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0830 HRS
08.04.2021

THE HEADLINES:


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon students  not to fear for exams and celebrate them; Asks parents not to put undue pressure on children and let them enjoy exams.

  • Prime Minister gets second dose of Covid vaccine; Corona situation and expansion of vaccination to be reviewed by Prime Minister with all chief ministers this evening.

  • Centre asks Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi to undertake necessary corrective actions immediately to improve COVID-19 vaccination drive.

  • More than nine crore doses of Corona vaccine administered in the country.

  • Madhya Pradesh government offices to work for five days a week for the next three months.

  • High school and intermediate examinations of Uttar Pradesh Board postponed till 8th of May.

  • Maharashtra government promotes all state board students of class 9th and 11th to next class without any examination.

  • High-level meeting to commemorate 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji to be chaired by Prime Minister today.

  • India urges G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines.

  • In Sports, Paris St-Germain defeat Bayern Munich while Chelsea edge past FC Porto in the first leg of Quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League.


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As the number of Covid cases are on the rise again, we appeal to our listeners not to lower their guard, take 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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked students not to fear for exams but to celebrate them. Prime Minister also asked parents not to pressurize kids and let them enjoy exams. Engaging with students, parents and teachers at the first virtual edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha, Mr Modi shared his mantras to overcome stress and anxiety. He stressed that students and parents should not consider exams the end of life and always try to do better in the next attempt.

मैं पेरेन्ट्स से कहना चाहता हूं हम आवश्यकता से अधिक ओवर कान्शियस हो जाते है। हम थोड़े ज्यादा ही सोचने लग जाते है। ये कोई आखिरी मुकाम नहीं है। ये जिन्दगी बहुत लंबी है, बहुत पड़ाव आते है। एक छोटा-सा पड़ाव है, हमें दवाब नहीं बनाना चाहिए। टीचर हो, स्टूडेंट हो, परिवार-जन हो, यार-दोस् हो, अगर बाहर का दवाब कम हो गया, खत् हो गया, तो एक्जाम का दवाब कभी महसूस नहीं होगा। कान्फीडेंस फलेगा-फूलेगा।

The Prime Minister asked teachers to guide students on time management. While interacting with Punyo Sunya from Arunachal Pradesh and Vineeta Garg from Delhi, Mr Modi suggested that students should divide their attention and energy accordingly towards each subject.

स्टूडेन्ट्स से मैं यही कहूगां कि आपको अपनी एनर्जी को इक्वली डिस्ट्रीब्यूट करना चाहिए। सभी विषयों में बराबर-बराबर। आपके पास पढ़ाई के लिए दो घंटे है, तो उन घंटों में हर सब्जैक् को समान भाव से पढि़ये। अपने समय को इक्वल डिस्ट्रीब्यूट करिये। वहीं टीचर्स के लिए मेरी सलाह यह है कि वो विद्यार्थियों से उनकों टाइम मैनेजमेंट के संबंध में, उसके तौर तरीकों के संबंध में, सेलेबस का भार डालते हुए, उनसे बाते करें, उनसे चर्चा करें, उनकों गाइड करें।

Prime Minister also said a student should always try to attempt the difficult topic in the beginning and devote more time to it. Mr Modi added that hard subjects and topics must be done in the morning before jumping onto easier topics, because the mind is fresh and concentration is sharp.

जो सरल है, वो पहले करें, यह आमतौर पर यह कहा जाता है और एक्जाम में तो खासतौर पर बार-बार कहा जाता है, जो सरल है, उसको पहले करो भाई। जब टाइम बचेगा, जो कठिन है उसको हाथ लगाना, लेकिन पढ़ाई को लेकर मैं समझता हूं ये सलाह आवश्यक नहीं है और उपयोगी भी नहीं है। मैं जरा इन चीजों को अलग नजरिये से देखता हूं। मैं कहता हूं जब भी पढ़ाई की बात हो, तो कठिन जो है, उसको पहले लीजिए, आपका माइंड फ्रैश है, आप खुद फ्रैश है, उसको अटैंड करने का प्रयास भी करिए, जब कठिन को अटैंड करेंगे तो सरल तो और भी आसान हो जाएगा।

Mr Modi also highlighted the importance of spare time saying it is essential for the day to not become monotonous and robotic. He said on their spare time, they can help their parents and siblings with chores and also do things they are passionate about. Prime Minister said he likes to sit on his swing and wind off after a hard day. Mr Modi asked students to devote their spare time in activities through which they can express themselves and develop their personality. Prime Minister said creativity can take people to newer heights.

