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Morning News

0815 HRS
02.04.2020

THE HEADLINES,


  • Centre asks States and Union Territories to strictly implement lockdown measures in the letter and spirit amidst Coronavirus outbreak.

  • Government appeals people to avoid religious congregation and adhere to social distancing during the lockdown.

  • CBSE to conduct class 10 and 12 examinations only for 29 main subjects crucial for promotion; All students of classes 1st to 8th to be promoted to next class.

  • Bihar government decides to give 1000 rupees to each migrant workers and ration card holders.

  • United Nation's COP 26 climate change summit postponed till next year.

  • Wimbledon tennis tournament canceled for the first time since World War-II.

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Centre has asked States and Union Territories to strictly implement lockdown measures in the letter and spirit. In a letter to State Chief Secretaries and UT administrators, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, it has been noticed that some States and UTs are allowing exceptions beyond what has been permitted under the lockdown. He said, this amounts to violation of the lockdown measures announced by the Center under the Disaster Management Act  and may defeat the overall objective of containing the spread of COVID-19.

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The Government has said, positive cases of corona virus in the country has increased and states have been asked to launch intensive drive to trace the suspected contacts. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Joint Secretary in Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal said, movement of the people associated with Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in the national capital, has increased the number of cases in the country. Mr Agarwal  said, 18 hundred people have been hospitalized and sent for quarantine. He appealed that religious congregation should be avoided and social distancing should be adhered during lock down.

"लॉकडाउन की परिस्थिति में हमारे जो इंस्ट्रेक्शन् है, हमारी डायरेक्शन  ही है कि किसी भी तरह का कांग्रिगेशन अवॉयड करना चाहिए, धार्मिक सभाओं को अवॉयड करना चाहिए। हम चाहते है कि सब लोगों की सुरक्षा के लिए सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग के जो मेजर्स है, जो उसके संबंधित डायरेक्शन है उनका 100 परसेंट अमल हो।"

The Joint Secretary said, government is regulating 24 class of medical devices which have been notified and regulated as drugs under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. He said, no manufacturer and importer can increase the MRP of a drug more than ten percent of MRP during preceding twelve month. He said, this step has been taken to provide the medicines and devices at affordable rates to the people. Mr. Aggarwal said, Supreme Court has directed the states to make arrangement of counselor at relief camps.

Joint Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs, Punya Salila Srivastava said that efforts have been made by the States and Union Territories to provide essential items to the people. She said, 21 thousand 486 relief camps have been set up in the country while meals are being provided to  25 lakh people. 

"माइग्रेंट वर्कस के लिए स्टेट्स और यूटी फूड और शेल्टर की व्यवस्था कर रही है। अपडेटेड फिगर के अनुसार 21 हजार 486 रिलीफ कैंप सेटअप हुए हैं, जिसमें 6 लाख 75 हजार 193 पर्सन् को शेल्टर दिया जा रहा है और 25 लाख लोगों को मील् दिए गए है।"

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Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a meeting by video-conferencing with all the Chief Secretaries  and Director General Police of the States. The States were sensitized about the intensive contact tracing of Tablighi Jamat participants as this has increased the risk of containment efforts of COVID-19.  The States were asked to complete the contact tracing process on a war footing. It has been found that foreigners who had participated in the Tablighi Jamat had violated visa conditions. The states were asked to initiate action for violation of visa condition against the foreigners and the organizers of the event.

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In Telangana, 30 new positive cases of Coronavirus reported on a single day yesterday. Three persons died while being treated for Covid-19. Two persons died in Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad while one more died in a city-based private hospital. With this the total deaths in the state, due to Covid-19 rose to nine. All the positive cases and deaths reported yesterday are returnees from Tablighi event held in Delhi between 13-15 of last month. 

