A- A A+
Last Updated : Jul 14 2020 8:19AM     Screen Reader Access
News Highlights
PM Modi interacts with Google CEO Sundar Pichai            Google to invest Rs. 75,000 crore in India over next 5 to 7 years            India, China Corps Commander-level talks to be held today at Chushul            Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: Key accused Swapna Suresh & Sandeep Nair sent to 8-day NIA custody            Central Board of Secondary Education announces result of class 12th examination           

Text Bulletins Details


News at Nine

2030 HRS
31.05.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Fight against corona reflects  resilience and collective efforts of people says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Prime Minister stresses on the need to save rain Water; Asks Countrymen to plant trees this Environment Day.
  • Two hundred special trains to run from tomorrow; No tatkal and premium Tatkal booking permitted.
  • Recovery Rate of COVID-19 improves to 47.76 per cent .
  • And, INS Jalashwa to sail from Colombo tomorrow with 700 Indians onboard.

<><><>

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to be more and careful in the midst of the COVID pandemic even as a major segment of the economy has been opened up. Addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio today the Prime Minister said, train services have resumed including the Shramik Special trains and the special trains.


'इस बार बहुत कुछ खुल चुका है। श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेनें चल रही हैं अन् स्पेशल ट्रेनें भी शुरू हो गई हैं। तमाम सावधानियों के साथ हवाई जहाज उड़ने लगे हैं। धीरे-धीरे उद्योग भी चलना शुरू हुआ है। यानी अर्थव्यवस्था का एक बड़ा हिस्सा अब चल पड़ा है खुल गया है। ऐसे में हमें और हमें और ज्यादा सतर्क रहने की आवश्यकता है। दो गज की दूरी का नियम  हो, मुंह पर मास् लगाने की बात हो, हो सके तो वहां तक घर में रहना हो, ये सारी बातों का पालन उसमें जरा भी ढिलाई नहीं बरतनी चाहिए।"

The Prime Minister stated that the fight against corona is a reflection of resilience and collective efforts of the people. He pointed out how the country faced unique challenges with a vast population, and yet Corona did not spread as fast as in the other parts of the world. He noted that the mortality rate of Corona is a lot less in the country. The Prime Minister hailed the spirit of service shown by the people and called it the biggest strength. He said, Sewa Paramo Dharmah -  service is a joy in itself and is a way of life in India.  The Prime Minister shared how the instances of innovation at this moment of crisis have touched his heart. Sharing his pain at the sufferings and hardships of the people due to pandemic, the Prime Minister said, Corona virus has afflicted all sections of society but the underprivileged labourers and workers have been the most affected. He said, the entire country understands and feels what they are going through and everyone from the centre, states, to local governance bodies are toiling round the clock. He praised the people who are relentlessly engaged in safely transporting lakhs of labourers in trains and buses, caring for their food, and arranging for their quarantine in every district.

The Prime Minister said, government has taken several steps in this direction. He added that recent decisions taken by the Centre have opened up vast possibilities of village employment, self employment and small scale industries. He expressed confidence that the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign will take the country to greater heights in this decade.

"माम चुनौतियों के बीच मुझे खुशी है कि आत्मनिर्भर भारत पर आज देश में व्यापक मंथन शुरू हुआ है। लोगों ने अब इसे अपना अभियान बनाना शुरू किया है। इस मिशन का नेतृत् देशवासी अपने हाथ में ले रहे हैं। बहुत से लोगों ने तो यह भी बताया कि उन्होंने जो जो सामान उनके इलाके में बनाये जाते हैं, उनकी एक पूरी लिस्  गई है। ये लो अब इन लोकल प्रोडेक्ट्स को ही खरीद रहे हैं और वोकल फोर लोकल को प्रमोट भी कर रहे हैं। मेक इन इंडिया को बढ़ावा मिले इसके लिए सब कोई अपना-अपना संकल् जता रहा है।"

The Prime Minister Modi stated that the number of beneficiaries of 'Ayushman Bharat' scheme has crossed over one crore. He said, if the poor had to pay for the treatment, more than 14 thousand crore rupees would have been required to be paid out of their own pockets. The Prime Minister said, during the present Corona pandemic, people are paying serious attention to 'Yoga'. People everywhere want to know more about 'Yoga' and along with it 'Ayurveda' and adopt it as a way of life. 

