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02.06.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses confidence that India's economy will get its growth back ; Says Self-Reliant India means reducing imports and expanding exports to the world.

  • Prime Minister says more than 53 thousand crore rupees of financial assistance given under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Scheme.

  • INS Jalashwa reaches Tamil Nadu with over 700 Indians onboard from Sri Lanka; 13 flights to bring home two thousand Indians from Gulf countries under the Vande Bharat Mission.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district.

  • And, IMD issues warning for heavy rain in Maharahtra and Gujarat in view of Cyclone Nisarga.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that Corona virus may have slowed the economy, but India will get its growth back through talent and technology. The Prime Minister affirmed his vision of making the country self-reliant and back on its trajectory of growth through Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation. Inaugurating the Annual Session of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) through video conferencing, marking the 125th year of CII since inception, Prime Minister shared his vision on the theme of Getting Growth Back.


"आज भी हमें जहां एक तरफ इस Virus से लड़ने के लिए सख्त कदम उठाने हैं वहीं दूसरी तरफ economy का भी ध्यान रखना है।  हमें एक तरफ देशवासियों का जीवन भी बचाना है तो दूसरी तरफ देश की अर्थव्यवस्था को भी stabilize करना है, speed up करना है।  इस situation में आपने Getting Growth Back की बात शुरू की है और निश्चित तौर पर इसके लिए आप सभी, भारतीय उद्योग जगत के लोग बधाई के पात्र हैं।  बल्कि मैं तो Getting Growth Back से आगे बढ़कर ये भी कहूंगा कि  Yes,we will definitely get our growth back."


In his first major address to the Industry members since first phase of nationwide unlock of greater economic activities, the Prime Minister reiterated government’s commitment to save lives and also to stabilize economy of the country. The Prime Minister said, India has entered into first phase of nationwide unlock, opening up larger part of economic activities. He highlighted the importance of right measures and early imposition of lockdown which helped government to build up required infrastructure to handle the pandemic.


The Prime Minister emphasized that getting economy back on track is governments one of the  highest priority. He said under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan yojana, 74 crore beneficiaries were given food grains and around eight crore migrant workers also benefited from free ration.


" प्रधानमंत्री गरीब कल्याण योजना ने गरीबों को तुरंत लाभ देने में बहुत मदद की है।  इस योजना के तहत करीब 74 करोड़ Beneficiaries तक राशन पहुंचाया जा चुका है।  प्रवासी श्रमिकों के लिए भी फ्री राशन पहुंचाया जा रहा है।  इसके अलावा, अभी तक गरीब परिवारों को Fifty Three Thousand Crore Rupees से ज्यादा की financial assistance दी जा चुकी है।  महिलाएं हों, दिव्यांग हों, बुजुर्ग हों, श्रमिक हों, हर किसी को इससे लाभ मिला है।"


The Prime Minister asserted that the reforms announced by the government are not random decisions but systemic, well-planned, inter-connected and futuristic in approach. He mentioned IBC, faceless tax assessment redressal mechanism, policy reforms including commercial coal block operations, reforms in mining, space and atomic research sector and said that these reforms were awaited since decades.


Stating about the historic reforms introduced in agriculture sector and MSMEs, the Prime Minister said that these policy reforms will have long lasting effects on the economy and will lead to employment opportunities in the country. He said, the government ensured rights and freedom to farmers which was due for decades. The Prime Minister also highlighted the decision of opening up of non-strategic sectors for private players and the issue of labour reforms. Speaking about MSMEs, he said, these units contribute around 30 per cent in the GDP and have intense impact on the economic situation in the country.


Prime Minister said, amidst the pandemic, expectations of world from India have increased. He said, World is looking for a trusted and reliable partner and India has potential, strength and ability. He urged industrialists and people of the country to utilize these testing times as an opportunity to emerge as a reliable global face. He called for developing a robust local supply chain which can strengthen India's share in the global supply chain. Prime Minister Modi made a clarion call for Made in India, Made for the world, to ensure self- reliance for the country.


We will together build आत्म निर्भर भारतसाथियों, आइए, देश को आत्मनिर्भर बनाने का संकल्प लें।  इस संकल्प को पूरा करने के लिए अपनी पूरी ताकत लगा दें।  सरकार आपके साथ खड़ी है, आप देश के लक्ष्यों के साथ खड़े होइए।  आप सफल होंगे, हम सफल होंगे, तो देश नई ऊँचाई पर पहुंचेगा, आत्मनिर्भर बनेगा।"


The Prime Minister  stressed on measures to be brought in to cut down imports for products which can be easily manufactured in the country. He highlighted three sectors namely furniture, air conditioner and leather industry, as the priority sectors where imports can be reduced through concerted efforts. He highlighted that government had  to take tough steps to fight Corona virus and also has take steps to take care of economy. The Prime Minister mentioned the pioneering efforts of the industry in coming up with huge domestic PPE manufacture in a short span of three months. He assured the industry members of every possible government support to achieve the shared vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.


