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  • India performs much better than world nations in terms of infections and mortality rate due to COVID-19.

  • Health Ministry reiterates its appeal to people to maintain hand hygiene and physical distancing to contain the spread of infection.

  • Hotel quarantine requirement for Indians returning from abroad reduced to  seven days from fourteen days.

  • Uttar Pradesh Government completes skill mapping of 15 Lakh migrant workers; Migrant commission to ensure employment to them.

  • Second Squadron of indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas operationalizes at Sulur base in Tamil Nadu today.

  • Incessant rain disrupts life in several North Eastern States.


India performs much better as compared to global average in terms of number of infections and mortality per lakh population due to COVID-19. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Health Ministry official said, due to the lockdown and containment measures taken by the government, 10.7 cases per lakh population have been reported in India as compared to 69.9 COVID19 cases per lakh population for the world as a whole. The official said 4.5 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world.The official added, the COVID-19 mortality rate in India is among the lowest in the world at 2.87 per cent. Health Ministry also said that the recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 41.61 per cent which was 7.1 per cent in March this year.

The Health Ministry official  also appealed to people to maintan hand hygiene and social distancing and wear masks while stepping out. He said, there is a need to focus  on prevention and containment measures  to contain spread of COVID19 infection.  The official added, about fifty per cent of deaths reported among elderly people while 73 per cent reported in the patients with comorbidity.

ICMR, Director General said that currently over one lakh samples for COVID-19 are being tested in a day. He said, the country has now 612 labs out of which 430 are government labs and 182 are private labs.

On use of Hydroxychoroquine- HCQ drug, the ICMR DG said that HCQ has been widely used against malaria and considering its anti-viral properties, in-vitro study data and  availability and safety, ICMR  had recommended it as preventive treatment on trial basis under supervision. The ICMR DG added,no major side-effects of HCQ have been found in studies in India except nausea and vomiting  and its use should be continued in preventive treatment for COVID-19. He said it has been clearly advised that HCQ should be taken with food, not on empty stomach. He added, the ICMR  also emphasized that one ECG should be done during the treatment. He said, it  expanded the use of HCQ to frontline workers also, considering the potential benefits.


Health Ministry has reiterated its appeal to the people to follow hand hygiene and social distancing norms to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. In a series of tweets, the Ministry has stressed that as part of the new normal, people should always follow social distancing norms and wash their hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The Ministry said, spitting in public is a punishable offence and it  increases the risk of spread of the coronavirus. A report...

"Health Ministry has urged people to wear face-covers to protect themselves and break the chain of corona outbreak. It has also asked people to share authentic information and encourage people if they develop symptoms to get tested. Stigma can discourage people from seeking immediate help and contribute to more severe health problems. Therefore, it is important to break the stigma. Maintaining do gaj ki doori is important to ensure everyone's security. People should avoid touching their hands, nose and mouth. They should also refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting as it will not only improve the level of basic hygiene but will also prevent the spread of coronavirus. If anyone develops symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, they must immediately call the All India help-line number 1075. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi".


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

Talking to AIR News, Dr B N Gangadhar of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru advised the people to  do exercise and practice yoga to make themselves free from anxiety and stress.


In this difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic, it has been reported in certain places, that corona warriors and corona patients are facing stigma due to fear about corona virus. Dr. Neeraj Nischal from AIIMS Delhi says any such feeling of stigma is not based on scientific evidence:


Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar appealed to the people to follow all government directions during the lockdown period.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines for the whole world is the only way out of the present pandemic. In a series of tweets, he said, a global pool of resources has to be built to pay for the risk, research, manufacturing and distribution with the condition that rewards must be available to everyone. He called upon Gates Foundation to enhance their role and use innovative methods to improve healthcare. The minister was responding to Gates Foundation's tweet in which it congratulated Dr Harsh Vardhan on being elected as the Chairman of the WHO Executive Board. The Minister said his motto is to ensure health for those without wealth.


Arogya Setu, India's Covid-19 contact tracing, syndromic mapping and self assessment mobile app is now open source. Announcing it yesterday in New Delhi, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, transparency, privacy and security have been the core design principles of Araogya Setu since it's inception. He added opening of the source code upto the developer community signifies Government of India's continuing commitment to this principle.

Mr Kant said, today the scale and size of Arogya Setu is 115 million and it cuts across every smart phone and IVRS in 12 languages. He said, in just 41 days the mobile app crossed 100 million downloads.

