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0830 HRS
06.06.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • India and China agree to handle their differences through peaceful discussion.
  • Government promulgates two ordinances to help farmers and to boost rural economy. 
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launches national awareness campaign on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Atal Innovation Mission join hands to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • India's foreign exchange reserve reaches new all-time high of 493.48 billion US dollars.

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India and China have agreed that the two countries will handle their differences through peaceful discussion. Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs Naveen Srivastava  held talks with Wu Jianghao, Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs through video conference yesterday. The talks took place just a day before the Lieutenant General level meet between India and China held high significance in terms of peaceful dissolution between both the countries.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the state of bilateral relations including the current developments. In this context, they recalled the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries that peaceful, stable and balanced relations between India and China will be a positive factor for stability in the current global situation.

Both sides also agreed that in accordance with the guidance provided by the leadership, the two sides should handle their differences through peaceful discussion, bearing in mind the importance of respecting each other's sensitivities, concerns and aspirations and not allow them to become disputes. The two sides also exchanged views on the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and cooperation in various multilateral forums.

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In a significant development Lieutenant General level military officers are going to meet to resolve the Indo-China border standoff in the Eastern Ladakh region. Our correspondent reports, Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China are meeting at Moldo on Chinese side in a few hours from now. 

"To maintain the consensus reached by the leaders of two nations to maintain peaceful, stable and balanced relations between India and China, the Lieutenant General level Army officers are going to meet at Moldo border post in China. The meeting place Moldo is about 300 kilometres away from Leh and five kilometres from the Line of Actual Control.  Amidst over a two-week long stand off in eastern Ladakh between two powerful armies in the world, the meeting is seen as very important. On Friday, in a video conference between Indian External Affairs Ministry East Asia Joint Secretary Mr. Naveen Srivastava and Chinese Foreign Affairs Director General  Mr.Wu Jianghao, both the countries have agreed to respect each other's sensitivities, concerns and aspirations. Today, in the meeting between the Army officials at Moldo, Fire and Fury General Officer Commanding Lieutenant General Harinder Singh will represent India. Both Armies are expected to discuss the de-escalation of tension and resolve the differences in a peaceful manner. Ramesh Chandra, All india radio NEWS, Leh".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation yesterday with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. The Prime Minister assured the India’s steadfast support to Rwanda’s efforts to combat the coronavirus including medical assistance. He appreciated the 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.

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 the well-being of the citizens. Both the leaders agreed to extend all possible support to each other’s expatriate citizens during the present crisis.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated two ordinances with an aim of giving a boost to rural economy and to help farmers. These two ordinances are The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance  and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020. Recently, these two ordinances were approved by the Union Cabinet. These two ordinances will enable barrier-free trade in agriculture produce and also empower the farmer to engage with sponsors of his choice.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar yesterday wrote to all the Chief Ministers, informing them of the ordinances and solicited their cooperation in implementation of the reforms. He sought their continued support in the development and growth of the agriculture sector in the new reformed environment.

The Central Government is making comprehensive interventions to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness to agricultural marketing with an aim of raising the income of the farmers.

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The Union Government has promulgated an ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Under it, fresh insolvency proceedings will not be initiated for defaults due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Default on repayments from 25th of March, the day when the nationwide lockdown began to curb Corona virus infections, will not be considered for initiating insolvency proceedings for a certain period of time.

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Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched national awareness campaign on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways. Launching the campaign through Video Conference yesterday, 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.

Mr Gadkari also informed that his Ministry is conscious about the need to protect animal life on the roads. He said, the Ministry has requested all agencies to follow the provisions of the manual titled Eco friendly measures to mitigate impacts of linear infrastructure on wildlife issued by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He requested NGOs and social organisations to locate black spots for animals on the roads, and inform his ministry, so that necessary corrective action may be taken.

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Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh has said, the online Common Eligibility Test, CET for recruitment to non-gazetted posts will ease the difficulties faced by aspirants for government jobs. The Minister said this, while releasing a digital book titled 'Aarambh' and highlighting the achievements of the Department of Personnel and Training, DoPT through video conferencing yesterday.

