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PM Modi addresses virtual Global Vaccine Summit; pledges USD 15 million to international vaccine alliance, GAVI            India, Australia elevate their partnership to Comprehensive Strategic partnership            India's role in Indo-Pacific region critical in the years ahead says Australian PM            Recovery rate of COVID-19 cases improves to around 48 % in country            Govt bans 960 blacklisted foreign nationals from traveling to India for 10 years           

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News at Nine

2030 HRS
22.05.2020

THE HEADLINES:-


  • Prime Minister announces one thousand crore rupee assistance to West Bengal and 500 crore rupees to Odisha for relief and rehabilitation work.

  • RBI slashes lending rates and extends moratorium on loan repayment by 3 months to support economic growth.

  • COVID-19 Recovery rate improves to around 41 percent.

  • Government proposes to raise airtime for advertisements on Community Radio to 12 minutes from 7 minutes per hour, says Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. 

  • Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan takes charge as chairman of WHO Executive Board.  

  • Pakistan plane with 107 on board crashes in residential area in Karachi; Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced one thousand crore rupees assistance to West Bengal and 500 crore rupees to Odisha for relief and rahabilitation works in Cyclone Amphan affected areas of the two states.


The Prime Minister announced the advance assistance package for West Bengal at Bashirhat in North 24 Paraganas District after an administrative meeting. The meeting was held to assess the extent of damages caused by the super cyclonic storm. The Prime Minister also announced two lakh rupees compensation to the families of the each victims killed in the storm-related incidents. 


Mr Modi also informed that a Central team will also arrive in the state soon to assess the damages.


Earlier, the Prime Minister accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made an aerial survey of the cyclone hit areas in the state.

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The Prime Minister announced 500 crore rupees advance assistance for Odisha considering the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan . He also announced an exgratia of 2 lakh rupees to the family members of the deceased and 50 thousand to the seriously injured in the cyclone. The Prime Minister made the announcement in Bhubaneswar after holding a review meeting.


"Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of the cyclone. During his visit, the Prime Minister made an aerial survey of Bhadrak and Balasore districts to assess the impact of the cyclone. After the survey PM chaired a meeting in Bhubaneswar with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik which was attended by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Union Minister of Petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Union minister of state Pratap Chandra Sarangi and other senior officials. Itishree Singh Rathaur, AIR NEWS, CUTTACK"

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The Reserve Bank of India today cut the repo rate by 40 basis points from 4.4 per cent to 4 per cent, reducing the reverse repo rate at 3.35 per cent to maintain an accommodative stance. The RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das while addressing the media said that the six-member Monetary Policy Committee voted 5:1 in favour of 40 basis points cut in the interest rate.


The RBI Governor said, measures announced today can be divided into four categories -- to improve functioning of markets, to support exports and imports, to ease financial stress by giving relief on debt servicing and better access to working capital and to ease financial constraints faced by the State Governments.


Speaking about the impact of COVID-19, Mr Das said, the GDP growth in 2020-21 goes in negative territory. The headline inflation may remain firm in first half of year; ease in the second half, falling below 4 per cent in Q3/Q4 of financial year 2020-21. Granting relief to people the RBI extended moratorium on loan repayments by three more months in view of COVID-19 starting from 1st of June to 31st of August, 2020.


Amidst this encircling gloom, the apex bank Governor said, agriculture and allied activities have, however, provided a beacon of hope on the back of an increase of 3.7 per cent in food grains production to a new record.

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Speaking exclusively to AIR News , Vice Chairman , NITI Aayog , Rajiv Kumar welcomed RBI's announcement of reduction of 40 basis points in repo rate. He said , the series of reductions in lending rates by RBI since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown will boost liquidity flow in the market.


Mr. Kumar also said that the three month extension to the moratorium on loans would help ease the borrowers to reinvigorate the economic activities.

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Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 48 thousand 534 people affected with corona virus have been cured from the corona virus and the recovery rate has reached around 41 percent per cent in the country.


Health Ministry said that during the last twenty four hours, three thousand 234 people have recovered. It said, case mortality rate has also improved in the country and it has reached to 3.02 per cent. The ministry official further said, government is focusing on worst affected districts with the coordination of state governments.


Indian Council of Medical Research said, total 27 lakh 55 thousand 714 tests have been done till 1 PM today and within 24 hours, one lakh three thousand 829 tests have been done by the various government and private laboratories chains in the country.


