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COVID-19 cases in India are lowest per million in world, says Health Ministry            CBSE syllabus for classes 9 to 12 reduced by 30 percent            Government taking all measures to ensure farmers get remunerative prices for their produce, says Agriculture Minister            SoPs to speed up resumption of film production in unlock phase to be issued soon: I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar            NIA arrests 7th accused in Pulwama terror attack case           

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  • Prime Minister addresses virtual Global Vaccine Summit; pledges 15 million dollars to international vaccine alliance, Gavi.
  • India and Australia elevate their partnership to Comprehensive Strategic partnership.
  • India's role in Indo-Pacific region critical in the years ahead  says Australian Prime Minister  Scott Morrison.
  • COVID-19 Recovery rate improves to around 48 percent.
  • Government bans 960 blacklisted foreign nationals from traveling to India for 10 years.
  • Disbursal of third installment to women Jan Dhan account holders begins tomorrow,under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
  • And, veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which over 50 countries participated. India today pledged 15 Million US Dollars to GAVI, the international vaccine alliance.

In his address, the Prime Minister said the COVID-19 pandemic, in someways, has exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, the human kind faces a clear common enemy. He said India stands in solidarity with the World in these challenging times. He said, India’s civilization teaches to see the world as one family and that during this pandemic it had tried to live upto this teaching. He also said India did so by sharing the country’s available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries, by forging a common response strategy in its immediate neighborhood and by providing specific support to countries that sought it, while also protecting India’s own vast population. 

Referring to GAVI, Mr Modi said it is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder that by helping others we can also help ourselves.The Prime Minister said India has a vast population and limited health facilities and that it understands the importance of immunization. He added that one of the first programmes launched by his government was Mission Indradhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the vast nation. He also said in order to expand protection, India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. The Prime Minister elaborated that India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. Mr. Modi  said India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children. He added that  India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. The Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost 400 Million Dollars for GAVI over the past five years. He reiterated that India stands in solidarity with the world along with its proven capacity to produce quality medicines and vaccines at low cost, its own domestic experience in rapidly expanding immunization and its considerable scientific research talent.


First ever India-Australia Virtual Summit held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. External Affairs Ministry said, there were two joint declarations as a result of the discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison today. Briefing media, Secretary East, Vijay Thakur Singh said, these include the Joint Declaration on elevating the relationship from a strategic partnership to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. She said the document covers a range of areas in which the two countries will collaborate bilaterally and even at the multi lateral fora.

The second joint declaration is on a shared vision for Maritime Cooperation in the Indo Pacific.

Besides that, there were seven agreements which were signed. There was a Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber -enabled Technologies. There was an MoU on mining and processing of critical and strategic minerals.


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 Logistic 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 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 newer heights.


The recovery rate of COVID-19 cases has improved to around 48 percent in the country. A total of 3,804 people affected by COVID-19 have recovered during the last 24 hours. So far, over one lakh four thousand cases have been cured.

Presently, there are 1,06,737 active cases and all are under active medical supervision. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has further ramped up the testing capacity for detecting the novel coronavirus in infected persons. The number of government labs has been increased to 498 and private labs have been increased to 212.  As many as 1,39,485 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested thus far is over 42 lakh 42 thousand.


Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said Delhi needs to ramp up testing coupled with aggressive surveillance, contact tracing and stringent containment and perimeter control activities. His statement comes amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases and fatality in the national capital. The Minister chaired a high-level meeting through video conferencing to review the preparedness for prevention and control of COVID-19 in the city. 

As all districts of Delhi are now affected by COVID-19, Dr Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the rising cases, high positivity rates and low testing levels in many districts are worrisome. During the meeting, he said, while the average testing per million population in Delhi is 2018, some districts such as north east with 517 tests per million population and South east with 506 tests per million population are far below.  He added that while the UT’s positivity rate of last week was 25.7 percent, several districts reported figures above 38 percent. Terming the high rate of infection in the health care workers as a serious issue, Dr Harsh Vardhan said it indicates poor infection prevention control practices in health care settings and needs to be attended on priority. He stressed on the immediate need and importance of scaling up of testing with health infrastructure enhancements along with better clinical management of the COVID-19 cases for effective case management and reduction of fatality rate. He also pointed out that bed availability is to be rapidly increased in view of the current rapid rise of cases along with avoiding unnecessary delay in the admission of cases.


