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27th February, 2021


  • Centre announces guidelines for Upscaling COVID19 vaccination from March 1st.

  • Around 10,000 hospitals under Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY and 687 hospitals under CGHS  can be used by States as COVID Vaccination Centres.

  • States can utilize  all Private Hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes for COVID vaccination.

  • Cost of COVID Vaccination capped at  250 Rupees per person per dose for Private Hospitals functioning as COVID Vaccination Centres.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, Toy Fair is major step towards building Atmanirbhar Bharat; Inaugurates First-ever India Toy Fair.

  • Prime Minister calls for promotion of 'Hand made in India' parallel with the thrust onMake in India'.

  • Prime Minister to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow.

  • Election Commission puts on hold transfer of 18 Police Officers ordered by the Assam Government.

  • Union Government says, no new provision is made for Blocking of Content in recently issued Information Technology Rules.

  • India and Bangladesh to expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in security and border related issues.

  • ISRO's PSLV Rocket to carry Amazonia-1 & 18 other satellites into space tomorrow.


As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


Private Hospitals can charge up to 250 rupees per dose of  COVID-19 vaccine during the Vaccination Drive starting from 1st of next month. Government will start administering COVID-19 vaccine to people above 60 years and those within age bracket of  45 to 59  years with specified comorbidities from Monday. The vaccine will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of the vaccine at around 20 thousand private Vaccination Centres will be borne by the people. Health Ministry has said, the States have been given freedom to use all private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes as COVID Vaccination Centres. The states can also use health facilities of all PSUs and all government health facilities as COVID Vaccination Centres. 

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today interacted with Health Secretaries and Mission Directors of National Health Mission of States and UTs on the vaccination of age-appropriate groups through a video conference. During the meeting, states were explained about the three methods of registration which are Advance Self-Registration, Onsite Registration and Facilitated Cohort Registration. States have been explained that the private hospitals functioning as COVID Vaccination Centres can charge subject to a ceiling of 250 rupees per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism. User Names and Passwords to be provided to the private facilities to facilitate effective use of CoWIN 2.0, were also discussed during the meeting. In addition, the states were explained about mapping of private facilities with the nearest cold chain points to ensure seamless flow of vaccines.

Our correspondent reports that the simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the states in the meeting.

"To ramp up the COVID vaccination capacity significantly, large number of private facilities is being involved. Around ten thousand private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, over 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes can participate as COVID Vaccination Centers. Health Departments of State Governments have already initiated dialogue with these private hospitals so that they can be encouraged to participate in this drive. Besides, there would be government health facilities like Medical College Hospitals, District Hospitals, Sub-Divisional Hospitals,  Health Sub-Centres and Health and Wellness Centres will be used as COVID Vaccination Centers. Health Ministry has asked all the private health facilities which will serve as Government COVID Vaccination Centres to follow strict norms of due process, quality and safety including integration with the National Co-Win technology platform. All private health facilities must also have adequate space, cold chain arrangements, number of vaccinators and support staff as well as adequate arrangements for addressing Adverse Event Following Immunisation. With Diwakar, Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi"


During the meeting, the simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the states. The simplified one page certificate will be signed by any Registered Medical Practitioner. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN 2.0 by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the COVID Vaccination Centres. The government has also released the list containing 20 specified Comorbidities that will prioritize the individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination. They include Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year, Post-Cardiac transplant, Kidney and Liver transplant recipient or on wait-list, Leukaemia, Lymphoma, HIV infection, Diabetes and Hypertension on treatment and severe respiratory disease with hospitalization in the last two years.


The Union Health Ministry said more than one crore 42 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to beneficiaries in the country so far. A total of seven lakh 69 thousand doses of vaccine were given to health care and frontline workers in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.14 per cent with recovery of more than 12 thousand patients within 24 hours. The Ministry said, more than one crore seven lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is one lakh 59 thousand 590 which comprises only 1.44 per cent of the total positive cases.

A total of 16 thousand 488 new cases were reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the cumulative positive cases to over one crore ten lakh. The Health Ministry said, one hundred and 13 deaths were reported within 24 hours taking the toll to over one lakh 56 thousand across the country.

