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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 Narendra Modi pledges 15 million US dollars to global vaccines alliance, Gavi.

  • Health ministry issues SOPs for religious places, hotels, restaurant, shopping malls, hospitality services and workplaces.

  • Government to start transferring 500 rupees to women account holders of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana for June from today.

  • Central team to visit cyclone AMPHAN affected areas of West Bengal today to assess damages.

  • Air India opens booking for 75 additional flights to US and Canada under third Phase of Vande Bharat Mission.

  • World Environment Day being celebrated today.


India has pledged 15 million US dollars to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this while addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday. Over 50 ​countries - business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, and Heads of State participated in the Summit.

In his address, Prime Minister Modi said India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. He said, India’s civilization teaches that the world is one family and that during this pandemic, the country had tried to live up to this teaching. He said India shared the country’s available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries. He said this was done 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. He said the COVID19 pandemic, in some ways, has exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, the human kind faces a clear common enemy.

The Prime Minister said 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. He said in order to expand protection, India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme.

Prime Minister said India recognizes and values the work of GAVI. 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.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is committed to expanding its relations with Australia in a comprehensive and quick manner. In his opening remarks at India Australia Virtual Summit, Mr Modi expressed happiness that bilateral relations are being upgraded to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership level.

Prime Minister Modi said, the role of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will be more important in this period of a global pandemic. He said his government has decided to view this crisis as an opportunity and a process of comprehensive reforms has been initiated in almost all spheres.


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Standard Operating Procedures, SOPs for religious places, hotels, restaurant, shopping malls, hospitality services and workplaces. The objective of these SOPs is to minimize all possible physical contacts and maintain social distancing while adhering to preventive and safety measures against COVID-19. Recently, Ministry of Home Affairs has issued the new guidelines for phased re-opening of areas outside the containment zones after the strict lockdown imposed throughout the country on 24th March. In the phase-one of the unlock period, government has permitted to open religious places, hotels, restaurant, shopping malls and other hospitality services for the public from 8th June.

"All the hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, religious places, workplaces and other hospitality services are advised to have the arrangement of sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening at the entrance. Only asymptomatic persons shall be allowed in the premises. Spitting will be strictly prohibited. In the restaurants, takeaways to be encouraged instead of dine-in and food delivery personnel will leave the packet at customer’s door. Health Ministry has advised the public to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet and use of face masks. It has also been advised to use the Arogya Setu App. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi.


In Jharkhand, all religious places will remain closed till June 30 as per the new directives issued by Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh to be followed outside Containment Zones. As per the new SOPs issued by the Jharkhand government, all movement except for essential services shall remain prohibited from 9 pm to 5 in the morning. Private vehicles, taxis and cabs require a mandatory e-pass for entering in the state. Use of face masks and face covers while stepping out of home, in public places, work places and during use of transportation is a must. No congregation for any political, sports, social, entertainment, educational, cultural or religious work will be allowed. Use of tobacco and its products and spitting in public places is prohibited and is punishable.

Meanwhile, shops, restaurants, hospitality services and work places will open from June 8 after following the requisite SOPs and directions.

Jharkhand government has not allowed inter-state and inter-district public bus transport services in Unlock 1.0 ahead of the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in the state. A few cases of bus operators in Bihar booking reservations for travel to Jharkhand were reported.


Meghalaya government is schedule to meet the various religious groups and denominations today to discuss the possibilities of re-opening of churches and place of worship across the State. Earlier on Wednesday, Meghalaya Government had decided to open the shopping malls/complexes besides resumption of border trade activities with neighbouring Bangladesh.


In Madhya Pradesh, 174 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, which took the number of patients to 8 thousand 762. Our correpondent reports the death toll in the state has reached 377 so far.

"Five thousand 637 people have recovered from the infection in Madhya Pradesh so far and the number of active patients is 2 thousand 748. Coronavirus patients were found in 51 of the total 52 districts in Madhya Pradesh but no new cases have been found in 30 districts since Wednesday. Meanwhile, the School Education Department has released a unique e-bulletin 'अब पढाई नहीं रुकेगी'. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


Uttar Pradesh government will change its strategy in coming days to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in state. Talking to AIR, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that we are already and monitoring the situation of corona spread in state keenly and in future we will change our strategy to stop the spread of the deadly virus further. Recently there is spurt in the covid-19 cases in state and from last 15 days everyday around 200 to 300 new cases are being found.

"Talking to AIR News Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that we were prepared for the situation and we knew that a lot of cases will come along with migrant workers. Due to the rising cases we had to close the borders with Delhi in Noida and Ghaziabad and these cases were found in some media houses also. We have made arrangements of all kinds and will change the strategy of curbing the spread accordingly.

Earlier most cases in the state were from western part and in the districts close to Delhi but now the virus has spread to all 75 districts and many cases are being found in eastern part also. Chief Minister said that more than one lakh medical teams are involved in screening work and that is also helping in early detection of virus. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the biggest-ever surge in the positive cases were reported yesterday. 41 more covid patients have however, recovered yesterday and discharged from various hospitals taking the total number of persons having recovered so far in Jammu and Kashmir to 1048.

