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News at Nine

2100 HRS
02.04.2020
THE HEADLINES :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share a video message with people at 9 AM tomorrow.

Prime Minister interacts with all the Chief Ministers
to discuss ways to check spread of COVID-19.

Home Ministry black lists 960 foreigners involved in Tablighi activities who came on tourist visa.

Government launches AarogyaSetu mobile app to asses and people on COVID-19.

Government ask states to strictly implement lockdown measures in the letter and spirit.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share a video message with the people at 9 AM tomorrow. In a tweet, Mr Modi said that at 9 AM tomorrow morning, he will share a small video message with his fellow Indians.

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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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Three Hundred and Twenty Eight fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported in the past 24 hours in the country. With this the total number of cases has now gone up to1965 including 50 deaths. Out of the total cases, 151 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal said, around 400 positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified from different States including Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Delhi, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam  which are linked to Tablighi Jamaat cluster. Mr Aggarwal said, yesterday Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked the States for complete contact tracing of  Tablighi Jamaat participants.


Mr Aggarwal  also informed that an email-id - technicalqueries.covid19 @gov.in has been created to address the queries related to technical aspects. He said, a guideline has also been issued related to kidney patients containing precautionary measures. He said, Food Corporation of India is  ready to provide five kilogram rations to the beneficiaries covered under  National Food Security Act.


Mr Aggarwal also said that  Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held interaction with the Chief  Ministers of the States on COVID-19.


Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry,Punya Salila Srivastava said that  Home Ministry  in collaboration with the States is ensuring the enforcement of  Lockdown.


On Tablighi Jamat workers, Ms Srivastava said that 9000 people who are  Tablighi Jamaat workers having primary contacts  have been identified and placed under quarantine out of which 1306 are foreigners and rest are Indians. She also informed that out of about 2,000 Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been quarantined and 334 who were symptomatic, have been admitted to hospitals.

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The Centre has blacklisted 960 foreigners who were found involved in Tablighi Jamaat  activities at Nizamuddin area in the national capital on tourist visas.  It has also cancelled their  Indian Visas. The Home  Ministry has directed Delhi Police and Directors General of Police of other concerned states to take necessary legal action against 960 foreigners for violating the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The foreigners along with others were involved in Tablighi Jamaat despite the announcement of 21 day lockdown and social distancing measures in view of COVID-19  who  reportedly  led to spread of the virus in some people in different parts of the country.

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The Government today launched a mobile app developed in public-private partnership to bring the people of India together in a resolute fight against COVID-19.


The App, called ‘AarogyaSetu’ joins Digital India for the health and well-being of every Indian. The App will enable people to assess themselves the risk for their catching the Coronavirus infection. It will calculate this based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Once installed in a smart phone through an easy and user-friendly process, the app detects other devices with Aarogya Setu installed that come in the proximity of that phone. The app can then calculate the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts is tested positive.


The App will help the Government take necessary timely steps for assessing risk of spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring isolation where required.


The App’s design ensures privacy-first. The personal data collected by the App is encrypted using state-of-the-art technology and stays secure on the phone till it is needed for facilitating medical intervention.


Our correspondent reports, Available in 11 languages, the App is ready for pan-India use from day-1 and has highly scalable architecture. This app is a unique example of the nation’s young talent coming together and pooling resources and efforts to respond to a global crisis. It is at once a bridge between public and private sectors, digital technology and health services delivery and the potential of young India with a disease-free and healthy future of the nation.

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Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO has developed a bio suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the virus. Defence Ministry said, the suit has been prepared with the help of the industry and subjected to rigorous testing for textile parameters as well as protection against synthetic blood. The protection against synthetic blood exceeds the criteria defined for body suits by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Ministry said, DRDO is making all efforts to ensure that these suits are produced in large numbers and serve as robust line of defence for the medics, paramedics and other personnel in the front line combating COVID-19. It said, the industry is geared up for production of the suit in large quantities. The current production capacity is 7,000 suits per day. The Ministry said, efforts are on to ramp up the capacity to 15,000 suits per day.

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Home Minister Amit Shah today accused Congress of playing petty politics over Covid-19. Mr Shah said, India’s efforts to fight Corona virus are being lauded domestically and globally. He said, 130 crore Indians are united to defeat Covid-19. Mr Shah said, it is high time Congress party should think of national interest and stop misleading people.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar has termed Congress President Sonia Gandhi's reaction, blaming that the lockdown by the government is unplanned as unfortunate and untrue. Talking to media in New Delhi today, he said, nation has witnessed that many states banned public and transport movement in their respective areas. He said, both airline and rail services were also suspended at the earliest in wake of novel Coronavirus spread. He said, entire world is appreciating India's move of lockdown and describing it a right step at right time. The Minister termed lockdown a success.


Mr Javadekar said, it is unnecessary politicization of issue of national calamity. He appealed to all political parties to refrain from making such political comments as covid-19 is a serious pandemic.


