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Domestic flights resume bringing respite to thousands of stranded passengers across country            Centre reviews relief and restoration work in West Bengal in view of cyclone Amphan            Domestic production capacity of PPEs and N95 masks increases significantly            Wheat procurement by govt agencies surpasses last year’s figures touching 341.56 lakh tonnes despite lockdown            CBSE decides to increase exam centers from 3,000 to 15,000 for pending Board exams of class 10th and 12th           

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02.04.2020

THE HEADLINES


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with all the Chief Ministers; Discusses challenges related to the spread of COVID-19.

  • Government urges all states and union territories to take effective measures to fight fake news.

  • C-DOT and Telecom Service Providers develop COVID Quarantine Alert System.

  • WHO praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his social welfare measures in dealing with the outbreak.

  • President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet the nation on the occasion of Ram Navmi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a video conference with all chief ministers to discuss ways to check the spread of coronavirus. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and top bureaucrats were present along with the prime minister. This is for the second time the prime minister is holding a video conference with the chief ministers after the spread of coronavirus. He had interacted with the Chief Ministers on the 20th of March.


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President Ram Nath Kovind, along with Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, will hold a video-conference from Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow with Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to bolster the efforts at the Central and State level to contain and manage the crisis arising from the outbreak of COVID-19. This will be second such video-conference with Governors/LGs and Administrators of States and UTs. In the first video-conference held on March 27th, 14 Governors and Delhi Lt. Governor shared experiences in their territories.  The remaining Governors/LGs and Administrators will share their experiences tomorrow. The agenda of the conference will be the status of COVID-19 in the States, the role of the Red Cross with focus on vulnerable sections, and the role of civil society/voluntary organisations/private sector in complementing the efforts of the Union and State governments to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.


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Home Ministry has written to all states and union territories to take effective measures to fight fake news. It has been communicated that the Centre is creating a web-portal for people to verify facts and unverified news promptly. States and Union Territories have been requested to create a similar mechanism at their level for issues relating to them. While hearing a writ petition, Supreme Court had taken serious note of the panic created by fake news leading to mass movement of migrant labourers. The Court observed that this has lead to untold suffering to these people. The Apex Court has also made observations and directions to ensure provision of basic amenities such as food and medicines in relief shelters for migrant labourers. Home Ministry has asked states and Union Territories to comply with Centre's directives and orders in letter and spirit for containment of spread of COVID-19 in the country.


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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 Department of Telecommunication and C-DOT in coordination with Telecom Service Providers have developed and tested an application which automatically triggers an email or SMS if any identified corona positive person moves away from their quarantine location. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has encouraged state government agencies to use the Covid Quarantine Alert system. A Standard Operating Procedure for location based monitoring of potential cases from the telecom network data has been established. Large number of requests from state agencies are already coming in from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, and Bihar. The system would send triggers to the identified monitoring agencies for any potential violations from the quarantined location subject to network availability and triangulation limitations.


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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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A total 1965 confirmed cases of corona virus have been registered in the country. Health and Family Welfare Ministry has confirmed that 151 patients have been cured and 50 deaths have been reported in the country so far.


Indian Council of Medical Reasearch has given the approval to 126 government laboratories and 52 private laboratories chains to conduct the test of corona virus. Yesterday, Head Scientist, ICMR Delhi, Raman R Gangakhedkar has said that around 48 thousand tests have been conducted so far and the current capacity utilization is 38 percent.


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World Health Organization said yesterday it was deeply concerned about the near-exponential escalation of the new coronavirus pandemic. The number of deaths have doubled in a week and confirmed cases crossed the one million mark.  WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged citizens around the globe to stand together to fight COVID-19, as he braced for the millionth confirmed case.


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Nirmal Singh Khalsa, a noted singer of Sikh 'Gurbani' hymns, died of the novel coronavirus in Amritsar early morning today. According to Health officials, it is the first death due to Covid-19 in Amritsar and the fifth death in the state. Nirmal Singh Khalsa was 62. He was the former Hazoori Raagi at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Nirmal Singh Khalsa received the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contribution to Gurbani music. He was found positive for Covid-19 yesterday. Chandigarh Administration has sealed a house in sector 27 of Chandigarh, where Nirmal Singh Khalsa had performed a Kirtan on March 19. Sources told AIR News that around 150 devotees had participated in the Kirtan.


