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India and China agree on complete disengagement of troops along the LAC and de-escalation            Over 4 lakh 39 thousand people recovered from Coronavirus so far in the country            Door to door health survey in COVID-19 containment zones completed in Delhi            University Grants Commission revisits its earlier guidelines related to university examinations            Former US National Security Advisor says Indo-US relationship will witness new peaks in 21st century           

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05th June, 2020


  • Prime Minister discusses challanges posed by Covid19 pandemic with president of Rwanda Paul Kagame; Assures India's support to Rwanda in fight against corona virus.

  • Government starts disbursal of third installment under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to women jan dhan account holders.

  • Union Government approves 572 Crore rupees for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Jharkhand.

  • World Environment Day celebrated all across the world today; Government launches Urban Forest Programme to mark the occasion.

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launches national awareness campaign on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways.

  • Covid19 recovery rate reaches 48.27 per cent.

  • The famous Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins in Puri today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation today with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Mr. Modi expressed satisfaction at the progress achieved in bilateral ties since his visit to Rwanda in 2018. The President of Rwanda warmly recalled the 200 Indian cows gifted by Prime Minister during his visit. Mr. Kagame said, these cows had helped in improving availability of milk for the children and also increased the income of farmers.

The two leaders discussed the challenges posed to their healthcare systems and economies by the Covid-19 pandemic. They shared information about the steps taken in their country to manage the crisis and ensure well-being of citizens. Both leaders agreed to extend all possible support to each other’s expatriate citizens during the present crisis.

Prime Minister assured the India’s steadfast support to Rwanda’s efforts to combat the coronavirus including medical assistance. He appreciated efforts of the people of Rwanda in combating this challenge and conveyed his best wishes for the health and well-being of the people of Rwanda.


Government today started the disbursal of amount of 500 rupees in the accounts of women beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, PMJDY for the month of June. This is the third installment under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.

Department of Financial Services said, beneficiaries can withdraw the amount on any day after 10th June. It said, the amount will be sent to the beneficiary's accounts from 5th to 9th June based on last digit of account number.

Under this package, ten thousand 29 crore rupees were credited to over 20 crore Jan Dhan account holders as first installment. In the second instalment, ten thousand 315 crore rupees were credited to 20.62 crore Jan Dhan account holders.

As part of the one lakh 70 thousand crore rupees Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, the government is providing free food grains and cash assistance to people to fight with the corona virus crisis.


Union Government today approved 572 Crore rupees for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Jharkhand in 2020-21. The state is planning cent percent household coverage by 2023-24. Out of 54 lakh rural households in the State, only 4.37 lakh have functional household tap connection (FHTC). In 2019-20, only 98,000 tap connections were provided. This means there is an immense scope to provide tap connections to remaining rural households.

In 2020-21, the State is planning to enable 12 lakh households with tap water connections. Further, State is planning for cent per cent coverage of 15 blocks and 4,700 villages during 2020-21. Focusing on the priorities of making provision of household tap connections in certain areas, Jal Shakti Ministry officials stressed on the principle of ‘equity and inclusiveness’ while State is planning to provide FHTCs to SCs/ STs, marginalized and weaker sections of the society.

Jharkhand State has 19 aspirational districts, so the State has been advised to give priority to these areas while planning. Similarly focus should be on universal coverage of SC/ ST dominated villages, water scarce areas and villages under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

In the prevailing CoVid-19 pandemic situation, State has been requested start works related to water supply and water conservation immediately in villages. This will provide works to the skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers to provide livelihood as well as to ensure potable water in the households of rural people.


World Environment Day is being celebrated today. It is the biggest annual event in the world by the United Nations to mark the awareness about the environment  amongst people. The  main aim is to raise awareness to protect nature and look at various environmental issues. The theme for this year 's Environment day is Biodiversity. President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India will remain committed to join hands with other nations to ensure a greener planet for posterity. Extending greetings on the occasion of World Environment Day, Mr Kovind said, the day reminds us to appreciate inter-connectedness of all living beings.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged people to collectively ensure that the flora and fauna thrives on mother Earth. He reiterated the pledge to preserve nature's rich biodiversity. In his latest Mann Ki Baat last Sunday, Prime Minister said, that every Indian should contribute to the nature by planting at least one tree to bring positive change in the environment.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister, Prakash Javadekar launched the Urban Forest program on the occassion of World Environment Day. Speaking in a virtual celebration hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Javadekar said, despite all constraints, the country has managed to preserve around 8 per cent of the world's biodiversity through its rich culture of worshipping and nurturing every aspect of mother nature. He said, the country believes in the principle of Prithvi Rakshti Rakshatah, which means Mother Nature protects those, who protect her.


In Himachal Pradesh, the state government has done commendable work in maintaining the green cover of the State. As many as 3871 Biodiversity Management Committees have been constituted at the panchayat level to conserve the rich biodiversity of the state. The State has been endowed with diverse climatic conditions and a variety of flora and fauna.

