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Bihar Assembly Elections to be held in three phases from October 28; counting of votes on November 10            PM Modi to hold virtual bilateral summit with Sri Lankan counterpart today            Income Tax Dept launches Faceless Income tax Appeals to streamline collection process & check corruption            COVID 19 recovery rate stands at 81.74 %            Funeral of legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam to take place with state honours near Chennai today           

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  • 532 flights operated on the first day of resumption of domestic flights; Andhra Pradesh to resume flights today.

  • Over 40 lakh migrant workers ferried by Railways in 3060 Shramik Special trains.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India-UAE cooperation has grown even stronger during COVID-19 challenge.

  • India utilised lockdown period to ramp up its healthcare infrastructure, says Health Minister. 

  • Uttar Pradesh government to set up migration commission to help find jobs for workers returning from different States.

  • Kerala board exams for class 10 and 12 to begin today.

  • Japan completely lifts nationwide emergency.


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

Andhra Pradesh is set to resume flight operations from today, while in West Bengal they will resume from Thursday.


In Tamil Nadu,  21 flights are scheduled to arrive at Chennai airport from various locations while 20 flights are set to take off today. On the first day of operations yesterday, the city handled 35 flights.

The number of COVID-19 infection in the state has crossed 17 thousand mark with 805 fresh cases yesterday. They include 549 from Chennai and 93 returnees from other states.

"The health department in Tamil Nadu says it is focusing sharply on four areas as part of the disease control measures. They include increased testing for the SARSCov2 virus, early detection of the hidden COVID-19 cases, effective clinical management and cure and discharge of cases. Preventive efforts also go in parallel with the clinical measures. Meanwhile, a special team of experts in the state are studying the past epidemiological data and are making the projections on the possible scenario in the next three months.  As most of the victims of the pandemic are aged more than 60-years, age is also being considered as one of the eleven comorbidity conditions relating to the pandemic. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Railways has operationalised more than three thousand 60 Shramik Special trains across the country to transport migrant workers to their home States. More than 40 lakh passengers have reached their destinations by these trains. Rail Minister Piyush Goyal has expressed happiness that the railways successfully operated more than three thousand Shramik Special trains and took migrant workers from different parts of the country to their home state. In a tweet, Mr Goyal appealed to all the states to cooperate with the Railways and help their labourer brothers. Our correspondent reports that 80 per cent of these Shramik trains are destined for various destinations in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

"Railways had started running Shramik Special trains from 1st May, to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lock down. The top five States and Union Territories from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. These trains were terminated in various States across the country. Uttar Pradesh received the highest number of one thousand 245 trains, followed by Bihar 846 trains and Jharkhand 123 trains. During the journey, passengers are given free meals and water. In addition to Shramik specials Railways is running 15 pairs of special AC trains connecting New Delhi and has decided to start 200 more trains from 1st June. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi".


The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a migration commission to help find jobs for workers returning home. Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi said any state that wants labourers from UP has to seek its permission.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also said that other states will need permission from the UP government if they want to make use of labourers from Uttar Pradesh.

About 25 lakh migrants, workers and their families, have returned to Uttar Pradesh from other states.

At a meeting with senior officials, the Chief Minister reiterated that his government is committed to a safe and respectable homecoming of workers and to providing them with jobs and social security.

The planned commission will look into workers' rights, prevent their exploitation and provide an official framework to ensure socio-economic and legal support for them.

The Chief Minister said, insurance, social security, re-employment assistance, provision for unemployment allowance are some of the factors that will be looked into by the commission.


The second plus phase of Vande Bharat Mission to bring home Indian nationals stranded abroad will start today. Around 140 flights from Gulf countries have been added in this phase of the mission. These flights are expected to fly back more than 23,000 Indians stranded abroad. More destinations may be added in due course in coordination with the State governments. This phase will continue till 8th of June. Maximum number of flights are scheduled from the UAE. A list of 57 flights have been declared as of now from Dubai and another 26 flights from Abu Dhabi.

Eight flights will be operated from the UAE today which will bring back more than 1,300 passengers. 14 flights from Saudi Arabia, 15 from Oman, 10 from Qatar, 12 from Kuwait and five from Bahrain are scheduled in this phase.

A majority of the flights from the Gulf are for Kerala. Other destinations include Jaipur, Gaya, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Srinagar, Goa, Chennai, Madurai, Lucknow, Karnataka, Delhi, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Bengaluru.