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In jammu city, while administration is ensuring complete Lockdown, at the same time every effort is being made to ensure availability of essential commodities to people. Food Corporation of India is daily supplying 60 thousand metric tonnes of rice and wheat into Jammu and Kashmir.  According to Food Corporation of India, there is about 5 lakh metric tonnes of rice and atta available in FCI godowns in Kashmir and about 2.5 lakh metric tonnes in Jammu. Every day 2600 metric tonnes of rice and wheat is arriving from Punjab in goods trains to Jammu. From Jammu, rice and atta is loaded in trucks and sent to Kashmir .


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In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, the Central Government has taken several measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential items so that people do not face any difficulties. Government has assured that there is no shortage of medicines to combat Covid-19 outbreak. More from our correspondent:


"Department of Pharmaceuticals is continuously monitoring distribution and addressing issues of availability, supply and local related issues of medicines with the help of other Departments and states and union territories. It has been monitoring the production of medicines since the outbreak of COVID 19 in China. A Central control room has been set up to deal with issues related to queries and complaints. All efforts are being made to ensure production of drugs and medical devices during the period of lockdown. Manufacturers have been directed to produce and maintain sufficient stocks of essential drugs at any point of time. All medical devices have been notified as Drugs with effect from 1st of April. The MRP of all medical devices will now be monitored by the government.  Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


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In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio News we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Dr. Parul Singh, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS suggested that people should avoid misuse of masks and in case a person is symptomatic a normal surgical mask can be used.


Dr. Ankesh Gupta, Infectious Diseases, AIIMS said a quarantine of two weeks can save lives.


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From today, News Services Division of All India Radio is extending all 5 minute bulletins of Hindi and English to 10 minutes, the timings of Urdu bulletins will be 9 am and 9 pm. 


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In Maharashtra, Mumbai has become the hotspot of Corona Virus infection and now it is entering the dense localities like slums and chawls. The first death of a Corona positive patient from Dharavi was reported yesterday. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has stepped up the vigil and enforcing more restrictions to contain the spread of the disease. More from our Mumbai Correspondent-


"Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is leaving no stone unturned to contain the Corona Virus infection. As the number of positive patients in the metropolis is rising, patients found in the slums and other areas with dense population are increasing the worries of the Civic body. The MCGM has undertaken a drive to check the patients through door to door survey across 227 wards. Special teams with civic official, police and health assistant will visit the houses in Mumbai. On the other hand areas like Worli Koliwada, Bimbisar Nagar, part of Wadala are already sealed and the residents of the whole SRA society in Dharavi where the deceased used to reside are quarantined and tests will be conducted for Corona today. Meanwhile Chief  Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar have said that people should understand the seriousness of the deadly virus and maintain some discipline.  Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."


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A Baramati court in Pune district of Maharashtra has awarded three-day imprisonment to three people for violating the lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of corona virus. Judge J J Bachulkar on Wednesday ordered that the accused - Afzal Attar, Chandrakumar Shah and Akshay Shah serve three-day imprisonment or pay a fine of  500 Rupees each. The three accused were booked under IPC Section 188 after they were found roaming in Baramati city of Pune district without any reason. They violated the lockdown and orders imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC. Deputy Superintendent of Police Narayan Shirgaonkar has said that though the punishment is mild, it will impact the ability of accused to obtain a passport and other licenses in future. The conviction will send a stern message to people who are still not adhering to the orders and venturing out on the road unnecessarily. Pune Police have so far booked over 250 people in rural parts of the district for violating the lockdown. So far, more than 600 people have been booked in Pune city for defying the orders, and 900 in neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad Township.


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In Gujarat, the government announced 650 crore package for the workers in the unorganised sector and construction labourers in view of the Coronavirus outbreak. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said around 65 lakh people working in these sectors will be benefit from the package. He said the government will transfer  1000 Rupees to the bank accounts of these workers through Direct Benefit Transfer.


Mr Rupani added that the government has already started distributing free ration for the Antyoday families in the state since yesterday The Chief Minister added that in one day more than 10 lakh people have received the ration.


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The number of corona positive cases has gone up to 129 in Rajasthan. 9 new positive cases were reported in the state this morning. Among them, 7 cases were reported from Ramganj area of Jaipur. One each case reported from Jhunjhunu and Jodhpur. 41 persons have been tested positive in Jaipur alone, among them most are from Ramganj area of walled city. Curfew continues in this area.