Earlier, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi said, the way Lockdown was imposed with few hours of prior information created problems to common people.

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Home Ministry has asked States to ensure smooth disbursal of money to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana during 21 day lockdown to fight COVID-19. Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all the States and Union Territories and requested them to take all necessary measures in this regard. It said, the Department of Financial Services had issued detailed guidelines on disbursal of money to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana through banks, during the lockdown period. Home Ministry also asked to observe norms of social distancing.

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Tamil Nadu has reported 75 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total to 309 so far. 74 of the new cases are those who attended the Delhi Nizamuddin congregation and another is a person with contacts with one of them. State health secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters in Chennai tonight that the patients are stable. All 1103 people identified in the state as those who attended the conference have been tested and the results of some of them are yet to be received. With the new tally, Tamil Nadu has moved to second place in the country in the list of states having the highest number of Covod-19 cases. Nearly nine thousand people who came in close contact with the new cases have been brought under quarantine. On the positive side, seven patients have been discharged from hospitals after their complete recovery so far.


Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Government has announced a slew of incentives for those industrial units that come forward to manufacture medical equipment, protective gears and drugs against Covid19 disease. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy today said, all existing and new manufacturing units including the small and medium enterprises can avail the incentives.


"Invasive ventilators, N-95 type masks, anti-viral and anti-malarial drugs that are being used to treat the symptoms of Covid19, personal protective equipment and Intensive Care Unit Monitors qualify for the new incentives. The units are mandated to start the production of the medical equipment and drugs by the end of this July. The incentives include 30 per cent capital subsidy with the ceiling of 20 crore rupees. All the other concessions that are applicable to the thrust sectors will be extended to the new units also. They can straightaway start their production without waiting for any approvals. As the need for more ventilators, masks and medicines are expected to shoot up, the move has been made to increase their production. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai." 

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In Manipur, State government has sealed off some areas of Thoubal district after a person was found positive of Novel Coronavirus today. After one 65 year old male from Lilong of Thoubal district who took part in religious congregation at Nizamuddin was found positive of COVID-19 today, the District Administration initiated containment measures under the Manipur Epidemic Disaster, COVID-19 Regulation, 2020.


An Order issued by Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal said that area within three km radius of the house of the infected person has been sealed off and entry and exit of population from the containment area has been restricted. Schools and Offices located in the area have been closed. Vehicular movement has been banned in the area.


Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the government has started the contact tracing of the infected patient. All the family members of the infected person have been sent to the quarantine centre at RIMS, Imphal.


Addressing the people of the State, the Chief Minister said that lockdown is essential to combat the pandemic and urged them to stay at their homes and maintain social distancing.

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The Assam government has stressed on upgrading health infrastructure in the state to face the threat of the Covid -19 . State Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 54 new ICU beds were inducted today at the Gauhati medical college. He said that another 50 ICU beds will be added within 15 days. Mr. Sarma said that 16 positive cases have been reported in Assam so far. On the other hand, Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya has appealed people not to hurt wild animals if they sneak into human habitants. Mr. Suklabaidya said that there are reports that animals were roaming due to lock down at some places. He appealed to people to report such incidents to the state control room instead of going after the wild animals.


We spoke to Guwahati based journalist and writer Samudra Gupta Kashyap on lock down experience and activities.


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In Kerala, 21 more Covid-19 positive cases were confirmed today.  Among the new cases, two people had participated in Tabligh meeting in Nizamuddin.


"The total number of people under treatment presently  in the state is  256. So far, 286 positive cases have been reported from the  state  among  which 28 people recovered including 4 foreigners. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in the video conference  with Prime Minister,  the situation of kerala was appraised and permission and support  was sought for  Rapid test facility  for Covid 19 and more fund allocation  for the  State. The State government also sought Centres intervention in Inter State Goods movement in the country. Chief Minister further said that as directed by the PM, State government is appointing an expert committee to give opinion on measures to  control crowd after the lockdown period is over. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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In Haryana, the number of Covid-19 positive cases has risen to 35 after six new Covid 19 positive cases were found today, which include five participants of Tablighi Congregation.

Out of these, so far 13 persons have been discharged after recovery and 22 Covid 19 positive patients are under treatment.

The three Jamati cases are from Palwal, two from Ambala. Our correspondent reports, 66 year old Nepal resident and 55 year old Maharashtra resident were found positive at Ambala. They had come to Haryana from Nizamuddin after attending a relgious congregation. One more positive case is from Rohtak.


A spokesman of the health department said that the government has quarantined a total of 15, 742 people so far which include 15389 people who had returned from foreign countries and 353  persons, who were close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases. He said that so far 1039 persons have completed the quarantine period and currently 227 persons are in hospitals. He said that test reports of the 182 persons are yet awaited, whereas so far 885 persons who were sampled, found negative for Covid -19.