"Himachal Pradesh is rich in biodiversity as it houses seven percent of the biodiversity of the country. The state has 5721 species of fauna and about 3295 species of flora. On the occasion of state-level function on world environment day held at Shimla today, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur appreciated the significant role of NGO, Mahila Mandals, Yuvak Mandals and common people in conserving the environment. He said no scheme can get success without the involvement of the people. He said the state has maintained a fine balance between development and at the same time ensured no harm to the fragile ecology of the State. It may be recalled that the State Government has imposed a complete ban on the use of thermocol cutlery as it is non-biodegradable and causing harm to the environment. Himachal Pradesh has also become the first state in the country to ban the complete use of polythene bags. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla."


India's approach at the United Nations Security Council will be guided by the tenets of Samman, Samvad, Sahyog, Shanti and Samriddhi. External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar asserted that India’s overall objective during the fresh tenure in the UN Security Council will be the achievement of N.O.R.M.S. , New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System. He said this today at the launch event of a brochure outlining India’s priorities for its forthcoming campaign to secure an elected seat in the UN Security Council. The election for the UN Security Council is slated to be held on 17th of this month.

As a single endorsed candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group, India’s candidature is very likely to succeed. This would be nation's eighth term in the UN Security Council which will begin from January next year. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jaishankar referred to the international context that the Security Council will confront, with regard to both new and continuing traditional challenges to the international peace and security. He said, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further contributed to a more complex international economic and political environment, including by limiting the capacity of States to respond to local, regional and global challenges.


The Central Government today said that the recovery rate reached to 48.27 per cent in the country and the total number of recovered people from Corona virus reached to one lakh nine thousand 462. During the last 24 hours, five thousand 355 people have cured.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, nine thousand 851 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to two lakh 26 thousand 770 in the country. This is the highest spike in new cases in one day since the outbreak of Corona pandemic in India. During the last 24 hours, 273 deaths have been registered taking the nationwide toll to six thousand 348. The fatality rate is 2.80 per cent. The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of one lakh 43 thousand 661 samples were tested for Corona virus in the last 24 hours.


The number of coronavirus patients has crossed eighty thousand in Maharashtra. The state recorded 2436 new cases leading to a tally of 80,229. The death toll too surged by 139, the highest in a day recorded so far. The number of people who have died due to COVID-19 in the state stands at 2849, while the total number of recovered patients stands at 35,156 with as many as 1475 patients discharged today. According to the state health department, Maharashtra currently has 42,224 active patients while 5,22,946 people have been tested so far.


In Gujarat, the government has allowed outdoor film shooting and film-related activities from today however no shooting is allowed in containment zones.

Our correspondent reports that the department of Information and Broadcasting issued a notification yesterday regarding the SoPs to be followed during the shooting.

"As per the notification, the film producers need to take prior permission from the district collectors before carrying out any film related activity in the district. No person from the containment zone can take part in any of the film related activities. Artists can remove masks only before camera. But all the crew members will have to wear masks, sanitise their hands frequently and maintain social distancing during the shoot. Shooting of group activities such as crowd dance, group fight where large mob is involved can’t be carried out. All the makeup artists need to wear PPE kits while applying make Ups. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."


The Tamil Nadu Government has nominated five ministers to be part of the ‘Field Support Team’ in Chennai to contain the spread of Covid19 disease in the city. The team consisting of senior officials will coordinate the containment and relief activities.

Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, 1438 people have been tested positive for Covid-19 today. This is the sixth consecutive day today for the daily count to exceed the figure of a thousand.

"The thirteen year old Madurai girl Nethra has been appointed the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Association for the Development and Peace, the UNADAP. She has got the honour as she convinced her father Mr Mohan, a hairdresser by profession, to spend the family savings of five lakh rupees for feeding the poor in the locality during the Covid-19 led lockdown. The noble gesture was appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann ki Baat address last Sunday. The amount has been saved by her family for her education. As the goodwill ambassador, Ms Nethra will get the opportunity to speak at the UN NGO conferences and Civil Society forums globally. She has also been offered the Dixon Scholarship of one lakh rupees. Her inspiring story underlines the fact that generosity pays. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases, Kerala confirms 111 positive cases today.

"The total active Covid cases in the State rose to  973. 22 people recovered from the disease today.  Addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the situation in Kerala as "challenging." Of the 111 fresh Covid cases , 98 people came from abroad and other States and ten  cases are through contact, including 3 health workers. Mr Vijayan  said the rising number of cases points to the need to practice social distancing norms more rigorously despite the lockdown relaxations. The Chief Minister also said that religious places, shopping malls and restaurants can start functioning from next week as per Center's guidelines following strict Covid protocols. However, people aged above 65 and children below 10 years should stay at home. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today launched national awareness campaign on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways. Launching the campaign through Video Conference, Mr Gadkari underlined the need for generating awareness and education for the masses at large towards reducing or eliminating mortality on the roads. He said, ecology and sustainability are most important for human life.