The Indian Council of Medical Research said that various laboratories conducted more than seven lakh 73 thousand tests for Corona virus during the last 24 hours and more than 21 crore 54 lakh tests have been done in the country so far.


In Maharashtra, Parbhani District Administration has extended the restrictions including closing of religious places till 7th of March due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Earlier, the religious places in the district were to remain closed till 28th of this month. Meanwhile, in Nagpur, a Weekend Bandh is being observed.

"Nagpur police commissioner Amitesh Kumar said that bandh has been called by the people themselves to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. He said, there are no restrictions on the movement of people but nonetheless whosoever is found without a facemask action is being taken against such individuals. He said restaurants and malls are shut in the city. The commissioner also said that the Bandh should not be misunderstood as a janta curfew or a lockdown. The people of Nagpur have overwhelmingly participated in the bandh. On the other hand in Parbhani, the district administration which had earlier ordered closing of all religious places from 23rd to 28th of this month has extended the restrictions till 7th of March. Meanwhile, in Latur the two-day janta curfew began from today which received a mix response. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the India Toy Fair is going to be a major step in the journey towards building an AatmaNirbhar Bharat and strengthening the age-old traditions of the country. The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the first-ever India Toy Fair through video conferencing.

"खिलौनों के क्षेत्र में भारत के पास क्रेडिशन भी है और टेक्नोलॉजी भी है। भारत के पास कॉनसेप् भी है और कॉनफिडेन् भी है। लेकिन इन सबके बावजूद सौ बिलियन डॉलर के वैश्विक खिलौना बाजार में आज हमारी हिस्सेदारी बहुत ही कम है। देश में 85 प्रतिशत, जिन्होंने बाहर से आते हैं, आज हम इस स्थिति को बदलने के लिए मिलकर काम करना है। हमें खेल और खिलौनों के क्षेत्र में भी देश को आत्मनिर्भर बनाना है। वॉकल फॉर लॉकल होना है।"

Mr Modi said that most Indian toys are affordable and made from natural and eco-friendly items.

The Prime Minister appealed to Indian toy manufacturers to make toys that are better for both ecology and psychology by using material that can be recycled.

Mr Modi said this first Toy Fair is not just a business or economic event, but a link to strengthen the country's age-old culture of sports and games. he Prime Minister pointed out that people from across the nation have done extensive researches on the toys of Indus valley and Mohenjadaro.

Mr Modi also pointed out that the world famous game of Chess, originated in India. He added that Chess was earlier played in India as 'Chaturanga or Chaduranga' and Ludo was also played as 'Pachisi'. The Prime Minister said, there is so much talent hidden in the toy industry and this strength will be increased multifold and the identity of the industry will be consolidated through AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign.

The Prime Minister said there are deions in ures about many different forms of Lord Ram's toys. He said local toys strengthen the feeling of unity among the kids. Mr. Modi said Indian toys not only entertain, but also teach complicated scientific theories in a simplified manner. Lattu teaches gravity and balance, and Gullel teaches potential and kinetic energy. 

"जब बच्चे लट्टू से खेलना सीखते हैं, तो लट्टू खेल-खेल में ही उन्हें ग्रेविटी और बेलेंस का पाठ पढ़ा जाता है। वैसे ही गुलेल से खेलता बच्चा जाने-अनजाने में पोटेंशियल से कायनेटिक एनर्जी के बारे में बेसिक सीखने लगता है। पजल टॉय से राणनीतिक सोच और समस्या को सुलझाने के लिए सोच विकसित होती है।"

Mr Modi urged the parents to play with their children and said toys do play a vital role in the learning process of children.

The Prime Minister interacted with toy makers from Channapatna in Karnataka, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur in Rajasthan. He urged the toymakers from Channapatna Toy Clusters who have been in the business for 200 years to try e-markets and newer ways to market their products and take their products global.

The Prime Minister has made a call for the promotion of ‘Handmade in India’, in parallel with the thrust on ‘Make in India’ as a response to the growing global demand for hand made toys.