"Open sourcing an app’s code means the government will publish it on a public code repository. With the release of the source code in the public domain, Government is looking to expand collaboration and to leverage the expertise of top technical brains and also to collectively build a robust and secure technology solution to help support the work of frontline health workers in fighting this pandemic together. On 2nd April, Government launched Aarogya Setu mobile App for helping augment the efforts of limiting the spread of COVID19, with an objective of enabling Bluetooth based contact tracing,mapping of likely hotspots and dissemination of relevant information. The App has helped identify about 5 lakh Bluetooth contacts. Those who are identified as Bluetooth contacts of COVID19 positive cases or are classified as needing assistance based on their self-assessment, are contacted by National Health Authority. So far, the platform has reached out to more than 9 lakh users and helped advise them for Quarantine, caution or testing. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."


Over 30 thousand people have returned to India on 158 flights from different countries under Vande Bharat Mission till Monday. In a tweet, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said more than ten thousand people have  flown out of India on 164 flights. He said, another 49 thousand people will be able to fly till mid June 2020 under the mission.


Centre has asked the states to ensure refund of seven days extra charges taken by the hotels for quarantine from the Indians coming back from abroad. This comes in the backdrop of Ministry of Health and Family affairs revising the guidelines for Indians returning to stay in hotel quarantine for seven days and remaining seven days in home isolation. Such people had booked the hotels in advance for 14 days. The direction to the state chief secretaries was issued by the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla amidst reports that some of the hotels are refusing to refund the remaining seven days advance payment. Chief Secretaries have been asked to direct  hotels to charge only for 7 days and  refund balance.


A total of three thousand 274 Shramik Special trains have been operationalized from various states across the country till monday. More than 44 lakh passengers have reached their home states by these trains.

IRCTC distributed more than 74 lakh free meals and more than one crore water bottles to travelling migrants.

In addition to Shramik Specials, Railways  plans to start 200 more time tabled trains on 1st of next month. Trains running today are not facing any congestion.


A senior railway official said that migrants are being sent back on a very large scale to their native places by the railways. Speaking exclusively to All India Radio News he said that special Shramik trains are being run from various states

Speaking on concession in railway fares he said:


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its live phone-in programme SAMVAAD today will bring you a Special programme on  Railways where listeners can ask questions to the experts related to  passenger trains on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 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 7.10 PM onwards.

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 on the same toll free telephone numbers. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. Both the programmes will be available on 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.


A faceoff is witnessed between Maharashtra government and Union Railways minister Mr. Piyush Goyal after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray alleged that Railways were not able to provide required number of trains.

Responding to Thackeray's comments, Mr. Goyal in a series of tweets asked the Maharashtra government to furnish the list of passengers and the number of trains the state government wants.

In a tweet, Mr. Goyal said that the Railways had planned 145 trains for Tuesday but only 13 trains could be run till 3.00 pm due to lack of passengers. On request of Maharashtra government, he said, Railways arranged 145 Shramik Special Trains. He said these trains were ready since morning and fifty trains were to leave till 3 pm but only 13 trains started due to lack of passengers.


Uttar Pradesh government has completed skill mapping of around 15 lakh migrant workers who have returned from other states during lockdown and this mapping will help them get work near their places. State government has constituted Migrant Commission which will ensure employment as well as social security for the migrant workers. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has decided that without the permission of state government, no other state will be able to get service of the labourers of Uttar Pradesh.A report:

"The Migrant commission will ensure that only after giving the guaranty of social security, any state will be able to get service of workers and labourers of Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to send letter to the other states to provide list of the workers who still wants to come back to Uttar Pradesh and we will bring them back. He has directed officials to complete the Skill mapping of all the workers in next 15 days. Till date around 15 lakh migrant workers have registered themselves in the first phase of skill mapping. The skills include Auto mechanic work, driving, electricity work, tailoring and other works. State Government will also ensure the skill training of labourers in state and will provide stipend and insurance cover for workers in state. If any worker gets job in another district of state other than his home town then government will also arrange accommodation for him. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


The number of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra is now doubling over a period of 14 days unlike every three days earlier and the death rate has been brought down to 3.25 per cent from 7.6 per cent in April. This was informed by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

"75,000 beds have been kept ready in Mumbai, which has emerged as the hotspot of the disease, and “Chase The Virus” mission is being implemented for contact tracing in the country's financial capital. He said at present, 72 laboratories are operational in Maharashtra and added 27 new laboratories will be operational in the state. He said there are 16,000 surveillance squads in the state and 66 lakh people have been surveyed till now. Meanwhile, principal secretary of health department Pradeep Vyas said 2.70 lakh isolation beds are available for patients. He said that 20 per cent of the patients in the state need oxygen and 10 per cent need the intensive care units. Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal informed that a dashboard is being prepared where the availability of beds in Mumbai will be uploaded after every half an hour. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


In Gujarat, a committee of independent doctors took stock of the facilities at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and submitted its report to the High Court.

