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PM Modi reviews Covid-19 situation; Says continuous emphasis should be laid on preventing spread of infection            MP, Tamil Nadu decide to impose complete lockdown across state every Sunday            Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek test COVID-19 positive; political leaders, fans pray for speedy recovery            NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission launches app development module for school students            NIA nabs two prime accused in Kerala gold smuggling case           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates government’s commitment to save lives and also to stabilize economy of the country.
  • Prime Minister calls for developing robust local supply chain to strengthen India's share in global supply chain.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to over 48 per cent.
  • France reaffirms its commitment to ensure timely delivery of Rafale Aircraft to India despite challenges posed by COVID 19.
  • NDRF teams deployed in Gujarat and Maharashtra in view of Cyclone Nisarga; Prime Minister assures all possible support and assistance.
  • Center announces development of new Greenfield connectivity to Amritsar City from Nakodar as part of Delhi-Amritsar Expressway.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that Coronavirus may have slowed the economy, but India will get its growth back through talent and technology. Mr Modi 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 today, marking the 125th year of CII since inception, the Prime Minister shared his vision on the theme of Getting 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 the government’s commitment to save lives and also to stabilize the economy of the country. Stressing on country's capabilities and crisis management strategy, availability of talent and technology, he assured that India will be soon back on its path of healthy economy.

Mr. Modi said, India has entered into the first phase of nationwide unlock, opening up a larger part of economic activities. He highlighted the importance of right measures and early imposition of lockdown which helped government to build up the required infrastructure to handle the pandemic.

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


The Prime Minister added that, more than eight crore gas cylinders were also delivered to households and 50 lakh employees got 24 per cent of their contribution to Employees' Provident Fund by the government.  

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 the rights and freedom to farmers which was due for decades.

The Prime Minister said, amidst the pandemic, expectations of the world from India have increased. He said, the World is looking for a trusted and reliable partner and India has the 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. Mr. Modi made a clarion call for Made in India, Made for the world, to ensure self- reliance for the country.


The Prime Minister also stressed on measures to be brought in to cut down imports for products which can be easily manufactured in the country. He assured the industry members of every possible government support to achieve the shared vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.


Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 48.07 per cent in the country and a total 95 thousand 527 people affected with novel corona virus have been cured so far. Briefing media in New Delhi today, a health ministry official said that recovery rate has been improving continuously.

The Health Ministry said, though the number of corona cases are increasing in India, but in comparison to the other countries in the world, less cases and deaths have been reported. It said, 14 countries with popular numbers similar to India have reported 22.5 times more cases and 55.2 times more deaths in comparison. It said, surveillance, contact tracing, isolation and timely clinical management have reduced the fatality rate in the country. The Ministry said, case fatality was 3.30 per cent on 15th April and now it is at 2.82 per cent which is lowest among the other countries of the world. The worldwide fatality rate is 6.13 percent.

Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said that testing capacities are scaled up during the last two months and now 1 lakh tests are being done everyday.


Researchers at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) in Pune have developed an artificial intelligence enabled COVID-19 detection tool, which uses chest x-rays of patients to identify the infection.

According to a press release, Chest x-rays of suspected patients can be uploaded on this AI tool, which immediately confirms any abnormality due to COVID-19 or other kinds of respiratory disorders.

This will be a useful tool for radiologists and can also be used in telemedicine. The DIAT has made it available for free on its website www.diat.ac.in, where a link has been provided.


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said the state has sufficient number of RT-PCR kits to test Covid-19 samples with its hospitals. He reviewed the pandemic situation in Chennai with officials at the city corporation headquarters Rippon Building today. In the meeting, he said over 2.7 lakh kits are in store now and is being replenished regularly. He said every day around 13-thousand tests are being made in the state with Chennai alone accounting for about 4000 tests. He said it helps identify more hidden cases.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 tally in Tamil Nadu has crossed 24-thousand mark with 1091 people confirmed today. 13 people died of the disease in the last 24-hours mounting the fatalities to 197. The active caseload remains at 10,680 while 536 others have been discharged today. More from our correspondent:-

"Under the Operation Samudra Setu, the Indian Navy’s amphibious transport vessel INS Jalashwa reached Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu today with 685 stranded passengers. It is the first ship to reach Indian shores from Srilanka with the evacuees under the Samudra Setu mission. The embarkation has been facilitated by the Indian mission in Colombo. The ship began her voyage from Colombo last evening. On her arrival today, the evacuees were subjected to health screening and the Tuticorin district administration dispatched them in several vehicles to their respective home districts. They have been advised to observe self-quarantine for two weeks at their homes. The passengers expressed happiness saying they had a pleasant journey in the naval ship. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Kerala continues to report a rise in Covid 19 cases with 86 new cases and 1 more Covid death today. A report.