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao appealed to people who attended Markaz, their family members and close contacts to come forward for medical tests. Hundreds of contacts with Markaz returnees are being brought for medical tests in Hyderabad and also in Districts across the state. The security at Gandhi Hospital and other designated hospitals for Doctors and Medical staff has been beefed up. This is following an attack over doctors by relatives of a Covid-19 patient who died last evening at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad. We have a report:-

"When the spread of coronavirus was being fought from all corners and kept it under near control, the death of 6 persons, all who attended Tablighi event in Delhi, shook the entire state and brought it to ‘back to square’ like situation. Massive search operations are going on across the state to find the close contacts of the Delhi returnees who attended Tablighi event. Over 200 hundred teams comprising revenue, police and medical personnel are searching for the Markaz returnees in Hyderabad for the past three days. So far they have identified nearly thousand returnees, their family members and close contacts. Yesterday only, over 300 samples were tested for coronavirus and 30 of them tested positive. The district authorities especially of Adilabad, Karimnagar and Nizamabad from where more number of people attended Markaz are making all out efforts to identify the virus affected and bring them to medical care as early as possible. MS LAKSHMI, AIR NEWS, HYDERABAD."

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In Tamil Nadu, 110 people were tested positive for Covid-19 taking the total to 234 so far. All the new cases were found out to be those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi. With this, the total number of Covid19 cases among those who attended the conference so far is estimated to be 190 with 80 more confirmed earlier. However, the state health secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters that 1103 people who attended the event have reported themselves for testing and are in the isolation wards of their nearby hospitals. The whole of the containment zones has been cordoned off by the police so that the spread of the disease could be checked and the people could be tested. She said the state has the capacity to test 5000 patients a day and the capacity is being gradually expanded. More from our correspondent:

"As part of Government of India’s humanitarian mission, Indian Air Force is scheduled to deliver essential medicines and relief materials to the Maldives by air to help in its fight against the SARS-CoV2 virus. A C-130 type multipurpose transport aircraft of the defence force will carry the relief materials from Chennai Airport to Male, this morning. Furthermore, for repatriating the staff of the French consulate in the city and their families and the stranded nationals of France in various towns in the state, a chartered flight took off from Chennai last night with 295 passengers to Paris via Doha. Similarly, five chartered flights are scheduled to be operated from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur from tonight till coming Sunday carrying over 900 Malaysian nationals who were found stranded in Tamil Nadu. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In Andhra Pradesh, number of COVID-19 positive cases stands at 111 with a record number of 67 tested positive yesterday. Most of the positive cases traced to the participants of the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi. As the results are coming in a phased manner, there is a possibility for increase in the number of cases as most of the participants of the congregation and their contacts are yet to come out voluntarily for testing.  The State government has come out with an innovative ‘COVID-19 Alerting Tracking System’ to monitor the movements of people who came from abroad and are under home quarantine by tracking the location of their mobile numbers with the help of service providers. The AP Govt has started distributing social pensions through Gram volunteers throughout the State.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subhramanyam has directed all Deputy Commissioners to carryout aggressive contact tracing campaign and putting all such persons under quarantine after taking their samples as per health protocol. He also asked to further minimize movement on roads in order to contain spread of coronavirus. He complimented the Deputy Commissioners for their serious efforts in battling with coronavirus and said that it is because of our aggressive contact tracing campaign that we have controlled the spread of virus to some extent. The details of people who have attended religious function in Delhi have been shared with the Deputy Commissioners, Chief Secretary said adding that both the Divisional Commissioners should coordinate with IGP’s and further DCs, with the help of District police, need to ensure that the entire list is checked and action as per health protocol is taken accordingly. 

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In Gujarat, police have traced 72 people that had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference at Nizamuddin in Delhi earlier this month. State DGP Shivanand Jha said out of these, 71 persons have been home quarantined. He confirmed that one 70-year old male from Bhavnagar who died on 26th March had attended the gathering. A report:

"The enquiry conducted by police revealed that those who attended the gathering included 34 persons from  Ahmedaad, 20 from Bhavnagar, 12 from Mehsana, 4 from Botad while 2 from Navsari. DGP Shivanand Jha said all the 71 persons have been medically examined and home quarantined. He said all the persons who have come in contact with them are also being identified and quarantined. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."

