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India, China to hold Corps Commander-level talks at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh today            Political crisis continues in Rajasthan; Congress calls another legislative party meet in Jaipur today            Govt aims to increase public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by 2025            19 States, UTs report higher recovery rate than national average of 63.01%            WHO calls upon countries for comprehensive strategies to deal with Covid pandemic           

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  • Domestic flights resume bringingrespite to thousands of stranded passengers across the country.

  • Center reviews relief and restorationwork in West Bengal in view of cyclone Amphan.

  • Domestic production capacity of PPEsand N95 masks increases  with more thanthree lakh being produced per day.

  • Wheat Procurement by governmentagencies surpasseslast year’s figures touching 341.56 lakh tonnes despite the nationwidelockdown.

  • To facilitate students CBSE  decides to increase examination centers from3 thousand to 15 thousand for remaining class 10th and 12th exams .

  • Eid-ul-Fitr  celebrated across the country .


Domestic passenger flightoperations  have resumed in thecountry  after a gap of two months.  It has provided big relief to people strandedin different cities. In a tweet, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Purisaid, from no domestic passenger flights yesterday to 532 flights and 39,231passengers today, action has returned to Indian skies. He said, with AndhraPradesh set to resume operations from tomorrow and West Bengal from 28th ofthis month, these numbers are all set to increase further.

The first flight took off from Delhito  Pune at 4.45 this morning. understrict regulations recommended by civil aviation authorities. First domesticpassenger flight to arrive at the Delhi airport was from Ahmedabad and itlanded at 7.45 this morning.  However,around 80 flights have been cancelled till now at the Delhi airport.

All scheduled commercial passengerflights had suspended since 25th of March when Prime Minister Narendra Modi hadannounced nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19.


The Maharashtra Government today issued StandardOperating Procedures for handling of domestic Air travellers arriving in thestate. The government has appointed Additonal Municipal Commissioners andDeputy Municipal Commissioners of concerned civic bodies as the nodal officersin respect of all domestic travellers arriving in the state. More from ourMumbai correspondent --


"The notificationissued by chief seceratary Ajoy Mehta states that the nodal person shallcoordinate with the airport authorities for getting the schedule of flights andlist of passengers arriving  inrespective districts and corporation areas. The nodal officer of airportauthority will have to share the detailed list of passengers with their arrivaldate, time and destination with the nodal officers of the state at least 6hours in advance. It says boarding and deboarding of passengers should be donein a staggered manner so that there is no crowd at the screening area, besides,social distancing norms will have to be followed scruplously. The nodalofficers will have to ensure that there is an adequate number of medical teamsso as to avoid delay and chaos at the airport, and the  concerned municipal corporation shall deploysufficient medical staff to screen all the passengers arriving at the airport.Also, all the passengers arriving in Maharashtra will be stamped on their lefthand for identification and will have to compulsorily undergo home isolationfor a period of 14 days as per the protocol. Meanwhile, the Chhatrapati ShivajiMaharaj International Airport will today operate with 47 flights, catering to atotal of 4852 passengers which include 3752 passengers who will depart and 1100passengers will at arrive in the city. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


In Madhya Pradesh, domestic flight operations startedfrom the Indore and Bhopal Airport from today.


"The first flight with61 passengers landed at Devi Ahilya Airport in Indore from Delhi. Along withDelhi, flights to Mumbai and Ahmadabad have also started from today. Theairport has been completely transformed to control the Corona outbreak. Apartfrom thermal scanning, passengers had to undergo scrutiny to reach the seatwith the new arrangement. Arogya Setu app, mask and gloves are compulsory forentry at the airport. Passengers were also required to show e-boarding cards.Similar arrangements have also been made at Raja Bhoj airport, Bhopal. Total 16domestic flights started from today from the state. The state government hadalready said that all Madhya Pradesh-bound air travelers must be tested forCOVID-19 upon their arrival at the Indore and Bhopal airport. -Sanjeev Sharma,AIR News, Bhopal"


The Chennai Airport has joined its peers nationwide inresuming flight services from today. In all, 19 flights depart from Chennai forvarious destinations in the country while 16 others arrive at the Airporttoday. Since the city carries the most COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, the numberof landing in the metropolis per day has been capped at 25, though there is noceiling on the number of take off’s.