Member (Health) in NITI Aayog, Dr. V K Paul said, one crore treatments have been done under the Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana which is a great achievement. He said, 14 thousand Health and Wellness centres have been commissioned so far. He said, decision of lockdown has been taken in a timely manner and it proved beneficial for the public to restrict the expansion of the corona virus in the country. Mr. Paul said, doubling rate of Covid-19 cases was 3.4 days when lockdown was started and it is now at 13.3  days. He said, current active cases are concentrated in a few states, cities, districts and 80 per cent cases are in five states-Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. He said, the lockdown proved gainful in terms of preparedness. Mr. Paul said, 10 crore people are using Arogya Setu app and telemedicine is increasing day by day.

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today took over as the chairman of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board. Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been elected as Chair of the Executive Board of WHO for the year 2020-21. He has replaced Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan. Addressing the board through tele conference, Dr. Harshvardhan called for a shared response from member countries to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic.


Highlighting India's efforts in tackling COVID-19, he said that country faced COVID19 in a proactive and pre-emptive way, with unmatched scale and determination.


The Executive Board of WHO is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected for three-year term. The main functions of the Board are to implement the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly and advise and facilitate its work.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar today said that government is eager to raise air time for advertisements to 12 minutes from 7 minutes per hour on Community Radio Stations to bring them at par with TV channels.


The Minister was addressing listeners of all Community Radio stations through All India Radio News.


Mr. Javadekar said, Community Radio is a community in itself and it is agents of change. He said, Ministry will come out with a plan to increase the number of such stations soon. He said, 75 per cent of the expenditure for setting-up of Community Radio stations is borne by the Ministry. 


On the key demand of Community Radio of broadcasting news from their platform, the Minister assured that he will consider it. He prodded stations to play key role in combating fake news menace by verifying it through local sources. Mr Javedkar said, that fake news is very dangerous and should not be considered as part of press freedom.

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Seven flights from Muscat, Doha, Riyadh, Bahrain and Dubai from the Gulf under the Vande Bharat Mission took off with nearly 1200 distressed and stranded Indians back to the country today.


From Dubai, there was a flight to Srinagar with 151 passengers and four infants. This was the first flight for Srinagar from any of the Gulf countries.


Consul General Vipul called this a historic flight as this is the first time that a direct flight was operated from Dubai to Srinagar to repatriate stranded and distressed passengers. There are no direct flights for Srinagar from Dubai otherwise.


Two other flights from Dubai were scheduled for Hyderabad and Kochi. Doha - Bengaluru flight took off with 177 passengers and five infants on board.


One Air Iindia flight arrived in Bengaluru this evening from Male( Maldives) with147 Passengers. After Medical & immigration process the passengers will be taken for 14 days quarantine.


One special flight carrying about 150 Indian nationals from London landed Jaipur International Airport.

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Kerala reports the highest number of Covid 19 cases in a single day, with 42 new positive cases being confirmed today.


"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that since the first Covid case being reported in Kerala in January ,it was  today that reported the highest single day positive cases, which is of great concern.Out of the newly confirmed 42 cases, 21 people are returnees from Maharashtra and 17 people  returned from abroad in last few days.The total active cases in the State rose to 216. The number of people under observation also drastically increased to over 84000. Chief Minister said that the situation is getting extremly serious that demands immediate enhancement of Covid preventive measures in the State as more returnees are expected in coming days. He further said that there is no situation of panic as the State is fully prepared to ensure sufficient medical treatment to all. Meanwhile under the Vande Bharat mission flight carrying stranded Indian nationals from Ammam in Jordan and from London  arrived in Kochi today. Fights from Muscat to  Kannur,  Bahrain to Thiruvananthapuram and Dubai to Kochi will  also be arriving  in a short while .Over 600 expatriates will be arriving in kerala today under the mission. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Ministry of Health has issued a guidance note for immunization services during and post COVID-19 outbreak. The Ministry has said that birth dose vaccinations at health facilities will continue irrespective of the categorisation of zones amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It said, an area in a containment or a buffer zone category can start facility-based and outreach immunization activities only after a minimum gap of 14 days. Immunization services will be classified under two heads, immunization in containment and buffer zone and immunization in areas beyond the buffer and green zone.


"Delivery of immunization services for different zones will follow the guidelines of the Home Ministry and Health Ministry pertaining to COVID-19 and states are not allowed to violate any COVID-19 guidance. Practices of social distancing, hand washing, and respiratory hygiene need to be maintained at all immunization sessions irrespective of zones. It also said, immunization services in containment and buffer zone would involve no active mobilization to the health facility. At any given time during the immunization session, not more than five persons should be present at the site with at least one-meter distance between each. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi"

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Maldives has said it cannot support any action within the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC), that singles-out or targets India.  This was stated by Maldives Permanent Representative to United Nations Ambassador Thilmeeza Hussain in a recently organized virtual meeting of OIC Ambassadors to the UN where the issue of growing Islamophobia in South Asia was discussed. The Maldives ambassador stated that singling out India, the largest democracy in the world and a multicultural society and home to over 200 million Muslims,  would be factually incorrect. The issue was raised by Pakistan ambassador to UN.