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India is poised to emerge as the world’s largest electronics and mobile manufacturing country. Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today unveiled the historic roadmap for setting up of large number of electronic and mobile manufacturing units in the country. He announced Production Linked Incentive Scheme, Component Manufacturing Scheme and Cluster Scheme for development of the electronics manufacturing sector. The three new schemes are expected to attract substantial investments, increase production of mobile phones and their parts to around 10 lakh crore by 2025. It will also generate around five lakh direct and 15 lakh indirect jobs.


Underlining the objective of attaining self-reliance and meeting up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call of Made in India, Made for World, Mr. Prasad said, the success in terms of electronics manufacturing in the country has been encouraging in the past six years. India’s global share in electronics has risen form 1.3 per cent in 2012 to three per cent in 2018 and from just two mobile manufacturing factories, the country has now 200 such units. He said, Self-Reliant India is not an India of isolation and it’s not an inward-looking policy as well.


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The Union Government has announced a number of measures so that migrants do not suffer due to the pandemic. To help them recover, a package of one lakh one thousand five hundred crore has been allocated under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Daily wage under the scheme at national level has been increased from 182 rupees to 202 rupees. Applicants can register on nrega.nic.in or contact the local gram panchayat for employment opportunities. A report -- 


Any needy person even without ration card has the right to avail food grains for two months. During each month, five kilograms of rice or wheat per person and one kilogram of chickpeas or pulses per family can be availed. Labourers get forced to move to villages as they are unable to afford high rent in urban areas. Now, under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), a Scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes has been announced. With Bhupendra Singh, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.


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Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 95 thousand 527 people affected with Corona virus have been cured and the recovery rate reached to 48.07 per cent in the country.


During the last twenty four hours, three thousand 708 people have recovered and eight thousand 171 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh 98 thousand 706. The Health Ministry said, 204 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to five thousand 598. 


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The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total one lakh 28 thousand 868 samples of Corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. With this, total number of tests reached to 39 lakh 66 thousand 75 in the country.


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A COVID-19 testing laboratory has been established in the Jorhat campus of the North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST). Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the laboratory and appreciated the fact that NEIST is the first research and development institute in Assam to open up a testing facility. He congratulated the scientists and staff of the institute for making it happen.


A team of 10 scientists of the institute is actively involved in the isolation of RNA from the virus. The institute’s Biotechnology Division is playing a pivotal role in carrying out RT-PCR-based COVID-19 testing. Assam Government and the District Administration of Jorhat are actively cooperating and facilitating the efforts put in by the institute.


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


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


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The Cyber Crime Unit of the Delhi Police has busted a fraud behind a fake website duping innocent people financially in name of Ayushman Yojana jobs. The government had earlier on 10th of May flagged citizens to be aware of such false websites.


The gang of cheats defrauding thousands in the name of job registration in Ayushman Yojana offered jobs of Ward Boy, Nurse, Lab Assistant, Pharmacist and Ayush Mitra in six states. They took money for registration.


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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today launched a Delhi Corona App for people to give accurate information about beds and ventilators availability in city's hospitals. He urged the people to download the App.


Addressing media briefing in New Delhi today, Mr. Kejriwal said, this app will be d two times in a day. He said, a web page has also been created www.delhifightscorona.in to provide the latest status of the vacant beds in hospitals. He said, if people are denied beds for COVID-19 patients, people may call at helpline number 1031.


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 Over 700 Indian labourers have landed at the Thuthukudi  Chidambaranar port in Tamil Nadu this morning. They arrived by the Indian Naval Ship INS Jalashwa under the Operation Samudra Sethu for bringing labourers from other countries by ships.


The labourers who arrived today include 699 people from Tamil Nadu, three from Puducherry, two from Karnataka and one person from Kerala. All of them are undergoing detailed medical check-up. They have been asked to download the Arogya Sethu app on their mobiles. The arrangements have also been made to transport these labourers to their native places by government buses and special train.


