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News at Nine

2030 HRS
25.04.2020
THE HEADLINES :

  • Group of Ministers review current status and actions for management of COVID-19.
  • More than one lakh PPEs and N-95 masks being manufactured everyday in the country.
  • Inter Ministerial Central Teams take stock of COVID-19 situation in Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Surat. 
  • NAFED to distribute about six lakh metric tonne pulses to nearly 20 crore households for three months under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme tomorrow.

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The Group of Ministers, GoM in its high-level meeting today reviewed the current status and actions for management of COVID-19. It was the 13th meeting of GoM in New Delhi in which a detailed presentation on the status of COVID-19 in the country along with the response and its management were made. The GoM had a detailed deliberation on the measures taken as on date by the Centre and various States and Union Territories  for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19.
The GoM was informed that all districts have been asked to follow and further strengthen their contingency plans to combat COVID-19. It was briefed on the state-wise details of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals along with the adequacy of isolation beds, PPEs, N-95 masks, drugs, ventilators and oxygen cylinders. The GoM was informed that domestic manufactures, which have been identified earlier, have already started the production of PPEs and masks and at present the stock is available. It was informed that more than one lakh PPEs and N-95 masks are being manufactured everyday in the country. There are at present 104 domestic manufacturers of PPEs and three making N-95 masks in the country. In addition, production of ventilators has also started and orders have been placed for more than 59 thousand units through nine manufacturers. The GoM also reviewed the testing strategy and availability of testing kits across the country along with the strategy for hotspots and cluster management.
The GoM also deliberated on various tasks assigned to various empowered committees and presentations were made. It was apprised that around 92 thousand NGOs, Self-Help Groups and civil society organizations are working and contributing by providing food to the migrant workers across various states. These NGOs are supported by the states by allotting fund from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and by Food Corporation of India which is providing the foodgrains at subsidized cost.
The GoM was also informed that a national level meta-data of health workers, doctors, NCC and others, has been prepared and shared to all the states, districts and other officials to mobilize the resources and COVID Warriors to much needed locations. There is presently data of more than 1.24 crore human resources on the dashboard. These COVID Warriors are being trained through online platforms and so far more than 10 lakh personnel have been trained.
The GoM was also apprised that as of now the death rate is around 3.1 per cent while recovery rate is more than 20 per cent, which is comparatively better than most of the countries and may be taken as a positive effect of the Lockdown in the country along with cluster management and containment strategy. It was said that the average doubling rate of the country is 9.1 days, as of now.
During the meeting, the Chairman of the GoM and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan commended the dedication and hard work of all the stakeholders at all levels. He informed that in view of the urgent need for addressing the issues of stigma and discrimination of patients and also the health care workers combating with COVID-19, the Ordinance for amendment of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 has been recently promulgated with very stringent provisions.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also attended the meeting.

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New Inter-Ministerial Central Teams constituted by Ministry of Home Affairs today took stock of COVID-19 situation in Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Surat.
In Telangana, the Inter-Ministerial Central Team, which reached Hyderabad earlier in the day today, took stock of COVID-19 pandemic situation in the capital city. The Central team led by additional Secretary in Jal Shakti Ministry Arun Baroka, called on the State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and visited the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences and Research at Gachibowli. Our Correspondent says, the team inquired various aspects like observing lock down, following pandemic protocol, treatment of COVID-19 patients among others.

"A day after its constitution, the 5-member Central Team has begun its assessment about the preparedness of the health sector in combating COVID-19 in Hyderabad, where high number of corona positive cases are being reported. The team called on State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to know various initiatives that the state authorities are implementing to contain spread of Coronavirus. The Central team went-round the newly set up, 1500 beded, COVID treatment facility at Gachibowli and inquired all the details from the health staff and gathered information from the medical officials about medical care being taken in the hospital. The team will also share its expertise with the state officials for effectively tackling the Pandemic besides meeting the DGP and visiting GHMC Control room tomorrow. Lakshmi, airnews, Hyderabad"

The Inter-Ministerial Central Team led by Additional Secretary in the National Disaster Management Authority Dr V.Thiruppugazh reviewed the arrangements today in Chennai to contain the disease spread.
Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, 94 patients were discharged today from hospitals while 66 new cases have been confirmed. One person died of the disease taking the toll to 23.

