Unions and Milk producing Companies under a special drive within next two months. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said, the card will be provided from June to 31st of July. Farmers who already have Kisan Credit Card based on their land ownership, can get their KCC credit limit enhanced. However, interest subvention will be available only to the extent of three lakhs rupees. Although the general limit for KCC credit without collateral will remain 1.6 lakh rupees. But in the case of farmers whose milk is directly procured by Milk Unions and falls under tie up arrangements between the producers and processing units without any intermediaries, the credit limits without Collateral can be upto three lakh rupees. The Ministry said, this will ensure more credit availability for dairy farmers associated with Milk Unions as well as assuring repayment of loans to banks. This will help marginal farmers become self-reliant or atmanirbhar. More from our correspondent:  

"Under the dairy cooperative movement, around one crore 70 lakh farmers are associated with 230 Milk Unions in the country. In the first phase of this campaign, the target is to cover all farmers who are members of dairy cooperative societies and associated with different Milk Unions and who do not have KCC. The special drive to provide Kisan Credit Card to dairy farmers is part of the Prime Minister’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat package for Farmers. Last month, government had announced to cover two crore 50 lakh new farmers under the Kisan Credit Card scheme. This will provide an additional liquidity of five lakh crore rupees in the hands of farmers, who are suffering from the recent downturn of economy. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi".

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The Centre has approved 812 crore rupees for implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission in Odisha during 2020-21. The Jal Shakti Ministry said, this allocation is a significant jump from last year’s allocation of 297 crore rupees. Out of 81 lakh rural households in Odisha, the State Government planned to provide over 16 lakh household connections in 2020-21.

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The Centre has also approved 175 crore rupees for implementation of Jal Jeevan mission in Meghalaya during 2020-21. The Jal Jeevan Mission launched by the Union Government last year aims to provide Functional Household Tap Connection to every rural household by 2024.

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Election Commission has announced that elections for 24 Rajya Sabha seats spread across 10 states will be held on 19th of this month.

Polling for 18 of these 24 seats were deferred due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of these 18 seats, four each are from Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two from Jharkhand, and one each from Manipur and Meghalaya.

The poll panel also announced that Rajya Sabha polls for a total of six seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Mizoram will also be held on the 19th of June along with the elections that were deferred from March.


The notification for the polls on six seats will be issued today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today deliver the inaugural address at the annual Session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to mark 125 years since its inception. The theme of the day-long virtual event is Getting Growth Back. The address comes at a time when companies are resuming operations following relaxations and gradual easing of the nationwide lockdown.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of BJP leader KN Lakshmanan. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he was at the forefront of serving the people of Tamil Nadu and expanding the BJP organisation there. He said, KN Lakshmanan role in the anti-Emergency movement and participation in socio-cultural activities will always be remembered.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan and his family a speedy recovery from COVID-19. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India stands with Armenia in the fight against COVID-19.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district this morning. The gun fight broke out after a joint team of Army, CRPF and Awantipora Police launched a Cordon and Search Operation in the Saimoh area of Tral following specific input about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the joint team of security forces approached towards the spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them which was retaliated triggering an encounter that resulted in the killing of one terrorist. The operation continued till reports last came in.

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Home Minister Amit Shah held a review meeting in New Delhi with senior officials of the National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Response Force and Met Department on the preparedness for dealing with cyclonic storm Nisarg brewing in the Arabian sea. The cyclone is expected to hit some parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat over the next few days. 


Later, Mr Shah interacted with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra as well as Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu via video conferencing to review preparedness. He assured them of all possible assistance from the Central Government and asked them to spell out in detail the requirements and resources needed to deal with the situation.

Meanwhile, NDRF has already deployed 13 teams in Gujarat including two kept as reserve and 16 in Maharashtra including seven teams kept as reserve while one team each was deployed for Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. NDRF is aiding the State Governments for evacuation of people from low lying coastal areas.

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The Gujarat government is gearing up to tackle the cyclonic storm Nisarg which is likely to hit the south Gujarat coast by tomorrow. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a high level meeting with the higher officials and district collectors of South Gujarat and Saurashtra yesterday. Our correspondent reports that parts of union territories of Daman and Diu, coastal districts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra including Surat, Valsad, Navsari and Bhavnagar are witnessing moderate to heavy rainfall since yesterday.