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The condition of Corona patients has improved in all other places in Madhya Pradesh except Indore. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the situation and arrangements in Bhopal today,  made to deal with  the  crisis . The number of corona infected patients in the state is 98. Indore has the highest number of cases. More from our correspondent:


"Officials confirmed that 107 citizens of the state participated in Tabligi Jamaat. Out of them, 67 have been quarantined. The remaining 40 are being searched in other districts. Keeping in mind the social distancing, staff nurses are being continously trained through the app for the care of Kovid-19 patients. 160 staff nurses participated in this training organised by the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with UNICEF. Principal Secretary Health Sanjay Dubey informed that arrangements are being made for the treatment of common diseases through telemedicine. Meanwhile, some unpleasant incidents of misbehaving of health workers have also been reported in the state. Healthcare workers and civic officials were attacked by a mob of locals in Indore yesterday, as they visited the area to screen residents for signs of COVID19 infection. Two women doctors were injured in the attack. Police has registered a case against the accused. Sanjeev Sharma,AIR News, Bhopal."


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Jharkhand has also recorded its first COVID-19 postive case. Our Ranchi Correspondent has filed this report:


"After the first case has been detected the government has started intense operations and contact tracing of people who were part of Markaz or who have come in contact with the Corona positive patient case. Almost 212 suspected people across the state have been arrested by state police and have been quarantined at different places and isolation centres. State police has been instructed to intensify the search operations for persons who had been part of Tablighi Jamat and stayed in Markaz. In the aftermath exercise, the highest number of samples have been sent for tests at the two test-centres present in the state. Meanwhile, son of State Welfare Minister Haji Hussain Ansari has also been identified as one of the attendees of Markaz. The whole family of Mr Ansari has been home-quarantined and his son has been shifted to isolation centre at RIMS. This is Shilpi for All India Radio News from Ranchi.


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The Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yediyurappa briefed Prime Minister on the preventive measures taken to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking during the video conference today in Bengaluru, he also informed the Prime Minister about the supply of essential commodities in the state. Revenue Minister R Ashok reviewed the availability of essential commodities in Bengaluru. Karnataka police, asha workers and civic bodies personnel are engaged in creating awareness about social distancing at the time of pandemic. More from our Correspondent:


"Due to the pandemic, Asha workers visited different localities to conduct survey on people who have travel history. During one such survey a Asha worker was attacked by local people in Sadhik nagar in Bengaluru. Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan visited the house of the Asha worker and assured her of action against the culprits. He appealed to people to cooperate with the health department workers striving to contain the pandemic. On the other side, Ramanavami festival has lost its festive look today as temples were off limits of the devotees.Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."


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The work of distributing the Covid-19 relief package through the public distribution system began in Tamil Nadu today. The package includes a thousand rupees in cash and free rice, dal and cooking oil. The state government has said the token system will be followed to distribute the relief material to avoid crowding in front of the ration shops. Our correspondent has  more details:


The Chennai Corporation has developed a corona monitoring app for helping the quarantined people in the city. It can be downloaded from the city civic body’s website as well. It is compatible with both Android and Apple iPhone operating systems. Further ore, the Corporation has opened up another collection centre at Besant Nagar for getting dry rations as donations from the public to distribute to the needy. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force transport aircraft carrying medicines and relief materials left Chennai airport for the Maldives this morning as part of India’s humanitarian mission in the island neighbour. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.


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Andhra Pradesh has recorded 21 fresh cases today, taking the state’s tally to 132. A Report:


"The Number of Covid 19 positive cases  reached to 111 by 10 p.m, yesterday  as 67 positive cases reported on the same day alone.  Majority of the cases reported from the persons who attended the religious congregation at Delhi.  According to the 10 p.m bulletin given by the A P Health  department, there were 67 positive cases reported in the  same day,  in two spells including 43 in the morning another 24 in the evening of Wednesday.  Now it’s gone further up to 132. The AP Govt. is trying all the means to  control the situation by monitoring the administration carefully, Dr. G. Kondala Rao, AIR News  Vijayawada.


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In Kerala surveillance continues to be strictly followed as Covid 19 cases are on a rise in the State. A report:


"As  24 more Covid 19positive cases were confirmed in kerala last evening,  the total number of people under treatment presently  in the state is  237.So far, 265 positive cases have been reported from the  state  among 191 people had returned from abroad and rest are primary contact individuals. Over 1, 64000 people are under observation in the State, of whom 622 people are in various hospitals.. Meanwhile the authorities had informed that 93 year old and 88 year old elderly couple who had recovered from Covid 19 will be discharged soon. Their recovery from Covid 19., found to be very  fatal for old age people, has brought a ray of hope to other patients and the entire health system, with experts describing it as "rarest of the rare" case. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


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In Arunachal Pradesh, the first COVID19 positive case has been reported from Tezu in Lohit District. The 31-year-old person is said to have participated in Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz. A report


"Arunachal Pradesh Health Minister Alo Libang said that the person had visited Nizamuddin in Delhi. He said that the patient is kept under isolation at Tezu hospital and 6 others who also had visited the Markaz with the person are under self-quarantine.  Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a tweet said that at present the person is asymptomatic & the condition is stable. Rakesh  Doley ,AIR News, Itanagar."