"The Inter-Ministerial Central team began their assessment of the ground situation by reviewing the overall measures to contain the spread with the state Chief Secretary and other senior officials. Later they met the Chennai Corporation officials and took note of all the containment activities, testing and treatment facilities and the relief measures besides the actions being taken to ensure the lockdown conditions. They also visited a quarantine facility at Tondiarpet in the city. Tomorrow they are planning to see for themselves the sanitary and social distancing measures being followed in Koyambedu Market in the city which is touted as one of Asia’s biggest wholesale markets dealing with food grains, vegetables, fruits and flowers. Meanwhile, the state has improved its Covid-19 patients discharge ratio to 52.7 per cent. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

In Gujarat, two Inter-Ministerial Central Teams reviewed COVID-19 situation in Ahmedabad and Surat today. Our correspondent reports that the team held meetings with the District Collectors and Police officials in both the cities and took stock of the steps taken by police and administration in view of COVID-19.

"The teams headed by Additional secretary held round of meetings with senior officials, including collectors, civic chiefs, police commissioners in Ahmedabad and Surat. District Collectors and Commissioner of Police briefed the members on the steps taken by them to contain the spread of Covid 19.  Ahmedabad team also visited Gandhinagar and held talks with Chief Secretary and other higher officials. Surat team also held talks with Chief Secretary through video conferencing and discussed the issue of migrant workers stuck in Surat. According to Sources, the teams are likely to visit the hotspot localities of both the cities tomorrow to take stock of the ground situation . APARNA KHUNT//AIR News//AHMEDABAD"

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A total of 24 thousand 942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far. As per the Health Ministry data, out of the total cases, 5,209  patients have recovered and were discharged from the hospitals while 779 patients have died. With this, now there are 18,953 active COVID-19 cases.

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A massive operation for transport and milling of pulses is underway in the country to distribute one kilogram of pulses to about twenty crore households for three months under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. This operation entails lifting of un-milled pulses from the godowns, getting the pulses cleaned and then reaching them to the states for distribution. Under the scheme, NAFED will distribute around 5.88 lakh metric tonnes pulses to about 20 crore National Food Security Act households through ration shops for three months. Most of the beneficiaries will receive the quota for the first month within April or latest by the first week of May. Department of Consumer Affairs has set up five groups of officers headed by Joint Secretaries to coordinate with states, NAFED, Dal mills and warehousing corporations. The Cabinet Secretary is also personally monitoring the distribution on day to day basis.

"The  distribution of pulses is  intended  to meet the protein needs of people during this hour of crisis due to COVID-19 lockdown. The Central Government has allowed use of its  stock of pulses lying in about 165 NAFED godowns across the country for this scheme. Over 100 Dal mills across the country have been pressed into service  so far. The States and Union Territories have taken one-third of the monthly requirement of pulses to final destinations for distribution. Seventeen States and UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu have begun distribution of pulses. As on date, about 30 thousand metric tonnes  of pluses have been distributed. While several other States and UTs have decided to distribute pulses along with food grains distribution in the first week of May for reasons of social distancing and public safety.  With Diwaker, Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."

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Now we bring you experiences of people who have been benefited from government efforts during COVID 19 lockdown.
Vijender Singh, a farmer of  Uttarakhand expressed happiness over getting help under Kissan Samman Nidhi Yojana. 

Soni from Goriaband of Chhattisgarh thanks Prime Minister Modi for help under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

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In a reprieve to public at large, government has permitted  registered neighbourhood and stand-alone shops to open from today onwards amid the coronavirus lockdown. However, market complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities will not open. The exemption has also not been given to shops in market places, multi-brand, and single-brand malls located in municipality areas, coronavirus hotspots and containment areas.
Home Ministry today clarified that all shops in rural areas, except those in shopping malls, are allowed to open. In urban areas, all standalone and neighbourhood shops and shops in residential complexes are allowed to open.

"Shops in markets, market complexes and shopping malls are not allowed to open. Home Ministry in its clarification, further said, sale by E-commerce companies will continue to be permitted for essential goods only. Sale of liquor and other items continues to be prohibited as specified in the National Directives for COVID-19 management. Meanwhile, no shops will be permitted to open in hotspots and containment zones. Amending its April 15 order, the Home Ministry said the shops will mandatorily have 50 per cent strength of workers wearing masks and following social distancing. The opening of neighbourhood shops is being seen as a relief to people who have been under lockdown since 24th of March to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. The Home Ministry order came on the eve of Muslim holy month Ramzan. With Suparna Saikia, Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."
Government has clarified that ALL RESTAURANTS, SALONS & BARBER SHOPS will remain CLOSED. It said, they render services and the relaxations given under lockdown restrictions yesterday pertain only to shops selling items. The clarification was given by the Home Ministry Spokesperson today.

