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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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  • First ever India-Australia Virtual Summit held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison; Seven agreements signed.

  • Prime Minister Modi says, the role of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will be more important in this period of global pandemic.

  • Australian Prime Minister thanks Mr Modi for his leadership and playing a constructive role during this pandemic.

  • Supreme Court asks Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to come out with uniform policy for movement with in NCR region.

  • Odisha government announces complete weekend shut down in eleven districts amid COVID-19.

  • Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar says strict action will be taken against those involved in the brutal killing of pregnant elephant in Kerala.

  • Cyclone Nisarg causes damage in Mumbai; IMD issues for heavy rains in parts of Madhya Pradesh.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is committed to strengthening its relations with Australia. He said it is not only important for the two nations but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world. Addressing the first ever India-Australia Virtual Summit with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Mr Modi said the role of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will be more important in this period of global pandemic.

"मेरा मानना है कि भारत और ऑस्ट्रेलिया के संबंधों को और सशक् करने के लिए ये परफैक् समय है, परफैक् मौका है। अपनी दोस्ती को और मजबूत बनाने के लिए हमारे पास असीम संभावनाएं हैं। ये संभावनाएं अपने साथ चैलेंजिज भी लाती है। चैलेंजिज की किस तरह इस पोटेन्शल को वास्तविकता में ट्रांसलेट किया जाए, ताकि दोनों देशों के नागरिकों, बिजनेसिज, अकेडेमिक्, रिसर्चज इत्यादि के बीच लिंक्स हो और जो और मजबूत बने"

Mr. Modi said this is a perfect time to further strengthen relations between India & Australia. There are endless opportunities to strengthen our friendship. He added, it also brings with it challenges to turn this potential into reality and how bilateral relations become a factor of stability for the region.

He said his government has taken the decision to view this COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity. He added that a process of comprehensive reforms has been initiated in almost all areas and its result will be seen at the ground level very soon.

"विश् को इस महामारी के आर्थिक और सामाजिक दुष्प्रभावों से जल्दी निकालने के लिए एक कॉर्डिनेटर और कॉलिब्रेटिव अप्रोच की आवश्यकता है। हमारी सरकार ने इस क्राइसि को एक अपोरच्युनिटी की तरह देखने का निर्णय लिया है। भारत में लगभग सभी क्षेत्रों में व्यापक रिफॉर्म्स की प्रक्रिया शुरू की जा चुकी है। बहुत जल् ही ग्राउंड लेवल पर इसके परिणाम देखने को मिलेंगे"

The Prime Minister expressed condolences on behalf of the people of India to the COVID-19 affected people in Australia. He also expressed gratitude for the way Australia has taken care of the Indian community and students during the pandemic.

इस कठिन समय में आपने ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भारतीय समुदाय का और खासतौर पर भारतीय छात्रों का, हमारे स्टूडेंट्स का जिस तरह ध्यान रखा है। उसके लिए मैं विशेष रूप से आपका आभारी हूं।

In his address, the Australian Prime Minister thanked Mr Modi for his leadership and for playing a constructive role during the pandemic. He said Australia is committed to an open, inclusive, and prosperous Indo-Pacific and India's role in the region will be critical in the years ahead. He added that maritime relationship between India and Australia is the platform for so many other things between both the countries.

Mr. Morrison commended India on its leadership on taking Chair of WHO's executive board. He said this is a very important time to be chairing that board and exuded confidence that India's leadership will be critical in dealing with difficult problems globally particularly in the health area.


India and Australia today announced a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries after the virtual summit. They have also jointly announced a declaration on a Shared Vision for Maritime Cooperation in the Indo- Pacific. Both the countries also signed seven agreements after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scortt Morrison. Seven MoUs include, Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation, cooperation in the field of mining and processing of Critical and Strategic minerals, Arrangement concerning Mutual Logistics Support. Both the countries also signed MoUs implementing Arrangement concerning cooperation in Defence Science and Technology, Co-operation in the field of public Administration and Governance Reforms, cooperation in vocational Education and Training and on water resources management.

After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said both the leaders had an outstanding discussion, covering the entire expanse of relationship between the two countries. Mr Modi said, with comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, India and Australia aspire to achieve new heights.


