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'Teeka Utsav' is the beginning of 2nd big war against Corona Pandemic: PM Modi            India becomes fastest vaccinating country in world; Administers over 10 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 85 days            Centre prohibits exports of injection Remdesivir & Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients of Remdesivir            Delhi govt bans all gatherings except marriages & funerals till 30th April            Campaigning in full swing for 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal along with by-polls in different states           

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Evening News

2030 HRS
07.04.2021
THE HEADLINES :-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts, students and parents should not consider exams as the end of life; Interacts with students, parents and teachers at first virtual edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha.

  • Prime Minister shares mantras to overcome stress and anxiety; Asks students not to fear exams but celebrate them.

  • Mr Modi tells parents not to pressurize children and let them enjoy exams.

  • Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Air Conditioners and LED Lights worth 6238 crore rupees.

  • Centre allows COVID-19 vaccination drive at public and private workplaces from 11th April across the country.

  • Over 8 crore 70 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the country so far.

  • Chhattisgarh government to impose complete lockdown in capital Raipur from 9th April in wake of steep hike in coronavirus cases.

  • Punjab government extends night curfew to entire State; Also bans political gatherings till 30th April amid rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Campaigning intensifies in West Bengal for fourth phase of assembly elections.

  • RBI keeps repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged; retains GDP growth projection at 10.5 percent for Fiscal Year 2021-22.

  • Railways achieves highest ever scrap sale earning of over four thousand crore rupees, in 2020-21.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that students and parents should not consider exams the as end of life and always try to do better in the next attempt. Engaging with students, parents and teachers at the first virtual edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha, Mr Modi shared his mantras to overcome stress and anxiety.


The Prime Minister asked the students not to fear exams but celebrate them.


Mr Modi also asked the parents not to pressurize childern and let them enjoy exams.


The Prime Minister asked teachers to guide students on time management. While interacting with Punyo Sunya from Arunachal Pradesh and Vineeta Garg from Delhi, the Prime Minister suggested that students should divide their attention and energy accordingly towards each subject.


The Prime Minister also said a student should always try to attempt the difficult topic in the beginning and devote more time to it. He added that hard subjects and topics must be done in the morning before jumping onto easier topics, because the mind is fresh and concentration is sharp. He asked students not to run away from difficult subjects as anything can be accomplished with hard work.


Mr Modi also highlighted the importance of spare time saying it is essential for a day to not become monotonous and robotic. He asked students to devote their spare time in activities through which they can express themselves and develop their personality. He said creativity can take people to newer heights.

 

The Prime Minister requested the children to make a list of things they need everyday and try to buy local products to strengthen the vision of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and Vocal For Local. He said, the country is celebrating 75 years of independence as Amrit Mahotsav and he wants the students to write about freedom fighters and think about the next 75 years of the nation.

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The Union Cabinet has approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for White Goods - Air Conditioners and LED Lights  with a budgetary outlay of  6 thousand 238 crore rupees. The prime objective of the PLI scheme is to make manufacturing in India globally competitive by removing sectoral disabilities, creating economies of scale and ensuring efficiencies. Addressing media in New Delhi after the Cabinet Meeting, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said, the scheme will create additional four lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities.


The Union Cabinet has also approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme- 'National Programme on High Efficiency Solar PV (Photo Voltaic) Modules' for achieving manufacturing capacity of Giga Watt with an outlay of 4 thousand 500 crore rupees. The National Programme on High Efficiency Solar PV Modules will reduce import dependence in a strategic sector like electricity and will also support the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

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The Centre has allowed COVID-19  vaccination at public and private workplaces having about 100 eligible beneficiaries from 11th April across  country. In a letter to the Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all States and Union Territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said a substantial proportion of population aged 45 years and above is in the organised sector of the economy and is involved in formal occupation in government and private offices or manufacturing and services. Mr Bhushan said, in order to increase the access of vaccine to these population, COVID-19 vaccination sessions may be organised at these work places which are having about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries by tagging these work places with an existing COVID vaccination centre.

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The Health Ministry has said that over 8 crore 70 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered till now in the country. It said, one lakh 15 thousand 736 new COVID19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country. With this total cases have reached 1 crore 28 lakh 1 thousand 7 hundred 85. The Ministry said, in the last 24 hours, 59 thousand 856 people were discharged. Total recoveries are now 1 crore 17 lakh 92 thousand 135. The recovery rate is at 92.11 per cent.

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said deplorable attempts are being made by some state governments to distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people regarding COVID pandemic. He expressed alarm that many state governments have failed to take appropriate response measures and apply the lessons that nation has learnt over the past one year of handling this pandemic. In a statement, the Minister said a section of political leaders are asking to open up vaccination to everyone above the age of 18, or to drastically lower the minimum age criteria for vaccination eligibility. Expressing concern over such statements, Health Minister stressed that the primary aim of vaccination is to reduce mortality among the most vulnerable people, and enable the society to beat the pandemic.