"The coastal districts of South Gujarat namely Surat, Dang, Navsari, Valsad and Bharuch have been put on high while two districts of Saurashtra Amreli and Bhavngar have also been put on . Ten teams of NDRF and five teams of SDRF have been deployed in the coastal areas. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has instructed all the concerned District Collectors to complete the shifting of people from low lying areas to safer places by today afternoon. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Collectors have been asked to ensure social distancing, use of masks and PPE suits during the evacuation process. Control Rooms have been activated at the state as well as district level for exchange of information. The fishermen were called back and instructed not to venture into the sea for next three days. Aparna Khunt, All India News, Ahmedabad".

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said people who are living in kutcha houses have been shifted to safer places in view of the cyclone. Pucca shelter homes have been kept ready for shifting these people. Our correspondent reports that directions have also been given to concerned authorities to shift people residing in the slums and low lying areas of Mumbai.

"In view of the approaching cyclone 'Nisarga', has been sounded in Mumbai city, suburbs of Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of the state. The state disaster response force, state disaster management, relief and rehabilitation department are all geared up to tackle any eventuality. The fishermen who have gone for fishing have been called back and the respective district collectors have been asked to ensure their safety. Ten teams of NDRF and 6 teams of SDRF have been reserved. A control room in Mantralaya in Mumbai will be functional  24 hours and directions have been given to Army, Airforce, Navy and Indian Meteorological Department to coordinate with each other. Madhuri Pange, AIR News Mumbai".

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In some good news for farmers, the country will receive normal monsoon rainfall this year. Sharing details about the Second Stage Long Range Forecast for Southwest Monsoon Season Rainfall from July to September, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr M Rajeevan said conditions are becoming more favourable for a good monsoon which is very crucial for agriculture. He said, in view of this  condition, quantitatively, the monsoon rainfall between June and September over the country would be 102 per cent of its long period average which means 88 centimetres.

On the onset of monsoon, Dr Rajeevan said, the Southwest monsoon has arrived in Kerala and it has covered most of the state.

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

The  National capital Delhi witnessed minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in the city will be around 38 degree Celsius with Generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle.

Mumbai will also witness generally partly cloudy sky and moderate rain today

In the south, forecast for Chennai also says generally cloudy sky. The  weatherman has Forecast Partly cloudy sky in Kolkata with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 35 degree Celsius.

Srinagar will observe Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Gilgit, minimum temperature was recorded at 14 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 26 degrees.

In Muzzafarabad also there will be Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

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The Health Ministry has said the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is progressively increasing and has reached 48.19 per cent. During the last 24 hours, four thousand 835 COVID-19 patients have been cured. The Ministry said, so far, a total of around 92 thousand patients have been cured of COVID-19. Presently, there are 93 thousand 322 active cases in the country which are under active medical supervision.

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said, the Home Ministry's guidelines for the fifth phase of Lockdown will facilitate the gradual and calibrated reopening of aviation sector. In a series of tweets, he said, as the country moves towards critical mass of 50 to 60 per cent operation of domestic flights, its ability to resume international operations will also improve.  He said, despite COVID-19 and the lockdown, the government's efforts to serve the nation did not cease but just took a different form. 

Mr Puri said, the Vande Bharat Mission has already evacuated more than 50 thousand stranded and distressed Indian citizens and the government is now preparing to significantly increase these flights.

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Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued fresh directions on air travel. In pursuance of observation of Supreme Court, DGCA said, seats on airline should be allotted in such a manner that middle seat on aircraft remains vacant.

DGCA also advised that if it is not possible due to high load, flyer should be provided with wrap around gown. The aviation regulator said, members of same family may be allowed to sit together and all passengers should be provided with three-layered surgical masks.

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In Uttar Pradesh, 296 new COVID19 positive cases and 5 deaths reported in last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 8361. A report:

"As per the data of State Health Department, a total of 222 persons have lost their life due to COVID-19 in state.There are 3109 active cases Corona infection in state right now. After influx of migrant workers in large numbers new positive cases are being found mostly in  eastern part of state. Basti district has emerged as centre for new cases where current active cases are 145 which is second highest number after Gautam Buddh Nagar Noida which has 194 active cases. Meanwhile Islamic Centre of India has issued advisory in view of Government's decision to allow reopening of religious places from 8th June. In its advisory the institution says that people below the age of 10 yrs and above the age of 65 yrs should avoid visiting mosques and offer prayers at home.SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

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In Madhya Pradesh, with 194 new cases in the last 24 hours, the state has reported 8 thousand 283 COVID-19 cases and 358 deaths due to the disease so far.