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In Punjab,the number of Covid-19 positive cases has risen to 47 as one more person tested positive in Hoshiarpur today. Our correspondent reports that one positive patient from Amritsar died today and all close contacts of 41 active cases are kept in isolation. One person has been discharged after recovery.

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Delhi government will provide financial assistance worth 5,000 rupees each to all auto-rickshaw, Gramin-sewa, E-rickshaw and taxi drivers in wake of difficulties faced by them amid lockdown situations. The amount will be transferred into their bank account. This was stated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a digital press conference in national capital today. Mr Kejriwal said, the process may take 7-10 days as government do not have bank account numbers of all the drivers. He said, proper planning for this is being done. 


Talking about corona cases in the capital, he said, Out of 2346 people evacuated from Markaz Nizamuddin, 1810 have been quarantined and 536 people admitted to city hospitals. Mr Kejriwal said, simultaneous testing of all 2346 individuals is being done and due to this, data of infected persons in the city may shoot up in next 1 to 2 days. He said, till now, there are 219 confirmed cases of covid - 19 in the city, including 108 from Markaz Nizamuddin. He said, city has seen 4 deaths of infected, including 2 from Markaz.

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In Gujarat, the government has asked district collectors to ensure that workers and labourers are not terminated and are paid full wages by private companies in the wake of lockdown. This includes all the private firms, factories, shops and industries.


Our correspondent reports that the government has also announced several decisions for the benefit of small milkmen and cattle breeders in view of lockdown.


"Secretary to CM, Ashwini Kumar said the small cattle breeders who are not a member of any milk cooperative can now deposit their milk to the Primary Milk Cooperatives. He said the decision was taken to ensure the availability of milk and prevent wastage of the milk in view of lockdown. As announced earlier, the government has transferred in advance the pension for April to more than 13 lakhs beneficiaries including widows, divyangs and orphans to help them tackle Coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Kumar Said Migrant workers will also be given free ration from 4th April under Anna Brahma Yojana. APARNA KHUNT, AIR N NEW, AHMEDABAD."

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The Jammu & Kashmir administration has been making all out efforts to contain the COVID 19 pandemic.


"Three hundred twenty four more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged today after completing the 14 day quarantine period. So far 638 persons have been discharged after completing the quarantine. Jammu Kashmir Service Selection Board has approved the selection of 550 junior staff nurses in J&K for the newly established Government Medical Colleges to augment the efforts of health department to tackle the menace of Corana virus pandemic. Jammu & Kashmir Police has opened helplines for old, sick and destitute people in all districts with dedicated landlines and cellphones. It has also tightened the noose on the Lockdown violaters and has arrested more than fifty persons and seized number of vehicles.Sunil Koul for AIR News, Srinagar."

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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. Prasun Chatterjee, Geriatric Medicine, AIIMS suggested to the senior citizens to stay at home as they are more prone to catch the COVID-19 infection.


Dr Ambuj Roy of Cardiology Department, AIIMS has advised the heart patients to follow social distancing. 

 

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

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News Services Division of All India Radio will resume its Urdu Bulletin during the day its usual time 1.50 pm from tomorrow.

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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 .


Dr. Naresh Gupta from Lok Nayak Hospital will participate in the discussion.


Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 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 9.10 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.

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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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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation today with Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel. During the conversation, the two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the situation in their countries and the importance of international collaboration for fighting the health crisis. They also  shared views on the inadequate availability of medicines and medical equipment required during the pandemic and agreed to explore avenues of cooperation in this regard. The German Chancellor agreed with Prime Minister Modi that the COVID-19 pandemic is an important turning point in modern history, and offers an opportunity to forge a new vision of globalisation focused on the shared interests of humanity as a whole. 


The Prime Minister informed  Dr Merkel about the recent Indian initiatives to disseminate simple yoga exercises and immunity-enhancing Ayurvedic remedies for people of the world.  Dr Merkel  agreed that such practices could be very beneficial for enhancing psychological and physical health, especially under the present lockdown conditions.

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Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform. It will help  strengthen agriculture marketing by farmers which will reduce their need to come to  wholesale mandis for selling their harvested produce, at a time when there is critical need to decongest mandis to effectively fight against COVID-19. These software modules are  Warehouse based trading module in e-NAM software and Farmer Producer Organisation trading module in e-NAM. Speaking on the occasion in New Delhi, Mr  Tomar reiterated that e-NAM was launched in 2016 as a pan-India electronic trade portal linking  Agricultural Produce Market Committee - APMCs across the States. He said, already 585 mandis in 16 States and two Union Territories have been integrated on e-NAM portal. He also said that e-NAM will be soon expanded to cover additional 415 mandis, which will take the total number of e-NAM mandis to 1,000.  The Agriculture Minister said,  e-NAM provides for contactless remote bidding and mobile-based any time payment for which traders do not need to either visit mandis or banks for the same.

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