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76.16 per cent polling recorded till 5 PM in 4th Phase of West Bengal Assembly polls: EC            India and Netherlands announce launch of strategic partnership in water sector and setting up of fast track mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade            India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage nears 10 crore            Teeka Utsav to be organised from tomorrow across the country to control surging COVID-19 cases            Rajasthan govt imposes night curfew in 9 cities till April 30 to curb pace of COVID-19 infection           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with students, teachers and parents during Pariksha Pe Charcha at 7 PM today.

  • Reserve Bank of India keeps repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged; Retains real GDP growth for 2021-22 fiscal at 10.5 percent.

  • Night curfew comes into effect in Chandigarh, and 20 cities of Gujarat from tonight in view of spike in COVID cases.

  • Masks mandatory even for a person driving alone in a car says, Delhi High Court.

  • More than 8 crore 70 lakh doses of COVID-19 Vaccine administered in the country so far.

  • Campaigning gains momentum for fourth phase Assembly elections in West Bengal; Polling to take place on Saturday. 

  • Nearly 68 percent loans under Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana sanctioned to women entrepreneurs.

  • World Health day being celebrated today; Prime Minister calls upon everyone to keep focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all precautions.

  • And in Sports, Real Madrid defeats Liverpool while Machester City edge past Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of Quarter Finals of UEFA Champoins League.


As the number of Covid cases are on the rise again, we appeal to our listeners not to lower the guard, follow all precautions and all those above 45 years to get vaccinated without any hesitation.

  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.

And now, the news in detail:


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with students, teachers and parents during Pariksha Pe Charcha at 7 PM today. This will be the first edition of this mega event which will be held in a virtual mode due to restrictions posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the Pariksha Pe Charcha programme, the Prime Minister will share ideas and suggestions to prepare and appear in exams without taking any stress.

In a tweet, Mr Modi said, a memorable discussion will be held with the exam warriors, parents and teachers in a new format having several interesting questions on a wide range of subjects.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said that the Pariksha Pe Charcha programme will help students overcome exam stress and boost  their morale.

Terming Pariksha Pe Charcha as a unique initiative, several renowed personalities have shared their thoughts about this.

Talking exclusively to AIR, shooter Manu Bhakar said Pariksha Pe Charcha will help  student to overcome future challenges.

India's first blade runner Major DP Singh said that examination provides an unique opportunity wherein the patience of student are being tested during the three hours. 

Paralympian Deepa Malik said that examination is a small reality check not end of the world. She urged students to communicate with their family and friends whenever they feel stressed.  

All India Radio will broadcast the programme live on FM Gold and Indraprastha channels from 7 PM onwards. All capital stations, Primary Channels and local Radio Stations of All India Radio will relay the broadcast.

This can be also seen on TV channels, digital media including EduMinofIndia, narendramodi, pmoindia, pibindia, DoordarshanNational, MyGovIndia, DDNews, Rajya Sabha TV, SwayamPrabha on their face book and You tube channels. 


The Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das today said that the monetary policy committee voted unanimously to leave the repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged at 4 and 3.5 per cent, respectively.

Announcing the  bi-monthly monetary policy after the three-day long meeting of the monetary policy committee , the Governor said the committee also unanimously decided to continue with the accommodative stance as long as necessary to sustain growth and continue to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target going forward.

The Bank also retained real GDP growth for 2021-22 fiscal at 10.5 per cent. The marginal standing facility rate and bank rate also remain unchanged at 4.25 per cent, adding that the evolving CPI inflation trajectory is likely to be subjected  to both upside and downside pressures. Mr Das also said that the rural demand remains buoyant and record agriculture production in 2020-21 bodes well for its resilience. The RBI governor further also said that urban demand has gained traction and should get a fillip with the ongoing vaccination drive. More details from Our Mumbai Correspondent:-

"In his bi-monthly policy announcements, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das reiterated that apex bank is commited to ensuring ample system liquidity in consonance with the accommodative stance of the MPC. He informed that the Government on 31st March this year retained the inflation target at 4 per cent with the lower and upper tolerance levels of 2 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively, for the next five years i.e. from April 2021 to March 2026. Mr. Das said the RBI has decided to put in place a secondary market G-sec acquisition programme or G-SAP 1.0, to give it a distinct character. The first purchase of government securities for an aggregate amount of ₹25,000 crore under G-SAP 1.0 will be conducted on April 15, 2021. The Governor assured that RBI will continue to do whatever it takes to preserve financial stability and to insulate domestic financial markets from global spillovers and the consequent volatility. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai

Talking to All India Radio economist Naveen gupta welcomed the RBI policy decisions and said that It will improve the public investment through national investment pipeline:


International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its growth projection for India to 12.5 per cent for Financial Year 2021-22. In its latest World Economic Outlook report, the IMF has pegged India's GDP to grow 1 per cent higher than its previous report published in January this year.