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Tripura government has identifed 35 persons of 18 families who had participated the Tablighi Jamaat's conference at Nizamuddin in Delhi. State Surveillance officer, Dr. Deep Debbarma said out of these, 10 persons are from Maharashtra who has come to Tripura after visiting Mumbai from the Nizamuddin gathering and another 12 are from Assam. The 35 persons have been quarantined in the state.

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In Manipur, a person who took part in religious congregation held at Nizamuddin, New Delhi has been found positive for Corona Virus. As of now Manipur has found two positive cases of COVID-19. Those who were found negative in the test result has been kept in Quarantine Centres in their concerned districts.

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A total 1834 confirmed cases of corona virus have been registered in the country. Health and Family Welfare Ministry has confirmed that 144 patients have been cured and 41 death have been reported so far in the country.

Head Scientist, ICMR, Delhi, Raman R Gangakhedkar said that 47 thousand 951 tests have been conducted so far and the current capacity utilization of the labs is 38 per cent. He said, ICMR has given approval to 126 government laboratories and 51 private laboratories to conduct the tests.

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In view of COVID -19 outbreak, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct class 10 and 12 examinations only for 29 main subjects which are crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, he has advised the board in this regard. He said, for rest of the subjects, CBSE will not hold board exams and instructions for their marking, assessment will be issued soon.

He has also directed CBSE to promote all students of classes one to eight to the next class in view of  COVID- 19 situation. The Minister said, the students of class 9 and 11 will be promoted to the next class based on the school-based assessments including projects, periodic tests and term exams conducted so far. Those Class 9 and 11 students not promoted this time, can appear in school based tests online or offline.

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Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ensuring uninterrupted supply of wheat and rice throughout the country during the lockdown period. Consumer Affairs Ministry said, FCI is fully prepared to meet not only the food grain requirement under National Food Security Act but also any additional demand including supply of 5Kg per Person for next three months to more than 81 Crore people under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana. The Ministry said, as on 31st of last month, FCI has over 56 million tonnes of Food Grains.

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The Commodity Participants Association of India (CPAI) has moved the market watchdog Sebi seeking restoration of trading hours till 11:30 pm to contain market volatility and cap their losses. In a letter to executive director and whole-time director of Sebi Santosh Kumar Mohanty, CPAI national president Narinder Wadhwa said the request is based on an opinion poll of its members who overwhelmingly voted for restoration of the original trading timing till 11:30 pm.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged everyone to have a look at the Ayush Ministry protocol and make it a part of our lives and share it with others. In a tweet, he said, let’s keep the focus on being healthy as good health is the harbinger of happiness. Ayush Ministry has suggested aurveda's immunity boosting measures to take care of ourselves during the Covid-19.

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In the wake of growing Novel Corona virus cases in the country, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry has issued several advisories for the people to contain the spread of COVID-19. These advisories stress on several preventive measures like social distancing, personal hygine and restriction of mass gatherings. A report --

"Government has advised people to follow basic protective measures to keep themselves safe from the corona virus amid the national lock down. People should strictly follow the social distancing norms and avoid gathering. They should stay at their homes and go out for buying essential items only when it is absolutely required. People are advised not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth. Frequent hand sanitation is a must. They should keep cleaning their hands with soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers. Both sides of hand has to be washed for at least 20 seconds. If a person is experiencing cough and fever or any other symptom, he or she should avoid close contact with others and doctor should be consulted immediately. The Health Ministry has issued a toll free number 1075 for the public for enquiry about corona virus. Together we can fight Covid-19. Take precautionary measures and stay at home. BHUPENDRA SINGH, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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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.

Dr. M.V. Padma, Head of Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has said that we need to stay home to stay safe and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Neeraj Nishchal, Associate Professor (Medicine) in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi tells why the lockdown is essential and why is it required to follow the advisories.

For listening to other Experts, tune in to our next bulletin.

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Medical expert Dr. Vijay Kumar, has said that healthy lifestyle is necessary to boost your immunity and fight corona virus.

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Bihar government has decided to give one thousand rupees to each migrant workers who have returned to the state recently following nationwide lockdown. The state government will also give one thousand rupees each to all ration card holders. A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday.