Narrating some of the salient achievements of the Department in one year, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, fundamental reforms have been initiated in the area of government recruitment. The NRA will conduct computer-based online Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts with test centres in every district.

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The Narendra Modi Government recently completed first year of its second term. The 365-day period has witnessed series of chronicles being ed. From resolving age old issues to bringing technology driven solutions, the country has embarked on its journey to become a five trillion dollar economy. Our correspondent takes a look at the slew of measures and economic reforms introduced in last one year of the Modi Government.

"Nurturing national sentiments on one hand, the nation en marched on its path of inclusive Vikas Yatra when the uphill task to embolden the economy was handed to Nirmala Sitharaman. As the first full time woman Finance Minister of the country, she announced slew of economic measures catering to needs of middle class, corporates, MSMEs, labourers  and farmers in her two budgets. When the world was reeling under economic mayhem, Ms. Sitharaman's vision remained clear to push employment generation and stimulate the make in India and made for world initiative. Corporate Taxes were slashed to one of the lowest in the world. Huge impetus to ensure supply of drinking water and electricity for every household with emphasis on Gaon, Garib and Kisan was laid down. Ten banks were merged to address the issue of NPAs and provide better services to consumers. Unique opportunity for settling long pending tax disputes has been offered through Vivad Se Vishwas scheme. Even when the economy was masked due to Corona Virus, the Narendra Modi Government through its preemptive and proactive response rolled out a package of one lakh 70 thousand crore rupees on the second day of nationwide lockdown. Direct cash relief was extended to over 40 per cent of the population whereas 66 per cent of the population received extra food grains for three months. The Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan stimulus of over 20 lakh crore rupees added new leaflets of historic reforms. The ambit of MSMEs was widened for all enterprises with turnover up to 250 crore rupees. Farmers were given freedom to sell their produce in any part of the country, even through digital platforms. Salaried employees  and employers were benefited as government committed to bear the 24 percent EPF contribution on their behalf. Provisioning of 3 lakh crore collateral free loan for MSMEs, two lakh crore concessional credit for farmers and self-reliant loan scheme for street vendors were few other major decisions by the government to heal the economy from the viral contagion. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi".

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India's foreign exchange reserves surged by 3.43 billion dollars to reach a fresh all-time high of 493.48 billion dollars in the week ended 29th of last month.

A Reserve Bank of India press release has informed that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves rose by 3.50 billion dollars to 455.21 billion dollars.  In the previous week, the reserves had increased by three billion dollars to end at 490.044 billion dollars. The total value of the gold reserves, however, continued to decline. Gold reserves went down by 97 million dollars to end at 32.682 billion dollars.

India's special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund remained unchanged at 1.43 billion dollars, while the country's reserve position rose by 31 million dollars to 4.16 billion dollars. 

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The Government offices in the Union Territory of J&K shall function with all officers and staff, at all levels on a regular basis on all working days from Monday. AIR, Jammu correspondent reports that the employees who are at higher risk such as older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions should take extra precautions and should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public and the office management would facilitate work from home wherever feasible.

The routine issue of visitors or temporary passes would be suspended and only those visitors with proper permission of the officer who they want to meet, will be allowed after being properly screened and all the measures prescribed in the SOP on the preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices will be followed at all times besides the bio-metric attendance which will continue to remain suspended until further orders.

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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR has come together with Atal Innovation Mission, AIM to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in various sectors. In this regard, a Letter of Intent was signed yesterday between CSIR and Niti Aayog. These two organizations joined hands to support world class start-ups through CSIR incubators under Atal Innovation Mission initiatives and working together on new models of innovation including setting up of CSIR Innovation Parks.

Both organisations will work in tandem to stimulate innovation and research in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises industry in collaboration with ARISE initiative of AIM. This initiative works to stimulate innovation and research in the MSME industry. CSIR is working with MSMEs to provide technical solutions to the industries. These two organisations will also collaborate in creating problem solving mind-set across schools in India through close cooperation between Atal Tinkering Labs and Jigyasa.

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Under Vande Bharat Mission, 166 stranded Indian nationals from Oman reached Gaya in Bihar last evening. They were stranded due to lockdown in view of Corona pandemic. All passengers are from different parts of the state. These passengers were sent for quarantine for seven days in different hotels at Bodhgaya arranged by the State Government after thermal screening.

