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Record number of over 6.61 lakh Covid 19 tests conducted in country in single day            12,30,509 people recovered from coronavirus in country so farCovid-19 recovery rate improves to 66.30 per cent            Preparations in full swing in Ayodhya for tomorrow's Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Ram Mandir            Punjab Police apprehend 12 more persons in Hooch tragedy case            UPSC announces Civil Services Examination 2019 results           

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  • Centre steps up locust control operations in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Railways transports 48 lakh people to their native places through Shramik Special trains.

  • More than 9 crore 60 lakh farmers avail benefits under PM-KISAN Scheme during past two months.

  • Karnataka government to launch a project to maintain health database of all citizens.

  • Domestic Flights resume operations from Kolkata this morning.

  • Six special flights to bring home 1000 Indian nationals stranded in UAE under Vande Bharat Mission.


Amidst a wave of locust swarms sweeping across western and northwestern India, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has stepped up locust control operations in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. As of today, there are active swarms of immature locust in Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Sikar, Jaipur districts of Rajasthan and Satna, Gwalior, Seedhi, Rajgarh, Baitul, Devas and Agar Malwa districts of Madhya Pradesh.

At present 200 Locust Circle Offices are conducting survey and control operations in close coordination with District Administration and agriculture field machinery of the affected states.


Railways has transported 48 lakh passengers to their home states through Shramik Special trains. Railways Ministry said, a total of three thousand 543 Shramik Special trains have been operationalized from various states across the country in the last 26 days.

"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. 85 per cent of the expenditure of Shramik special trains is being borne by the Centre and states are paying 15 per cent in the form of fare. The top five States from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. While the top five states where maximum trains terminated are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. IRCTC has distributed more than 78 lakh free meals and more than one crore water bottles to travelling migrants. In addition to Shramik specials, Railways is running 15 pairs of special AC trains and has decided to run 200 more trains from 1st of June. With Dipendra, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi".


A total 9.67 crore farmers have been benefited and an amount of more than 19 thousand crore rupees has been released under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme during the last two months. Government said, 4.57 lakh metric tonnes of pulses have been dispatched to the States and Union Territories under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PM-GKY). Out of this, 1.78 lakh metric tonnes of pulses have been distributed to 13.4 crore beneficiaries.


Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana about 4.57 Lakh Metric Ton of pulses have been dispatched to the States and Union Territories. Out of this, 1.78 Lakh Metric Ton of pulses have been distributed to around 13 crore 40 lakh beneficiaries. Government had announced that all the beneficiary ration cardholders will receive a kilogram of free pulses per month for three months till June under the 1 lakh 70 thousand crore Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.


Health Ministry has advised States and Union Territories to organize home deliveries of essential medicines like calcium, ORS, zinc, contraceptives, iron folic in containment zones to ensure maternal and child health care amid the Corona virus pandemic. It said, drugs and commodities needed for continuing Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health Plus Nutrition services should be treated as essential commodities.


Health Ministry has issued an advisory on re-processing and re-use of eye-protection goggles used as a crucial components of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits. It said, goggles confirming to prescribed Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) specifications can be reused after proper disinfection.

Ministry said, reprocessing must be done after every use before using it again. It advised to adhere to manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfection of goggles. The Ministry said, goggles may be issued to each health care worker, who will de-contaminate them after every use.


Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, Aarogya Setu has become world's largest contact tracing app reaching over 11 crore 40 lakh people in 40 days. In a series of tweets, the Minister said, the App is a classic example of coordination between government, industry and citizens. He said, the iOS version of the open source app will be released in the next two weeks.


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. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS suggested to the people to stay at homes, spend time with family members and practice Yoga. 

Dr. Sanjay Pandey of Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Delhi spoke about the use of mask saying it is important to wear them while stepping out of home.


Talking to All India Radio News in a special programme on COVID-19, senior medical expert, Dr. Mala Srivastav said, that asymptomatic patients are hard to identify and is a major reason for rising number of cases.

She also advised pregnant women to be very careful and take all necessary precautions.