The total COVID-19 infection in Tamil Nadu has crossedseventeen thousand mark with 805 people confirmed positive for the virus today.They include 549 from Chennai and 93 returnees from other states. More from ourcorrespondent --


"The Covid-19 diseasepattern for the last three months in Tamil Nadu has been analysed by an expertsteam instituted by the state government. Its results have been released by thestate health minister Dr Vijayabhaskar today. It says 88 per cent of theinfected people are asymptomatic. Among the symptomatic cases, fever is seen in40 per cent of them, cough in 37 per cent , sore throat in 10 per cent , shortbreath in 9 per cent  and running nose in4 per cent . He said it only stresses the importance of anyone with the abovesymptoms to rush for testing so that early detection of cases is possible. Adeath audit says that those with comorbidities account for 84  per cent of the mortality. Half of the numberof victims are more than 60-years of age, and therefore the experts regardgeriatric or old age condition also as a comorbidity, who need to be safelymanaged. Diabetes and systemic hypertension are the chief among the elevencomorbidity conditions. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Andaman and Nicobar Islands saw flight movement todayas the domestic flight services resumed in the country. Our Correspondent hasthe details.


"In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, aflight of Indigo Airlines reached Port Blair from Chennai today after a periodof two months as domestic flight operations resumed in the country. The Andamanand Nicobar again connected with the mainland as the flight landed in VeerSavarkar International Airport in Port Blair with 85 passengers on board.  In all, 91 passengers boarded the flightwhile returning for Chennai. All the passengers were screened at the airport.Director Health Services Dr. Omkar Singh informed that all the passengersreturned today are healthy and found asymptomatic. Passengers were asked togive their details and inform if any symptoms found later. They were also askedfor self-quarantine. Alongwith this, M V Nancowry will sail for Chennai tomorrowat 5 P.M. About 250 stranded passengers have registered themselves for thejourney. Gaurav Patwal,Air News, Port Blair"


With Government resuming domestic flight operationsacross the country, six domestic flights carrying about 562 passengers, whowere stranded in different parts of the country landed today at SrinagarInternational Airport in Jammu and Kashmir. The arrival of flights started withthe landing of Air Asia flight at 7.25 a.m. All passengers who arrived at theairport were thoroughly screened for COVID-19 and their samples taken. TheUnion Territory Administration had made elaborate arrangements for the arrival,screening, sampling and dispatch of passengers.


Communication and IT Minister RaviShankar Prasad today spoke to Telecom Secretary, Chairman-cum-ManagingDirector, BSNL and Chief General Managers of West Bengal and Odisha. He askedthem to expedite restoration of telephone lines in the two states.

In a tweet, Mr. Prasad said they aredoing their best though there are issues of power supply and  removal of uprooted trees. He  said, he has told them to work with localauthorities and get it expedited.


Union Minister of Power R. K. Singh,reviewed the progress of restoration of power systems post-Amphan cyclone inWest Bengal  and Odisha viavideo-conferencing today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said that thedisruption caused by the Cyclone to the power systems was extensive, but therestoration work has been carried out swiftly. He said that the Inter-StateTransmission System was restored within few hours and Central Power PSUs alsoprovided human resources to carry out power restoration of local power supplyin the cyclone affected areas.

Centre today reviewed the progress ofrelief and restoration work in the areas of West Bengal affected by cycloneAmphan. The National Crisis Management Committee, NCMC under the chairmanshipof Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met again for the fourth time. Mr Gaubaadvised that complete power connectivity, telecom service and drinking watersupplies need to be restored on priority basis. He said, Central agencies areready to provide any further assistance that may be required by the state.Adequate stocks of food grains have also been kept ready for supply based onthe demand from the state.

