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PM Modi launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge            COVID-19 recovery rate improves to around 61 per cent            Odisha: Two-day weekend shutdown in 17 districts begins            PM lauds BJP workers for their nationwide welfare work during pandemic            No flights to Kolkata from 6 cities to prevent further surge in Corona cases           

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  • Government issues guidelines for phase wise re-opening of areas outside containment zones.

  • Religious places, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services and shopping malls to open from 8th June.

  • Inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods allowed with no separate permissions.

  • Lockdown extended in containment zones till 30th of June; Night curfew to continue from 9 PM to 5 AM throughout the country.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi pens letter to countrymen on first anniversary of his government's second term; Reiterates country's resolve to combat COVID-19.

  • Prime Minister to address the nation in Mann ki Baat programme tomorrow.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 47.40 per cent; Doubling time increases to 15.4 in last three days.


The Home Ministry today issued new guidelines for reopening of prohibited activities in areas outside containment zones in a phased manner. The nationwide lockdown in containment zones has been extended up to 30th of next month, while guidelines have permitted phased reopening outside these zones. Under the new guidelines, in phase unlock one, the activities which will be allowed from 8th of next month are, religious places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls.

The Union Health Ministry will issue SOPs for these activities, in consultation with the Central Ministries and Departments concerned and other stakeholders for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In the phase two, schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions will be opened after consultation with States and Union Territories. State Governments and Union Territory administrations are being advised to hold consultation at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July this year. 

Under the new guidelines, only a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country. These activities are  international air travel of passengers, operation of metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregation will also be prohibited. In phase three, dates for opening of these activities will be decided based on assessment of the situation. 

The Home Ministry said lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones. These will be demarcated by the State and Union Territory governments after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control will be maintained and only essential activities allowed. The night curfew will continue to remain in force, on the movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities. However, the revised timings of the curfew will be from 9 PM to 5 AM across the nation. 

The new guidelines say that there will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods and no separate permission, approval and e-permit will be required for such movements. However, if a State or UT, based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be placed on such movement, and the related procedures to be followed. States and Union Territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary. Vulnerable persons like persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.


In light of the guidelines issued by the government, Delhi Metro services will remain closed for commuters until further notice. Home Ministry has extended the nationwide lockdown in containment zones till 30th of next month and prohibited operation of Metro Rail.


The West Bengal government has announced extension of lockdown till the 15th June of this year. Some additional relaxations will be permitted during this period. 


Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan announced that the state will remain locked down till June 15th. He added that the state will not open all in one go. He also announced that schools will be closed till June 13th. The Chief Minister further said that the government has also sent more than 26 thousand metric tons of wheat and rice to homes through self-help groups.


Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang today chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 scenario in Gangtok. Mr Tamang congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government on completing the first year of its second term.

He said that Sikkim government has been successfully handling the COVID-19 situation so far and the state is equipped to deal with any exigency. He said that the government is preparing a strategy to evacuate people stranded in Maharashtra, considering the increasing rate of infection. He announced a complete ban on inter-district vehicular and people’s movement during 1st to 15th June, 2020. He said that intra-district vehicle movement will continue on odd-even basis.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to the citizens of India to mark the first anniversary of his second term in office. In the letter, the Prime Minister has highlighted the achievements of his government and also reiterated the country's resolve in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

"देशवासियों की आशाओं-आकाँक्षाओं की पूर्ति करते हुए हम तेज गति से आगे बढ़ ही रहे थे, कि कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी ने भारत को भी घेर लिया। एक ओर जहां अत्याधुनिक स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं और विशाल अर्थव्यवस्था वाली विश्व की बड़ी-बड़ी महाशक्तियाँ हैं, वहीं दूसरी ओर इतनी बड़ी आबादी और अनेक चुनौतियों से घिरा हमारा भारत है। कई लोगों ने आशंका जताई थी कि जब कोरोना भारत पर हमला करेगा, तो भारत पूरी दुनिया के लिए संकट बन जाएगा। लेकिन आज सभी देशवासियों ने भारत को देखने का नजरिया बदलकर रख दिया है।"

The Prime Minister said, they have proven that the collective strength and potential of Indians is unparalleled compared even to the powerful and prosperous countries of the world. The Prime Minister said, in a crisis of this magnitude, it can certainly not be claimed that no one suffered any inconvenience or discomfort. Our labourers, migrant workers, artisans and craftsmen in small scale industries, hawkers and such fellow countrymen have undergone tremendous suffering. He said, we are working in a united and determined way to alleviate their troubles. Mr. Modi said, we have to however take care to ensure that inconveniences that we are facing do not turn into disasters.