There is a major relief to the students appearing for the pending Class 10th and 12th  examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education from 1st of July this year. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has informed that students who have moved to another state or district during the lockdown can appear in these exams from their current district or state. He said that the students don't need to travel to their previous exam centres in order to appear in these examinations.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that the students need to inform their schools regarding their choice of district for appearing in the Board exams.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday and congratulated him on having completed 50 years since his first term as a parliamentarian in Sri Lanka. Mr. Modi also recalled Rajapaksa's contribution to the development of Sri Lanka in his long political career, and extended his wishes for his future.

Prime Minister Modi also conveyed his condolences at the untimely demise of Mr. Arumugam Thondaman, a prominent leader of the Indian-origin Tamils in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister recalled the role that Mr. Thondaman had played in taking forward the development partnership between India and Sri Lanka. Mr. Arumugan Thondaman was a Ceylon Workers’ Congress leader and a Cabinet Minister in Sri Lanka who passed away on Tuesday after a sudden illness.

Both the leaders discussed the health and economic impact of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken in the two countries to counter them. Prime Minister assured his Sri Lankan counterpart that India stands ready to extend all possible support to Sri Lanka during this challenging time.


Karnataka government will soon launch a project to maintain the health database of all its citizens. A first of its kind initiative State Health Register will be a robust and standardized health repository of all the citizens. Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that this project will be implemented first in Chikkaballapur district on experimental basis. Enhanced focus on healthcare has become imperative and our government is committed to provide world class healthcare to all citizens, he said. Dr Sudhakar said that Covid-19 experience has demonstrated the necessity of having robust, real-time public health data and therefore, there is a need to maintain repository of health data of each and every citizen. He said that Government will be undertaking a survey of all 6.5 Crore people in the state using a team of Primary Health Centre officials, revenue officials, Education department staff and ASHA karyakartas.


In West Bengal, Domestic Flight operations from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata began this morning. Flight movements will also be started from Bagdogra in Siliguri and Andal Airport in West Burdwan District of the state today. The State Government has issued advisory for all domestic flight passengers.

"Health screening of all passengers have been made compulsory. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board on plane with mandatory wearing of the face mask. Passengers have to be abide by the norms of social distancing. The 10 points guidelines says that asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go out of the airport with an advisory that they will self monitor their health for 14 days. In case any passengers develop symptoms of COVID they will inform in local hospital for medical interventions. Sample will be collected for COVID test from all symptomatic passengers and will be taken to them to the nearest COVID health centre. On arrival from plane all passengers have to submit filled up self-declaration form on their health status to the officials at the airport. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR NEWS, KOLKATA".


In Bihar, 22 Myanmar Nationals believed to have Tablighi Jamat links were detained at the Gaya international airport by the immigration authorities yesterday evening. They were booked while boarding a special flight of Myanmar Airways for Yangon. Gaya SSP Rajiv Mishra told AIR that the Myanmar Nationals were detained as there was a Delhi Police lookout notice pending against them.


Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has announced to relax restrictions imposed on small and medium industrial units in urban areas in the fourth phase of Lockdown due to COVID19 from today. Industrial activities will now be functional in non-containment zones and revive the drowning economic activities. Earlier, the relaxations were effective to industrial units to operate in rural and green zone areas at the beginning of the lockdown-4 under standard protocols by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Hemant Soren has said that the government is preparing a roadmap.

"More than 250 small industrial units in the state capital and several industrial units in Jamshedpur including TATA Motors will be directly benefitted with this decision. Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the state government is working in this direction and doing its homework to revive the economy in the state. The state government is working to take strict action in this regard. Mr Soren also said that state government is aiming to prepare a road map to provide employment to the local and migrants who have returned post lockdown. The Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries have welcomed the step taken by the government for relaxing the restrictions imposed on small units in urban areas. Shilpi for All India Radio News from Ranchi.


 In Uttar Pradesh, many industrial houses and entrepreneurs have come forward to provide employment to the migrant workers who have returned from other states recently.