Meanwhile, 300 persons who had earlier come from Kuwait were sent home from hotels on completion of their quarantine period.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, 16 domestic flights with 1,571 passengers on board landed at Jammu and Srinagar Airports yesterday. AIR, Jammu corrospondent reports that, 361 passengers on board six flights arrived at Jammu while ten flights with 1,210 passengers on board landed at Srinagar Airport. After arrival, all the passengers were tested for COVID-19 virus and transported to their destinations at both the airports amid strict observance of all necessary preventive protocols.

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In Madhya Pradesh, 234 new cases of Corona virus have been found and so the number of infected cases in the state has gone up to around nine thousand. So far, 384 people have died, while 241 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours.

Our correspondent reports that no new Corona virus case was reported in 25 districts while the number of active cases is also less than the cured ones.

"In Madhya Pradesh, five thousand 878 people have recovered from the infection so far while the number of active cases are 2 thousand 734. Meanwhile, taking a step towards employment for migrant labourers, the Madhya Pradesh government is providing all information about the skilled and unskilled categories of migrant labourers on the Rozgar Setu portal from 10th June. Apart from this, information about vacancies available in industries will also be displayed on this portal. The objective of bringing the information of employment seekers and employment providers in one platform is that the entrepreneurs will get the workers according to their requirement and the workers will be getting employment according to their skills. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will inauguarate the Rozgar Setu portal on Wednesday. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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Uttar Pradesh recorded its biggest single day jump of 502 COVID-19 cases yesterday, taking the tally of total cases till date to 9,733 in state. During the last 24 hours, 12 more people succumbed to the disease. Yesterday was also the day when highest number of testings were done in the state.

A total of 5,648 patients were discharged following recovery. Meanwhile, instructions have been given to provide lukewarm water to the patients in all hospitals in the state.

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During Lockdown many people who were suffering from serious ailments faced difficult situation since movement was restricted and sometimes they were not able to reach to medical shops due to various reasons. At this juncture the Central and state governments came for the help of such persons. Our Lucknow Correspondent tells you how the Prime Minister’s Office helped a cancer patient in varanasi.

"Ashish Arun, a resident of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi, who is a cancer and kidney patient faced difficulty in getting his medicines during lockdown and his life was in danger. Finally PMO came to his rescue. There are thousands like Ashish who got timely redressal of their grievances and thanking government for the prompt reply. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

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Gujarat continues to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases. The positive cases crossed 19,000 mark in the state yesterday. As many as 510 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours which is the highest increase in a single day. The State Health Department officials said, 35 patients died due to COVID-19 yesterday while as many as 344 persons also recovered during the day.

"The Health Department said the recovery rate of the state is improving and it now stands at 68.05 per cent from the 44.3 per cent in the last week of May. The number of discharges in the state also crossed 13,000 mark yesterday. Out of the fresh cases, maximum 324 and 30 deaths were reported from Ahmedabad district alone. Mortality rate in Ahmedabad remains alarming and is one of the worst in the country. As many as 972 patients have died due to COVID-19 in the district till date. Meanwhile, the State Government has allocated 200 crore rupees from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the fight against Corona virus of which 100 crore will be given to Health Department to build health infrastructure while the remaining 100 crore will be given to seven Municipal Corporations to fight the pandemic. Ahmedabad city which is the worst affected due to COVID-19, has been given maximum 50 crore rupees. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD".

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In Maharashtra, the total number of Corona virus patients has crossed eighty thousand. The state recorded 2,436 new cases leading to a tally of 80,229. The death toll too surged by 139, the highest in a day recorded so far.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has informed that around 11.90 lakh migrant workers have been sent back home by 826 Shramik Special train services till 2nd of June.