Mr Modi asked students to keep their minds calm and fresh while entering the examination hall. He asked them leave all their tensions outside the examination room and focus on the questions. Mr Modi said, students should stop thinking that their memory is average.

Prime Minister requested children to make a list of things they need everyday and try to buy local products to strengthen the vision of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and Vocal For Local. Mr Modi said, we are celebrating 75 years of independence as Amrit Mahotsav and he wants the students to write about freedom fighters and think about the next 75 years of the nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS in New Delhi. After taking the shot, Prime Minister said vaccination is among the few ways available to defeat the virus. Mr Modi urged all the people, who are eligible to take the vaccine to get the shot soon. He also appealed to Register on CoWin.gov.in.

Ms Nisha Sharma, hailing from Sangrur in Punjab, administered the second dose of vaccination to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vaccination Centre, AIIMS in New Delhi today. Expressing her feelings, Ms Sharma said that it was a memorable moment for her.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with chief ministers of all states today to discuss the ongoing Covid situation in India. The meeting comes in the wake of a steep rise in fresh infections. He will also discuss the ongoing vaccination drive during the virtual meet.

Prime Minister Modi's last interaction with the Chief Ministers was on 17th of March. He had  expressed concern over the rise in Covid-19 cases in parts of the country and called for quick and decisive steps to check the emerging second peak.

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More than nine crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country. It is a landmark achievement in the country's fight against the pandemic. Over 13 lakh 14 thousand 623 vaccine doses were given till 8 pm yesterday, the Eighty Second day of nationwide Covid-19 vaccination. Out of which 12 lakh 4 thousand 551 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and over 1 lakh 10 thousand beneficiaries received 2nd dose of the vaccine.

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The Centre has asked Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi to undertake necessary corrective actions immediately for improving the Covid-19 vaccination drives in their state and Union Territories. Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Manohar Agnani has written to Principal Secretaries of Health and Family Welfare of Punjab, Delhi and Maharashtra.

In a letter to Maharashtra Principal Secretary, Mr Agnani said, a total of over one crore six lakh doses have been made available to the state and the total consumption is 90 lakh 53 thousand. He said, detailed analysis of performance of Covid-19 vaccination drive reveals that  85.95 per cent of registered Health Care workers have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine so far but the second dose coverage among the registered health Care workers is nearly 41 per cent which is below the national average and it needs improvement. 

In a letter to Punjab, Principal Secretary, Mr Agnani said, a total of over 22 lakh 36 thousand doses have been made available to the state and the total consumption is 14 lakh 94 thousand. He said, the vaccination dose coverage is also below the national average where improvement is required.

In a letter to Delhi Principal Secretary, Mr Agnani said, a total of over 23 lakh 70 thousand doses have been made available to the UT and the total consumption is over 18 lakh 70 thousand. He said, the vaccination dose coverage is also below the national average which needs improvement.

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In Madhya Pradesh, all government offices will work for five days a week from Monday to Friday for the next three months. This was decided at a high level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in view of the increasing infection of Corona in the state. Some additional restrictions were also announced by the state government. Report from our Bhopal Correspondent:

"Night curfew will be imposed in all the urban areas of the state everyday from today 10 pm to 6 am till the next order. Also, there will be a lockdown every Sunday until further orders. There will be complete lockdown in Chhindwara district from 8 pm on April 8 for the next seven days. Meanwhile state reported 4043 fresh covid cases on Wednesday,while 2126 patients recovered from infection. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal. "

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High School and the Intermediate examinations of the Uttar Pradesh Board, Asia’s largest education board, will now commence from May 8. An announcement to this effect was made by the Secondary Education Board yesterday. The exams, which were scheduled to begin from April 24, have been postponed due to the three-tier Panchayat polls in the state.