India and Australia have committed to elevate the bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, CSP. The joint statement on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia stated that the CSP is based on mutual understanding, trust, common interests and the shared values of democracy and rule of law. It reflects India and Australia’s strong commitment to practical global cooperation to address major challenges like COVID-19. It is in line with India's increasing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region through her Indo-Pacific vision and Australia's Indo-Pacific approach.

India and Australia also recognise the importance of global cooperation for saving lives and managing the economic impacts of COVID-19, and future global challenges. Both nations will share the benefits of scientific and medical research and development strengthen healthcare systems to improve capacity for global pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.

India and Australia have resolved to boost collaboration on science, technology and research to support their national COVID-19 responses. Both countries have committed to a new phase of the Australia - India Strategic Research Fund to promote innovative solutions for responding to and treating COVID-19.

Both countries jointly decided to work together in the areas of digital economy, cyber security and critical and emerging technologies. They also agreed to boost cooperation in the maritime domain. They agreed to continue to deepen and broaden defence cooperation by enhancing the scope and complexity of their military exercises and engagement activities to develop new ways to address shared security challenges.

Recognising that terrorism remains a threat to peace and stability in the region, both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever.


In an appreciation for indian cuisine and extraordinary display of bonhomie, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned his love for indian samosas and Gujarati Khichdi.

Prime Minister Modi told Mr. Morrison that it is matter of great pleasure for Gujarati community both in India and Australia.

"और जब आपने खिचड़ी की बात कही तो गुजरात के लोग तो बहुत प्रसन् हो जाएंगे और ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भी बहुत गुजराती परिवार रहते हैं। उनके लिए तो बहुत खुशी की बात होगी, लेकिन मजा ये है कि खिचड़ी एक प्रकार से हमारे देश में पूरे हिन्दुस्तान के हर कोने में एक कॉमन वैरायटी के रूप में है। नाम अलग-अलग में है, लेकिन बहुत पॉपुलर है, लेकिन मुझे खुशी होगी आपके साथ इसको अन्ज्वॉय करने का। एक्सीलेंसी आपके उत्साह और विश्वास से भरे शब्दों के लिए मैं बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद करता हूं"


Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that strict action will be taken against those involved in the killing of the pregnant elephant in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar has said that the Centre has taken a very serious note of the killing of the elephant. He said, Government will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprits.

The elephant strayed into a village near Silent Valley National Park when it ate a pineapple filled with firecrackers. It exploded in its mouth and in that state the elephant walked for days in pain before it went into a river and died standing.


Though Cyclone Nisarga has moved away from western coast and Mumbai-Thane region towards northern parts of Maharashtra and further weakened into deep depression, the remanants of the cyclone hit the region hard since early morning. The Cyclone made a landfall last noon at Alibaug, in Raigad district, about 95 kms from Mumbai. Entire western coast, along with Mumbai- Thane region, Pune, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad districts are experiencing high speed winds with thunderstorm and rains since early morning. This led to uprooting of trees and electricity poles besides other damages even today. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take stock of the situation through video conferencing this noon.

"The heavy to very heavy rainfall that lashed Mumbai city this morning led to water logging at low lying areas of Sion while 40-50 trees were uprooted at Dadar, Kandivali, Santacruz and other areas. Adjoining Navi Mumbai and Thane district along with Palghar too experienced high-speed winds with thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. Due to possibility of landslide, 972 people have been evacuated in Navi Mumbai and lodged at safer places. At Nashik, heavy rains in district since yesterday has led to rise in water level in Godavari river. The zilla parishad schools and anganwadis in western coastal districts have incurred heavy damage due to Cyclone Nisarga and the after-rains and winds today. While Raigad district administration along with NDRF teams is trying to restore of electric supply but continuous rains is making the efforts difficult. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


In Madhya Pradesh, the impact of the cyclone Nisarga is visible on the entire state. Intermittent rains continue with heavy winds since last night in most districts.