"इसके लिए प्रत्येक भारतीय के लिए प्रत्येक दिशा-निर्देश का पालन करना बहुत आवश्यक है। जैसे अभी तक हमने धैर्य और जीवटता को बनाए रखा है, वैसे ही उसे आगे भी बनाए रखना है। यह एक बड़ा कारण है कि भारत आज अन्य देशों की तुलना में ज्यादा संभली हुई स्थिति में है। ये लड़ाई लंबी है लेकिन हम विजय पथ पर चल पड़े हैं और विजयी होना हम सबका सामूहिक संकल्प है।"

In his letter, the Prime Minister mentioned that at such a time, there is also a widespread debate on how the economies of various countries, including India’s, will recover. However, given the way India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against Coronavirus, there is a firm belief that we will also set an example in economic revival. He said, in the economic domain, 130 crore Indians through their strength can not only surprise the world but also inspire it. Mr Modi stressed that it is the need of the hour that we must become self-reliant and added that we have to move forward based on our own abilities, in our own way, and there is only one way to do it - Aatmanirbhar Bharat or Self-reliant India. He said, the recent 20 lakh crore rupees package given for Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan is a major step in this direction.

"आज समय की मांग है कि हमें अपने पैरों पर खड़ा होना ही होगा। अपने बलबूते पर चलना ही होगा और इसके लिए एक ही मार्ग है - आत्मनिर्भर भारत। अभी हाल में आत्मनिर्भर भारत अभियान के लिए दिया गया 20 लाख करोड़ रुपए का पैकेज, इसी दिशा में उठाया गया एक बड़ा कदम है। यह अभियान, हर एक देशवासी के लिए, हमारे किसान, हमारे श्रमिक, हमारे लघु उद्यमी, हमारे स्टार्ट अप्स से जुड़े नौजवान, सभी के लिए, नए अवसरों का दौर लेकर आएगा। भारतीयों के पसीने से, परिश्रम से और उनकी प्रतिभा से बने लोकल उत्पादों के दम पर भारत आयात पर अपनी निर्भरता कम करेगा और आत्मनिर्भरता की ओर आगे बढ़ेगा।"


Home Minister Amit Shah has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for completion of successful one year tenure of his second term in office. In a series of  tweets, Mr Shah expressed his firm belief that under his visinory and decisive leadership the country will continue to progress. He said, Mr Modi has not only mended the historic mistakes in the last six years but also laid the foundation of a self-reliant India.


The Indian Railways has turned out to be the lifeline of the country in true terms. The nation witnessed zero passenger casualty in rail mishaps during 2019-20. Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has penned down the achievements of the Indian railways on completion of one year of the second term of the Narendra Modi government. He has informed that last year has been remarkable for railways both in terms of safety and performance. Commenting on Commerce and Industry, Mr. Goyal informed that, the government took several steps to promote exports as well as protect the interests of domestic industries.

"All unmanned level crossings were eliminated in the country whereas one thousand 274 manned crossings were removed. Commissioning of new line, doubling and gauge conversion increased to 2 thousand 226 kilometer in 2019-20. Mr. Goyal informed that this was nearly 50 per cent more than the average annual commissioning achieved during 2009-14. He informed that, the punctuality of trains has also improved significantly by nearly 10 per cent over the last year. Mr. Goyal said that even during the testing times of COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways ensured uninterrupted and round the clock freight operations of essential commodities. He also highlighted the operationalisation of Shramik Special trains which have carried more than 50 lakh migrant workers to their home states. Mr. Goyal also cited the innovative step through which Railways created COVID care centres in its coaches with facility of more than 3 lakh beds. ANAND CHATURVEDI, AIR NEWS, DELHI"


Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar said that the way Prime Minister has safeguarded the strategic and security interests of India and handled the challenges arising out of COVID-19 is indeed exemplary. He said, we shall overcome this challenge too under his leadership to commence a new era of growth and development.


Union Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar has said that through "Self Dependent" India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation of the future of the nation. In an article written in an Urdu daily Avadhnama published from Lucknow, Union Information and Broadcasting minister said that the recently given package for the the self dependence of India will decide the future of the nation.

He said that since the last 6 years Prime Minister Narendra Modi is successfully leading the country  and his work is three-dimensional.

Talking about the steps taken in the fight against Corona Mr Javdekar said that India was under a strict and the longest lockdown so that there should be minimum harm to the people of Nation. 