"More flights have been added in this phase of the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate more stranded and distressed overseas Indian nationals. This phase is commencing from today. From the Gulf countries, approximately  140 flights have been scheduled which is likely to benefit more than 23000  Indians. More than 80 flights under the Vande Bharat has been scheduled from the UAE over the next two weeks. Today there are eight flights scheduled from the UAE. Four from Dubai and four from Abu Dhabi. More than 1300 Indians are expected to go back to the country today. The Indian Mission in UAE tweeted that many new destinations have been added in this phase and more destinations are likely to be added in the due course in coordination with the state governments. As in the earlier phase , those with compelling reasons will be given priority in sending back. Kanchan Prasad Mandlaus, AIR NEWS DUBAI".

The Vande Bharat Mission is one of the largest and most complex evacuation exercises by the government to bring home Indian nationals stranded abroad.


Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that India utilised the lockdown period to ramp up its health-care infrastructure. He said the lockdown also helped to keep its Covid-19 mortality rate relatively low. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, central and state governments have put in place 3,027 dedicated Covid-19 hospitals and Covid health centres besides 7,013 Covid care centres.  He said, all dedicated health facilities together have 2.81 lakh isolation beds, 31,250 intensive care unit beds, and 11,387 beds with oxygen support for patients. He said, India has managed to put up a better fight against Covid-19 as compared to many other developed and developing countries.


The Delhi government has directed private hospitals and nursing homes with a capacity of 50 beds or more to reserve 20 per cent of their total bed strength for COVID-19 patients. In a tweet, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, the Delhi government felt an imperative need to increase the number of beds, dedicated to COVID19 patients. He said, 117 private hospitals and nursing homes have been directed to reserve 20 per cent of their total bed strength for COVID19 patients. An order issued by the Delhi government said, it has been found that in the recent past, the majority of beds earmarked for COVID-19 patients in the dedicated private hospitals are occupied at any given time. Therefore, there is a need to increase the number of beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients in the private hospitals in the city.


Multiple COVID-19 treatment hospitals and centres with a combined capacity of 7,000 beds will come up in Mumbai in the next two weeks. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's office said these hospitals and centres will come up at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Goregaon, Dahisar and Mulund in the suburbs. Meanwhile, state cabinet minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan, who has tested positive for coronavirus, was on Monday admitted in a hospital in Mumbai. He became the second cabinet minister after NCP leader Jitendra Awhad to test positive for coronavirus.

"The Chief Minister’s Office said by May 31, Mumbai city’s bed capacity will be increased by 2,475, including a facility at Bandra (East) which has commenced operations. The state government has started taking over non- public hospitals having at least 100 beds and 20 ICU beds in all wards of the BMC to covert them into COVID-19 care centres. The number of ambulance is also being increased from 100 now to 450. The state reported 2,436 new COVID-19 cases and 60 deaths, in last 24 hours taking the overall case count to 52,667 and the number of fatalities to 1,695.  SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari has said the government is exploring new financial lending institutions to support small-scale units in terms of financial support.  He said, the government is working towards strengthening the Non- Banking Financial Companies  which will help small businesses to avail easy credit in the coming time. Addressing the members of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce on impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs through video conference, Mr Gadkari requested all the stakeholders to work in tandem and urged the industry to maintain a positive attitude during this time to tide over the crisis.


Kerala board exams for Class 10th and 12th which had been postponed due to Covid19 lockdown will be held from today. Special measures are being taken for the safety of students and teachers since the exams are taking place amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. 

"The exams are scheduled to be held from today till May 31st. The class 12 th exams will be held in the forenoon and the  10th and plus one exams will be held in the afternoon. Elaborate arrangements are being done by the State govt in coordination with the State education Dept and health dept for the smooth conduct of exams  ensuring proper covid protocols are being followed. Special Transport facility have been provided for children to reach centres. All exams centres are properly disinfected. Masks and sanitizers are distributed to all in the premises. Students coming from containing zones and whose family are in quarantine will be seated seperatly. Strict social distancing will be followed in all exam halls.No shops are permitted near exam halls to avoid crowding. Over 9 lakh students will be taking the exams in kerala today. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram"


In view of increasing cases of COVID 19, the Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to authorize District Magistrates to extend curfew till 30th of June, if required. At present, the curfew is enforced till the 31st of May and thereafter District Magistrates will decide about it. Our Correspondent reports that the Himachal Pradesh government had imposed curfew in the entire state from March the 24.