As announced by Prime Minister afterhis aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the West Bengal Government,a sum of one thousand crore rupees has already been released to the StateGovernment. The Cabinet Secretary said, Ministry of Home Affairs will besending a Central team soon to assess the damages. Army has been deployed inKolkata, to help in carry out road clearances along with teams of NDRF andSDRF.

Chief Secretary of West Bengal thankedthe Centre for the support provided for relief and restoration.


Health Ministry said that India hassignificantly ramped up its domestic production capacity related to PersonalProtective Equipment, PPEs and N95 masks and the requirements of the States andUnion Territories are being sufficiently met. Today, the country is producingmore than three lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day. States and Union Territoriesas well as Central Institutions have been provided with around 111 lakh N-95masks and 74.48 lakh PPEs. Ministry said, there are some reports in a sectionof media expressing concern about the quality of PPE coveralls. It clarifiedthat HLL Lifecare Limited, HLL, procuring agency of the Ministry of Health andFamily Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers and supplierstested and approved by the labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles.


Union Government’s effectiveintervention has ensured availability of N-95 masks at reduced prices. Theprices of N-95 masks have seen a sharp dip of up to 47 per cent after theNational Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) issued an advisory toimporters, manufacturers and suppliers of the masks. Government has asked allthe non-government bodies engaged in procurement and sale of N-95 masks to maintainparity in supply of the masks at an affordable price.

In order to ensure incessant supply ofthese masks, government is procuring the largest chunk directly from themanufacturers and importers at bulk rates. 


In our series "Expert Speak"on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts onCOVID-19. Dr Prasun Chatterjee, Geriatric Medicine, AIIMS suggested to thesenior citizens to stay at home as they are more prone to catch the COVID-19infection.


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


The News Services Division of All India Radio in itsbilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programmeon Covid-19.

Dr. A K Varshney, Senior Physician from RML Hospitalwill participate in the discussion.

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

This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel andadditional frequencies from 9.25 PM onwards.


Actress Vidya Balan urged people to follow socialdistancing and stay at home to stay safe.


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep SinghPuri has said that 532 domestic passenger flights operated in the countrytoday. In a tweet, he informed that 39 thousand 231 passengers boarded theflights on the first day of operation. One third of the total domesticcommercial flights in the country flew today after almost 61 days of suspensionof their operations as a measure to control spread of infection of COVID-19.


The recovery rate of patients fromCOVID-19 infection has improved further and it has now reached 41.57 per cent.Union Health Ministry, in a statement, said that a total of  57,720 people have cured so far from theinfection.In the last 24 hours, 3,280 patients have recovered. The total numberof confirmed cases has  now gone up toone lakh 38 thousand 845. The number of cases under active medical supervisionis 77 thousand 103.


Delhi recorded 635 fresh cases of COVID-19 todaytaking the tally to 14,053. As many as 276 deaths have been reported so far inthe national capital. The number of active patients of COVID-19 was 7,006 while6,771 patients have either been recovered and been discharged or migrated toother places.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister ArvindKejriwal said, the COVID-19 situation is under control in Delhi even after theeasing of lockdown restrictions.


In Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad DistrictAdministration has ordered to seal the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. In a statement,the district officials said that only people holding an authorization pass willbe allowed to enter Ghaziabad from Delhi. Transportation of daily essentialsand movement for medical services will, however, remain unaffected .

The officials have said that there isan increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last few days in thedistrict and a large number of these cases are linked to those who travelbetween Delhi and Ghaziabad. The decision to seal the Delhi - Ghaziabad borderhas been taken on the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Ghaziabaddistrict.


The Central Board of SecondaryEducation, CBSE has now decided to conduct the pending Class 10th and Class12th Board exams at nearly 15 thousand examination centres across the country.Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank informed about itin a tweet. The exams will be held from 1st to 15th of July.