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A Control Room has been set-up in Lok Sabha Secretariat with immediate effect to facilitate a quick interface between MPs, MLAs and public for emergency assistance in the fight against COVID-19. On a call by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla during a Video Conference with Presiding Officers of State Legislatures last Tuesday, several State Legislatures have established Control Rooms for immediate assistance.  Rajasthan, Haryana, Odisha, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh are the first states, wherein Control Rooms have been set up in their respective Legislature Secretariats. The Control Rooms have already started functioning to help real time exchange of information between State Legislatures and the Parliament. This will allow MPs, MLAs, and MLCs to discharge their duties in a more effective manner in fight against the challenge posed by COVID-19.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi today demanded a financial package for the revival of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector in the country. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she urged to announce a one lakh crore rupees MSME Wage Protection package and also a credit guarantee fund of an equivalent amount for the sector. She also demanded a 24X7 helpline for helping them out of this crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio tomorrow at 11 A.M. It will be the 64th episode of the monthly radio programme.
It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will also be repeated at eight in the evening.

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.
Dr Purva Mathur, Professor of Laboratory Medicine, AIIMS has  said that social distancing is very important to check the spread of virus.

Dr. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS suggested to the people to stay at homes, spend time with family members and practice Yoga. 

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Responding to the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help the countrymen by way of relief material during the present COVID crisis, Rotary Club of Delhi Heritage is supplying close to 50 thousand reusable face masks for wide distribution in coordination with the Press Information Bureau. The face masks have been made by women tailors while working from their homes during the lockdown period. The distribution was done today by Principal Director General, PIB Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia and others on behalf of Rotary Club of Delhi Heritage. The masks were handed over to Deputy Commissioner of Delhi police Eish Singhal and Chairman and Managing  Director Kendriya Bhandar Mukesh Kumar at the National Media Centre in New Delhi. The masks were also distributed to press persons earlier.

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Delhi Government has extended its list of cluster containment zones to 95 from earlier 92 zones to contain the spread of COVID-19. Entrie street No-9 and Gali No-3 of Shalimar Village as well as some parts of  Gali No.3  of Yadav Villa are the new hotspot zonesOrders have been given to seal the demarcated zones under the Operation Shield of the Delhi Government.

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In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTHBUSTERS. Union Government today dismissed reports doing rounds on social media that it is giving one thousand rupees to all under Corona Support Scheme. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau clarified that no such scheme is being run by the Central Government and the claim is false. It said, the link given in the message on social media is fake and urged the people to beware of fraudsters.

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In Karnataka, Uyamballi Gram Panchayat in Kanakapura taluku has adopted in best practices to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It is one of those Gram Panchayats which has implemented the containment guidelines in both letter and spirit.

"The Gram Panchayat has taken people into confidence and has successfully gained their commitment to combat the pandemic. According to the Gram Panchayat Development officer Munimaregowda, the Panchayat has initiated medical check up of 10,500 people living in 43 villages within the Panchayat limits. The ASHA workers equipped with Digital Thermometer, mask and sanitizer go door to door to check the body temperature of residents. There are 886 persons under home quarantine awaiting results. The District Health Officer Dr.Niranjan has said that corona test results have confirmed 417 negative cases and rest of the test results are awaited. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru"

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As Kerala continues to effectively contain COVID-19 infection in the State, the role of local self-government bodies especially Panchayats in the process, is making the World, look back at the Kerala model of containment.

"The Local Self-Government bodies are the pillars of Kerala 's multi-pronged strategy in the battle against COVID-19. The Panchayats, Municipalities, Corporations are entrusted with the task of collecting information, spreading awareness, identifying the vulnerable sections, ensuring quarantine and lockdown guidelines being followed, cleaning and disinfecting the public places, ensuring the availability of masks, sanitizers and essential commodities. They are the pillar of community kitchens in the state ensuring no one remains hungry. Local bodies play major role in ensuring that destitutes, migrant labourers and other vulnerable sections are not being left out. When some Panchayat like Vadakkekara encouraged  vegetable farming at home promoting good food, the  Thanneermukkom Gram Panchayat in Alappuzha came up with a novel idea of using umbrellas to ensure social distancing. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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In Assam, State Government undertaking, Assam State Transport Corporation, ASTC  buses have started journey this afternoon carrying thousands of stranded people. Assam Government took the decision to allow inter-district movement over the next three days from today to help stranded people to return home or visit hospitals while strictly adhering to lockdown norms.