The Minister said lackadaisical attitude of the Maharashtra government has  bogged down the entire country’s efforts to fight the virus. He said the lack of efforts of the state government is clearly visible and Maharashtra has the highest cases and deaths in the country as also one of the highest test positivity rates in the world.  Dr Harsh Vardhan assured all states that the Central Government is doing everything it can to help them. He said everyone has to work together to defeat the pandemic.   

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said, the Maharashtra government should not play politics over vaccination.  In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said, Central government has replenished more vaccine than what is needed for actual use. He said the total number of COVID vaccine supplied to the state till date is one crore 6 lakh 19 thousand 190. The consumption of vaccine amount to 90 lakh 53 thousand 523 out of which 6 percent is wastage.

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Chhattisgarh government has announced a complete lockdown in capital Raipur from 9th of April in wake of the steep hike in coronavirus cases. The lockdown will continue till 19th of this month.


"During the ten-day total lockdown in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, the borders of the district will be sealed. Entry to the district will be permitted only through e-pass. Besides commercial establishments, government and private offices as well as banks and educational institutions will remain closed. Any type of religious and social events as well as public meeting and processions will not be allowed. Only petrol pumps, medical stores and LPG agencies will be exempt from these restrictions. In the Durg district, a total lockdown has already been imposed from 6th to 14th April. Arrangements have been made for the virtual hearing of the cases in Chhattisgarh High Court. The state government has also banned the operation of passenger bus service between Chhattisgarh to Madhya Pradesh up to fifteen April 15. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur"

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today ordered a total ban on political gatherings till 30th of this month as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the state. The Chief Minister said that violators, including political leaders, will be booked under the  Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Act.  Captain Amarinder, in his weekly review of the Covid situation, expressed concern at the high positivity and mortality rates in the state.


The Chief Minister also announced extension of night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM, which hitherto was imposed in 12 districts, to the entire state. 


"After reviewing the Covid situation in Punjab today Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced to extend certain restrictions which were imposed after Surge in covid cases in the state. The schools and other educational institutions will remain closed till April 30 and extension in night curfew imposed earlier in 12 districts has also been announced. CM announced ban on political gatherings and said political leadersl will be booked if violate ban. Besides it wearing of masks in the offices has been made mandatory and number of of attendees in the funeral, cremation or wedding has been reduced to 60 indoors and hundred  outdoors. Ashwani Kumar Sharma AIRNews Chandigarh"


Chandigarh administration has also imposed night curfew from today.

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In Gujarat, night curfew has been enforced in 20 cities from today to curb the rising coronavirus cases in the state. The curfew from 8 pm to 6 am will be in force till 30th of this month.

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Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda has tested COVID-19 positive. In a tweet message, Mr Munda appealed to all the people who had come in  his contact to get themselves tested for COVID-19.

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With the completion of first three phases of assembly polls in West Bengal, campaigning is underway in full throttle for the fourth phase in the state. Eight-phase election is being held in West Bengal this time.


In the fourth phase, voting will take place on Saturday in 44 assembly segments spread over five districts Hooghly, Howrah, South 24 Pargana, Coochbehar and Alipurduar districts.


With just one day left in the campaigning for this phase, star campaigner and senior leaders of BJP, Trinmool Congress and Sanyukt Morcha are toiling hard to woo the voters.


Senior BJP leader and Union Home minister Amit Shah held four road shows in poll bound areas of Singur, Domjur, Behala Purvi and Howrah Madhya to ensure victory of his party candidates.

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed an election rally in Coochbehar Uttar assembly constituency.

Leaders of Congress, CPM and other parties also addressed a joint rally for the candidates of their alliance Sanyukt Morcha.


Meanwhile, at the Singur assembly constituency in Hooghly district which will go to polls in fourth phase, an intense straight fight seems to be emerging between the ruling TMC and BJP.


Four candidates are in the fray in this assembly seat which shot to limelight after TMC launched an anti land acquisition stir against the then CPM led government. The land movement brought the curtains down on the 34 year old Left rule in West Bengal.  


"Sitting MLA Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya a turncoat from Trinmool Congress is contesting this time on BJP ticket. Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya is representing this seat since 2001 assembly elections. The CPM which is contesting under the banner of Sanyukt Morcha has fielded student wing SFI leader Srijan Bhattacharya from this seat. Unemployment and lack of development are major issues of this assembly segment. One of the large scale potato grower areas of the state farmers of Singur are longing for food processing units for better price of their produce. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Singur, Hooghly."

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The Election Commission has issued a notice to TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remarks made in violation of Model Code of Conduct while addressing a political rally in Tarakeshwar in Hooghly on Saturday.

The Commission has given Ms. Banerjee 48 hours to reply to its notice.

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Director General of CRPF, Kuldiep Singh has ruled out any kind of intelligence or operational failure in the Sukma ambush incident in Chhattisgarh. In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Mr Singh said, the forces gave a befitting reply to the Left Wing Extremists and were able to prevent a heavy casualty.