Earlier, the CBSE had decided to holdthe exams at only three thousand centres.The decision to increase the number ofcentres will ensure physical distancing and to minimize travel for students.The HRD Ministry has already announced that students will appear for exams atschools in which they are enrolled rather than external examination centres.

According to Home Ministry guidelines,there will be no examination centre in COVID-19 containment zones and states willbe responsible for making transport arrangements for students to reach theirdesignated centres. While Class 12th exams will be conducted across thecountry, the Class 10 exams are only pending in North East Delhi, where theexamination could not take place due to the law-and-order situation.


The Procurement of wheat by governmentagencies surpassed last year’s figures of 341.31 lakh tonnes to touch 341.56lakh tonnes yesterday, overcoming all hindrances created due to the spread ofCOVID-19  and the nationwide lockdown.Wheat harvesting generally starts towards end of March and procurementcommences in the first week of April every year. However, with the impositionof lockdown from 25th March, all operations came to a standstill. The crop hadripened by then and was ready for harvesting. Considering it, Centre gaverelaxation to start agricultural and related activities during the lockdownperiod and the procurement started from 15th of April in most of the procuringstates.


Union Government has added around 169flights to the Second Phase of Vande Bharat Mission to bring back strandedIndians from foreign countries. The extended phase with the newly added flightswill commence from tomorrow. A report --


"The world’s largestrepatriation mission, Vande Bharat, has witnessed maximum flights from the Gulfcountries. The extended schedule as well, has over 140 flights for Gulfcountries alone. With these new flights, more than half of them to the UnitedArab Emirates, the total number of flights in the Second Phase of the programmehas gone up to 429. The flights have been added due to increased demand fromcitizens stranded in the Gulf countries and the availability of adequatequarantine facilities in states for the returning Indians. The additionalflights include 81 flights from the UAE, 15 each from Saudi Arabia and Oman, 14from Kuwait, 11 from Qatar and five from Bahrain. The Vande Bharat Missionwhich began on 7th of this month has already repatriated around 30 thousandIndians. The Second Phase had included new destinations such as Istanbul, Lagosand had increased flights to the US and Europe. Indians in 98 countries acrossthe world have registered to return under this Mission. ANAND CHATURVEDI, AIRNEWS, DELHI."


Indian Railways have operationalizedmore than three thousand 60 Shramik Special trains across the country andtransported more than 40 lakh passengers to their home states. These trainswere originated from various states. Railways had started running ShramikSpecial trains from 1st of May, to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists,students and other persons stranded at different places due to lock down. Inaddition to Shramik Specials, Railways are running 15 pairs of special trainsconnecting New Delhi and plans to start 200 more trains from 1st of June.

The Ministry said, the congestionwitnessed in the Railway network on 23rd and 24th of this month is over.


Participating in our programme SAMVAAD, a SeniorRailway Official shared details about booking timings of reservation counters


Senion railway official eleborated the registrationprocess of migrants labourers for shramik special trains.


Kerala continued to register a rise in COVID-19 caseswith 49 new positive cases being confirmed today. More from our correspondent--


"Among the newlyconfirmed cases in Kerala today , 18 are  returnees from abroad and 25people returned from other States. The total active cases rose to 359 . 12people recovered from the disease today, taking the total number of recoveredpersons to 532  in  the State. Nearly one lakh people are underobservation in Kerala. Meanwhile under the Vande bharat mission  flight from San Franciso reached Kochicarrying 103 passengers including 4 children. After detailed medical screeningthe passengers were shifted to quarantine centers. A flight from Melbourne  carrying expatriates  is scheduled to arrive in Kochi at 10 pmtoday .Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram"


Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with simplicity andsolemnity across the country today amidst corona virus pandemic. The faithfuloffered prayers and thanksgiving Namaz in their homes instead of congregatingat Eidgahs and Grand Mosques in compliance with nationwide lockdown norms.

The President, Vice President andPrime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion of Id ul Fitr.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister RajnathSingh and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar have greetedthe nation on the occasion.