"The number of COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir has climbed to 3,142 as Union Territory has witnessed the biggest ever single day spike of 285 positive cases yesterday. Among these  cases, the maximum number of 222 cases were reported from Kashmir Division. A sixty year old man from Noorbagh area of Srinagar has fallen prey to the pandemic thus taking the total number of fatalities to thirty-five in the Union Territory. Meanwhile, public at large has been advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the Government from time-to-time and rely only on the information as released by the Government. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar".


In the Union Territory of  Ladakh, the rise of Covid-19 active cases is worrying the administration. In the last four days, 15 new cases have added to the existing 30 to make the total number of cases to 45 in Ladakh. Lets here a report on this :

"After a lapse in quarantaine regulation, the Leh district administration  has placed hundreds of people including top officials of UT administration, political leaders and journalists in Home Quarantine. After Former Union Minister Mr Namgyal death followed by his samples tested covid positive, the Administration has completed sample collection of co-passengers of Mr. Namgyal in Delhi to Leh flight. The District administration has  sofar listed about 170 people who came in direct contact with his family. The Administration has set up two enquiry Committees to find out the lapses. RAMESH CHANDRA, AIR NEWS, LEH."


Sikkim reported its third COVID19 case yesterday evening. Director general of the state health department, Dr Pempa T Bhutia confirmed this in a health bulletin. The person is currently asymptomatic and is admitted in the COVID19 isolation ward of New STNM hospital in Sochagyang near Gangtok.

"A Health Department official informed that the infected person returned from Maharashtra on a Shramik train arranged by the Maharashtra government for northeastern states. He was awaiting COVID19 test results while boarding the train on 1st May. He was informed about the positive result while on his way to Sikkim from New Jalpaiguri station in West Bengal, which he self-disclosed to the authorities. The person was transferred to an ambulance at the Rangpo checkpost and brought to the STNM hospital near Gangtok. With Saikat Sarkar, Parijat Sharma from Gangtok for AIR"


In Chennai, 140 police personnel who had turned COVID-19 positive have reported back to duty after cure. The city police commissioner AK Viswanathan told reporters in Chennai the men and women in uniform are serving as the frontline warriors against the pandemic with renewed commitment.

Chennai Corporation has warned business establishments of legal action if the cured COVID-19 patients are not permitted to resume their works.

In Tamil Nadu, recovery rate of COVID-19 has improved to nearly 55.5 percent and the fatality rate remains well within 0.8 per cent.

"The Tamil Nadu Government has announced a tariff package for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals under the state health insurance scheme. The rate for the ‘Intensive Care Unit with all facilities,’ ranges from nine thousand to fifteen thousand rupees a day. For General Ward, the rate is capped at five thousand rupees a day. 25 per cent of the available beds in the hospitals enlisted under the health insurance scheme need to be earmarked for Covid-19 treatment. The government has said in a release, the patients should be given cashless treatment as the expenses will be reimbursed to the hospital. JAYASINGH, AIR NEWS, CHENNAI".


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.

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


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

Talking to AIR News, Dr. Ambuj Roy of Cardiology Department of AIIMS advised the elderly people and those suffering from other diseases like hypertension and cancer to take extra precautions to avoid the infection.

Dr Naresh Gupta of LNJP Hospital, Delhi suggested to the people to maintain hygiene and social distancing.


Air India will open bookings from 5 PM today for 75 additional flights to destinations in US and Canada under third Phase of Vande Bharat Mission. These destinations include New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the flights will operate between 9th to 30th of this month. 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.


Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa has reached Maldives capital of Male for the fourth round of evacuation of Indian nationals. The ship will sail today for Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu carrying around 700 passengers. Indian High Commission in Male is making final arrangements in coordination with Maldives authorities.


Government has banned 960 blacklisted foreign nationals from traveling to India for 10 years. The blacklisted foreign nationals were involved in Tablighi Jamaat activities. The action has been taken by the Home Ministry after various State governments provided details of the foreigners who were found to be illegally living in mosques and religious seminaries across the country.


Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced Aatmanirbhar Gujarat package worth 14,000 crore rupees yesterday evening. The package includes tax rebates, loan subsidies for various sections of the society including business, individuals and industries that hit due to COVID-19.

"The new package gave relief worth Rs 2,300 crore by partially waving off property tax, electricity bill and motor vehicle tax for individuals, commercial establishments and industrial entities. In a bid to revive the housing sector, the government announced loan interest subsidy of 4 percent for loans up to Rs 2.5 lakh for business and shopkeeper. The government has also announced to give Rs 466 crore as subsidies to migrant and tribal construction workers to build their own homes. Rs1,190 crore has also been allocated for agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing sectors, while Rs 525 crore for creating self-employment under Gujarat Aatmanirbhar Sahay Yojana-2. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."