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Maharashtra health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that three people succumbed to novel coronavirus and 33 fresh cases of the disease were registered in the state yesterday. The total number of affected people in the state now stands at 335.

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Uttar Pradesh government has categorically denied that there is community level spread in state and said that actually there has been a decrease in the spread of average rate of infection from Corona Virus. So far, 113 cases have been reported in the state. 2 persons lost their lives from the deadly virus COVID-19 yesterday. Those who died were from Basti and Meerut districts. A report:

"The 25 year old man who was from Basti had no travel history and it is being investigated that how he got who lost life yesterday infected from the virus. Principal Secretary Health Amit Mohan Prasad has said that Patients of corona have been identified in 16 districts of the state and 59 districts are free from corona infection. 17 people have also fully recovered after getting infected. Meanwhile police have filed FIR against those foreigners as well as local persons in various districts who were hiding without revealing their health conditions. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also ordered action against foreign nationals involved in violation of visa rules. ADG law and order of state PV Ramashashtri said that those who came on tourist visa cannot involve in missionary activities. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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In Rajasthan, the number of coronavirus positive cases has gone up to 120. Yesterday, 27 new positive cases reported in the state. Among them, 11 cases reported from Tonk and Churu, who returned from Tabligi Jamat programme held in New Delhi. While 13 cases reported from the Ramganj area of Jaipur. More from our correspondent:

"State Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma told that about 5 hundred 38 people from 13 districts of the state have participated in the Tabligi Jamat programme held in New Delhi. These include 5 foreigners and  3 hundred 50 people from other states. He told that after the information, an has been issued by the Health Department. Additional chief secretary of the home department, Rajiv Swaroop told that 450 people who participated in the Tabligi Jamat progrrame have been quarantined. He also told that various agencies are engaged in searching for the remaining people. He said that that people's entry is not allowed at any religious place in the state. Despite this, about 70 people gathered at a religious place in Ajmer, which was evacuated and 11 persons were arrested in this case. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

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In Chandigarh, a 49 year old male resident of Sector 35 was found positive for Covid 19 yesterday. With this, the Covid positive cases in the Union Territory, have risen to 16. He was admitted on Monday in isolation ward of GMSH 16.

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In Assam, 3 more positive cases have been reported in the state, taking the total number of cases to 16. Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all of them participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

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Himachal Pradesh government is enforcing all necessary precautionary measures including social distancing to control the spread of COVID-19 virus. The State Police is keeping a strict vigil on persons who had come to State after attending any religious congregations from outside the State. A report:

"The state government is keeping a strict vigil on those people who had come to State after attending any function at Nizamuddin in New Delhi during the last one month. State Police also booked members of Tablighi Jamaat allegedly violating curfew restrictions in the state. Police found the accused traveling in a vehicle in Nerwa tehsil of Shimla district without a curfew permit. It may be recalled that a total of 167 member of Tabliqui jamaat including other Muslim communities being quarantined in their respective district after returning from a religious gathering held at Nizamuddin, New Delhi. So far none of them have COVID 19 symptoms. Meanwhile, all the health institutions are kept open in the State and medical and para-medical staff have been asked to not proceed on leave. Private hospitals had also been asked to remain open during this period. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News Shimla."

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In Madhya Pradesh, amid the coronavirus outbreak, common people in the state are showing dedication to help the government in dealing with the disaster by donating generously. Children and retired people are more generous to donate their savings. They are also motivating others to donate to fight against COVID19. More from our correspondent:

"In a heartwarming gesture, Salbha Uskar, an 82- year-old woman from Vidisha, has donated Rs 1 lakh from her pension to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Sharing her video on Twitter, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has written that - "Maa Tujhe Salam. This invaluable blessing of a mother has boosted my confidence in the fight against COVID19."  While in Neemuch district, a 10-year-old boy Devraj Singh Parihar and his 12-year-old brother Keshav donated over five thousand Rs from their piggy banks to fund meals for labourers during the COVID-19 lockdown. Madhya Pradesh has so far reported 86 coronavirus cases. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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Jammu and Kashmir government will release jail inmates in wake of Corona Virus. Following a spike in Corona positive cases in the union territory &K over the past one week, the government has decided to release prosoners to de-congest the jails. It has also started releasing those who have successfully completed quarantine in Government accommodation. Seven new positive cases were reported yesterday. More from our correspondent. 