The Health Ministry has said that 8 crore 70 lakh 77 thousand 474 vaccine doses have been administered till now in the country. It said, one lakh 15 thousand 736 new COVID19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country. With this total cases have reached 1 crore 28 lakh 1 thousand 7 hundred 85.

The Ministry said, in the last 24 hours, 59 thousand 856 people were discharged. Total recoveries are now 1 crore 17 lakh 92 thousand 135. The recovery rate is at 92.11 per cent. 630 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. With this the death toll has reached 1 lakh 66 thousand 177. Active cases are now at 8 lakh 43 thousand 473. 

The Indian Council of Medical Research ICMR said, 25 crore 14 lakh 39 thousand 598 samples have been tested for COVID19 till yesterday. It said, out of these 12 lakh 8 thousand 329 samples were tested yesterday.


It is compulsory for people to wear a mask in a  private vehicle even if they are driving alone, the Delhi High Court ordered today, ruling that a private vehicle on the roads is also covered under the definition of a public place. 

It dismissed pleas challenging imposition of challan for not wearing masks while driving alone in private vehicle amid Covid 19. The High Court said mask is like Suraksha Kavach which would prevent the spread of the virus. 

The Court also noted that wearing of masks is encouraged even within the home if there are elderly persons or persons with co-morbidities.


The night curfew has been imposed in the national capital in view of huge spike in COVID-19 cases.  It will be effective from 10 PM to 5 AM till 30th of this month.  However, during curfew hours, there will be no restrictions on traffic movement and on inter-state and intra-state movement and transportation of essential and non-essential goods.  On the first day yesterday, Delhi Police had strictly enforced night curfew in different parts of the city.  A report

"Private doctors, nurses and paramedical staff will remain exempted from night curfew. During curfew hours, those going for vaccinations and the movement of essential services are allowed with e-passes. Owners of groceries, fruits vegetables stores will also be allowed on e-pass. Passengers going to airports, railway stations and bus stations will be exempted if they produce valid tickets. Buses, metros, autos and taxis will be allowed to ferry only those people who are exempt from night curfew. Media persons will be allowed on the streets with ID cards.DIWAKER/ AIR NEWS/NEWS DESK 

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has increased two thousand beds in the city in the last three days. city Health Minister Satyendar Jain has urged  the public to wear masks and maintain social distancing.


Chandigarh administration will impose night curfew from today. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chandigarh  Administrator V P Singh Badnore yesterday keeping in view the rapid increase in the number of Covid cases. A report from our Chandigarh correspondent:

"The  night curfew  will be enforced from today in the area of Union Territory of Chandigarh from  10 PM to  5AM. The night curfew will be reviewed, if situation improves. No gatherings , parties, social activities will be allowed and restaurants will also be required to close by 10 PM. The Administrator of Union Territory V P Singh Badnore  said, the stricter measures like  weekend curfew and closure of weekly Apni Mandis and other crowded places  will be considered unless people abide by Covid appropriate behaviour. The Administrator has directed the police authorities to ensure strict implementation of the night curfew.  Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh".


Gujarat government has announced night curfew in 20 cities from today. The 8 pm to 6 am curfew will be inforce till the 30th of this month. The cities where night curfew will be imposed include  Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, Nadiad, Mehsana, Morbi, Patan, Godhra, Dahod, Bhuj and Gandhinagar.

In an attempt to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the state, the Vijay Rupani led government capped the maximum number of people allowed to attend a weddings celebration at 100. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:

"Gujarat continues to register a higher number of new cases of Covid19 on a daily basis. According to the state health department, 3280 new cases have been reported in the state during the last 24 hours. The maximum 798 new cases reported from Ahmedabad, while Surat recorded 615 new cases. Meanwhile, 2167 patients have been recovered and discharged from the various hospitals. With this, the total number of patients recovered from Covid19 has gone up 3 lakh 2 thousand 932. According to sources, 17 patients died due to Covid19 yesterday. With this, the death toll due to Covid19 in the state has gone up to 4598. Meanwhile, 800 Covid beds and 300 ventilators have been added in Kidney hospital of Surat. The State Government has already doubled the number of Covid test from earlier 60 thousand to 1 lakh 20 thousand on daily basis.  Yogesh Pandya// AIR News// Ahmedabad"

Meanwhile, Gujarat has registered the highest ever active cases of Covid19 in the state. According to official sources, Gujarat has 17348 active cases at present, which is the highest so far.