"Since today morning, it has been raining in Bhopal, Indore, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur and Sagar divisions. The MeT department has also issued an orange for heavy rains in 18 districts of the state. Senior meteorologist AK Shukla says that the western disturbance is also showing its impact with the cyclone. The administration has appealed to people to stay in their homes. Experts say that a similar cyclone came in 1980 and its impact was felt in many areas of the state including Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur. A similar situation is also visible this time. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Heavy rainfall is lashing Kerala, as monsoon intensifies in the State. Here is a report from our correspondent:-

"As widespread rain continues in the State, yellow is issued in 6 district and Lakshadweep today. The  landslide prone regions and coastal areas of the State are in high . As MeT Dept predicts rough sea and storm, fisher folks are warned from venturing into sea in  Kerala and Lakshadweep coast.  Meanwhile under Vande Bharat mission 6 flights are carrying nearly 1000 stranded Indian nationals to Kerala today from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


The Supreme Court has asked Delhi, UP and Haryana Government to come out with a uniform policy for movement within the NCR region. The apex court was hearing a petition citing inconvenience caused to the people as a result of sealing of borders by inter-state restrictions imposed in the National Capital Territory region, NCR in the wake of COVID19. The court has favoured a uniform policy for NCR movements and said one policy, one path and one portal was required. It has asked the respective state officials to evolve a common policy in this regard within a week and develop a portal for smooth inter-state movement in the NCR.


The Centre has told the Supreme Court that its March 29 direction asking private establishments to pay full wages to workers during the COVID-19 lockdown was a temporary measure to mitigate the financial hardship of employees and workers, specially contractual and casual. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the government has said that the directions have been revoked by the authority with effect from May 18.

The affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the direction was fully in conformity with the provisions, scheme and objects of the Disaster Management Act and it is not ultra vires. The Centre also requested the top court that employers claiming incapacity in paying salaries must be directed to furnish their audited balance sheets and accounts in the court. It requested the court to dispose of as infructuous the batch of pleas challenging the March 29 notification, arguing that the impugned notifications have outlived their life and adjudication of the same would only entail an academic exercise as it would not be in the interest of public to seek recovery of salaries paid to employees and workers for the said 54 days.

The affidavit has been filed as the apex court, while hearing the matter on May 26, had asked the Centre to file counter affidavit within a week on the issues raised in the petitions.


The Supreme Court has sought finance ministry's reply on waiver of interest on loans during the moratorium period after the RBI said it would not be prudent to go for a forced waiver of interest risking financial viability of the banks.

The top court said there are two aspects under consideration in this matter - no interest payment on loans during the moratorium period and no interest to be charged on interest.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah said that these are challenging times and it is a serious issue as on one hand moratorium is granted and on the other hand interest is charged on loans.

The bench was hearing a plea, filed by Gajendra Sharma, in which he has sought a direction to declare the portion of RBI's March 27 notification as ultra vires to the extent it charges interest on the loan amount during the moratorium period, which creates hardship to the petitioner being borrower.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said that he would like to file the reply of finance ministry on the issue and sought time.

The top court asked the Solicitor General to file the response by June 12 and allowed the petitioner and other parties to file rejoinder by then.


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

Dr. (Lt General) Ved Chaturvedi, senior physician, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts 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 9.30 PM onwards.


The Union Cabinet has approved a historic amendment to Essential Commodities Act. This is a visionary step towards transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income. Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting in New Delhi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, with the amendment to Essential Commodities Act, commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes have been removed from list of essential commodities. He said, the decision will ensure better price for farmers' produce and also remove fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government completed one year of its second term. During this one year, government has taken several steps to provide affordable and quality healthcare to the people and building health infrastructure in the country. Our correspondent takes a look at some of the major initiatives and decisions taken during the last one year.

"The country is going through an unprecedented crisis due to corona virus pandemic. Under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, India has taken several measures to contain the spread of corona virus and turned this crisis into an opportunity by marching toward to achieve the goal of self reliance in health sector. Within a span of few months, India has developed the technical and manufacturing capabilities to produce two lakh PPE kits and N-95 masks per day. This is remarkable because when the crisis was started, India was not manufacturing the PPE kits and very small quantities of N95 masks were produced in the country. India also ramped up its testing facilities and the country is now capable of conducting more than one lakh tests of corona virus samples in a day. Today there are 710 government and private laboratories chains in the country. Modi’s government has also announced to provide 15 thousand crore rupees for building the health infrastructure in the country. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films such as "Chhoti Si Baat" and "Rajnigandha", passed way today from age related health issues. He was 93. Basu died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence. Known as the chronicler of Indian Middle-class anxieties, his best known works are “Manzil”, "Us Paar", “Shaukeen” "Chitchor", "Piya Ka Ghar", "Khatta Meetha" and "Baton Baton Mein". Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the demise of Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Basu Chatterjee's works are brilliant and sensitive. He said, it touched people's hearts and represented the simple and complex emotions, as well as struggles of people. The Prime Minister expressed condolences to his family and his innumerable fans.