The Prime Minister said, the entire world will celebrate ‘World Environment Day' on the 5th of June. The theme for this year's 'World Environment Day' is Bio Diversity.

"स्वच्छ पर्यावरण सीधे हमारे जीवन, हमारे बच्चों के भविष्य का विषय है   इसलिए, हमें व्यक्तिगत स्तर पर भी इसकी चिंता करनी होगी   मेरा आपसे अनुरोध है कि इसपर्यावरण दिवपर, कुछ पेड़ अवश्य लगाएँ और प्रकृति की सेवा के लिए कुछ ऐसा संकल्प अवश्य लें जिससे प्रकृति के साथ आपका हर दिन का रिश्ता बना रहे हाँ! गर्मी बढ़ रही है, इसलिए, पक्षियों के लिए पानी का इंतजाम करना मत भूलियेगा।"


Prime Minister said people have the responsibility to save water as well. He stressed on the need to save Rain water and said everyone must strive for water conservation.

"हम बार-बार सुनते हैंजल है तो जीवन है - जल है तो कल है, लेकिन, जल के साथ हमारी जिम्मेवारी भी है। वर्षा का पानी, बारिश का पानी - ये हमें बचाना है, एक-एक बूंद को बचाना है। गाँव-गाँव वर्षा के पानी को हम कैसे बचाएँ? परंपरागत बहुत सरल उपाय हैं, उन सरल उपाय से भी हम पानी को रोक सकते हैं I पाँच दिन - सात दिन भी अगर पानी रुका रहेगा तो धरती माँ की प्यास बुझाएगा, पानी फिर जमीन में जायेगा, वही जल, जीवन की शक्ति बन जायेगा और इसलिए, इस वर्षा ऋतु में, हम सब का प्रयास रहना चाहिए कि हम पानी को बचाएँ, पानी को संरक्षित करें"

<><><>

The Pradhan Manti Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY) popularly known as Ayushman Bharat is a health insurance scheme implemented by the Government of India. In today's episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister mentioned story of a six year old boy from Manipur who is being treated for Hydro Cephalus disease at RIMS hospital, Imphal with the financial support from Ayushman Bharat. Master Kailensang's parents are daily wagers and they are from interior area of hill district Churachandpur of Manipur. Elder sister of Kailensang Ms. Kim said that they are very happy with the Government of India for implementing such healthcare scheme.

<><><>

The Centre has taken several steps so that shopkeepers do not suffer due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Government has asked shopkeepers not to worry about restarting shops and handcarts as Unlock 1.0 begins tomorrow.  A report.

 

"Government has pledged to make an Atma Nirbhar Bharat. A 1500 crore interest subvention for small business and cottage industries has been announced under Mudra Shishu loan. Under this scheme, one lakh beneficiaries can avail interest benefit of 2 percent for a year. A 5000 crore rupees package was announced for the roadside hawkers. Under this, 50 lakh street vendors can avail loan upto 10 thousand rupees. Street vendors can contact any nationalised bank to avail the benefit. With Bupendra singh, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

<><><>

Two hundred special trains will run  across the country from tomorrow.  These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains. These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved seat for sitting accommodation. There will be no unreserved coach in the train. Railway Ministry said, more than 1 lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel tomorrow. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period from 1st to 30th June. The passengers have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train. All passengers must wear face masks at the entry and during travel. Passengers have to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains. On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state and Union territories. No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel.

Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through the Mobile App. Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents. No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

<><><>

Gujarat remains on top for running maximum Shramik Special Trains in the country till now. According to the latest data, more than 15 lakh workers have gone to their home states from Gujarat through 1,017 Shramik Special trains. Quoting the State labour and employment department, AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the operation of Shramik Special Trains from Gujarat will be closed from tomorrow.  A report.

"According to sources, it is the only state which had run more than 1000 shramik special trains for sending 15 lakh 18 thousand migrant workers to their home state. According to Additional Chief Secretary of state Labor and Employment department Vipul Mitra, this was the biggest planned migration by any state in Independent India. From more than 40 trains earlier this week, the last 7 Shramik Special Trains departed from different stations of Gujarat today. Maximum 8 lakh 20 thousand workers migrated to Uttar Pradesh followed by 3 lakh 50 thousand workers to Bihar and 1 lakh 31 thousand workers to Odisha. Shramik Special Trains also operated for other 16 states from Gujarat. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

<><><>

Over one lakh stranded labourers who originally belong to North East  have returned home  through Shramik Special trains so far . More from our correspondent.