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of some leading experts on COVID-19.


Talking to AIR News, Member (Health) in NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul urged everyone to follow social distancing in order to break the chain of transmission.


Dr. Rakesh Misra, Director of Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology, highlighted the importance of growing cultures of the virus in labs for developing vaccines and conducting serological tests...


Dr. Kaushik Sinha Deb of AIIMS appealed people to shed the stigma associated with COVID-19. He said the stigma related to COVID-19 is mainly due driven by fear rather than actual scientific basis.

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Noted actress Vidya Balan has appealed to the people to come together in the fight against COVID-19.

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Government has dismissed the claim by Gujarat Samachar showing figure of eight thousand people per one lakh population being corona affected in India. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau termed it as factually incorrect. It clarified that around 8.3 persons per one lakh population are corona affected in the country as on yesterday evening.

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi today. The officials said Airbus carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members  from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased in the Karachi plane crash in Pakistan. He wished for speedy recovery of the injured.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called up the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee and expressed her sympathy for the losses suffered by the state due to the cyclone Amphan. Prime Minister Hasina enquired about the damage caused by the cyclone, reported the official news agency BSS. Expressing sympathy at the loss of life and property, Sheikh Hasina hoped that the state will overcome the loss soon. In the meanwhile, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) the death toll due to cyclone Amphan climbed up to 26 in Bangladesh.

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Railways has modified the terms and conditions of booking of tickets for 15 pairs of Special Trains. The Advance Reservation Period of these trains will be increased from seven days to 30 days. There will be no Tatkal booking in these trains. RAC and Waiting list tickets will be issued in these trains. However waitlisted passengers will not be allowed to board these trains. Railways is presently running fifteen pairs of special Trains with effect from 12th of this month.


Railways Ministry said, booking of  tickets will be permissible through computerized PRS counters including Post Offices, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra and Common Service Centres as well as through on-line booking. The first chart will be prepared at least four hours before scheduled departure and second chart shall be prepared at least 2 hours before scheduled departure. Current booking will be permitted in between first and second chart. The Ministry said, the change will be implemented with effect from train booking date 24th May and for train starting from 31st May onwards.

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In Himachal Pradesh, Deputy Commissioners have been asked to create additional facilities for institutional quarantine in their respective districts  in view of the large number of people likely to arrive in the State in  the upcoming days. Individuals arriving in the state from other parts of the country have to remain under Institutional quarantine until they get investigated for COVID 19 test.


"Chief Minister Jairam Thakur directed the officers through video conferencing  to provide protective equipment to all corona warriors dealing with the persons arriving from various parts of the country. He said better facilities must be provided in quarantine centres so that people staying there do not face any inconvenience. Chief Minister said the safety of the people is the top priority of his government. It may be recalled that 1 lakh 30 thousand people stranded in various parts of the country have reached the State till date. Meanwhile number of active covid19 cases has gone up to 102 in the state.In Hamirpur district 12 more fresh cases have been found today taking the active cases in the district to 53. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Shimla"

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The Indian Air Force continues to be on high state of preparedness for undertaking Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief related work in Cyclone AMPHAN affected areas. 56 Heavy and Medium lift air carriers including 25 fixed-wing aircraft and 31 helicopters have been earmarked by the Air Force to carry out relief works. The Aircraft have been modified for undertaking relief operations and are on standby with crew for a quick deployment at various IAF bases.

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The Government of Nepal has expressed grief over the loss of lives and destruction of properties in West Bengal by Cyclone Amphan. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said “the Government of Nepal extends its heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family members of the deceased as well as to the Government of India. It also wishes speedy recovery of those injured.”

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


National capital will witness minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and maximum of 44 degree Celsius tomorrow. There will be heat wave in the national capital.


Mumbai will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will remain around 36 degrees Celsius.


In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 29 and 41 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will witness 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees. 


Onto North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will witness 24 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 38 degrees Celsius. The city will observe partly cloudy sky. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will 13 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 25 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky with possibility of  rain or thunderstorm or Dust storm. In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 14 and 28 degrees Celsius. The city observe partly cloudy sky.


In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be generally cloudy. It witnesses minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees Celsius.

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BJP today accused the Congress of playing cynical politics over the COVID-19 crisis. It alleged that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her family have indulged in what it called drama at the time of a national catastrophe. Party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao hit back at the Congress after Sonia Gandhi criticised the government over 20 lakh crore package.

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