The first year of Narendra Modi government's second term is full of achievements, from the abrogation of Article 370 to passing the Citizenship Amendment Act. The Home Ministry has also been taking very proactive measures in dealing with COVID pandemic.

The Government took the historic step to remove Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution and brought Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at par with other States and Union Territories.

The Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act was also passed last year which reorganised the state into the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and the Union Territory of Ladakh without a Legislature.

"Centre approved inclusion of 5,300 Displaced Persons families of Jammu and Kashmir in the Rehabilitation Package for Displaced Families of Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Chhamb. It also approved 7th Central Pay Commission allowances worth around 4800 crore rupees  for Government employees of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed to grant Citizenship to persons belonging to religious minorities who migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement was signed with Pakistan in October last year following which pilgrims of all faiths can undertake year-round Visa-free travel to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib through Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act was passed by Parliament which empowers Central Government to designate individual as terrorist. The National Register of Citizens of Assam was published in August last year. Another historic step was the Bodo Agreement to end the over 50-year old crisis. With Bhupendra Singh, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


Covid-19 cases have reached 1 lakh 73 thousand 763 in India. But there is a silver lining that the overall recovery rate has reached 47.40 in the country and a total of 82 thousand 370 patients have been cured so far.

"Health and Family Welfare Ministry data reveals that in different phases of lockdown, recovery rate has improved continuously.  In the first phase of lockdown, the recovery rate reached to 11.42 percent and in the second phase it crossed the 27 per cent mark. During the third phase of lockdown which ended on 18th May, the figure of recovery rate reached to 38.29 per cent. At present, the highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram. There are 17 States and Union Territories including Punjab, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which are above the national recovery rate of 47.40 per cent. BHUPENDRA SINGH, AIR NEWS, DELHI."


The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that 1 lakh 59 thousand isolation beds, over 20 thousand ICU beds and over 69 thousand oxygen supported beds in 942 dedicated COVID hospitals are available in the country. The Ministry said, the Centre has provided around one crore 20 lakh N95 masks and over 96 lakh Personal Protective Equipment to the States, Union territories and Central Institutions. The Government said, the doubling time in the past 14 days was 13.3 and it has improved to 15.4 in the last three days.


The Railway Ministry has requested State Governments to ensure proper planning and coordination regarding Shramik Trains. The Ministry said, there have been several instances where the passengers have not been brought to the station and notified trains have been cancelled. It said, some of the States have also not been giving consent to the sending States, preventing transportation of a large number of migrant labour for those States.


In another airlift exercise by the Jharkhand government, 186 migrant workers from Andaman and Nicobar Islands have returned today to Ranchi through a private chartered plane booked by the state government. A total of 64 migrants of Jharkhand stuck in Batalik- Kargil were aerially brought from Leh with support from officials of Border Road Organisation a day earlier via flights.

"A private Indigo flight carrying 186 migrant labourers from Port Blair reached Birsa Munda airport in Ranchi today few hours ago. All the inbound migrants were medically screened at the airport and were sent to their native districts of Dumka, Sahibganj and Pakur through sanitised buses. Labourers were provided with food packets and water for their onward journey to their native districts. Chief Minister Hemant Soren himself had been monitoring the air travel exercise of the migrants. State Urban Development Department had been regularly coordinating with the local district administration and police in Port Blair for this mission. The department was assisted by the State Transport Department, Labour Department and the COVID 19 Control Room. Shilpi for AIR News from Ranchi."


While increasing the Covid-19 facilities in Maharashtra the state government is also focussing on revival of other sectors. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today held a meeting with the vice chancellors of various universities in the state through video conferencing and directed them to come out with various options regarding pending University Exams.

"Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that there are concerns among the students and their parents about the uncertainty of University exams and it should be addressed on priority basis. He suggested that there should a specific exam system which will be fully safe and its timetable should be designed and various options could be there which need to be examined. He also sought the opinion of the stakeholders about the possibility of awarding the marks based on the average of their all the semesters. Industry Minister Subhash Desai said that presently there is no shortage of labourers in the state and those who want to return to the state will be registered. Health Minister Rajesh Tope has ordered spraying of insectisides in sensitive districts as well as to survey the drinking water bodies to prevent Dengue and Malaria in the rainy season. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."


70 more Covid 19 positive cases have been recorded  in Andhra Pradesh during the last 24 hours. At least 55  persons have been recovered and discharged from various Covid hospitals in the state.


