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PM Modi launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge            COVID-19 recovery rate improves to around 61 per cent            Odisha: Two-day weekend shutdown in 17 districts begins            PM lauds BJP workers for their nationwide welfare work during pandemic            No flights to Kolkata from 6 cities to prevent further surge in Corona cases           

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25.05.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Domestic flights resume in the country except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

  • New set of domicile rules in Jammu and Kashmir to undo the injustice done for 70 years, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

  • Two terrorists killed in an encounter at Khud Hanjipora area of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Hockey legend, Balbir Singh Senior passes away in Mohali, Punjab.

  • And Eid ul Fitr being celebrated across the country amid lockdown restrictions.

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Domestic flights in the country have resumed operations today, except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. The Delhi-Pune flight was among the first to take off. It departed at 4.45 this morning, however the first passenger flight to arrive at Delhi airport was from Ahmedabad landing at 7.45 AM. Around 80 flights have been cancelled till now at the Delhi Airport. All scheduled commercial passenger flights were suspended on March the 25th when Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19.


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the flight operations from Vijaywada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will begin tomorrow, while those in West Bengal will commence from Thursday on a limited scale. In Chennai, there will be a maximum of 25 arrivals but there is no limit on number of departures. Mr Puri tweeted, for other airports in Tamil Nadu, flights will operate as in other parts of country. The minister also said there will be limited flight operations from Mumbai.


Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Chairman of the Airport Authority of India, Arvind Singh, said the Airports in the country are fully prepared for the flight operations. He informed that all arrangements have been made at the airports to ensure contactless boarding to prevent any chances of contagion. Mr Singh said, commercial passenger flights at the Delhi airport will initially operate from Terminal 3.


According to standard operating procedure issued by the Airport Authority of India, passengers should reach airport two hours before the scheduled time of departure and only passengers who have departure in the next four hours will be allowed to enter the terminal building. Passengers will have to wear protective gear such as gloves and masks while entering the airport. All passengers, except children below 14 years, must be registered on the Aarogya Setu app and it will be verified at the entry gate of the terminal building. Passengers shall compulsorily walk through a screening zone for thermal screening before entering the terminal building. Airport operators have been asked to make arrangements for sanitisation of a passenger's baggage before entry into the terminal building. Only one check in and one hand baggage is allowed and use of trolley is restricted. The elderly, pregnant ladies and children have been advised to avoid air travel for now.


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Coinciding with the holy Ramzan Eid, domestic air services resumed operations from Mumbai International Airport today. After a gap of two months the resumption of service has brought respite to many stranded people from across the country who were desperate to return to their homes after being stuck in the metropolis due to the national lockdown imposed to fight the corono virus pandemic. The city airport authorities had informed that as many as 50 departures and arrivals are expected on day one and all flights will be operational from Terminal 2. The first flight departed out of  Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport was for Patna at 6:45hrs and the first arrival flight was  from Lucknow which reached the Mumbai airport at 8:20hrs. Both these flights were operated by IndiGo. More in this report:


"Passengers were seen queuing up outside Mumbai international airport from yesterday night to take morning flights to their homes. The operators have undertaken several precautionary measures, including screening of departing passengers, maintaining 2-metre of social distancing, and wearing of masks and other necessary standard operating procedures for the safety of its passengers. Meanwhile, people in Maharashtra are celebrating holy Ramzan Eid adhering to the social distancing norms. Adhering to the instructions of the community clerics, majority of the people are celebrating the festival from their homes by offering prayers with their family members and then exchanging greetings with relatives and friends via mobile messages. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai."


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Along with its peers nationwide, the Chennai Airport is also witnessing brisk activity today with the resumption of civilian flights. Today, 19 flights depart from Chennai for various destinations while 16 others arrive at the Airport. Several safety protocols to prevent the spread of the pandemic have been put in place. A report from our correspondent:


"The birds that were hibernating for over two months have now taken wings. At the Chennai Airport 25 flights are allowed to land every day from today, and there is no cap for take-off. Sky is the limit for departures. Chennai being the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, extra caution is being taken in the metropolis as far as arrival is concerned. In other airports in the state, the usual nationwide practice is being followed for both landing and take-off. The passengers are allowed to travel into the state only if they have got their e-pass issued through the dedicated website, tnepass.tnega.org. On arrival, they will be subjected to thermal screening and are mandated to be under self-quarantine for the specified 14-day period. Symptomatic people would be tested with the RT-PCR kits and if found positive, be isolated and given medical treatment depending on the disease severity. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.