Following the directions from the Gujarat High Court, the state government had set up an independent committee of four doctors to probe the condition of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital where over 400 deaths were reported due to Covid 19.  More from our correspondent:

"The Minister of State for Homes, PradipSinh Jadeja said the committee members visited the civil hospital and reviewed the facilities for the patients as well as resident doctors. Mr Jadeja said the court was informed about various facilities at Civil hospital with photograph, CCTV network, monitoring room and hospital management system. The divisional bench of Gujarat high court also said that the judges would also pay a surprise visit to the hospital to inspect the quality of care for Covid 19 patients and facilities for medical and para medical staff. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."


In Rajasthan, with 236 persons testing positive in the state yesterday, the total number of COVID infected persons has gone up to 7 thousand 536.

170 people have died due to corona infection across the state.  The number of active cases in the state has gone up to 3 thousand 90.

"Out of the total active COVID 19 cases in the state, more than 65 percent of patients are migrants returned from other states. 2 thousand 11 migrants have been tested positive for Covid 19 in the state so far. The state government has said that 21 thousand people have been kept in institutional quarantine centers. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot told that labor employment under MNREGA in Rajasthan has crossed 40 lakh mark, which is the highest in the last 10 years. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


Farmers in Himachal Pradesh have taken the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity. They have come forward to promote natural farming in the state by connecting with their fields and gardens in this Corona period.

Our correspondent reports that Agriculture Department officials are  using digital technology to solve problems faced by farmers in this period of crisis.

"These farmers have also taken steps towards making the state a natural farming state by adding thousands of new farmers with them. In order to provide technical knowledge directly to farmers at their place, social media is being used by the officials of the Agriculture Department .For this WhatsApp groups have been formed at block, district and state levels. Agriculture officials are reaching out fields digitally through video calling to solve farmer’s problems and are also advising  them on natural farming. So far, 94 WhatsApp groups have been formed across the state at various levels and about 5676 farmers have been linked to it. Apart from this, three officers have also been deputed at each block level whereas project director along with Subject matter specialist and Deputy Project Director  have been directed to remain in constant touch with farmers, during the lockdown period. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla."


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Annual Kheer Bhawani Mela scheduled on 30th May this year in Tulmulla village of Ganderbal district has been cancelled by the Dharmarth Trust of Jammu and Kashmir because of outbreak of Cornavirus pandemic.To know more, let's listen to our Srinagar Correspondent:

"Jammu Kashmir Dharmarth Trust has cancelled the Annual "Kheer Bhawani Mela" scheduled for 30th May this year at Tulmulla in Ganderbal district of Kashmir Valley. The decision has been made in view of the prevailing unprecedented circumstances following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. However, the holy rituals and Aarti of the Deity will be conducted as per the tradition which will be shared with the devotees via social media. It is worthwhile to mention that the Annual Kheer Bhawani Mela at Tulmulla Ganderbal which falls on the auspicious day of "Zeshta Ashtami" witnesses lakhs of hindu pilgrims from across the country largely the Kashmiri Pandit Community, who throng the famous Ragyna Devi Temple in Tulmulla Ganderbal popularly known as "Mata Kheer Bhawani", to seek the blessings of the Goddess. Kheer Bhawani Mela is one of the biggest religious functions of Kashmiri Pandit Community. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."


On the third day of the resumption of domestic air travel today, Chennai Airport is scheduled to witness 21 take-offs and an equal number of landings. Yesterday, 41 flights were handled by the airport by following the safety protocols. The state has witnessed 642 new Covid-19 cases yesterday taking the total infected cases to 17,728.  More from our correspondent:

"In yet another boost to the resumption of full-scale livelihood activities, the Tamil Nadu Government has curtailed the fishing ban period for mechanised boats from the usual 61 days to 47 days this year. In the East Coast, the fishermen are now allowed to set sail for fishing from the 1st of next month as against the originally planned ban till June 14. In the West Coast, they can commence fishing operation from the 1st of August. The move is on the premise that even before the official commencement of the ban, fishermen were off the seas due to the lockdown. The Centre has permitted reducing the ban period in the country’s exclusive economic zone, as said by the state fisheries department. However, in Rameswaram, the fishermen are said to have decided to set sail after the 15th of next month as the supporting staff who have gone to their native places have to come back. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


A&N Island is going to connect with the mainland again through sea route as well after resumption of flight services. Yesterday M V Nancowry left for Channai with stranded passengers on board. The ship is expected to reach Chennai on 29th of May.