"The Chief Public Relation Officer of the N F Railway said , around 40 thousand stranded labouers have  returned home from North East through Shramik Special trains. He said that six passengers  trains to run by the North East Frontier Railway from tomorrow. Three trains  will be operational in Assam while the rest three in other states. North East Frontier Railway has issued specific guidelines to passengers including downloading of the  Aarogya Setu app. Meanwhile, the Assam government is likely to issue phase 1 of Unlock  guidelines tomorrow. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI."

<><><>

The Health Ministry has said that the recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 47.76 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4 thousand 614 patients were found cured. A cumulative total of around 87 thousand people have been cured so far. The Ministry said, the government has taken several steps along with the States and Union territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. The number of cases under active medical supervision is around 90 thousand.

<><><>

In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of some leading medical experts on COVID-19.   Talking to AIR News, Dr. Uma Kumar, Head of  Rheumatology Department, AIIMS suggested to the people to follow social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquettes.


President of Public Health Foundation of India, Dr K Srinath Reddy said, India is in a much better position as compared to rest of the world as far as the COVID-19 cases are concerned and the measures taken are yielding results.

<><><>

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

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, Head Scientist, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division, ICMR will participate in the discussion.

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.

<><><>

Haryana Police have seized a total of 2179 kgs of narcotic substances worth crores of rupees during the COVID-19 lockdown from across the state.

Giving the information, Director General of Police, Mr Manoj Yadav informed that Police had a focused plan to keep a tab on all illegal and unlawful activities by enhancing night patrolling, intensive patrolling and organization of nakas.

He said, in the two months of lockdown, 326 cases were registered under the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and 506 accused were arrested on the charges of possessing drugs between March 23 and May 23.

<><><>

Nepal has reported two more COVID-19 fatalities. According to the Ministry of Health and Population a two-year old girl from Bajura district died of COVID-19 today. She is the youngest victim of corona virus in Nepal.  The total number of COVID deaths have gone to eight. In the daily press briefing Ministry spokesperson said 166 more people tested positive for COVID-19 during last 24 hours taking total number to 1567.   In view of increasing threat of COVID-19 the Nepal government has extended nationwide lockdown till June 14. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting held in Kathmandu last evening. The government has also decided to suspend international flights until the 30th June.

<><><>

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that educational institutions in Bangladesh will not open immediately as government wants to move step by step to avoid coronavirus infection amongst students.  She announced that the educational institutions will be opened gradually. Sheikh Hasina also announced a subsidy of 2000 crore Takas for the banking sector to partially offset the interest on the loan incurred by people. Shops and offices opened in Bangladesh today. Rail services and ferries also started operating from today on a limited scale with certain restrictions imposed by the government. Public transport buses will start operating from Monday. However, the ride sharing services like Uber, Pathao and Shohoj will remain closed till further orders.

<><><>

Indian navy ship INS Jalashwa will sail from Colombo port in Sri Lanka tomorrow carrying around 700 Indian nationals back to Tuticorin in Tamil nadu. This will be the first operation as part of operation Samudra Setu from Sri Lanka to repatriate Indian citizens as part of Vande bharat mission. The ship will reach Colombo tomorrow morning and will depart by late evening. Indian high commission in Colombo is making final arrangements for the repatriation with support of Sri Lankan navy and other authorities. Social distancing norms have been catered onboard and evacuees would be provided with basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.

<><><>

The Government has taken several measures during the last one year of the second term of Narendra Modi's government. In this period, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has initiated several steps to provide the free food grains to the poor, upgradation of ration card system and passing the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019. More from our correspondent:

"Government has assured that sufficient quantity of food grains is available to fulfill the nation's increased demand during the COVID-19 crisis. More than 751 lakh metric tonnes food grain stock is available in the country. Since, the lockdown, more than 213 lakh metric tonnes of food grains has been transported to States and Union Territories for distribution under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan through rails, roads and waterways. In the North-Eastern States, more than 10 lakh metric tonnes food grains have been transported. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, free food grains and pulses are being provided to 80 crore people who are facing hardship due to corona virus pandemic. National portability of ration cards holders has been introduced under One Nation One Ration Card plan and Government is aiming to achieve hundred per cent seeding of ration cards with Aadhar by January, next year. With Suparna Saikia, Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."