"The deceased is a 77 year old who was under treatment in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.The  Covid death toll in the State rose to 11.Presently 774 active cases are there in the State. Meanwhile as monsoon strengthens in the State, orange is issued in Kozhikode, Kasargode and Kannur districts for tomorrow. Yellow is issued in 4 districts.The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority informed,  the people living in landslide prone regions to remain ready to shift, as and when district authority informs. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Himachal Pradesh registered five more fresh cases of COVID19 today, taking the virus tally in the state to 345. Of these fresh cases, two of them were asymptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19. A report.

"Out of three, two asymptomatic returnees who arrived Kangara from Delhi  few days back have been tested positive for COVID19 and have been shifted to the Institutional quarantine at Baijnath. Two persons at Mandi district have also been tested positive who have recently returned to the state from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Most of the people who are being tested positive for COVID 19  are returnees from across the country. Presently, 2 hundred and 12 corona positive patients are under treatment in the state. However, one hundred 24 people have also been recovered after the treatment. Reports of 940 samples are still awaited. Most of the persons found corona positive have returned to Himachal from other parts of the states. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Shimla"


During the Lockdown many people were stuck away from their homes. At this juncture central and state governments came forward to help such persons. Our Lucknow Correspondent has filed this report on how the Prime Minister’s Office helped a worried Father from Kanpur whose daughters were stuck in Gurgaon.

Rajkumar Manglick, a charted accountant from Kanpur still remembers the date of 28th march this year when during first phase of Lockdown his daughters were stuck in Gurgaon and as a worried father he wrote an online letter to PMO for help....and the reply came very promptly.

As a satisfied citizen he thanks government for extending help in such an unprecedented time.

There are thousands like Rajkumar who got timely redressal of their grievances and thanking government for the prompt reply. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW


In Rajasthan, under unlock-1 public transport facilities are gradually increasing in the state. Rajasthan Roadways will start bus services on more than 100 routes in the state from tomorrow. Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation has issued orders regarding this today. More from our correspondent:-

"Apart from the major cities of the state, bus services will also be resumed from Jaipur to Gurugram. However, the operation of private buses has not yet started in the state. Managing Director of Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, Naveen Jain told that passengers will be given entry at the bus stand only after screening. Passengers will be allowed to  travel in limited number. He said that buses would be sanitized twice a day. Meanwhile, the number of people recovered from COVID infection in the state is continuously increasing. More than 67 percent of corona-infected persons in the have been cured so far.-  Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar district administration has enlisted five star hotels of the city and forty luxury lodges and houseboats for quarantine facilities. It has also capped the tariffs at a fair and reasonable level, so as not to burden those who return home.

This initiative of the government to enlist luxury hotels has received a warm response as nearly forty-eight percent of those arriving in the city from outside, have opted for them. More from our Srinagar Correspondent:-

"Srinagar district administration has roped-in, five star hotels of Srinagar city like Lalit Grand Palace and Taj Vivanta including several houseboats for paid quarantine facilities.This has been made for those arriving into the Srinagar city from different parts of the country and abroad amid cornavirus pandemic. Quarantine, at five-star hotels like Lalit Grand Palace is known for its scenic surroundings where several Hindi Films have been shot in the past,  is now available on demand for the returnees." This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar


France reaffirmed its commitment to ensure timely delivery of Rafale Aircraft to India despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. French Minister of Armed Forces, Ms Florence Parly today  assured Defence minister Rajnath Singh of the delivery during a telephonic conversation. Both the leaders discussed matters of mutual concern including COVID-19 situation, regional security and agreed to strengthen the Bilateral Defence Cooperation between India and France. Both Ministers appreciated the efforts made by the Armed Forces of India and France in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Singh welcomed the French Chairmanship of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium from 2020 to 2022. The two Ministers agreed to work together to fulfil the India-France Joint Strategic Vision on the Indian Ocean Region of 2018.


Under Vande Bharat Mission, 169 stranded passengers from Dhaka, Bangladesh reached Gaya in Bihar this afternoon. These passengers were stranded due to lockdown. Amongst them 125 are from Bihar while 44 are from Jharkhand. Passengers of Jharkhand were sent to their state by road while those from Bihar were sent  to stay in paid hotel quarantine for seven days after thermal screening.


Around 700 Indian labourers from Sri Lanka arrived at the Thuthukudi  Chidambaranar port in Tamil Nadu today. Indian Naval Ship INS Jalashwa brought them under the Operation Samudra Sethu for bringing labourers from other countries by ships.

The labourers who arrived today include people from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka and Kerala.


In Nepal, the number of COVID-19 cases has crossed 2000 mark. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 288 people have tested positive during last 24 hours taking total number to 2099. The Ministry said, 45 more people have been cured and discharged from various hospitals. 8 persons have died of COVID-19 so far in the country. 


Bangladesh today reported the highest number of fresh Corona infections in a day. 2911 people tested positive for Corona infection in the country over the last 24 hours  taking the total number of infected people to 52,445. During this period 37 patients died due to Corona raising the number of deaths to 709.

Meanwhile, the first death due to Corona virus in the Rohingya refugee camps was reported at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar area of Bangladesh.  