In Tamil Nadu, the Covid-19 caseload has climbed to 21,184 with a record 938 new cases that tested positive today. This is the highest single day spike in the state so far. However, 687 people returned home from hospitals after being cure, leaving the active caseload at 9,021. In Chennai, the tally has surged to nearly 14,000 with 616 of the new cases reported from the city. Six patients lost the battle against the disease in the last twenty four hours across the state taking the tally to 160. Our correspondent reports, the bed capacity is being increased substantially in Chennai, as most of the new cases are being reported from the city.

"In Chennai, the Covid-19 care centre capacity has been added by another one thousand five hundred beds. The state health department has said only those asymptomatic and young patients with no comorbidity conditions will be accommodated there. If they develop any symptoms at any time, they will be shifted to the nearby designated Covid-19 hospital. Ten colleges have also been converted into Covid-19 care centres where asymptomatic patients are accommodated. The government has said it is in talks with private hospitals to fix an upper ceiling for Covid-19 treatment. For those who admit the patients under the state comprehensive health insurance scheme and Ayushman Bharat scheme, the RT-PCR test rate has been capped at 2500 rupees. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Three more persons were found positive of COVID-19 in Manipur and all of them are returnees to Manipur from different States of India. Out of the three cases, two (female) are returnees from Chennai and Gujarat while another person (male) is a returnee from Mumbai. They are admitted to the Isolation Ward of RIMS and JNIMS hospital of Manipur.


In Tripura,17 more persons tested positive for COVID 19 positive today. With this the total number of positive cases in the state rose to 271 with 97 active cases.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan,  Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, convened a meeting of Anantnag district administration to review and access the management and initiatives taken, to contain the spread of  deadly Cornavirus pandemic.

He enjoined the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police to personally conduct surprise visits in Red and Buffer Zones of the district and deploy additional medical teams in Red Zones for expeditious screening and testing.

"Advisor Baseer Ahmad Khan has enjoined upon the Anantnag district administration to constitute special teams for random screening and sampling of Truck Drivers & Cleaners who remain lined-up along National Highway and instructed the Anantnag police to ensure strict adherence to social distancing norms. He directed the Deputy Commissioner to personally monitor and take regular reviews of the developmental activities under MG-NREGA with special focus on wage employment generation. He emphasized that there should be a complete synergy among the line departments and the approach of the district administration need to be proactive as well as dynamic leaving no room for any complacency and complaints. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."


Department of Science and Technology has initiated a COVID -19 Indian National Supermodel to help monitor the future transmission of infection. This will aid decisions involving health system readiness and other mitigation measures.


Under Vande Bharat mission 10 flights from Gulf region is carrying over 1500 expatriates to Kerala today.

"Four  flights  from Dubai, arrived each in Thiruvananthapuram, kochi, Kannur and Kozhikode airports today late evening carrying stranded Indian nationals. Two flights each from Jiddah and Bahrain also arrived in Kozhikode. Fight from Oman to Thiruvananthapuram and Kuwait to Kannur also arrived late evening today.After the detailed medical check-up the passengers are being shifted to quarantine centers. Meanwhile Kerala continue to report rise in Covid19 cases with 58 new cases being confirmed today. Out of this  48 are returnees from abroad  and other States.Presently 624 active cases are there in Kerala. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


The next phase of Operation “Samudra Setu” to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas will commence from 1st of June. In this phase, INS Jalashwa will repatriate 700 personnel from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu and subsequently repatriate another 700 personnel from Malè, Maldives to Tuticorin.


In Nepal 189 more persons tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Ministry of Health and Population total number of corona virus cases have reached to 1401. In last few days COVID-19 cases are continuously increasing in the Himalayan nation.


Talking exclusively to AIR NEWS, Secretary, Department of Posts Mr. Pradipta Kumar Bisoi said India Posts is playing an active role during the covid 19 pandemic in providing  the essential services to the people.


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

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


Bollywood actress Vidhya Balan has appealed to people to stay home to stay safe.

"ये बेशक हम सब के लिए एक बहुत ही कठिन और मुश्किल समय है और ये हिन्दुस्तानियों की खासियत है कि कोई मुश्किल आती है तो हम सब साथ खड़े रहते है, पर इस वक् साथ खड़े रहने का मतलब है कि हम सब एक-दूसरे से दूरी बनाएं रखें। घर पर रहें, अपना ख्याल रखें। स्टे होम, स्टे सेफ।"


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  at 11 A.M. tomorrow. It will be the 65th episode of the monthly radio programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and 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.


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.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 P.M. onwards.


Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow. The National capital Delhi will witness minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and maximum 36 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky and Light rain.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 14 and 32 degrees Celsius.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.


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