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Uttar Pradesh government will launch special focused Covid vaccination drive from today. The drive will focus on the beneficiaries of different social groups who are above 45 years of age. The drive will continue till 23rd of this month. Chief medical officer in all districts will be incharge of this drive. Mission Director National Health Mission Uttar Pradesh Aparna Upadhyay said, journalists, media workers, and retail and wholesale shopkeepers will be vaccinated today and tomorrow.

Bank and insurance employees will get their vaccine on coming Saturday while teachers of schools and colleges will be vaccinated from 12th to 14th of this month.

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The Maharashtra Government has promoted all state board students of class 9th and 11th to the next class without any examination, in the wake of the current Covid-19 situation. State's Education minister Varsha Gaikwad said, decision regarding 10th and 12th board exams are expected in a few days. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

"Days after the Maharashtra government decided to promote students from class-1 to class 8 to the next level, state education minister, Varsha Gaikwad yesterday informed that students of class 9 and 11 too are being promoted to the next level. She said, the decision was taken after taking stock of current exceptional situation due to Covid-19. She said, class 9 and 11 are the base of a student to appear for the board exams of class 10 and 12. And by taking into account this aspect, she said, the education department will undertake various programmes to prepare students to appear for 10 and 12 board exams. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has allowed necessary movement of students appearing for the competitive exams during the weekend lockdown. SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI".

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Gujarat has recorded 3575 new cases of Covid19 infections during the last 24 hours. According to the state health department, 2217 patients have been recovered and have been discharged from the hospitals. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:

"Maximum 804 new cases have been reported from Ahmedabad, while Surat recorded 621 new cases. Total 3 lakh 5 thousand 149 patients have been recovered from Covid-19 in the state till now. Gujarat has 18684 active cases at present. Out of which 175 patients are on ventilator. 22 patients died yesterday due to Covid-19. With this, the death toll due to Covid-19 in the state has gone up to 4620. Meanwhile, total 80 lakh 61 thousand 290 persons have been vaccinated in the state till now. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 2700 Covid beds in various hospitals. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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Odisha Government has suspended physical teaching for students of class 9 and 11 from today in view of the spiralling cases of covid-19. However,  physical classes for students of class 10 and 12 will continue till the 25th of April with strict adherence to covid-19 protocols. More from our Bhubaneswar correspondent:

"With the covid-19 infection soaring, the state government has taken a number of measures to contain further spread of the virus. While night curfew has already been clamped in 10 out of the 30 districts, the police administration has launched a 10 days enforcement drive to curb Covid- inappropriate behaviour across the state. While movement of people in the border districts of the state abutting Chhatisgarh is being monitored, in the holy city of Puri, the local administration has mandated visitors from 5 red-flagged States to produce covid negative report. Meanwhile, the state yesterday reported a high of 791 fresh cases, taking the total active covid caseload of the state to 4255, marking almost a 6 times increase during the last one month only. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar".

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In Jharkhand, the new set of guidelines issued by the State Government will come into force from today onwards. Public places including gyms, parks, schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain closed till April 30 to stop the spread of growing Covid-19 infection in the state. One thousand 312 active Covid-19 cases were detected yesterday taking the total count of active cases to 7872 in the state. More details from our Ranchi Correspondent:

"Schools will remain closed, except students appearing for 10th and 12th board examinations have been allowed to attend offline classes only with their parents consent. Public places, shops, malls and markets have been ordered to close after 8 pm in the evening. Masks have been made mandatory for all locations and penalty imposed for non-usage of masks in public. Shops, malls, restaurants have been instructed to strictly adhere to No Mask No Entry rule. Any procession, picket, demonstration, fair and exhibition has been completely banned. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan will jointly inaugurate a range of Indian projects in Seychelles virtually today. The high level event will feature joint e-inauguration of the new Magistrates’ Court Building, and handing over of a Fast Patrol Vessel to Seychelles Coast Guard. It also includes handing over of a one Mega Watt Solar Power Plant and inauguration of 10 High Impact Community Development Projects. More from our correspondent:

"The new Magistrates’ Court Building in the capital city Victoria is India’s first major civil infrastructure project in Seychelles built with grant assistance. It is a state of the art building which will substantially enhance the capacity of the Seychelles judicial system and aid in better delivery of judicial services. The Fast Patrol Vessel, which is a modern and fully equipped naval ship, has been made in India and is being gifted to Seychelles under Indian grant assistance to strengthen its maritime surveillance capabilities. Seychelles occupies a central place in Prime Minister’s vision of ‘SAGAR’ - ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’. The inauguration of these key projects demonstrates India’s privileged and time-tested role as a reliable partner of Seychelles for meeting its infrastructural, developmental and security requirements. It is testimony to the deep and friendly ties between the people of India and Seychelles. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

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Prime Minister Modi will chair a meeting of the High-Level Committee to commemorate the 400th Birth Anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji through video conferencing. Home Minister Amit Shah will also attend the meeting. The meeting will discuss the year-long calendar of events planned to mark this special occasion.

The High Level Committee was constituted by the Centre on 24th October last year, to approve policies, plans and programs related to the commemoration of the  birth anniversary. It has 70 members including the Prime Minister as Chairman.

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Government has said the allegations of Delhi government that Food Corporation of India has not opened any purchase centre in Delhi are false. It said FCI Delhi region is fully prepared to procure wheat from farmers of Delhi at three centres which have been completely operational from 1st of April. These centres are FSD Mayapuri, FSD Narela and APMC Najafgarh Mandi. Till date, 158 quintal wheat has been purchased at FSD Narela.

Earlier, Delhi government had alleged that FCI has not set up a single counter for wheat procurement in Delhi and is making false claims of buying the crop at minimum support price rates from the 1st of April.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has urged all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines. Participating virtually in the Second G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, Ms Sitharaman shared that India is running an ambitious programme of rapid domestic vaccination. She said, India has emerged as a key global producer of vaccines and medical products, especially during the pandemic. The Minister stated that India has covered over 87 million citizens in its vaccination drive so far and has supplied over 64 million doses to 84 countries, including 10 million doses as grant. She urged the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response to draw upon these experiences of the country.

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Dr. Rajendra K. Dhamija, Neurologist at the Lady Hardinge Medical College participating in the Special discussion Programme on All India Radio, on  Covid-19, has said that people should come forward to take vaccine to curb the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

He said that there are several means by using them, one can control Covid-19.

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Campaigning for the fourth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal will end this evening. 44 constituencies spread over 5 districts will go to polls in this phase on Saturday. This phase will witness many prominent candidates of different political parties. More from our Kolkata correspondent:

"One of the most sought after seats in this phase is Tollygunge of South 24 Parganas. Singer turned Union Minister Babul Supriyo from the BJP is challenging senior minister of Bengal cabinet Trinamool Congress candidate Aroop Biswas. Actor Debdoot Ghosh is the CPIM candidate for Sanyukta Morcha. The southern fringes of Kolkata comes under the seat which is known as the studio area of Bengali film and television industry. Apart from the issues like supply of purified drinking water, opposition parties have targeted the ruling party for running syndicate in the tinsel town too though the party in power is refuting the allegations, mentioning the welfare schemes launched for the artists and technicians. State Education Minister Partho Chatterjee is seeking reelection as Trinamool Congress candidate from the constituency Behala Paschim. The secretary general of the TMC is challenged by actress Srabonti Chatterjee of the BJP who recently joined the party. Nihar Bhakta of the CPIM is also in the fray whereas in Kasba constituency, Minister Javed Ahmed Khan has again been fielded by the Trinamool Congress. Among his rivals are Dr. Indranil Khan of the BJP and Shatarup Ghosh of the CPIM. Madhuparna Dhar Chowdhuri, AIR News, Kolkata".