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With domestic civil aviation starting today, the Health Ministry has issued guidelines for domestic travel. Passengers have been advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices and states have been asked to ensure thermal screening at departure point of airports, railway stations and bus terminals. Asymptomatic passengers should be permitted to travel after being asked to self-monitor for 14 days. Do's and Don'ts shall be provided along with tickets to travellers by agencies concerned. A report :


"In its guidelines for domestic travel, the Health ministry said, suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports, railway stations and bus terminals as well as in flights, trains and buses. The states and UTs shall ensure that all passengers undergo thermal screening at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flight, train or bus. During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers or masks and will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene. At airports, railway stations and bus terminals, required measures to ensure social distancing shall be taken and these places should be regularly sanitised or disinfected and the availability of soaps and sanitisers should be ensured. Thermal screening at exit point must be arranged and asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go with the advice that they shall self-monitor their health for 14 days. In case, they develop any symptoms, they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state and national call centre - 1075. With Dipendra, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


People who are symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility and will be assessed for clinical severity. Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID health facilities and managed accordingly. The ministry said states can also develop their own protocol with regard to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment.


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The Next phase of Vande Bharat Mission will start from tomorrow till the 8th June 2020. Maximum number of flights are scheduled from the UAE. A list of 57 flights have been declared as of now from Dubai and another 26 flights from Abu Dhabi.


As in the earlier phase, those with compelling reasons will be given priority.


From UAE, approximately 6000 Indians were repatriated under the Vande Bharat Mission during the last more than two weeks.


The Indian Mission in UAE tweeted that many new destinations have been added in this phase and more destinations are likely to be added in the due course in coordination with state governments. Close to two lakh Indians in the UAE had registered to go back. More from our Dubai Correspondent:


"More flights have been added in this phase of the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate more and more stranded and distressed overseas Indian nationals. This phase will commence from tomorrow. From the Gulf countries , at least 140 flights have been scheduled which is likely to benefit more than 23000  Indians. Maximum numbers of flights are scheduled from the UAE. 57 flights are there from Dubai while another 26 from Abu Dhabi. The Indian Mission in UAE tweeted that many new destinations have been added in this phase and more destinations are likely to be added in the due course in coordination with the state governments. A majority of the flights are for the State of Kerala. Other destinations include, Jaipur, Gaya, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad , Kolkata, Srinagar, Goa, Chennai, Madurai, Lucknow, Delhi , Amritsar, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Bengaluru. As in the earlier phase, those with compelling reasons will be given priority in sending back. Kanchan Prasad Mandlaus, AIR News, Dubai."


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The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said a total 57 thousand 721 people affected with corona virus have been cured and the recovery rate in the country has reached 41.57 per cent.


During the last twenty four hours, three thousand 280 people have recovered and six thousand 977 fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh 38 thousand 845. This is the highest spike in fresh cases. The Health Ministry said, 154 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to four thousand 21. 


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The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said a total 90 thousand 170 samples were tested for corona virus in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of tests has reached 30 lakh 33 thousand 591 in the country.


Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total 610 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for Covid-19 including 428 government laboratories and 182 private laboratory chains.


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In Rajasthan, with 72 new cases reported, the number of COVID-19 infected persons has gone up to 7100 in the state. Three thousand 856 people have been cured so far. 1701 migrants among those who returned from other states also tested positive for COVID-19. Our correspondent reports that domestic flights have been resumed in the state today.


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35 new positive cases have been reported in Assam today. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet said the number of active cases has gone up to 363. The Minister however clarified that most of the positive cases are imported and not home- grown. Meanwhile, Eid ul Fitr is being celebrated across the state . However, most of the people either offered prayers at their homes or in mosque maintaining social distance.