The Himachal Pradesh government has spent four crore rupees for bringing back residents stranded across the country to the state by arranging transportation. So far 1 lakh 70 thousand people have returned to the state amid the COVID 19 pandemic. A report:

"The state government is making every effort in bringing back their residents from other states. According to the state government, a total of Rs 4 crore have been spent in bringing back more than 51000 people stuck at various parts of the country by arranging 2,200 buses and 13 trains. Interacting with a media person in Shimla today, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that his government has succeeded in controlling community spread of COVID19 by ensuring to keep returnees arriving across the country at institutional quarantine. He said the state was having only one active case during the first week of May which has now risen up drastically after the return of 1.70 lakh state natives. Meanwhile testing capacity for COVID19 in the state has been increased to 1400 per day. The recovery rate has also been increased to 40 percent in the state. However, the death rate is 1.52 percent. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Shimla."


Kerala today recorded the highest spike of 94 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on a single day. We have a report:

"The total active cases in Kerala rose to 844 and the State Covid death toll reached 14. 39 people recoverd from the disease as informed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing the media after the Covid review meeting In Thiruvananthapuram. The deceased are identified as, a Palakkad native who had returned from Chennai, a Malappuram native who recently  returned from Abu Dhabi and another person hailing from Kollam district . Among the newly confirmed cases 84 are returnees from abroad and other States. Over 1,70,000 people are under observation in Kerala.The State Chief Nodal Officer Dr Amar Fettel told AIR News that on account of increase of Covid cases, preventive measures need to be strengthened in the State. Meanwhile as monsoon intensifies in Kerala, Met dept predict heavy rain in coming days. Yellow is issued in 9 districts tomorrow. Fishermen are warned from venturing into the sea. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


As part of its 'Mission Begin Again', the Maharashtra Government today issued revised guidelines regarding services that will be allowed from tomorrow. Though, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region accounts for more than fifty five thousand cases, the state government has decided to allow inter-district movement of people within the region. More from our correspondent:

"In its revised order, the Maharashtra Government has allowed inter-district movement in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which includes Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Palghar and part of Raigad districts. Tomorrow onwards, all shops and marketplaces on one side of the road will be allowed to open while shops on the other side will open on the next day. It adds that gardens, parks, gyms, be it closed or open air will remain closed. Printing and home delivery of newspapers can begin from Sunday while private offices can reopen next week with ten percent staff. Offices and staff of educational institutions can operate for non-teaching purpose, including for developing e-content, evaluation of answer sheets and declaration of results. Local authorities have been instructed to ensure social distancing and hygiene norms are followed by all. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUM BAI."


The Government today banned 960 blacklisted foreign nationals from traveling to India for 10 years.

In April, the government had blacklisted the foreigners and cancelled their visas after finding their involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities.


The Government will start sending the amount of 500 rupees to the women account holders of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, PMJDY for the month of June from tomorrow. The amount is the third installment under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package. Department of Financial Services said, beneficiaries can withdraw the amount on any day after 10th June. Department of Financial Services said, the amount will be sent as per time table based on last digit of beneficiary's account number.

Ten thousand 29 crore rupees were credited to 20.05 crore women Jan Dhan account holders as first installment. The number of women PMJDY accounts holders whose accounts have been debited by customer induced transaction under 1st instalment is 8.72 crore. Ten thousand 3 hundred 15 crore rupees were credited to 20.62 crore women Jan Dhan account holders with second installment. The number of women PMJDY accounts holders whose accounts have been debited by customer induced transaction under 2nd instalment is 9.7 crore.

As part of the Rs 1.70 lakh crore Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, the Government announced free food grains and cash payment to women and poor senior citizens and farmers.


Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has praised the commendable deed of an RPF constable and announced a cash award to honour him. Inder Singh Yadav demonstrated an exemplary sense of duty when he ran behind a train to deliver milk for a 4 month old child. More from our correspondent :

"The woman, Safiya Hashmi, was traveling along with her 4-month-old daugther from Belgaum to Gorakhpur. As the train entered platform number one of Bhopal station, the woman called the RPF constable Inder Singh Yadav and requested him to arrange milk for her dauther who was continuously crying. She also informed the constable that she had been trying for milk from Belgaum, but could not get it. The CCTV footage has been showed that the constable Inder Singh Yadav sprinting on the platform holding his service rifle in one hand and the milk pouch in another to give it to the lady passenger in the moving train. The mother of the baby thanked Singh and termed him a “real hero. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his soulful cinema, passed away following age related health issues. He was 93.

Chatterjee who is survived by his daughters Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha, died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence this morning.

The veteran filmmaker's cinema was progressive, unhurried and a slice of everyday life. He preferred actors like Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar and Zarina Wahab for his inspiring middle-class stories. Some of his best known works are "Us Paar", "Chitchor", "Rajnigandha", "Piya Ka Ghar", "Khatta Meetha", "Baton Baton Mein", Swami, Apne Paraye and Shaukeen.

His work with Amitabh Bachchan in “Manzil”, Rajesh Khanna in “Chakravyuha”, Dev Anand and Tina Munim in “Man Pasand” has developed cult classic status over the years. In 1992, Basu Chatterjee won the National Film Award for best film on family welfare for Durga.

Besides the very successful detective TV show ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ and the popular ‘Rajani’, the renowned filmmaker also directed numerous shows like ‘Darpan’ and ‘Ek Prem Katha’ for Doordarshan.

Before film-making, Basu worked as an illustrator and cartoonist with the weekly tabloid Blitz for 18 long years. He ventured into the industry by assisting Basu Bhattacharya in the Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman starrer Teesri Kasam (1966), which later won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. Eventually, he made his directorial debut with Sara Akash in 1969, which won him the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.

President of the Indian Film and Television Directors Association, Ashoke Pandit said, the last rites of the filmmaker were performed at the Santacruz crematorium in the presence of close family members.

President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the demise of Basu Chatterjee. Film fraternity led by Amitabh Bachchan also condoled the death of the director, who placed the middle class and its everyday joys and struggles at the centre of his cinematic world.


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

Dr. Anant Mohan, Head of Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS has advised people not to take medicine like Hydroxychloroquine or anti malarial without a preion by a doctor.

Jacinta Gunjiyal, Senior Nursing Officer, AIIMS has stressed on the need to break the chain of infection.


In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Checking and Mythbusters.

A widely circulated video on social media claims that Covid-19 is a bacteria which can be treated with aspirin.

The Government has clarified that coronavirus is a virus and there is no specific medicinal cure available yet.


Air India will open bookings from 5 PM tomorrow for 75 additional flights to destinations in US and Canada including New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto under third Phase of Vande Bharat Mission. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the flights will operate between 9th and 30th of this month. He said, those who wish to travel to the US and Canada and fulfil required entry conditions can book themselves on these outbound flights. The Minister said, some foreign airlines have already carried out evacuation flights and are planning to operate more flights. He said, these flights will also take foreign nationals.

Indians continue to return home on Vande Bharat flights from different parts of the world. Yesterday, 2 thousand 7 hundred 16 people returned from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat, Moscow, Jeddah and Kiev.


The Second Phase of Vande Bharat Mission which started on the 17th of May and will continue till the 13th of this month is progressing smoothly. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said so far, Air India has operated 103 flights under this phase to bring back stranded Indian nationals. The Indian Navy has also made sorties to bring back returnees from Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

After the commencement of the Vande Bharat Mission from 7th May, a total of 454 flights, including foreign carriers, have brought back stranded Indians. As of date, one lakh 7123 Indians have returned. These include 17, 485 migrant workers, 11511 students and 8633 professionals.