"अगर आज Made in India की demand है तो आज Handmade in India की demand भी उतनी ही बढ़ रही है। आज लोग खिलौनों को केवल एक product के रूप में ही नहीं बल्कि उस खिलौने से जुड़े अनुभव से भी जुड़ना चाहते हैं। इसलिए हमें Handmade In India को भी promote करना है। हमें ये भी याद रखना है कि, जब हम कोई खिलौना बनाते हैं तो हम एक बाल मन को गढ़ते हैं, बचपन के असीम उल्लास को गढ़ते हैं, उसमें सपने भरते हैं। यही उल्लास हमारे कल का निर्माण करेगा।"

Speaking on the occasion, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said the Toy Fair will see pavilions by 11 partner states and 100 speakers including experts and industry specialists.


The first ever virtual Toy Fair is giving an opportunity to indigenous start-ups in the toy sector. Entrepreneurs from Madhya Pradesh are also showcasing their start-ups in the toy fair.

"In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Vocal for Local mantra, Pramod Maithil from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, through his startup Prakriti Initiatives is creating thinking lab or T lab  for children in schools. Pramod Maithil is also a participant in the country's first Virtual Toy Fair. Pramod says that India Toy Fair will benefit indigenous startups involving toys.

Local start ups like T Lab recognizes children’s natural creative activities, where their scientific, cultural faculties can be developed. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal"


Participants from Bihar are also showcasing their toys in the ongoing virtual event - India Toy Fair. Some participants have come up with traditional doll making art like Kaniya-Putri which is an important part of folk-culture in the state.

"Kaniya-Putri is an old doll making tradition which signifies the importance and prestigious place of women in the societies of Champaran area of the state. Namita Azad, an exhibitor in the toy fair says the event is also an opportunity to revive the old tradition of Bihar, once upon very popular in the society.

Several toy makers, exporters and startups are hopeful that the toy fair will explores new avenues for their products and arts. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna.


Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. 

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April.

Assam will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April.   

The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th April.

The Chief Election Commissioner said, the model code of conduct came into force with the announcement of the elections.

The Election Commission also announced bypoll for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram Lok Sabha seat in Kerala which will be held on 6th April.


Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade has said that in view of the COVID-19 situation, five thousand 325 Auxiliary Polling Stations will be set up for the State Assembly Elections in the state. Talking to news persons in Guwahati today, he said the total number of Polling Stations would be 33 thousand 530. Mr. Khade said all guidelines and COVID-19 protocols will be maintained  during the polling.

"Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said, all steps are being taken to ensure free, fair and safe assembly polls in Assam. He asserted that all Covid protocols would be followed in every steps of election process. Mr. Khade said that COVID-19 vaccination would be given to all concerned government personnel who would be engaged in election duties. He also announced that Postal Ballot facility would be also available to Covid 19 positive patients, senior citizens above 80 years of age and persons with disabilities. On security aspect he said, so far 40 companies of central armed police forces have been deployed in area domination activities. Special DGP L R Bishnoi has been appointed as the nodal officer of police training in the state. Assam will witness 3 phase assembly polls beginning 27th of next month. With Manas Pratim Sarma's report from Guwahati, Prashant Kumar Sinha, AIR News,


Election Commission has put on hold the transfer and posting of 18 Police Officers ordered by the Assam Government yesterday. The Assembly elections were announced yesterday in the state along with three other States and a Union Territory. The Commission said with the announcement of polls, the provisions of Model Code of Conduct have come into force with immediate effect, which includes total ban on the transfers and postings of all officers connected with conduct of elections.

Assam Government had ordered the transfer of 12 IPS and six APS officers.


In poll-bound West Bengal, the ADG (Law and Order) Javed Shamim has been transferred today. He has been made the DG (Fire Services). The order came on the next day of the announcement of Assembly Elections in the state. Jag Mohan, who was the DG (Fire Services) has been appointed as the ADG (Law and Order) and the State Police Nodal Officer.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio  at 11 am tomorrow. It will be the 74th episode of the monthly radio programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.