The virus has affected 51 out of the total 52 districts in the state. More than 5 thousand have recovered from the infection. A report:

"At presentThere are now a total of 958 containment areas in Madhya Pradesh, while the number of active cases is less than the cured ones. So far, more than 1 lakh 72 thousand samples have been investigated in the state and the number of positive cases in these samples are only 3.13 percent. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on those violating the home quarantine norms for COVID-19. In an order, the state health department also said that in case of violation of the norms for the second time, the person would be shifted from home to a quarantine centre.According to the central government's guidelines, people should be home-quarantined in mild and pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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In Gujarat, the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 17,217 after addition of 423 new infection cases in the last 24 hours. 25 fresh deaths were reported in the state taking the toll to 1,063.

A record 861 COVID-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state. With this, the number of recoveries in the state crossed the 10,000 mark. Our correspondent has filed this report: 

"Ahmedabad district alone reported 790 discharges yesterday which is the highest single-day recovery for the district. According to state health department, the rate of recovery in the state has improved to 62.61 percent. The state has now 5,374 active cases of COVID-19, of which 65 patients are on ventilator. Meanwhile, life is returning to normal in the state with the resumption of transport services, opening of shops and offices. The RTO services will also be resumed in the state from 4th of this month.  APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD".

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In Tamil Nadu, the COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 56 per cent while the mortality rate hovers at 0.78 per cent. However, on a single day yesterday, 1162 people were confirmed positive for the virus while 413 others were discharged in the state. Throughout the state, eleven people succumbed to the disease taking the toll to 184.

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Under Vande Bharat mission, 13 flights will bring home more than 2000 Indian nationals from Gulf countries today. More from our correspondent:

"Vande Bharat Mission continues to repatriate distressed and stranded Indians abroad during this time of global pandemic.

From UAE , more than 15000 Indians have already been repatriated by the special flights. Approximately 11,000 Indians from Dubai and Northern Emirates while from Abu Dhabi more than 4000 Indians have gone back.In addition nine chartered flights have carried back more than 1500 blue collared workers. Indian govt has given approval for companies and organizations to charter flights in cases where they have to repatriate stranded Indians back from the UAE. Today, 13 flights are being operated from various Gulf countries, which hopes to take back more than 2000 Indians. Kanchan Prasad Mandlaus, AIR NEWS, Dubai".

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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.

Talking to AIR News, Member (Health) in NITI Aayog, Dr VK Paul urged everyone to follow social distancing in order to break the chain of transmission.

Dr. Sanjay Pandey of Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Delhi spoke about the use of mask saying it is important to wear them while stepping out of our homes.

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Participating in our live phone in programme on COVID-19 last night, senior physician at Maulana Azad Medical College, Dr. Naresh Gupta urged people to maintain hygienic conditions at home. He advised people to wash hands frequently to safeguard against infection.

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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 on COVID-19.

Dr. A K Varshney, Senior Physician from RML Hospital will participate in the discussion.This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards.  

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

  • "Delhi opens doors, shuts out neighbours" headlines the Hindustan Times. "Odd-even goes as Kejriwal unlocks Delhi but orders sealing of borders" states the Times of India.

  • "A day after Unlock 1, Cabinet approves economic package for MSMEs, farmers" is the lead in The Indian Express. "Big sops for farmers, street vendors & MSMEs" writes the Statesman.

  • "MSP for summer-sown crops hiked by 50-80 percent" notes the Hindustan Times.

  • "Rains hit Kerala; Normal monsoon set to boost farm sector" observes the Financial Express.

  • "Lok Sabha may move to Central Hall in Covid-19 reshuffle" to ensure functioning of Parliament, states the Hindustan Times. The Hindu notes "RS, LS meeting could be held on alternate days".

  • "Fatality rate dips amid rising cases and deaths" observes The Times of India.

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