"In a review meeting with senior officials yesterday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed them about the strengthening of man power in every industrial unit in state and said that every unit should make place for at least 1 to 10 workers. State government has now started survey and mapping of industrial organisations in state to generate employment. government is asking about the details of skilled and unskilled manpower needed in every industrial unit. Arrangement for apprentice of workers and stipend for them is also on cards. Till date around 15 lakh migrant workers have registered themselves in the first phase of skill mapping in state. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered detailed analysis of each death due to Corona virus infection in the state. He said, the concerned authorities should regularly report the detail of these cases.

"Overall 237 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. As a result, the number of people infected with the corona virus has increased to 7 thousand 261. The good news is that 3 thousand 927, more than half of the patients have been cured in the state up to now. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has released an amount of Rs1 thousand 555 crore of under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana to give impetus to work in Gram Panchayats yesterday. The annual expenditure limit on the amount has already been fixed by dividing the works mainly into 4 parts. In which, 75 percent amount is being spent in new infrastructure works, 10 percent in drinking water system, 7.5 percent in maintenance works and another 7.5 percent amount can be spent on official expenditure. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"


Amidst the Corona crisis, Chhattisgarh Government has taken several steps to curtail the expenditure and to ensure optimal utilization of available resources. The lockdown for prevention of COVID-19 infection has adversely affected the revenue collection of state government. Besides, immediate arrangement of additional resources is also required for prevention of this pandemic.

"Chhattisgarh government has taken the decision to ban the creation of new posts, transfers, meetings in expensive hotels, foreign tours and purchase of new vehicles in government departments to curtail its expenditure in view of the revenue loss due to corona crisis. The permission of finance department will be necessary for the recruitment on all vacancies, except direct recruitment by public service commission and appointment on compassionate grounds. Government officials will not be allowed to travel in business class of flights and first class compartments of trains under government expenses. Government has also suspended the annual increments of all employees due on July 1 and January 1. To rationalize the expenditure, all schemes will be reviewed and the implementation of such schemes which are not very useful in current scenario, will be suspended. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".


In Gujarat, the number of Covid19 cases has gone up to 15,205 with 376 new cases reported during last 24 hours. 23 patients have lost their lives during the past 24 hours taking the total death toll of Covid19 in the state to 938.

"Though, the total number of COVID-19 cases has crossed the 15 thousand mark in Gujarat, there are many positive developments also. Against 376 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, 410 patients have been discharged from the hospitals during the same period. With this, total 7547 patients have been discharged from various hospitals of the stat till now. According to sources, rate of doubling the cases in the state has improved to 24.84 days from 16 days of fortnight ago, while doubling rate of Ahmedabad city improves to 25.08 days from earlier 13 days. Meanwhile, the life is limping back to normal with state transport buses are running smoothly in all non-containment zones. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Maharashtra yesterday reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths so far at 105, including 32 in Mumbai, taking the count of overall fatalities to 1,897.  However with a total of 17,918 patients  recovered and discharged, the number of active cases stands at 37,125. The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra stands at 31.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation has informed that the national Sero-Surveillance for monitoring of presence or absence of specific substances in the blood serumto monitor the trend of covid19 infection transmission is going to start in Mumbai soon.

"As per ICMR guidelines, it will be conducted in 500 adults aged 18 years or more, and in five clusters identified randomly - Kandivali (East), Kandivali (West), Deonar, Dharavi and Kurla-Sakinaka. The survey will be conducted with the help of local medical officer and health staff along with ICMR-National Institute of Immuno-Haematology teams supported by the WHO teams. The detection of COVID-19 specific IgG antibodies which is a sign of exposure to the COVID-19 infection will also be performed in the survey. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai".


In Tamil Nadu, the COVID-19 cases has surged to 18,545 with 817 people confirmed positive yesterday.Six patients died of the disease in the past 24 hours taking the toll to 133, while 567 people were discharged after cure.