The Government has also allowed production of ethanol from sugar and sugar syrup in order to meet the increased demand for ethyl alcohol to produce the sanitizers .

<><><>

In Himachal Pradesh, the State Government has decided to give relaxation in the curfew from 6 in the morning till 8  in the evening. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed this while presiding over the video conferencing with all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla today. The Chief Minister said that since inter district buses would start plying from tomorrow, proper social distancing must be ensured in buses and bus stands. He directed District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police to provide adequate police force for crowd management and law and order maintenance at all the bus stands. Chief Minister said that inter-district movement of the people of the State would be allowed without any pass, but passes would be required for interstate movement. He said that the people coming from other parts of the country would be quarantined.

<><><>

In Uttar Pradesh, the government has issued guidelines for Unlock 1.0 in state. Briefing media in Lucknow today Additional Chief Secretary Home, Awanish Awasthi said that according to guidelines issued by the centre, Religious places, Hotels, Restaurants and shopping Malls, will be opened from 8th June. The government has already started industries, economic and financial activities in state. Following the guidelines of the center the international flights, Metro rail,Cinema halls, Gymnasiums ,swimming pools ,amusement parks Assembly halls and Bars will remain closed in the state. Night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM will continue .  Containment zones will remain under lockdown. The mass gathering for religious, spiritual, wedding and other purposes will not be allowed. All activities will be carried out with social distancing and people have to use face covers or face masks. More from our lucknow correspondent.

" All offices will work with 100 percent attendance of employees but the work will be in three shifts to avoid crowding. All industrial activities out of the Corona containment zones have been permitted to run in state. The shops will open from 9 AM to 9 PM with social distancing. Marriage halls  will also open with permission but only 30 people will be permitted to attend. Barber shops, saloons and beauty parlours will be permitted but  they have to strictly follow hygiene guidelines. Taxi, Auto rickshaw and cabs will also be permitted with permissible number of passengers. People will not be needed of E passes to travel. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow."

  <><><>

The Rajasthan government has today issued new guidelines regarding the lockdown.  Additional  Chief Secretary of the Home Department Rajiv Swaroop informed that public transport  will now operate on all the routes in the state except containment zones.  All government and private offices can be open with full staff capacity. Our correspondent reports that many activities will start in the state from tomorrow.

Zoo, Biological Parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserveand national parks will be re-opened for tourists from tomorrow. All type ofmedical services will be resumed in SMS Hospital of Jaipur. Health Minister Dr.Raghu Sharma told that the SMS hospital has been declared as non-Covid area.Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has issued the time table for theremaining examinations of class 10th and 12th. These examinations will be heldfrom 18th  to 30 June. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."


<><><>

The Maharashtra government today issued guidelines for phase-wise opening and easing of restrictions in the state. As per the notification, easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening will begin from June 3rd, 5th and 8th. Outdoor physical activities, activities related to self-employed people have been permitted maintaining social distancing norms and usage of masks and sanitisation. Apart from this private offices can operate with up to 10 per cent requirements and remaining  people will work from home. More details from our Mumbai correspondent.


"The gradual easing of restrictions and phase-wise  opening of lockdown to be implemented in Municipal corporation of Mumbai metropolitan region, MCGM, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik and Malegaon among others is the state government's Mission Begin Again, which will see commencement of outdoor physical activities like cycling, jogging, running on public open spaces from 3rd of June. However, no activities will be permitted in indoor portion or indoor stadium. It also says that all Government offices will function at 15 per cent strength or minimum 15 employees whichever is more. From 5th June onwards, all markets, shops, except malls and market complexes are allowed to function by putting a rider on owners of the shops to ensure social distancing norms and foot markings on the floor. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

<><><>

Telangana state has extended the lockdown till 30th June and announced removal of restrictions on Inter-state transport and travel. The government also decided to implement the guidelines issued by the Centre with regard to relaxations to the lockdown outside the containment zones with effect from 8th of June. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced this after holding a high level review meeting. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and director General of police M Mahender Reddy among others attended the meeting.