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Under Vande Bharat mission, 13 flights will bring home more than 2000 Indian nationals from the 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 Madhya Pradesh, with the Corona virus-induced lockdown resulting in pendency of over seven thousand Right to Information (RTI) appeals, State Information Commission has started conducting virtual hearings in the cases through video calls. A copy of the commission's decision is sent to the applicant and officials concerned through WhatsApp for action.


"State Information Commissioner Vijay Manohar Tiwari informed that the officials concerned have been asked to attend hearings through the technology tool or face action, and the applicants have also been informed to appear before the commission through this mode. Experts say that almost everyone has smart phones with them and they are also on social media. WhatsApp is an easy option during emergency situations. The results of video calls are on the expected lines. Officials also took part in it with full preparedness. The virtual hearings have already started from Monday.Sanjeev Sharma,AIR News,Bhopal."


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In Rajasthan, the recovery rate of the COVID-19 patients has increased to more than 67. The number of active patients of COVID-19 has now come down to two thousand 803. In all, 171 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 today. More from our correspondent  --


"About 18 thousand samples of COVID-19 are being tested every day in the state. More than four lakh 27 thousand samples have been tested so far. Tourist places, museums, monuments have been opened for tourists today in the state. Though, tourist places have been opened for a limited time for one week. Meanwhile, under the Vande Bharat Mission 21 flights from different countries have been reached at Jaipur airport so far. Two thousand eight hundred 94 migrants have arrived Jaipur through these flights. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."


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In Himachal Pradesh, the total tally of COVID-19 patients have risen to 340 in the state. Nine fresh cases were reported in the state during the last 24 hours. Of these, four were from Chamba, two from Solan and one each from Hamirpur, Mandi and Una district.  On the other hand, 118 COVID-19 patients have been recovered fully in the state so far. However, 213 active Corona patients are being treated in various hospitals of the state. Most of the patients testing positive are those who recently returned to the state from other parts of the country.


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The Nagaland Government has decided to continue the ongoing lockdown till further orders. In a notification issued yesterday, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said that all the existing guidelines with regard to the lockdown in all parts of the state issued on 4th of last month will continue to remain operative till further orders.


The State Government has issued new Standard Operating Procedure for returnees to Nagaland.


The guidelines also stated that all returnees reaching the state at Dimapur either by train, air or road will be segregated district-wise at the entry point and thermally screened. Those found asymptomatic will be transferred to the Quarantine Centres in the respective districts. Six more returnees from Chennai have tested positive for the  virus. With this, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 49.


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Mizoram recorded 12 positive cases of COVID-19. All these cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College Hospital, Aizawl last night. Chief Minister Zoramthanga informed this.  Officials said, all these patients were immediately transferred to the ZMC Hospital and they are now under medical care.


Earlier, the state was declared COVID-19 free  after the single patient  was recovered and discharged from hospital on 9th of May. On Sunday, the State Government extended lockdown till 30th of June.


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In some good news coming in from Manipur, the medical fraternity at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal has  treated a month old baby from COVID infection. A 23-day old baby along with his mother who had returned from Chennai was found  COVID-19 positive on 20th of May and admitted at the Isolation Facility of JNIMS Hospital of Imphal for further treatment. The baby was found negative on 35th day last night. His mother was also found negative and both of them will be sent home today.


Speaking exclusively to AIR News this morning, Director of JNIMS Prof. Th. Bhimo said, treating a child for any kind of infection is very difficult. However, the medical team of JNIMS Hospital has treated the baby and people need not to worry much about COVID-19.


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In union territory Ladakh, Leh District Deputy Commissioner Sachin Kumar has constituted a three-member committee to enquire about the lapses in dealing with the lapses and irregularities in handing over of body of a deceased COVID-19  positive case.


A serious lapse in the protocol in handling a COVID-19 suspect and later irregularities in handling the deceased body has punctured all the precautions taken in containment of Corona virus in Leh district.  Former Union Minister Phunsog Namgyal tested positive for COVID-19 after his death yesterday.


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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed in a gunfight that broke-out between terrorists and the security forces in Saimoh area of Tral in Pulwama district this morning. Superintendent of Police, Awantipora said that a joint team of  Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Awantipora Police launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the area after getting a specific input about the presence of terrorists in the area.


As the joint team of security forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them which was retaliated triggering an encounter that resulted into the killing of two terrorists. Their identity is being ascertained. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the site of encounter.