The Minister informed that the country witnesses nearly five lakh road accidents every year, in which about 1.5 lakh lives are lost. Mr Gadkari said, he is endeavoring to bring down these figures by 20 to 25 per cent by March next year. Over five thousand black spots have been identified, and the process for their rectification including temporary and permanent measures is being carried out on urgent basis.


The famous Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath has begun in Puri today. Snana Yatra is a ceremonial grand shower festival celebrated on the Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. In this festival the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra, are brought out from the Jagannath Temple and taken in a procession to the Snana Mandap inside the temple premises. Then the deities are ceremonially bathed in 108 pots of ritually purified water and decorated for a public audience.

"In the evening, at the conclusion of the bathing rituals, Jagannath and Balabhadra are dressed up in elephant headgear representing the lord Ganesh. This is known as Gajavesha. After the Snana Yatra the Gods are traditionally believed to fall ill and are kept in a sick room to recuperate in privacy under the care of the Raj Vaidya. This period known as Anasara, and in that period devotees are not allowed to see the Gods. At this time three pata chitra paintings are displayed for devotees to view instead. It is said that with the Ayurvedic medication administered by the Raj Vaidya the Gods recover in a fortnight. This year, due to  Corona pandemic it is being celebrated without public gathering. Subhashree Mahapatra for AIR News."


In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Member (Health) in NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul urged everyone to follow social distancing in order to break chain the transmission.

Dr. Rakesh Misra, Director of Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology, highlighted the importance of growing cultures of the virus in labs for developing vaccines and conducting serological tests.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on COVID-19 .

Dr. Balwinder Singh, Senior Physician from Saftarjung Hospital will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


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

The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and maximum 36 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky with Light rain or Drizzle.

Mumbai will witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum and maximum will be 23 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius respectively.

In the south, Chennai will see a generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 30 and 41 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will also witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degrees. 

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 37 degrees Celsius. The city will observe mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 27 degrees. The city will face partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be Partly cloudy with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The city will witness minimum temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees Celsius.


Conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of Central Arabian Sea, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and  Karaikal, south-west and  east-central Bay of Bengal; entire south-east Bay of Bengal and some parts of west-central Bay of Bengal during next 2 days says, S. Stella, Director, Amaravathi, AP, today. A Low Pressure Area is likely to develop over eastern parts of west-central Bay of Bengal around 08th June, 2020.


In West Bengal, the visiting Central team will meet the State administration at Secretariat tomorrow. The seven member team led by the Joint Secretary of the Union Home Ministry has come to the State to assess the damages caused by the recent Super Cyclonic Storm AMPHAN.

"Central team has completed the visit of Amphan ravged areas in North and South 24 Paraganas districts. During the day they inspected the extent of damages in two districts by road and water ways besides Arial survey. The team dividing in two groups visited Sandeshkhali and Pathar Pratima under Bashirhat and Kakdwip Sub- divisions to take stock of the situation. They witnessed damages on river embankments in Sundarbans and also interacted with local people. The Central team will submit it's report on the devastation to the Union Home Ministry after returning to Delhi. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."


Personality tests for the remaining candidates of Civil Services Examination 2019 will be held from 20th July. The Union Public Service Commission held a special meeting today to review the prevailing situation due to COVID-19.

Taking notice of the opening of lockdown and progressive relaxations being announced by the Central Government and various States, the Commission decided to issue a revised schedule of Examinations and Recruitment Tests (RTs). Details of the revised calendar of Examinations have been published on the UPSC website. The Commission also decided

to resume personality tests for the remaining candidates of Civil Services Examination 2019 from 20th July. Candidates will be informed individually.

Recruitment Test for the posts of EO/AO in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization earlier scheduled to be held on the October 04, 2020 has been deferred. New date for conduct of this test will be published on the website of the Commission at the time of issue of calendar of Examinations/ Recruitment Tests for 2021.


In Madhya Pradesh, a plantation drive named "Thank Mom" has been started on the premises of Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Directorate from today on World Environment Day.

Commissioner Renu Tiwari informed that all the plants which are planted during this period are being fitted with a plaque in the name of the mother of each employee.

The employees will take care of the plant just like her mother. Plants of Neem, Guava, Mango, Moonlight, Parijat and Tulsi were planted in the premises.

Online and offline programs were organized in all the districts on the theme of 'Time for Nature', focused on conservation of biodiversity across the state.

Essay, painting, discussion etc. were also organized online to raise awareness about environmental protection in different sections of the society.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that we should try to fulfill our obligation to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity. Every person must plant at least one tree in a year. If planted more then it will be work done in favor of humanity along with nature.


Under Vande Bharat Mission, 166 stranded Indian nationals from Oman reached Gaya in Bihar this evening. All passengers are from different parts of the state. They were sent for quarantine for seven days in different hotels at Bodhgaya arranged by the state government after thermal screening. 


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