Union Government today clarified that no new provision has been made with regard to Blocking of Content in the recently issued Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules. It said that certain misgivings are being raised regarding Rule 16 of the new guidelines which mention that in case of emergency nature, interim blocking directions may be issued by the Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

In a statement, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting saidthe same rule was being exercised by the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for the past eleven years under the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009. Now, under the new rule, this provison will be exercised by the I & B Secretary in place of IT Secretary.


India and Bangladesh reiterated their commitment to further expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in security and border related issues.

The 19th Home Secretary-Level Meeting between India and Bangladesh were held today. It was held in the backdrop of ‘Mujib Barsho’, 50 years of Bangladesh Liberation War and establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The Indian delegation was led by Home Secretary Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla and the Bangladesh delegation was led by Senior Secretary, Public Security Division Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddin. Both sides appreciated the cooperation between the two countries and the action taken to address the menace of terrorism and extremism in an effective manner.

India and Bangladesh reaffirmed not to allow the territory of either country to be used for any activity inimical to each other’s interests.


The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch Amazonia-1 satellite of Brazil and 18 Co-passenger satellites through PSLVC51 from Sriharikota, tomorrow at 10.24 in the morning. ISRO also confirmed that the launch rehearsal of PSLV-C51 was completed.

Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.


The By-Elections in five wards of Municipal Corporation of Delhi will be held tomorrow. The poll will be held in Rohini, Shalimar Bagh, Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri and Chauhan Bangar Municipal Wards. The polling will be held from 7.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.

Talking to AIR, Delhi Election Commissioner S. K. Srivastava said, several measures have been taken in the polling areas in the wake of COVID-19.

"कोविड पेशेन् हैं उनकी सुविधा के लिये हम लोगों ने साढ़े चार से साढ़े पांच का टाइम ईयरमार्क किया है। जिससे कि उनको भी पूरी सुरक्षा के साथ हैल् पैरामीटर्स फॉलो कर के वोट दिलाया जा सके। सब पोलिंग बूथ हमारे सैट हो गये हैं और फ्री एंड फेयर इलैक्शन कराने के लिये सभी तैयारियां कर ली गई हैं।"

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner S. N. Srivastava today reviewed the arrangement to ensure free and fair election. During the meeting, it was emphasized to keep a sharp vigil on borders in view of elections and ongoing farmers' protest.


The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight, will bring you a Special Discussion on  COVID-19. Dr. V. K. Paul, NITI Aayog Member and Chairperson of National COVID-19 Task Force will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). One can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 P.M. 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.


Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Science Dr. Harsh Vardhan arrived in Imphal today on a two-day visit to Manipur. The Minister reached this afternoon from Nagaland.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan was warmly received by the State BJP leaders, MP and State Cabinet Ministers when he arrived at Imphal Airport. After that, the Minister inspected a Health and Wellness Centre in Imphal. He will inaugurate various projects taken up in the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Imphal tomorrow morning. These include new three Tesla MRI Machines in new MRI Block, PG ladies Hostel, new Neuro-Surgery ICU and new block of College of Nursing. The Union Minister will also attend the National Science Day Celebration and Award Function tomorrow and depart for Delhi in the evening.


Guru Ravidas Jayanti is being observed across the country today. His influence on Indian culture is immense, especially in North India. Bhakti movement's Saint Guru Ravidas is well-known for making efforts in eradicating the caste system. He was a contemporary of Kabirdas and Mirabai was a disciple of Ravidas. His importance in Sikhism is denoted by the fact that 40 of his poems were included in the sacred ure of the religion, the Adi Granth.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Guru Ravidas on his Jayanti.

Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tributes to Sant Ravidas on his Jayanti.


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

National Capital Delhi is likely to have mist in the morning. The temperature will hover between 15 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 20 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 21 and 35 degrees Celsius.

In Kolkata, there will be partly cloudy sky. The city will observe minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 36 degrees.

Srinagar will witness partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. Temperature will hover between four and ten degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 13 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 22 degrees.

Leh will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be minus four degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around six degrees.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between six and 17 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will witness partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The temperature will hover between seven and 19 degrees Celsius.


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