Around 9 thousand 500 Covid cases have been reported in Rajasthan in the last one week. Due to rapidly increasing new infections, the active cases have gone up to 16 thousand 140.  yesterday 2 thousand e236 new cases were reported  while 13 people died due to the infection . Our correspondent reports that the government has taken several steps to contain the covid infection. 


With rise in demand of oxygen in Maharashtra due to surge in Covid cases, state public health minister, Rajesh Tope has urged Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to direct neighbouring states to supply oxygen. In a review meeting on Covid held yesterday with the Union Health Minister, Mr. Tope also informed that daily more than 4 lakh people have been inoculated with Covid preventive vaccines in the state. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

"The Maharashtra health minister also reiterated the demand made by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give nod to inoculate people above 25 years of age. He said, it is observed that people in the age group of 25-40 years are contracting the infection more. He said, people in this age group have to step out of house for their work. Taking this into consideration, people above 25 years of age should be prioritised for vaccination. Besides, he said that 1200 metric tonne of oxygen is produced in the state and 80 per cent of it will be utilised for medical use. He said, the states which do not need oxygen more should supply it to Maharashtra.  WITH KUNAL SHINDE, THIS IS SHAILESH PATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday reported 3,722 fresh covid positive cases while 2,203 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the count of recoveries to 2,85,743. Meanwhile Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held discussion with journalists, social organisations during his 24 hour campaign of "Swasthya Agrah" with a view to increase public awareness against  Corona infection. More from Our Bhopal correspondent;

In MadhyaPradesh , Bhopal has the highest positivity rate of 20 percent while the positivity rate is 15 percent each in Indore, Barwani, Narsinghpur and Khargone. Out of the total Covid  infected patients in the state, 61 percent  are in home isolation and 39 percent of the patients are admitted in hospitals. State on Tuesday reported 18 fatalities. The death toll rose to 4,073. Indore reported highest 805 , while Bhopal reported 582 fresh covid cases. Pooja P. Vardhan , AIR News Bhopal


In Jharkhand, the State Government has taken stern action and issued new set of guidelines for closure of public places including gyms, parks, school, colleges and educational institutions till the end of this month to keep a check on the spread of Corona Virus in the state from April 8 onwards. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Chief Minister Hemant Soren has appealed people of the state to follow necessary COVID guidelines and wear masks at public places without fail. With 1264 new active COVID19 cases detected in Jharkhand yesterday, the number of COVID-19 cases continue to take its toll. To keep a check on the spread of the virus, Jharkhand government has issued fresh set of guidelines of closure of schools, colleges, educational institutions, coaching institutes, gyms and parks effective from April 8 to 30. Meanwhile students appearing for 10th and 12th board examinations this year, have been exempted from these restrictions. Public places, shops, malls and markets have been ordered to remain open only till 8 in the evening and closure of all shops on Sunday. Restaurants, banquet and marriage halls are allowed to operate with only 50 percent seating capacity. Any procession, picket, demonstration, fair and exhibition has been completely banned. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi"


The cases of corona infection are on sharp rise in Chhattisgarh. About 10,000 new corona infected patients have been identified in the state yesterday.  More from our Raipur correspondent Vikalp Shukla-

In Chhattisgarh, death of 53 persons were reported during 24 hours due to corona infection. So far, more than 4 thousand 400 people have died due to corona infection in the state. Currently, about 53 thousand people are being treated in hospitals or home isolation. So far, more than 3 lakh 86 thousand Covid positive patients have been identified in the state. The spread of infection in Chhattisgarh has reached such an alarming level that beds are not available to patients in hospitals of Raipur and Durg district. Apart from this, people have to spend hours in line to get the covid test done. Meanwhile, the Covid vaccination campaign in the state is also continuing vigorously.Yesterday, more than 1 lakh 73 thousand eligible people have been vaccinated in the state. The state government has launched a special awareness campaign across the state to motivate people to adopt Covid appropriate behavior in view of increasing Corona infection.  Vikalp Shukla, AIR News , Raipur


In West Bengal campaigning for the fourth phase of assembly elections has reached a feverish pitch. Top leaders of contesting political parties are making  last ditch effort to garner the support of voters as canvassing will come to an end tomorrow evening for this phase.