Government will start transferring the amount of 500 rupees to the women account holders of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) for the month of June from today. 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.


Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Nitin Gadkari has said FDI can be explored in NBFCs to strengthen them, which will lead towards greater support to MSMEs. Mr Gadkari held meetings via video conferencing with the representatives of the Council of Leather Export, FICCI-‘NBFC Program’ and IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry on impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs yesterday.

Mr. Gadkari said that the need of the hour is to fight the war against COVID-19 pandemic while continuing the economic activity. He further mentioned that the pandemic can be a blessing in disguise, and there is a need to utilize this opportunity.


A seven-member Central team arrived in Kolkata yesterday evening to assess the damages caused by the recent Super Cyclonic Storm AMPHEN in West Bengal. Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry Anuj Sharma is leading the delegation comprising senior officers of Agriculture, Fisheries, Finance, Power, Jal Shakti, Road and Transport Ministries. Our correspondent reports that the team will visit affected areas today.

"The Central team will visit Amphan ravged worst hit areas in North and South 24 Paraganas districts. Besides, roads and ferry services the team will make aerial survey to have an experience on the extent of damages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 1000 crore rupees initial financial assistance to West Bengal after visiting the affected areas. The State Government has also earmarked 1000 Crore rupees for relief and restoration work. The Central team will also meet top brass of the West Bengal Government. The Super Cyclonic Storm caused havoc damages in the State besides claiming 96 lives so far. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata".


Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has directed food and civil supplies department officials that Government Employees and owners of tractors and other vehicle must return the BPL ration cards immediately failing which stringent legal action would be initiated. Speaking at the review meeting of food and civil supplies and consumers affairs department yesterday, he said that proper supply of ration must be ensured to eligible beneficiaries and action has to be taken to prevent misuse of the facility by ineligible persons. He further said that 63,000 ration cards were cancelled before the Covid 19 situation and he directed the officials to initiate a campaign to cancel all illegal ration cards.


World Environment Day is being Celebrated across the globe today. It is the biggest annual event in the world run by the United Nations to mark the environmental awareness among the people. It's main aim is to raise awareness to protect nature and look at various environmental issues that are growing day by day. World Environment Day 2020 focuses on Biodiversity and will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany. In India, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change will be holding virtual celebrations of World Environment Day on this year’s theme with focus on Nagar Van, Urban Forests. Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar will address the gathering on this occasion which will commence from 9 in the morning today.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest Mann Ki Baat on last sunday said that evey Indian should pledge to create some difference to bring about positive change for the environment.

विश्व पर्यावरण दिवस’ पर इस साल की theme है - Bio Diversity यानी जैव-विविधिता I वर्तमान परिस्थितियों में यह theme विशेष रूप से महत्वपूर्ण है I  LOCKDOWN के दौरान पिछले कुछ हफ़्तों में जीवन की रफ़्तार थोड़ी धीमी जरुर हुई है, लेकिन इससे हमें अपने आसपास, प्रकृति की समृद्ध विविधता को, जैव-विविधता को, करीब से देखने का अवसर भी मिला है |

The country has compratively less land mass and more human and cattle population  which is nearly 8 percent of the world's total biodiversity. It is endowed with rich biodiversity having several species of animals and plants and hosts 4 of the 35 global bio-diversity hotspots containing several endemic species. Biodiversity conservation has traditionally been considered confined to remote forest areas but with increasing urbanization a need has arisen to safeguard and save biodiversity in urban areas aswell. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change relaunched a scheme for creating urban forest in over 200 corporations and cities .The urban forest will help in creating and enhancing the lung capacities of these cities. Let's listen in to what Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had to say on International Biodiversity day, held last month.

We are the country where the biodiversity is welcome, where nature is welcome. And this year which is super year for biodeversity - our message is nature will provide the solution. Let us be within it.

In Pune city, the Wajre Urban Forest, on a land area of 40 acres has been developed which has more than 65,000 trees, 5 ponds and 2 watch towers and is rich in biodiversity with 23 plant species, 29 bird species, 15 butterfly species, 10 reptiles and 3 mammal species. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi.


Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today

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.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius.

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


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

 Dr. Balwinder Singh, Senior Physician from Saftarjung 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.

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.



  • With further relaxations to come into effect from June 8, New SOP's come into play; 50% seats in restaurants, food courts in malls.

  • The  Hindustan Times informs, "Government issues SoP's to open religious places and hotels" fresh guidlines for places of worship, hotels, restaurants.

  • Take note of the difficulties faced by the common man, SC asks Centre, States to devise common pass system for NCR." is the headline in The Hindu.

  • Most newspaper have taken note of the passing away of filmmaker and screenplay writer Basu Chatterjee. He's best remembered for his potrayal of middle class India with realism and hope through films like Rajnigandha and Chitchor.

  • In a rare track record, the Indian Express has a picture of a train, whose coaches are modified as Covid Care Centres, stationed near Shakur Basti Railway Station.


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