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In Ladakh, more than 350 MGNREGA works have been started and almost 50 per cent of the works stand completed while as the remaining are at the verge of completion. Tsering Yangchan of Bodh Kharboo, Kargil while talking to AIR News said that MGNREGA Works has been a backbone for the poor families during these days of Lockdown and are serving the family as a source of income. She thanked the Government for coming out for saving the poor families in these tough days. She also thanked the Government for Providing Free Ration and Cylinder at their Doorstep during these days of Lockdown.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his greetings to the people of Telangana on its Statehood Day. In a tweet, Prime Minister said, people from Telangana are excelling in a wide range of sectors and the state is making valuable contributions to the growth trajectory of India.The Prime Minister also extended his greetings to the people of Andhra Pradesh. He said, hardwork and courage are synonymous with the culture of the land. The Prime Minister commended the state’s role in India’s growth.


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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao led the low-key State Formation Day festivities by paying tributes at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial Gun Park near the Assembly building in Hyderabad. He laid a wreath in the memory of those who laid down their lives for the creation of separate state. He was accompanied by State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Director General of Police Mahender Reddy along with other senior officials, public representatives and leaders of the ruling party, TRS, in limited numbers.


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The Depression over East-central Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours intensified into a Deep Depression and lay centered at 0530 a.m., over East-central Arabian Sea. Coast Guard ship's and Aircraft continue to advice and relay weather warning to the fishermen and merchant vessels out at sea off the coast of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. Besides weather cautioning, the Coast Guard ship's are also engaged in shepherding the fishing boats to safety. More from our Mumbai Correspondent:-


"Cyclone Nisarga is very likely to intensify during next 12 hours, move nearly northwards during next six hours and recurve north-north-eastwards thereafter. It is expected to cross north Konkan and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman during tomorrow afternoon. Alert has been sounded in Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of the state. Ten teams of NDRF and six 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, Jaydevi Pujari ,AIR News Mumbai."


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The deep depression formed in the eastern Arabian sea is moving northwards and is located at 670 kilometres from Surat at present. It is expected to hit the south Gujarat coast by tomorrow. Heavy downpour accompanied by gusty winds is expected in coastal districts of south Gujarat in two days.


State officials said, all the precautionary measures are kept in place and more than 100 coastal villages of South Gujarat and Saurashtra have been kept on high while the evacuation process is also underway in some parts of the state. A report --


"Weather is mainly cloudy in south Gujarat and in Bhavnagar and Amreli since morning. Light showers were reported in Daman and parts of coastal districts of south Gujarat including Valsad and Dang today morning. People living in low lying areas are being shifted to safer locations. Shelter homes have been set up in schools and colleges. Around 10 NDRF teams have been deployed in seven coastal districts . Residents have been advised to remain indoors for the coming two days. Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Talking exclusively to All India radio News DG NDRF SN Pradhan briefied about the preparedness of NDRF.


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Monsoon has intensified in Kerala, widespread rain reported across the state. More from our correspondent --


As rain continues in Kerala , orange is being issued in Kozhikode district and yellow in seven other districts of the state. Control Rooms are  opened  in Kozhikode. Water level rises in major dams. As Met Department predicts heavy rain and storm on account of depression in Arabian sea, Fisher folks are warned from venturing  into the sea. Amid COVID-19 , as the new academic year began in Kerala ,in online platforms from yesterday, Government  to start  small neighborhood study centers and to provide financial aid to children who cannot access online classes . Meanwhile, under Vande Bharat Mission five flights carrying nearly 800 stranded Indian nationals are arriving in Kerala today from Dubai , Abu Dhabi  and Jiddah. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


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


In the National capital Delhi the minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in the city will be around 38 with generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. Mumbai will also see a partly cloudy sky with moderate rain today. The minimum temperature will be 25 while maximum will be around 33 .


In the south, Chennai will also see a partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature will be 29  and maximum is expected to be around 37.


Kolkata will see a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 25 while maximum will be around 36 .


On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 21 in Jammu while maximum will be around 35. The city see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 11 while maximum will be around 25 . The city will see a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. In Gilgit, minimum temperature will be 16 while maximum is expected to be around 27. The region will see Thunderstorm with rain.


In Muzzafarabad also, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. It will see a  minimum temperature of 15while maximum will be around 29.


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In Assam, 20 deaths reported in different parts of Barak Valley this morning due to landslides. District Disater Management Authorities rushed to the spots for rescue soon after information. Major landslide killed seven people in Hailakandi. Loss of lives of cattle and injury to several persons was also reported. District authorities are taking stock of situation.


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National Jal Jeevan Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti has approved the Annual Action Plan of Arunachal Pradesh to achieve 100 per cent  household tap connections in the state. The state proposed to provide 100 per cent tap connections to all the households by March, 2023. 


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