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In Madhya Pradesh, 294 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. As a result, the number of people infected with Corona virus has increased to 6 thousand 665.   The death toll from COVID 19 has also increased to 290 so far. The maximum number of 114 patients have died in Indore.


Good news is that 3 thousand 408, more than half of the patients have been cured in the state so far.


"The highest number of cases 3 thousand 8 have been reported in Indore district in Madhya Pradesh. Besides Indore, Bhopal has 1 thousand 241 cases, Ujjain has 553, Burhanpur 271, Khandwa 222 and Jabalpur 209 cases. Additional Chief Secretary and in charge of State Control Room ICP Keshari has informed that travelling by rail and air will be allowed only by e-tickets. This e-pass will be valid from residence to the railway station and airport and vice versa. It is noteworthy that, the state government has already given relaxation in e-pass facility in the state and now e-pass is mandatory only for residents of Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain. Apart from this, e-pass will continue mandatory for the people coming to Madhya Pradesh from other states. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


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Nagaland has reported three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 with two persons in Dimapur and one in Kohima. The cases were detected from among the returnees from Chennai. The test report which was conducted at the BLS-3 laboratory in Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, was received this morning .


This was informed by Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Mr. Menukhol John during a press briefing held at Kohima today.

He said two of them are symptomatic and one is asymptomatic. He said active contact tracing and surveillance activities are in progress to contain the spread of the virus.


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Delhi Chief  Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said,  the COVID -19 situation is still under control in the national capital even after lockdown relaxations. He, however said the COVID-19 cases are increasing slowly in the city and most of the cases have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. Mr. Kejriwal said, there is nothing to worry about unless the mortality rate or the number of serious cases rises rapidly. He added that his government is ready to deal with the situation if there is a spike in cases of the novel coronavirus.


He informed that  around 3,500 patients of COVID-19 have been reported since fourth-phase of lockdown began. The Chief Minister added that 3,314 patients of COVID-19 are getting treatment at their house and  two thousand are admitted at hospitals. He said, as many as 13,418 cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in the city , out of these 6,540 have recovered.


Mr. Kejriwal said, a show-cause notice has been issued to a private hospital in the city  that denied treatment to a patient who tested positive for COVID19.  He added that it  is the hospital's duty in such a case to provide an ambulance to the patient and  take them to a COVID hospital.


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Health Ministry said that India has significantly ramped up its domestic production capacity related to Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs and N95 masks and the requirements of the States and Union Territories are being sufficiently met. Today, the country is producing more than three lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day. States and Union Territories as well as Central Institutions have been provided with around 111 lakh N-95 masks and 74.48 lakh PPEs. Ministry said, there are some reports in a section of media expressing concern about the quality of PPE coveralls. It clarified that HLL Lifecare Limited, HLL, procuring agency of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers and suppliers tested and approved by the labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles. Ministry said, procurement is being done only after their products qualify in the test prescribed by the technical committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Ministry advised all the States and Union Territories to ensure procurement after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from Ministry of Textiles' nominated labs. In addition, manufacturers who have got their products qualified from these labs are also being brought on Government e-Marketplace, GeM. Information of manufacturers whose products have qualified the tests is available on Ministry of Textiles' website.


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


Talking to AIR News, Director AIIMS, Dr Randeep Guleria advised the people to aggressively follow the social distancing and hand hygiene norms to check the spread of COVID-19 infection.


Talking to AIR News, Dr Naresh Gupta of LNJP Hospital, Delhi said that in most of the cases, the COVID-19 infections are self limiting and very few patients are required to be admitted to Hospital. 


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Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said a historical error has been corrected after 70 years with the notification of the new domicile rules by the Jammu and Kashmir administration. People belonging to West Pakistan, Valmikis, women marrying outside their communities, non-registered Kashmiri migrants and displaced people will soon get domicile under a new set of rules issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.


In an interview to a TV channel, Dr Jitendra Singh noted that three generations of people of Jammu and Kashmir had been denied their right to live with justice and dignity, and it was heartening to see this redemption happening in this lifetime. He said this notification of new rules  will prove to be a blessing for future generations.


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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists have been killed in an encounter which broke out at Khud Hanjipora area of Kulgam district this morning.