 "In an affidavit filed before the Bombay High Court, the Maharashtra Government has said that it did not have any pending demand for Shramik Special trains and it would arrange for the same if requests are made. The affidavit filed by Kishor Nimbalkar, Secretary of Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation Department, further said that adequate measures were and are being taken to provide food, shelter and medical care to migrant labourers stranded in the state. According to the affidavit, over 6.6 lakh migrants were housed in 5,427 relief camps, adding that the number of migrants had come down to 37,994 by end of May. It added that the government and civic authorities had also provided food packets and drinking water to people travelling in Shramik trains. Meanwhile, India’s biggest container handling port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, has converted its Multi-Skill Training Centre at Bokadvira into a 120-bed COVID hospital. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."

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In Jharkhand, 93 new COVID-19 cases were reported in last 24 hours, which is the highest number of positive cases confirmed in a single day. The total number of cases has mounted to 936, while seven people have died due to Novel Corona virus. Fifty six patients including two young kids from Koderma district recovered from the viral infection yesterday and were discharged from hospitals. Thirty seven patients recovered and discharged from Dhanbad district during the last 24 hours, while a total of 446 people altogether have won the battle against COVID-19 in state.

Door to door medical screening in containment zones is being carried out to intensify contact tracing of newly detected cases of COVID-19, as 483 active cases are being treated at COVID Isolation Centres.

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A 38 year old woman has recovered from corona virus infection after taking the plasma therapy in Bengaluru. She was admitted in Victoria hospital ICU with diabetes, high sugar levels and COVID-19 symptoms. The Dean and Director of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute Dr. C R Jayanthi who treated the patient has informed that the patient received the plasma therapy on May 27th  following which she showed steady improvement in her condition.

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In Tamil Nadu, a thirteen-year old Madurai girl Nethra has been appointed the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Association for Development and Peace, the UNADAP. It was in recognition of her role in feeding the poor during the COVID-19 lockdown by her father, a hairdresser by profession. He has spent over five lakh rupees for the noble cause. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 'Mann ki Baat' address last Sunday, had appreciated the gesture of helping those in need at difficult times. 

Meanwhile, 1,438 people have tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. It was the sixth consecutive day for the daily count to exceed the thousand mark. 

"As the COVID-19 count in Chennai swells every day to a new high, the Tamil Nadu Government has nominated five Ministers to be part of the Field Support Team in the city. The team has been formed a few weeks back with senior IAS and IPS officials. They will now be joined by the Ministers who will oversee the coordination and relief works being done by the city civic body. An order to this effect by the government says they will concentrate on the containment zone management, focused testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine activities in the city. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

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Participating in our live Phone-in Programme on COVID-19, senior Physician Dr. Balbir singh said, Corona Virus has very low infection rate than other infectious disease and its recovery rate is also very high.

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of some  leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Talking to AIR News, Dr. Amarchand Bajaj, Senior Consultant in Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain Novel Corona virus.

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World Health Organisation has d its guidelines to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19.

In a press briefing yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said, people over age 60 or those with underlying medical conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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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. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. One 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 P.M. onwards.

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

The National capital Delhi recorded minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperature is expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky, light rain or drizzle.

Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers today. The minimum temperature recorded today was 23 degrees, while maximum will go up to 32 degrees.

In the south, Chennai is expecting generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature was recorded at 30 and maximum will go up to 39 degrees Celsius.

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

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 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 was recorded at 12 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 27 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature recorded 16 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 32 degrees. The region will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Muzzafarabad, there will also be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. the minimum temperature was recorded at 16 degrees and maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees Celsius.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • All the dailies have mentioned  the Indian and Chinese military officers meet on LAC today. The Hindu reports, "India, China hold talks, agree to resolve differences peacefully".

  • The top stories in all the dailies today cite the intention of the Apex Court of passing an order on the migrants. The Pioneer writes "Supreme Court, send migrants home in 15 days". While the Hindustan Times reports the SC directing states "Prepare employment roadmap for migrants".

  • Almost all the dailies have quoted the Finance Minister's announcement on approved schemes to remain suspended. "No new government schemes this year" writes the Statesman.

  • "Salons go for makeover before throwing doors open with key safety checks" notes the Economic Times.

  • Referring to shrines being opened with cautions The Times of India reports, "Puri temple may stay closed till July 4th, Maharashtra too unlikely to open shrines yet".

  • Mail Today writes about a digital campaign kicking off "How to save lockdown's green gains" even after the lockdown is fully lifted.

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