<><><>

In conformity with the Centre’s announcements, the Tamil Nadu government has also extended lockdown with further relaxations till June end outside containment zones. However, places of worship, hotels and hospitality and entertainment services, shopping malls and educational institutions will remain closed till midnight on June 30. Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswamy has said in a statement that metro and suburban rail services would also be suspended till then.  Tamil Nadu has recorded the steepest ever single day spike in Covid-19 cases today. More from our correspondent:

"Throughout Tamil Nadu, all mass gatherings remain banned till the end of June, as announced by the state government. It includes beaches, cinema and other halls, gyms, bars, tourist spots, museums and swimming pools. Inter-state regular bus travel and international air travel are also banned. The whole Tamil Nadu is categorised into eight different public transport zones. Bus services will begin within each individual zone even without the ePass. But travel from one zone to the other will require the pass from the authorities. However, Chennai and its three adjoining districts that fall under the seventh and eighth transport zones will not have the regular public bus transport as they witness the most new Covid-19 cases. In containment zones, there is no relaxation whatsoever from the lockdown conditions. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

<><><>

MeT Department predicts Southwest monsoon to  hit Kerala tomorrow. 61 new Covid positive cases were confirmed in Kerala today, taking the total active cases to 670. Fifteen people recovered from the disease today.A report

"The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority  informed that, 84% more rainfall  is expected in Kerala this season. The Meterological  Department says that, the low pressure area formed over the Arabian sea is likely to intensify in the next 24 hours and may even develop into a cyclonic storm later. Owing to this Kerala is likely to experience heavy rain.Yellow is issued in 9 districts in southern and central Kerala tomorrow. Fisherfolks are warned from venturing into the sea. Meanwhile under Vande Bharat mission 7 flights carrying expatriates are arriving in Kerala today from Dubai, Abudhabi and Oman. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

<><><>

A  low pressure area has formed over south-east and adjoining east central Arabian sea and Lakshadweep area.  Director of IMD Amaravati centre S Stella,said, it is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central and adjoining south east Arabian sea during next 24 hours and likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northwards and reach near north Maharashtra  and Gujarat coasts by 3rd of June .

<><><>

Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National capital Delhi will see a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and maximum of 39 with partly cloudy sky and possibility of development of thunder lightning. Mumbai will see a partly cloudy sky with minimum temperature of 26  and maximum of 34 . In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 30 and 38 . Kolkata will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 25 while maximum will be around 35.  On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 22 in Jammu while maximum will be around 35 . The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 12 while maximum will be around 22. In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 15 and 24 . The city will have a thunderstorm with rain. In Muzzafarabad, there will be a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. It will see a minimum temperatures of 17 while maximum  will be around 24 .

<><><>

The Government has denied reports that 50 healthcare staff at AIIMS tested Covid positive as masks and PPEs don't meet standards. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau termed it as incorrect.

<><><>

Live Twitter Feed

Listen News

Morning News 13 (Jul) Midday News 13 (Jul) Evening News 13 (Jul) Hourly 14 (Jul) (0610hrs)
समाचार प्रभात 13 (Jul) दोपहर समाचार 13 (Jul) समाचार संध्या 13 (Jul) प्रति घंटा समाचार 14 (Jul) (0600hrs)
Khabarnama (Mor) 13 (Jul) Khabrein(Day) 13 (Jul) Khabrein(Eve) 13 (Jul)
Aaj Savere 14 (Jul) Parikrama 13 (Jul)

Listen Programs

Market Mantra 13 (Jul) Samayki 13 (Jul) Sports Scan 23 (Mar) Spotlight/News Analysis 13 (Jul) Samachar Darshan 22 (Mar) Radio Newsreel 21 (Mar)
    Public Speak

    Country wide 12 (Mar) Surkhiyon Mein 13 (Jul) Charcha Ka Vishai Ha 11 (Mar) Vaad-Samvaad 17 (Mar) Money Talk 17 (Mar) Current Affairs 6 (Mar) Sanskrit Saptahiki 12 (Jul)
  • Money Matters 22 (Mar)
  • International News 22 (Mar)
  • Press Review 23 (Mar)
  • From the States 23 (Mar)
  • Let's Connect 22 (Mar)
  • 360°- Ek Parivesh 23 (Mar)
  • Know Your Constitution 30 (Jan)
  • Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat 22 (Mar)
  • Sanskriti Darshan 23 (Mar)
  • Fit India New India 23 (Mar)
  • Weather Report 21 (Mar)
  • North East Diaries 22 (Mar)
  • 150 Years of Bapu 22 (Mar)
  • Sector Specific Discussions 22 (Mar)