In the fourth phase polling will be held on 10th April in 44 assembly segments spread over five districts of Hooghly, Howrah, South 24 Pargana, Coochbehar and Alipurduar. Campaigning for fifth and sixth phase is also underway in full swing for poll bound 88 assembly segments.  More from our Correspondent:

"Bhojpuri cine stars Manoj Tiwari and Ravi Kishan are campaigning to woo the Purabia voters from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh region who are settled in Bengal. RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav who is supporting TMC also addressed several gatherings of Bhojpuri speaking voters. Meanwhile political bigwigs of BJP and TMC are holding election rallies in support of their party candidates. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh addressed rallies in Srirampur and Saptgram.  Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary who is solely camapaigning for Congress party candidates in absence of national leaders of parties addressed rallies in Murshidabad and Jalpaigudi. Leaders of left parties and alliance partner Indian Secular Front (ISF) in Sanyukt Morcha also holding public meetings.  Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Kolkata."

Meanwhile senior BJP leader and Union Home minister Amit Shah today  held a roadshow  in Singur in Hooghly district in support of BJP candidate. He  is also scheduled to participate in three other roadshows later in the day in Domjur, Howrah Madhya and Behala Purvi assembly constituencies.


In Assam, strict security measures have been put in place in the strong rooms where EVMs have been kept. Sources in the CEO Office said that a total of 126 strong rooms have been set up in the state. Monitoring by  CCTV camera and multi layer security arrangements have been made in all the strong rooms to ensure full safety of the EVMs.


More than 28 crore 68 lakh loans for an amount of nearly 15  lakh crore rupees have been sanctioned since launch of Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana. The Yojana was launched in 2015 for providing loans upto 10 Lakh rupees to the non-corporate, non-farm, small and micro enterprises.

Finance Ministry has said that about 68 percent  of loans have been given to women entrepreneurs and about 51  percent  of loans have been given to SC, ST and OBC borrowers. Ministry of Labour and Employment has said that  this yojana has helped in generation of 1 crore 12 lakh net additional employment from 2015 to 2018.  Women have accounted for 62 percent of this estimated increase in employment.


World Health Day is being observed today. The day is aimed at creating awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. Over the years, this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal, child care and climate change.  The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that World Health Day is a day to reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep our planet healthy. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, It’s also a day to reiterate our commitment to supporting research and innovation in healthcare. He also  called upon everyone to keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions. A report.

World Health Day provides an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on important aspects of global health. In order to celebrate this day, people around the world participate in activities that are related to the topics of health. It is a day that usually marks the beginning of a new campaign that seeks to promote a healthy world. The theme for World Health Day this year is Building a fairer, Healthier world. The World Health Organization has said that as COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. All over the world, several people struggle to make ends meet with little access to health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering and premature death which harms our societies and economies.  Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi"


The third India-Bahrain High Joint Commission meeting will be held in New Delhi today.  It  will be co-chaired by Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. The Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain  reached New Delhi last night on a three day visit to India. He  called on  Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu this afternoon.

Last week, senior Officials  of the  two countries had met virtually on the  preparation for this meeting.  Both sides  reviewed their cooperation in different areas, including oil and gas, trade and investment, defence and security, food security, healthcare, renewable energy, space, IT, human resource, education and culture.


Real Madrid and Machester City have won  their  First leg matches in the Quater Finals of the  Union of European Football Associations  Champions League (UEFA). In the first match ,twenty-year-old Vinicius Junior scored a brace as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 .

In another match , Manchester City eked out a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at home in their respective first leg quarter final. For City ,Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden scored two goals  while  Marco Reus scored one for Dortmund

Liverpool are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage following the defeat in the first leg. 

In  tomorrow's matches, Paris Saint- German will take on Bayern Munich and FC Porto is all set to play against Chelsea.


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

Srinagar will generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 18 degree Celsius while the minimum was five degrees.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The temperature will rise up to nearly 31 degree Celsius from a minimum of 16 degrees.

Leh will have Generally cloudy sky. Maximum temperature of eight degree Celsius, while the minimum was zero degrees.

Gilgit is expected to have 19 degree Celsius as an upper limit of temperature amid generally cloudy sky with light rain. It recorded a minimum of seven degrees.

Muzaffarabad will witness thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 12 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 28 degrees.

Dehradun will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm, the maximum temperature will be around 34 degrees moving from a minimum of 19 degrees.


Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky as the temperature goes up to 34 degree Celsius. It recorded 18 degrees as a minimum. 


Director General of CRPF, Kuldiep Singh has ruled out any kind of intelligence or operational failure in the Sukma ambush incident. In an exclusive interview with AIR New, he said, the forces gave a befitting  reply to the Left Wing Extremists and were able to prevent a heavy casualty. He said the paramilitary forces blew a heavy damage to the Naxals during the 4 hour long operation. Mr. Singh affirmed that the morale of the forces is very high and they are eager to be in the battlefields. On being asked about the reports in the media about one jawan under Naxal's captivity, DG, CRPF said that the government is monitoring the situation and will soon take up a call on its next movement.


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