The Cox's Bazar area shelters more than a million Rohingya refugees who came to Bangladesh.


Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired the second meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee, NCMC to review the preparedness of States and central government agencies to deal with cyclonic storm-Nisarga.

Reviewing the preparedness, the Cabinet Secretary directed that all necessary measures must be taken to complete the evacuation process and ensure the return of all fishermen from the sea. He said, special efforts are to be made to ensure that essential medical services to Covid affected people are not disrupted. Agencies are also directed to activate contingency plans for power, telecommunication, nuclear, chemical, aviation and shipping infrastructure.

States and Central government officers apprised about the preparatory measures taken to deal with the situation. The Officers assured that adequate stocks of essential supplies are available and SMS messages have been sent to warn the residents likely to be affected by the cyclone. They also informed that evacuation of people is underway. NDRF has deployed 40 teams and additional teams are also been airlifted. Rescue and relief teams of Army and Navy have been put on standby. The storm is likely to impact the coastal districts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.


Talking to AIR News, Director General of NDRF S N Pradhan has said that NDRF teams have been deployed in Gujarat and Maharashtra in view of Cyclone Nisarga. He said, although the Cyclone is not in the extremely Severe category, all precautions are being taken.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani and Administrator of Daman Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Praful K Patel regarding the cyclonic storm situation. He assured them of all possible support and assistance from the Centre.


Parts of Konkan, including Mumbai and its suburbs have started to witness light showers as severe cyclonic storm Nisarg is expected to hit Maharashtra tomorrow afternoon. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the cyclonic storm is currently about 430 kilometers from Mumbai. The cyclone is likely to make landfall near Alibaug that lies 95 kilometers from Mumbai. Its wind speed is likely to be around 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph. 


The cyclonic storm Nisarga over the east-central Arabian sea is heading northwards and is situated 600 Kilometers from Surat. The Met Department today said the cyclone will make landfall between Harihareshwar and Daman coast.


Landslides due to heavy rainfall claimed 21 lives in Barak Valley of Assam and disrupted train services. Landslides at 3 different places in Hailakandi district killed 8 persons today while 7 lost their lives in Jayapur of Cachar district. 6 deaths were reported from Kaliganj of Karimganj district too. Environment and forest minister Parimal Shukla Baidya visited landslide sites in Hailakandi.

President Ramnath Kovind expressed his condolences to the families of the victims via twitter. Following directions from the Chief Minister, the Cachar district administration handed ex-gratia cheques of 4 lakh rupees to the kin of each deceased today itself. Cheques in two other affected districts will be handed over tomorrow.


The Narendra Modi government has completed one year of its second term in office. It has always accorded high priority to the agriculture sector and welfare of farmers. During the last one year, various important schemes were launched  with an aim to boost agriculture sector and to enhance farmers' income. In the first Union Cabinet meeting of its second term, the Modi government decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme to cover all farmer families in the country irrespective of the size of their land holdings from 1st of June last year excluding affluent categories. The scheme initially provided income support to all Small and Marginal Farmers’ families across the country, holding cultivable land upto 2 hectares. An amount of six thousand rupees is provided per year in three equal installments directly into the bank account of  farmers under the scheme. More from our correspondent:-

"Under the PM- KISAN scheme, during the lockdown period from 24th of March,  9.67  crore farmers have been benefited and an amount of over 19 thousand 350 crore rupees has been released so far. The government also launched  Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana on 12th of September last year to ensure payment of minimum pension of  three thousand rupees per month to the eligible small and marginal farmers on attaining the age of 60 years. During the period, 415 new Mandis have been integrated with National Agriculture Market e- NAM platform . With this e-NAM platform now has a total number of 1000 mandis across 18 States and  3 Union Territories. Besides, the  Kisan Rath Mobile App was also launched  to facilitates Farmers and Traders in identifying right mode of transportation for movement of farm produce. Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the government has announced one lakh crore rupees Agri Infrastructure Fund for farm-gate infrastructure for farmers. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi"


The Center today announced the development of a new Greenfield connectivity to Amritsar City from Nakodar via Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib as part of Delhi-Amritsar Expressway. Announcing this, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari  said, the road from Amritsar to Gurdaspur will also be fully developed and made completely signal free. With this, there will be  options to travel to Gurdaspur onwards from Nakodar either via Amritsar or via Kartarpur.

Once the project is completed, the travel time from Amritsar to Delhi International airport will reduce by about four hours. The first phase of expressway would involve an investment of about 25,000 crore rupees.


In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTHBUSTERS.

A newspaper report has stated that continuous use of sanitizer for 50-60 days can lead to harmful skin disease & cancer

This information is false. The PIB Fact check handle tweeted that use of hand sanitizers does not harm humans. It further said that Hand sanitizers with 70% alcohol content are recommended for protection against COVID-19.


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

The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and maximum 37 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 16 and 27 degrees Celsius.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be  partly cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.


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