"In view of the growing number of coronavirus cases the State Government has decided to  authorize District magistrates to extend curfew till 30th june if the situation so requires. Notification in this regard has been issued separately for each district by the Governor. The district magistrates of Hamirpur and Solan  have issued orders  extending the curfew in their areas up to June 30.Meanwhile,death toll due to COVID 19 has increased to five in the state.The total number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh surged to 223 . Of these 151 are active cases.Hamirpur district has the highest number of 56 cases followed by kangara with 42 cases.However 63 covid 19 patients have also been cured in the state. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla".


Coronavirus cases continued to surge in Bihar with 163 more people testing positive for Covid-19, taking the statewide tally to 2737. A total of 63,741 samples have been tested  and 729 people have recovered so far. The virus claimed 13 lives and 1,994 patients are undergoing treatment in different hospitals. Arrival of migrant has contributed to rise in total cases. Positive cases were detected in 2,809 migrants workers. COVID cases are doubling in 10 days in the state.


In Tripura, 4 persons who have returned from Maharastra by a special train tested positive for the novel coronavirus yesterday. With this, the number of COVID 19 positive cases in the state stands 198. Officials said, altogether samples of 990 people were tested yesterday of which four persons were found positive.

Earlier on Sunday three persons who had returned from Delhi were tested positive for the virus.

As many as 165 patients were discharged from hospital after recovery yesterday.


In Gujarat, the total number of Covid 19 cases has reached 14,468 after 405 fresh cases reported from 20 districts yesterday. The State Health Department said 224 people were discharged yesterday after full recovery. The state reported 30 deaths due to Covid 19 yesterday after which the total death toll rose to 888. Among the total active cases in the state, 109 patients are critical who are on ventilator system.

Meanwhile, over nearly 6 lakh 80 thousand workers are employed in more than 29,000 development works under the MNREGA scheme across the state amid the lockdown.

"Secretary to the chief minister, Ashwani Kumar said at present MNREGA works are underway in more than 6500 villages across the state. The tribal dominant Dahod district is on the top in giving jobs to nearly 1 lakh 06 thousand people under MNREGA. Similarly, over 18 lakh workers gained employment under the third phase of state's Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Yojana. The scheme is meant to increase water holding capacity ahead of the monsoon. The third phase of the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Yojana was initiated from April 28 and will conclude on June 10th.  As part of it, more than 5,600 works are under progress. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD".


In Madhya Pradesh, 194 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours. As a result, the number of people infected with Corona virus has gone up to 6 thousand 859. The death toll has also increased to 300. Three thousand 571 people have recovered.

"More than 1 lakh 38 thousand tests have been conducted in Madhya Pradesh so far and the percentage of positive cases is 4. 96 compared to the total number of tests. Meanwhile, general promotion will not be given to the college and university students in Madhya Pradesh. The state government has decided to conduct examinations for the college and university students and start a new academic session from 1 October. All college level examinations will be held between June 29 to July 31 and the results will be declared by August. On the other hand, keeping in mind the health of the police staff, the state government has decided that the police personnel from constable to inspector level will be allowed to wear blue cotton sports cap in place of Barrett cap in special situations like pandemic and relief work. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Rajasthan, the number of COVID 19 cases has gone up to 7,300. Out of which, 1,844 persons are migrants who recently returned from other states. 272 persons tested positive for COVID 19 yesterday. 4 Thousand 56 people have recovered so far. The State Government issued orders yesterday allowing some more activities.

"The state home department issued an order late last night allowing limited operation of taxis and auto-rickshaws in the Red Zone with certain conditions. These vehicles will be operated only from airports, railway stations and hospitals, for which prior approval will be required from the Traffic Department. Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department, Rajiv Swaroop told that two passengers in a taxi and one passenger in an auto-rickshaw will be permitted to travel. Shri Swaroop clarified that persons selling food items on hand carts, kiosks and small shops have already been permitted. Meanwhile, 19 flights were operated from Jaipur airport yesterday, in which more than 11 hundred passengers traveled. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur".


Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have taken a slew of welfare  measures to benefit the common man in the union terrotory. Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said these welfare measures proved effective during the lockdown to mitigate suffering of the people.

"Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory has become number one in the country for conducting maximum tests per day for coronavirus pandemic.The testing capacity in the union territory has gone up from just 100 tests per day in March to present 8000 tests per day. In the previous month, tests in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up from 1800 tests per day to 8100 tests, which is an increase of 350 percent, as far as percentage of tests in Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. Meanwhile, 47 new cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir, out of which 33 were from reported from Jammu and 14 from Kashmir region taking the total number of cases to 1668. Two fatalities, one each in Jammu and Kashmir regions, were reported yesterday taking the death toll due to pandemic in Jammu and Kashmir to 23."  Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday and conveyed greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr to the Government and people of the UAE.

During the conversation, both leaders expressed satisfaction about the effective cooperation between the two countries during the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Prime Minister said, India-UAE cooperation has grown even stronger during the COVID-19 challenge. Mr Modi thanked the Crown Prince for the support extended to Indian citizens in the  UAE. The Prime Minister also conveyed his best wishes for the good health and well-being of the Crown Prince, the Royal Family and the people of the UAE.


India and Israel will be working together to develop a rapid testing module for Coronavirus. The proposed testing system will be based on artificial intelligence and big data technology. The rapid testing module aims at establishing larger normalcy and will help people restart routine activities. A high level meeting for scientific cooperation between both the countries was held on Sunday and was attended by principal scientific advisor, K Vijay Raghavan and other senior representatives from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Defence Research and Development Organisation and National Center for Biological Sciences. Senior representatives from Israel's Defense Research and Development Directorate were also present during the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken twice to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu since the WHO declared COVID-19 a world pandemic. Israeli Embassy in New Delhi has termed this joint effort as part of the vision shared by both the countries for wide range of scientific cooperation.


Japan has completely lifted nationwide emergency imposed following Corona Virus pandemic. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced yesterday that the emergency will be lifted in the remaining five prefectures including Tokyo. He warned that state of emergency can be re-imposed if the infection starts spreading rapidly again. Mr Abe said an expert commission, established by the Japanese government at the beginning of the outbreak, will present by mid-June guidelines for clubs, bars and karaoke spots, where several COVID-19 clusters have originated.

The Japanese government had declared the state of emergency for Tokyo and six neighbouring prefectures in early April and later expanded it to cover the entire country.


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

Dr Sanjay Pandey of GB Pant Hospital, Delhi said the symptoms of coronavirus are upper respiratory tract infection, sneezing and cough.

Talking to AIR News, President of Indian Medical Association, Dr. Rajan Sharma said that citizens need to follow basic hygiene and social distancing norms.

Talking to All India Radio News in a special programme on COVID-19, senior medical expert, Dr. AK Varshney from RML Hospital  advised people to immediately consult a doctor if they have any symptoms.

Talking about the vaccine, he said it will enhance the body's capability to develop antibodies at a faster rate.


Veteran Actor Akshay Kumar has appealed to people to stay at home and follow all guidelines regarding lockdown to save yourself themselves and their familes from Corona virus.


BJP will hold virtual rallies across the country and organise over one thousand conferences online as it readies to celebrate the first anniversary of the Narendra Modi government's second term. In a communication to state units and other senior office-bearers, BJP General Secretary Arun Singh said all big state units will hold at least two virtual rallies and smaller units will hold one adding that over 750 people should attend each of these programmes. The events organised by the party to mark the day will begin on 30th of this month.


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 .

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.

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


Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today

There will be a heat wave in New Delhi today. The National capital will witness minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and maximum 46 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will face mainly clear sky.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.



  • "Domestic flights resume in India" is the lead in The Statesman. "532 flights take off on Day 1: Non-metros see highest demand, Delhi-Patna most bookings" headlines The Indian Express. The Pioneer cites the Supreme Court telling Air India to "Keep middle seats vacant after June 6”. 

  • “Testing up in States seeing massive return of migrants” is a front page focus in The Hindu. Delhi “CM says home isolation key focus area as cases cross 14 thousand” notes the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express states “In Delhi, the share of private Covid beds occupied is double that in government hospitals”.

  • “WHO suspends HCQ trial over safety concerns” reports the Times of India.

  • And Finally, "Virus may undo gains of war on plastic" notes The Statesman, as masks, gloves and gowns used on the frontlines of the war against Covid - 19, to food delivered in disposable plastic containers find their way back into daily life.


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