In Uttar Pradesh, people celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr attheir homes, as mosques across the state remained closed following Centre'sCOVID-19 guidelines. At many places, Namaz was even offered online. A Report:


"The use of technologyhelped people in many districts of state to perform the special namaz of eidwhile remaining at home. In jaunpur special arrangements have been made foronline namaz in a library. At other place people were seen offering prayers while keeping social distancing andother safety norms in mind. Noted clerics had urged people to follow socialdistancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.Those who offered namaz at the Idgahwore masks and police personnel in large numbers were deployed there. SUSHIL CHANDRATIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi todayspoke to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and conveyed greetings toher and the people of Bangladesh on Eid-Ul-Fitr. The two leaders shared theirassessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan in both countries. They alsodiscussed the COVID pandemic situation and the ongoing collaboration betweenthe two countries in this regard. Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed India’ssupport to Bangladesh in addressing these challenges.


Bangladesh is celebrating Eid amid the Corona crisisgripping the country and large sectors of economy under lockdown. Unlikeprevious years, people mostly kept to their homes and not going out to preventfurther spread of the Corona virus in the country. We have a report from ourcorrespondent in Dhaka.


"The joy of Eid wasdampened in Bangladesh under the twin challenges of cyclone Amphan and Coronapandemic ravaging the country. The Cyclone ravaged the South Western part ofBangladesh destroying thousands of Kutcha houses, damaging embankments andkilling people. Less than a week before the Eid, people of 26 cyclone affecteddistricts found it hard to celebrate Eid with much joy. In the Khulna areawhich bore the brunt of cyclone Amphan, people offered the Eid Namaz standingin water that has entered wide swath of land under the impact of Cyclone. TheEid was celebrated in a low key manner in the country with prayers for thewellbeing of all. Rajesh Jha, AIR News Dhaka. Rajesh Jha/ Dhaka"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hada telephonic conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed binZayed Al Nahyan and conveyed greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr to the Government andpeople of the UAE.

During the conversation, both the  leaders expressed satisfaction about theeffective cooperation between the two countries during the COVID-19 pandemicsituation. Prime Minister Modi thanked the Crown Prince for the supportextended to Indian citizens in UAE. Mr Modi also conveyed his best wishes forthe good health and well-being of the Crown Prince, the Royal Family and thepeople of the UAE.


Rajasthan is reeling under severe heat waveconditions. Churu recorded 47.4 degrees Celsius, which is the highesttemperature across the country in the past 24 hours. Our correspondent reportsthat normal life has been affected by the heatwave . A report --

"The maximumtemperature in most cities of the state remains above 44 degrees Celsius.Sriganganagar recorded 46.9 degrees Celsius, Bikaner 46.8 degrees Celsius, Kota46.4 degree Celsius and Jaisalmer recorded a maximum temperature of 46 degreesCelsius. The Met Department has said that most parts of the state will remainin the grip of heatwave in the next three days. The department has issued redAlert for severe heatwave conditions at some places in Jodhpur, Bikaner,Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur, and Kota divisions. – Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News,Jaipur"


There will be a heat wave in NewDelhi tomorrow. The National capital will see a minimum temperature of 28degrees Celsius and maximum 46 degree Celsius. Mumbai will see a partly cloudysky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 28 while maximum will remainaround 38 . In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperaturewill hover between 29 and 38 degrees Celsius. Kolkata will also see a partlycloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 28 while maximum will be around35.  On to North, in the Union Territoryof Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 24 in Jammu while maximumwill be around 41. The city will see mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the minimumtemperature will be 12 while maximum will be around 29 . The city will see amainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. InGilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 34 . It will see mainly clearsky. In Muzzafarabad, there will be a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudytowards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 17 while maximumtemperature will be around 38.


The Indian Air Force is set to operationalize itssquadron called the Number-18 - Flying Bullets with a fleet of the Light CombatAircraft, LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore. It will be launched bythe Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria on Wednesday. Itwill be the second Indian Air Force squadron to operate with the modernmulti-role light fighter aircraft.


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