The Central Government today said that the recovery rate reached to 47.99 per cent in the country and the total number of recovered people from corona virus reached to one lakh four thousand 107. During the last 24 hour, three thousand 804 people have been cured.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, nine thousand 304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hour taking the total number of cases to two lakh 16 thousand 919 in the country. This is the highest spike in new cases in one day since the outbreak of corona pandemic in India. During the last 24 hour, 260 deaths have been registered taking the nationwide toll to six thousand 75. The fatality rate is 2.80 per cent.


The Delhi government said that a total of one thousand 513 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to 23 thousand 645.

Delhi government has confirmed that nine thousand 542 people affected with corona virus have been cured so far and the recovery rate is 40.35 per cent in the city. In the last 24 hours, 299 patients have recovered and 50 deaths have been reported in the National Capital taking the toll to 606.

Delhi government said that there are eight thousand 386 beds available for the Covid-19 patients and out of these total beds, four thousand 940 beds are vacant.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir Division has been witnessing the upward trend in the positive cases of coronavirus pandemic during the last about ten days. The surge in the upward trend of positive cases has been largely seen in the south district of Kulgam district where the district administration is tirelessly reaching out to the residents to mitigate their sufferings.

"Kulgam district in Kashmir has topped the list of 264 active cases of COVID-19 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.  Out of the 313 positive cases, 210 have travel history.  Medical Superintendent District Hospital Kulgam Dr Muzaffar Zargar said that the number of positive cases were very less in the beginning but it showed sharp increase due to the evacuation of the people from outside Jammu and Kashmir.  Meanwhile,  Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat said that 46 areas in the district were declared  Red Zones and has instructed for the complete enforcement of lockdown in these areas. He also urged the people to follow the guidelines of the administration in letter and spirit so as to prevent the spread of Cornavirus infection." This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar .


In Odisha, 90 persons were tested positive in the last 24 hours in the state taking cumulative Covid -19 tally in Odisha to 2478. The State has now a total of 1053 active cases, 1416 recoveries, and seven deaths.

The State government has announced all schools and colleges across the state will continue to remain closed till July 31. School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash told media persons that schools across the state, which have remained closed due to lockdown, will not reopen on the scheduled date of June 17. However, online classes and evaluation of answer sheets of Matric and Plus Two examinations are continuing in the state.

The Odisha government announced several tough measures to tackle the COVID 19 challenge in the wake of the return of lakhs of Odia migrant workers. The government ordered a complete weekend shutdown in 11 migration-prone districts in June. The shutdown will be enforced in Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Bolangir.


Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education department will seek opinion of parents and stakeholders on re-opening of schools in the State. The minister for primary education S Suresh Kumar has said that after the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown norms, government would not take any hasty decisions regarding the re-opening of schools. He informed that Parents meeting will be held in all schools on June 10, 11 and 12 to collate opinions.

"The parents meeting will be held in government, aided and unaided private schools  and opinion would be sought regarding re-opening schools for nursery and primary classes, higher primary classes and high school classes.  Welcoming the debate about the re-opening of schools, the Minister in a post on his Facebook page denied allegations that the government was bowing to the private lobby on this issue.  The Minister said a final decision about cutting the syllabus short, in view of the late reopening of schools will be taken in consultation with the Directorate of State Educational Research and Training. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU."


Indian cricketing legend Anil Kumble has urged people to take all precautions against COVID-19 and follow government guidelines even though the lockdown is being eased. He appealed to everyone to wear masks, maintain hygiene and take all preventive steps to stop the spread of the infection.


World Health Organization Director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine for potential use against the coronavirus, after those running the study briefly stopped giving it to new patients over health concerns. Speaking at an online media briefing he said that WHO experts had advised the continuation of all trials including hydroxychloroquine.


The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperature is expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky and Light rain. Mumbai is having generally cloudy sky today, after witnessing heavy rain due to cyclone nisarga yesterday. It is also expected to receive moderate rain. The minimum temperature recorded today was 28 degrees, while maximum will go upto 31.

In the south, Chennai is expecting generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The minimum temperature was recorded at 29 and maximum will go up to 39 degrees Celsius. Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 26 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degrees.

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees Celsius. In Gilgit, the minimum temperature recorded 17 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Dust storm. The minimum temperature was recorded 15 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.


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