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Mizoram government has taken measures to provide food and shelter to stranded migrant workers in the state. Various NGOs, as essential part of the state and district task forces have already started works in providing basic amenities to those migrant workers. State Home Minister Lalchamliana said, the Home department has ordered each district task force to look into the welfare of the migrant workers in their respective districts and works have already been started in providing relief to the migrant workers. He said that the central government has advised the states for the setting up of temporary shelters on the National Highway for these stranded migrant workers. Officials said that so far 940 migrant workers stranded in the state have reported to the state government.


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The District Administration Kargil is committed in its efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the Kargil district. A series of preventive measures including the establishment of entry points for necessary screening of travellers entering the district from Leh and Srinagar side have been established. Steps for establishment of quarantine and isolation facilities have been taken as per the SOPs and guidelines issued from the Central Government and the UT Administration from time to time. Dr Zakir Hussain in-charge NTPC Trespone said the administration has deployed Police personnel to assist them and the whole team is dedicated to render health services.


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World Health Organisation Director General, Dr. Tedros has praised the efforts taken by the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing a 24 billion dollars package to support country's vulnerable population during COVID-19 crisis. He was briefing media yesterday.


WHO DG said that many developing countries will struggle to implement social welfare programs of this nature adding that for those countries, debt relief is essential to enable them to take care of their people and avoid economic collapse. He also called upon the World Bank and the IMF to work for debt relief for developing countries.


Dr. Tedros said that he has called on governments to put in place social welfare measures to ensure vulnerable people have food and other life essentials during this crisis.


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In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare in the Ministry of Defence has taken the initiative to mobilise services of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) community as a part of augmentation of precious human resource to assist the State and District administration. Rajya Sainik Boards and Zila Sainik Boards are playing a dynamic role in identifying and mobilising maximum ESM volunteers to assist in performing public outreach activities such as contact tracing, community surveillance, management of quarantine facilities or any such tasks assigned to them.


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National Cadet Corps, NCC has offered a helping hand to civilian authorities in the country’s fight against COVID-19 by extending the services of cadets under ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’. It has issued guidelines for temporary employment of its cadets to augment relief efforts and functioning of various agencies involved in battling the pandemic.


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Gujarat government has announced financial assistance of Rs. 25 per day for each animal for the month of April for all registered Gau Shalas in the state. This was announced by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to save the animal live stocks and taking care of financial crunches being faced by the administrators of registered Gau Shalas during the nation-wide lockdown situation. Chief Minister said that the state government’s decision will benefit nearly 4-lakh animals residing in registered Gau Shalas in Gujarat.


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In a positive news from Bihar, Anita Vinod of Patna has recovered from Covid- 19 infection and has advised people to stay indoors to remin safe from this outbreak.


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The music maestro AR Rahman has penned a note of thanks to the doctors and all paramedical staff who bravely confront the novel coronavirus from the frontline. In a tweet, he has said it fills heart to see how ready they are to deal with the pandemic. He has pointed out that they risk their lives to save the citizens.


The Oscar-winning composer has said God is inside the hearts of people which are the most sacred shrines and therefore asked not to cause chaos by congregating in religious places. He has strongly advocated to listen to the government's advice, adding, self-isolation for a few weeks may give all many more years. 


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Speaking on the precautions to be taken during the Covid-19 situation actor Abhishek Bachchan has advised people to stay indoors and stay safe.


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Actor Sonali Bendre has appealed the people to confront Covid 19  by staying at home. She said, let Doctors, Police and health workers come out of their homes to protect us. But we should not go out and trouble them.


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President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar have extented their greetings on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami.


In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, the ideal life of Lord Rama gives us the message of virtue, tolerance, warm heartedness and friendship. He said, let us pledge to follow the ideals of Shri Ram in our lives and build a glorious India.


Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said, may this festival bring health, happiness, peace and prosperity in the lives of all our citizens and give us the courage to collectively combat the major health challenge we are currently facing.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet  congratulated everyone on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami.  Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Shri Ram is an ideal who shows us the way, how to live and why to live.


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