"Defying the drag by the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial activities in the state are gaining strength every day. For example, the Tamil Nadu Government and seventeen global industrial houses inked MoUs yesterday in Chennai. They have an investment potential of 15-thousand One Hundred and Twenty Eight Crore rupees. When all the MoUs are translated into operational units, they have the capacity to generate more than 47-thousand jobs. The investors include those from Germany, Finland, the US, Taiwan, France, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the UK, China and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, in the highly industrialized Kanchipuram district in the neighbourhood of Chennai, most companies have begun their operations with fifty percent of the staff as permitted. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Six flights are scheduled from the UAE today under the Vande Bharat Mission. Around 1,000 Indian nationals stranded in the region are expected to fly back home.

Five flights are scheduled from Dubai to Kochi, Kannur, Kozhikode, Hyderabad and Thiruvanathapuram. From Abu Dhabi, one flight is scheduled to Kochi.

Distressed workers, stranded tourists, pregnant women, stranded students, elderly and cases of medical emergency will be given priority. Passengers will be allowed to board after the medical screening procedure. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flight.


In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTH BUSTERS.

 Ministry of Home Affairs has said, a report in a private channel about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he may announce lockdown 5.0 in his Mann Ki Baat address, is incorrect. Ministry said, the quoted story claims to have inside details of Lockdown-5 from MHA sources. It said, all claims made therein are speculations by the reporter. The Ministry also said, to attribute them to MHA is incorrect and irresponsible.


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. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also listen to us on the NEWSONAIR app.


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 expert 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 9.30 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.


Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today

Northwest and Central parts of the country will continue to remain under the grip of heat wave conditions.

The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and maximum 44 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will witness mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees Celsius.

In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 29 and 38 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will also witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will witness 28 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees. 

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 41 degrees Celsius. The city will observe mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 14 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 29 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky becoming with possibility of rain or thunder storm or Dust storm.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 36 degrees Celsius. It will face mainly clear sky.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. It will witness minimum temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees Celsius.


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reviewed flood situation in the state with the top officials of various other departments in Guwahati. The Chief Minister directed for ensuring all Covid-19 protocols including social distancing, hand washing, wearing of masks at the flood relief camps so that community spread of COVID-19 cases can be contained during the flood season. Issuing instruction to Deputy Commissioners  to keep soap and water for hand washing, masks for inmates while properly sanitizing the flood relief camps, Mr Sonowal directed district administrations to ensure that no irregularities take place while distributing relief materials. He also issued directions for releasing of ex-gratia within 48 hours by district administration for those losing life in floods. 2 lakh 72 thousand people are affected due to floods at 11 districts. Nearly 17 thousand people are taking shelter at relief camps at Nalbari, Goalpara and Tinsukia districts.


Saudi Arabia has decided to extend tourist visas, which expired during the lockdown, automatically for a period of three months. It will be extended automatically through the system for three months without the need for the visa holder to visit the passport department in person. This will be done free of charge.

Saudi Arabia has also announced lifting of restrictions in the coming days. Restrictions in place to control the spread of  coronavirus, including bans on domestic travel, holding prayers in mosques, and workplace attendance in both government and private sector are likely to be relaxed from today. 

Some economic and commercial activities including opening of restaurants will also be allowed.



  • "Ladakh stand off - China softens, says pose no threat to each other" is The Asian Age headline.

  • "After 41 years, Centre set to redefine migrant workers" is a Times of India headline Government also plans to register them for social security benefits.

  • Indian Air Force getting second indigenously made Tejas light Combat aircraft as yet another confidence boosting measure has been noticed by The Business Standard.

  • No need to purchase costly N95 masks, homemade layered cloth mask is 99% effective, reports the Pioneer quoting a Canadian University Study.

  • The Tribune reports of the worst locust outbreak seen in quarter of a century, as yet another example of global warming.

  • The Hindu Business live reports of medical masks, gloves and PPE makers now pitching for exports, as many buyers from US and Europe want to move away from China as we have enough for adequate domestic consumption.


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