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A Special NIA Court has granted permission to CBI to interrogate suspended cop Sachin Waze in connection with the corruption allegations made against Maharashtra's former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Special Judge PR Sitre also extended Waze's NIA custody till Friday in connection with the explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's House and the consequent murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran. The CBI will question Waze while he is in NIA's custody. Waze was arrested by the NIA on 13th of last month.

Waze also tried to put on record his statement against Anil Deshmukh and another Cabinet Minister from Maharashtra Government. According to the letter, Anil Deshmukh allegedly asked Waze for two crores rupees concerning his suspension and reinstatement.

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Water taxis and ROPAX Ferries will soon be part of Mumbai’s transportation system. Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the Urban Water Transportation projects for Mumbai. Four new routes for ROPAX ferry services and 12 new routes of Water Taxi are planned to be operational by December, this year. The new routes are from ROPAX terminal to Nerul, Kashid, Mora. Water taxis will operate on domestic cruise terminal to Nerul, Belapur, Vashi, Airoli etc. Water taxi will also run on Belapur-Thane, Vashi-Thane, Belapur-Gateway of India, Vashi to Gateway of India.

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In the first leg of the  quarterfinal tie of the  Union of European Football Associations Champions League (UEFA),  Paris St-Germain produced a superb away performance to beat title holders Bayern Munich 3-2 in a thrilling encounter. For Paris St-Germain it's ace skimmer Mbappe scored two goals. It was a meeting between last year's finalists and they both contributed in a hugely entertaining game that in itself would have been worthy of being the final of the competition.

In another match, Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0 in the Champions League. It was the perfect response by Chelsea after last weekend's embarrassment - a resilient, determined and professional performance against a team that had eliminated Juventus in the previous round.

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The weather forecast for today.

The National Capital Delhi will have mainly clear sky with maximum temperature of 36 degree Celsius. It recorded a minimum of 19 degrees.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The maximum temperature is around 33 degree Celsius while it registered a minimum of 26 degrees.

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky. The maximum temperature is around 34 degree Celsius while the minimum was 25 degrees.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The maximum temperature is around 36 degree Celsius while the minimum was 27 degrees.

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

Jammu will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will rise up to nearly 32 degree Celsius from a minimum of 16 degrees.

Leh will have partly cloudy sky. Maximum temperature of nine degree Celsius, while the minimum was minus two degrees.

Gilgit is expected to have 20 degree Celsius as an upper limit of temperature amid generally cloudy sky with light rain. It recorded a minimum of eight degrees.

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 10 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 26 degrees.

Dehradun will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening, the maximum temperature will be around 33 degrees moving from a minimum of 18 degrees. 

Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky as the temperature goes up to 36 degree Celsius. It recorded 16 degrees as a minimum.

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Newspapers Headlines


  • In view of the recent surge in Covid 19 cases, "Shots at workplaces from April 11", "Public, Private offices with 100 'eligible' people can get covid jabs." states The Pioneer.

  • Calling it the "Suraksha Kavach', the Delhi High Court states,"Wearing mask mandatory even if driving alone.", writes The Hindu.

  • In letter to court, Waze names Sena minister over Rs 50 crore demand", is a front page story in The Indian Express.

  • "Maoists release picture of captured commando' "Self appointed interlocutor enters forest to negotiate release." is a lead story in The Asian Age.

  • "RBI takes the QE road", "Rs 1 - trillion bond purchase plan in first quarter cheers up market", writes The Business Standard. Covid surge adding to uncertainty RBI Keeps key rate unchanged, states The Indian Express.

  • Quoting the US climate envoy John Kerry, The Times of India writes, "US will facilitate access to green tech".

  • In a bid to destress the students ahead of the upcoming board examinations, "Don't fear exams: PM to students in 'Pariksha Pe Charcha', writes The Indian Express.

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