A police official said that Cordon and Search Operation was launched in the area by a joint team of  security forces including 34 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Kulgam Police on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, in the wee hours today.


Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition have also been recovered at the site of encounter. Searches in the area are continuing and further details in this regard are awaited.


Meanwhile, the authorities have suspended the mobile internet services in Kulgam and Shopian districts as a precautionary measure.


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Balbir Singh Senior, the three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend died in a private hospital at Mohali, Punjab this morning. He was 95.


One of the country's greatest athletes, Balbir Senior was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history.


His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics is still unbeaten.


President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Home Minister have expressed grief on the passing away of the hockey legend.


President Ram Nath Kovind said, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Padma Shri awardee and one of India's greatest athletes, Balbir Singh Senior's legacy will continue to inspire future generations. He expressed condolences to his family, friends and admirers.


The Prime Minister said, he brought home lots of pride and laurels. He said, undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, Balbir Singh Senior also made a mark as a great mentor. Mr Modi expressed condolences to his family and well wishers. Home Minister Amit Shah said, Balbir Singh Senior was a legendary hockey player, who left indelible imprint on world hockey with his stick. Mr. Shah said, said, he was fortunate to have met the lively and joyful Balbir Singh ji. He expressed condolences to the family of the late Olympian. Our correspondent has filed this report:


"One of the country's greatest athletes, Balbir Singh Sr was part of India's gold medal winning team at 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Olympics.  He was only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten. In his illustrious playing career from 1947 to 1958, Balbir Singh Sr won 61 international caps and scored a whopping 246 goals. He was also the manager of the 1975 World Cup-winning team. Anupam Mishra AIR News Delhi."


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Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with simplicity and solemnity across the country today amidst corona virus pandemic. The faithful offered prayers and thanksgiving Namaz in their homes instead of congregating at Eidgahs and Grand Mosques in compliance with nationwide lockdown norms. People also prayed the Almighty to free the world from the pandemic.


Perhaps for the first time, Eidgahs and mosques wore a deserted look on Eid day as the religious and other large gatherings are still prohibited under lockdown-4.


Several Muslim clerics, leaders, scholars and prominent personalities had appealed to people to offer Eid prayers at their homes adhering social distance.


The President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion of Id ul Fitr. In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said, the festival is an expression of love, peace, brotherhood, and harmony.


Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in his message said, the festival fortifies the spirit of compassion, charity and generosity in the society and it is an occasion for families and communities to come together.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped this special occasion furthers the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. He wished for everyone to be healthy and prosperous.


Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar have greeted the nation on the occasion.


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Eid is being celebrated in the national capital with People offering  Eid namaz at their residence and greeting  each other as Jama Masjid and other mosque in  the city are closed due to the lockdown. More from our correspondent:


"Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmad Bukhari appealed to the people of Delhi to take precautions and maintain social distancing in the time of corona pandemic. He asked the people to stay away from shaking hands and hugging. People are strictly following government guidelines and wishing each other through phone call and various social media platforms. Besides, so many Muslims are involved in community service and helping those who are affected by Covid-19 crisis. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi.


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


The national capital Delhi may continue to reel under heat wave today as well. Minimum temperature in the city was at 28 degree Celsius and maximum expected to be at 45 degree Celsius.


Mumbai will witness a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city was around 28 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will remain around 38 degrees Celsius.


In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 29 and 38 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata may also witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the metropolis witnessed 28 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around  35 degrees. 


On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 41 degrees Celsius. The city will observe mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 13 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 28 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky.


In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 33 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky.


In Muzzafarabad, there will be a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was at 17 degrees Celsius while maximum temperatures will be around 37 degrees Celsius.


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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its live phone-in programme SAMVAAD this evening, will bring you a Special programme on  Railways where listeners can ask questions to the experts related to passenger trains on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 7.10 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also listen to us on the NEWSONAIR app.


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


Dr. A K Varshney, Senior Physician from RML Hospital will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.25 PM onwards.


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Noted Actor Sonali Bendre has appealed to the people to follow social distancing guildelines to fight against COVID-19. She also urged people to follow all directives issued by the government.


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