The Indian Air Force today operationalises its “Number-18 - Flying Bullets” squadron with the Light Combat Aircraft LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore. It will be launched by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. The indigenously developed light fighter aircraft is certified with the “Full Operational Clearance” standard.

The Flying Bullets will be the second Indian Air Force squadron to operate with the modern multi-role fighter aircraft. The first squadron with the LCA Tejas known as the Number-45 Flying Daggers is also headquartered at the same base.

According to Defence Ministry the No.18 squadron was formed in 1965 and has the distinction of being the first to land and operate from Srinagar. It has also produced a Param Veer Chakra awardee during the 1971 war with Pakistan. It has been revived on the 1st April this year at the Sulur base.

The LCA Tejas is a tailless, fourth generation, compound delta-wing aircraft developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The supersonic combat aircraft is considered the lightest and the smallest of its kind.


The Army Commanders' Conference, an apex level bi-annual event which was scheduled for April 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, will now be organized in two phases. The first phase of the conference will commence from today which will continue till 29th of this month. The second phase will be held in last week of June 2020.The apex level leadership of Indian Army will brainstorm on current emerging security and administrative challenges and chart the future course for Indian Army. To ensure due diligence, decisions are taken through collegiate system comprising Army commanders and senior officers.

During the first phase of conference, various aspects pertaining to operational and administrative issues including studies pertaining to logistics and human resources will be discussed.


Home Ministry has dismissed media reports that it has permitted all states to open schools. The ministry clarified that no such decision has been taken by it. It said all educational institutions are still prohibited to open, throughout the country.


In Arunachal Pradesh, incessant heavy rain in the past few days has crippled life at many places across the state. Flash flood and landslides triggered by rain have snapped road communications to many interior places.

"In Dibang Valley District, three persons of a family lost their life due to landslide. Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the incident and has announced immediate ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs each to next of kins of the deceased persons. In East Siang District, administration has issued advisory not to take the Pasighat-Roing route via Siseri Bridge, after continuous rain triggered rockslides have been reported at many points of the road. State government has issued directives to all Deputy Commissioners and Disaster Management Department to monitor the situation on regular basis. Rakesh Doley, AIR News, Itanagar."

In Meghalaya, incessant rain and cyclonic storm has wreaked havoc in parts of the State with over 1493 population and 21 villages affected in the last 24 hours.

Following cyclone Amphan, the State witnessed heavy showers, cyclonic storm and hailstorm in various districts, triggering landslides, floods and washing off of roads and bridges.

Meghalaya Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla informed that five districts have been affected.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted thunderstorms and gusty wind along with very heavy rains at isolated places at several districts in Assam in the next 2 to 3 days. Around 2 lakh people are affected in 7 districts in the state due to floods. Nearly 9 thousand people are taking shelter at relief camps at Goalpara and Tinsukia districts. Flood water also damaged standing crops at several districts and also disrupted road communications.


In Assam, National Disaster Response Force teams are being stationed at 9 places to be engaged in flood relief and rescue works. Talking to All India Radio, Chief Project Co-ordinator of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority Pankaj Chakravarty said that State Disaster Response Force  teams have already been stationed at 40 places with equipments. Mr. Chakravarty said that guidelines have been issued to take special care while setting up relief camps due to Covid 19 pandemic. Around 2 lakh people in 7 districts have been affected in the first wave of floods in the state. The Chief Executive Officer of the Authority M S Manivannan has visited the worst hit Goalpara district today to take stock of the situation. He also visited relief camps in the district to assess the condition.


Now, 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 see a minimum temperature of 28 and maximum of 46.

Mumbai will see a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 28 while maximum temperature will remain around 35.

In the South, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 30 and 36.

Kolkata will see a generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The minimum temperature will be 29 while maximum will be around 35.

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 25 in Jammu while maximum will be around 42 . The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 13 while maximum will be around 32.The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 36. It will see a clear sky.In Muzzafarabad, there will be  mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 19 while maximum will be around 39.


Newspapers Headlines

The top news in most dailies today refers to the tension with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

  • "PM reviews LAC standoff with NSA, CDS and 3 Service Chiefs" headlines The Hindu.  "India firm, won't step back from areas where Chinese troops have intruded" is the headline in The Times of India

  • Finally, with Churu in Rajasthan hitting 50 degrees celcius, North India was the globe's hottest region on Tuesday, reports The Times of India.



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