Mr. Singh affirmed that the morale of the forces is very high and they are eager to be in the battlefields.


Maoists ambushed a joint team of security forces on Saturday in the forests of Chhattisgarh in which 23 security personnel lost their lives.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today urged all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines. Participating virtually in the Second G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, Ms Sitharaman shared that India is running an ambitious programme of rapid domestic vaccination. She said India has emerged as key global producer of vaccines and medical products, especially during the pandemic.

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The Reserve Bank of India has kept the repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged. Announcing the  bi-monthly monetary policy after the three-day long meeting of the monetary policy committee, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the panel voted unanimously to keep the repo rate at 4 and and reverse repo rate at 3.5 per cent.


Mr Das said, the committee also unanimously decided to continue with the accommodative stance.


The Bank also retained real GDP growth for 2021-22 fiscal at 10.5 per cent. The marginal standing facility rate and bank rate also remain unchanged at 4.25 per cent.  The evolving CPI inflation trajectory is likely to be subjected  to both upside and downside pressures.

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Soon money kept in various cash wallets can be withdrawn from ATM and Point of Sale terminals. The Reserve Bank of India today announced this decision after a meeting of Monetary Policy Committee's Meeting. Detailed instructions will be issued separately.


"At present reserve bank of india has permitted 35 prepaid payments instruments. It includes Delhi Metro Card, Amazon Pay, Phonepe, Ola Money, Mobikwick wallet etc. Money can be loaded in these wallets, it can be transferred to another wallet or bank account or it can be used to make payment during online transactions. Soon money from these instruments can be withdrawn using an ATM. RBI’s governor has made this announcement after a meeting of Monetary Policy Committee. Jeevan Bhawasar, AIR NEWS, Mumbai"

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Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) welcomed today’s RBI’s Policy. Director General of CII, Chandrajit Banerjee said, the RBI did well to hold on to the policy rates while continuing the accommodative stance.


Indian Merchant Chambers President Rajiv Podar said, the RBI policy is very pragmatic which balances growth and inflation and yet prepares for the future uncertainties arising from the pandemic.

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The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange surged 460 points to close at 49,662. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also climbed 136 points to finish at 14,819.

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President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 on 4th of this month. On 31st of March, the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal to make amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021. The amendments aim to provide an efficient alternative insolvency resolution framework for corporate persons classified as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) under the Code.

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Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched Madhukranti portal and Honey Corners of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation in New Delhi. This portal is being developed for online registration to achieve traceability source of Honey and other beehive products on a digital platform.


Speaking on the ocassion, Mr Tomar said Honey Mission will lead to increase in income of farmers, employment generation and increase in exports.

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Railways has achieved highest ever scrap sale in 2020-21. Through this sale, Railways has earned four thousand 573 crore rupees. Railway Ministry said, Railways makes all out efforts to optimally utilise resources by mobilising scrap materials and sale through e-auction. It said, generation and sales of scrap railway material is an ongoing process and is monitored at highest level in Zonal Railways and in Railway Board. The Ministry said, Railway administration makes all out efforts to mobilise scrap materials and sale through e-auction.

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Ghaziabad has become the 10th city in India and the second city in Uttar Pradesh to raise Municipal Bonds of 150 crore rupees for construction of a tertiary sewage treatment plant. Secretary in Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra said, this is the first green bond, meant for environmentally sustainable project of wastewater reuse. He said that this demonstrates the confidence of the market in Municipal Bond segment and is a resounding validation of Good Governance in Uttar Pradesh.

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US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He briefed the Prime Minister on his fruitful and productive discussions over the last two days in India. He positively noted India’s Climate Actions including its ambitious renewable energy plans. He briefed the Prime Minister about the upcoming Leaders’ Summit on Climate scheduled for 22nd and 23rd April.


Prime Minister Modi noted that India is committed to meeting its nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement and that it was among the few countries on track to meet these commitments. Prime Minister agreed that cooperation between India and the US particularly on financing innovation and faster deployment  of green technologies would have a positive demonstration effect on other countries.

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World Health Day is being observed today. The day is aimed at creating awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.


In his message on the World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon everyone to keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following the other protocols.

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In Hockey, India defeated Olympic champion Argentina 4-3  in the first practice match in Buenos Aires yesterday. The second practice match will be held today. India will play six match in their sixteen-day Argentina tour including two matches of FIH hockey pro - league on 11th and 12th of April.

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Weather forecast

National Capital Delhi is likely to have mainly Clear sky. The temperature will hover between 19 and 36 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 26 and 35 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The city will observe minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 35 degrees.

Srinagar will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. Temperature will hover between six and 18 degree Celsius.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.The minimum temperature will be 16 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Leh is expected to have generally cloudy sky with minimum temperature around minus two degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 9 degrees.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between eight and 18 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad is likely to have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening . The minimum temperature will be 10 degree celsius and maximum will be around 26 degrees.

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