"The Convicted prisoners of different categories shall be considered for release for eight weeks on a special parole, extendable for another eight weeks if the lockdown continues. 314 people who were under administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar were discharged and taken back to their homes after successful completion of quarantine period. Today 370 more will be released. Meanwhile, Seven new positive cases, all from Srinagar were reported yesterday taking the total number to 62 including 48 in Kashmir and 10 in Jammu. Spokesperson of J&K Government said robust contact tracing has led to detection of these cases, saying J&K’s testing rate is second only to Kerala. NASEER RATHER, AIR NEWS, JAMMU."

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In Bengaluru, four young engineers have come together to help the civic body to disinfect the city from virus. The start up company promoted by them is using six hexacopter drones to disinfect places like market, bus stand and railway stations. More from our Correspondent:

"Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is pressing into service the expertise of four young entrepreneurs to disinfect the city at this time of corona virus threat. Neel Sagar who is an aerospace engineer has teamed up with Civil Engineer Nishanth Murali, Electronic Engineer Naga Praveen and Aeronautical engineer Vinay Kumar to form a start up called Alpha Drone Technology. Neel Sagar shares his expertise with AIR on the service being rendered by them.

The hexacopter Drone with six propeller can carry 15 litres of disinfectant and fly upto 20-25 feet and can operate for about six to seven hours a day. They had used the Drones earlier to spray pesticide for Indian Institute of Horticulture in Bengaluru. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

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Prominent persons have appealed the people to follow the lockdown guidelines as announced by the government. Noted Singer Asha Bhosle appealed people to help the country in fighting Coronavirus by staying at home.

"दिल चीज क्या है आप मेरी जान ले लीजिए, बस एक बार मेरा कहा मान लीजिए। मेरा कहना यही है कि आप अपने घरों से मत निकलिए क्योंकि हमारा भारत देश आज बड़ी लड़ाई लड़ रहा है और इस लड़ाई में हमें जीतना है। कैसे जीतेंगे आप जब मदद करेंगे, घरों में बैठेंगे, तब जीतेंगे।  मुझे विश्वास है कि हम जीतेंगे।"

Bollywood actress Vidhya Balan asked people to beat Coronavirus by maintaing social distance.

"ये बेसक हम सबके लिए ये बहुत ही कठिन और मुश्किल समय है और ये हिन्दुस्तानियों की खासियत है कि कोई मुश्किल आती है तो हम सब साथ खड़े रहते हैं। पर इस वक्त साथ खड़े रहने का मतलब है कि हम एक दूसरे  से दूरी बनाए रखें। घर पर रहें, अपना ख्याल रखें। स्टे होम, स्टे सेफ।"

United Nation's COP 26 climate change summit due to take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. British government said that dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021 would be announced later. Some 30,000 people, including 200 world leaders, had been due to attend the 10-day conference for crucial talks to halt rising global temperatures.

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Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament, has been cancelled for the first time since World War-II because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Tournament organizer, All England Club (AELTC) after an emergency meeting announced that the Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the Novel Coronavirus epidemic.

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Newspapers Headlines


  • "India welcomes foreign contributions to PM-Cares" writes the Hindu.

  • "All CBSE class 1-8 students to be promoted to next level" informs the Statesman.

  • "Cooking gas price in Delhi cut by rupees 61.5 per cylinder"  says the Times of India.

  • "Government considers shift in policy, milder cases may not require hospitalisation" informs the Indian Express.

  • In Delhi, "Mobile phones of over 24,000 people who are under quarantine to stop the spread of Covid-19 will be put under surveillance to check for quarantine violation" reports Hindustan Times.

  • The Pioneer reports that "people sans ration card can also get ration in Delhi".

  • 'Food trains' race to ferry PDS grain to 'deficit states' reports the Times of India.

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