"Official sources in Guwahati said that  over 50 thousand people have applied  for travel  passes within the state.  However no passengers from Covid 19 hot spot areas have been allowed to avail journey. Transport departments have  made 4 boarding points in Guwahati while in other districts ASTC stations have been designated as boarding point. MANAS PRATIM SARMA/AIR NEWS/GUWAHATI"

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In Himachal Pradesh, where people from all sections of the society are trying to contribute at their own level to deal with COVID- 19 pandemic, at the same time religious and social institutions are also performing their duties well in this crisis.

"A shelter home setup for migrants  at Radha Swami ashram  in Solan district is exemplary in its own. Each day program organized in Ashram in an orderly manner.For people living here, self discipline with knowledge, Meditation, Yoga, Health Sports, Entertainment and catering besides residential arrangement in itself is commendable. This Satsang Bhawan has a capacity to hold more than 2000 people. Regional secretary of Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan, ParamJeet Singh says that doing human service is his religion and to serve humanity in times of crisis is the best opportunity for him.  People and institutions with the feeling of service towards society are rarely seen but this institution has proved that human service is their ultimate religion. With Laxmi Dutt Sharma report from solan,this is Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Shimla"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded India Post Office Network and hardworking postmen for their stupendous efforts in assisting people during this time. Mr Modi lauded their efforts through tweet while referring to Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar's comments. Earlier, in a tweet, Mr Prasad had said, from doorstep delivery of essentials, financial transactions and medical equipments to ensuring food and ration for the needy, India Post Office is delivering hope, assurance and happiness to citizens through its services during lockdown.

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Nepal Government has extended suspension of domestic and international flights till 15th of May as a precautionary measure to contain COVID-19. The decision was taken at a meeting of the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 held in Kathmandu today. Earlier, the flights had been halted until 30th of April. A total of 49 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Himalayan nation so far. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 12 persons have recovered while remaining 37 are undergoing treatment and their condition is normal.

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In Sri Lanka, the ongoing curfew in four high-risk districts including Colombo has been further extended till 4th of May in a bid to tackle COVID crisis. Earlier, the curfew in these districts was to end on Monday. President’s office said, the curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts will be eased from 4th of May in order to facilitate the functioning of public and private sector institutions. It said, the curfew in rest of 21 districts will see relaxation from 5 A.M. to 8 P.M. and will be lifted from 1st of May. Curfew in these low risk districts was relaxed on weekdays this week but was re imposed at the weekend.

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Muslims are observing first day of holy month of Ramzan across the country today. In Uttar Pradesh, people today followed COVID-19 lockdwon guidelines of Health Department during Iftar and the special prayer Taraweeh. With the lockdown in place till 3rd of May, this is a Ramazan without the usual gatherings at prayer time and during meals.

"People of minority community greeted each other on phone yesterday after sighting of moon and beginning of Ramzan from today and made preparations at home for sehri, a meal before beginning of fasting. There was no rush to mosques or on streets as Muslims quietly welcomed the holy month with a prayer for the safety of their loved ones in the wake of the pandemic. All imams, Ulema and Muslim organisations in the state have unanimously decided that during Ramzan, Muslims will not congregate in mosques, religious places and perform all rituals like 'Iftaar' and 'Taraweeh' at home keeping in mind social distancing norms. Taking to AIR News, famous Sunni cleric and imam of historic Aishbagh Eidgah of Lucknow Khalid Rashid Firangi Mehli said that people should pray that human kind get rid of this deadly virus as early as possible. Darul Uloom Deoband in its 16-point guideline as a fatwa has also advised people against holding Roza iftar, offering Namaz and performing Taraweeh in masjids. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"

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In Jammu & Kashmir, proper social distancing is also being strictly maintained by the people of Kashmir in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"The Srinagar district administration in Jammu and Kashmir has prepared 50,000 food kits for distribution amongst impoverished families in Srinagar during the month of Ramzan. The idea behind the initiative is to offer support to those in need during the lockdown in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Each of these food kits will include five kilograms of rice, two kilograms of wheat and a packet each of cooking oil, tea and spices. The administration has identified needy families across Srinagar and distribution of these kits will start from today. Most of the Muslim religious leaders and organisations have thrown their weight behind the administration's efforts to curb the spread of the virus, urging followers to pray at home and follow the government's instructions of maintaining social distancing. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar"

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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. Avdesh Sharma, an eminent psychiatrist and consultant will participate in the discussion.
Listeners can ask questions related to stress, anxiety and depression during the covid 19 pandemic on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.
This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.25 PM onwards. 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.

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Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda has congratulated the chemicals and petrochemicals industry on becoming the top exporting sector of the country for the first time. He informed that during April 2019 to January 2020, the export of chemicals grew by 7.43 per cent over previous corresponding period.

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