More than 32 thousand Indians have returned through land border immigration checkpoints from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. A total of 3 lakh 48 thousand 565 people have registered their requests with Indian Missions for repatriation to India on compelling grounds.


Under the Vande Bharat Mission, 546 stranded Indian nationals from Dubai and Dhaka in Bangladesh reached Gaya in Bihar today. Out of these, 376 are from Dubai and 170 are from Dhaka. All persons from Dubai are from differents parts of Bihar. Among 170 people returned from Dhaka, 91 are from Jharkhand.

Passengers of Jharkhand were sent to their state by road while those from Bihar were sent for quarantine for seven days in different hotels at Bodhgaya arranged by the state government after thermal screening. Meanwhile, 146 persons who had come from Doha and 127 persons who came from Krgyzstan were sent home from hotels on completion of their quarantine period.


Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa has reached Maldives capital of Male for the fourth round of evacuation of Indian nationals. The ship will sail tomorrow for Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu carrying around 700 passengers. Indian High Commission in Male is making final arrangements in coordination with Maldives authorities. Bus pick up has been arranged from different places in capital Male.

Around 700 passengers have been kept in main list while there is a reserve list of few dozen. Over two thousand Indian nationals based in Maldives have been evacuated so far as a part of Vande Bharat Mission.

Earlier, INS Jalashwa sailed twice and INS Magar once from Male to bring back around 1500 people to Kochi in Kerala last month. Two Air India flights operated from Male last month while arrangements have also been made for chartered flights for companies and individual groups.

Over five thousand people have registered for evacuation from Maldives, which has also seen around 200 COVID-19 infections among Indian nationals. There are three Air India flights scheduled later this month. INS Jalashwa had also brought 685 people to Tuticorin this week from Sri Lanka as part of Samudra Setu programme under the Vande Bharat Mission.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today (04.06.2020) will bring you a Special discussion Programme 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. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


In Gujarat, all the prominent temples including Somnath, and Dwaraka are all set to reopen for devotees from 8th of this month. Our correspondent reports that special arrangements have been made at the temples to contain the spread of Covid 19. A Report:

"Talking to AIR, General Manager of the famous Somnath Temple Vijaysinh Chawda said only 20 devotees will be allowed inside the temple at a time. Circles have been marked to ensure social distancing in the queues.. Devotees will have to pass through the sanitising tunnel as well as temperature screening. The renowned Dwarakadhish temple is also equipped with foot-based sanitisers and thermal guns in view of Covid 19. No devotee will be allowed inside the temple during the time of Aarti. A special desk has been created for the devotees at the famous Ambaji temple in Banaskantha district. There will be only one entry and exit point at the temple. One of the oldest Shamlaji temples of Lord Vishnu was also sanitized thoroughly. Temple administration will provide free masks to devotees who will come to the temple without masks. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."


At a time when the frontline workers across the country are fighting the war against Novel Coronavirus, in Arunachal Pradesh, a school teacher is rendering voluntary service to contain the viral infection. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"John Panyang, a Secondary school teacher at Ruksin in East Siang district, has set up a temporary ‘Screening centre’ at the entry point of Ngorlung-Ralung village near Assam-Arunachal boundary. Mr. Panyang has built the screening centre in a temporary hut using transparent polythene and bamboo and is equipped with a thermal screening machine, face-mask, hand glove and alcohol sanitizer. The School teacher said that he got training on screening technique from government doctors, who are also encouraging the initiative. He said, in case of any high body temperature detected, the person is referred to Ruksin Community Health Center (First Referral Unit) for medical support. Mr. Panyang has voluntarily contributed his salary for purchasing medical equipment and other construction materials for welfare of his village. with Prafulla in East Siang District,  Rakesh Doley/AIR NEWS/Itanagar."


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

The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and maximum 34 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky with Light rain.

Kolkata will experience partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degrees. 

Mumbai will also witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum and maximum will be 26 degrees Celsius and 31 degrees Celsius respectively.

In the south, Chennai will see a generally cloudy sky.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees Celsius.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 26 degrees.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy sky.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be Partly cloudy with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.


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