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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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  • First phase of nationwide unlock with relaxations in several activities begins today.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people not to lower guard in their fight against Covid-19.

  • Raliways to run 200 Special trains across the country from today.

  • Second phase of operation Samudra Setu begins; INS Jalashwa to evacuate 700 Indians from Colombo this evening.

  • 14 special flight to bring home more than 2000 Indian nationals from Gulf countries under Vande Bharat Mission.

  • Met department warns of a cyclone in Coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat.


The first phase of nationwide unlock starts today. Unlock 1 will allow a phased reopening of most activities across India. Centre on Saturday Unlock 1 guidelines limiting the lockdown only to the containment zones. Government also allowed unfettered movement of goods and persons between states and within states. Several states have also released guidelines for the fifth phase of lockdown or Unlock 1.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to be more and careful in their fight against Covid-19 as country prepares to Unlock. In his Mann Ki Baat programme, Mr Modi said becoming careless or lackadaisical cannot be an option. He said as economic activities have resumed, social distancing has become even more important now. Prime Minister said there should be no laxity and people should maintain 'do gaj ki doori', wear face masks and stay at home to the extent possible.

Prime Minister said, after so many hardships, the country’s deft handling of the situation should not go in vain. He said, the road ahead is a long one and we are fighting a pandemic about which little was previously known.

The Prime Minister hailed the spirit of service shown by the people and called it the biggest strength. He said, Sewa Paramo Dharmah -  service is a joy in itself - is a way of life in India.


Maharashtra recorded 2487 fresh cases of Covid-19 yesterday. With this the total number of Covid-19 patients till date stands at 65.168.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government decided to extend the ongoing lockdown till June 30, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray laid down the roadmap of the exit from lockdown in  phase wise manner in the red zones of Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

"In the phase-wise opening which will begin from June 3rd, 5th and 8th, outdoor physical activities, activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians and technicians are being permitted. Apart from this private offices can operate with up to 10 per cent of total manpower strength. Ban on Newspaper home delivery is also  lifted. All markets, and shops, will also be allowed to open  from June 5 on the odd-even basis in non-containment zones. Intra-district bus services will be allowed eith maximum 50 per cent capacity, but inter-district bus services will remain barred. As of now, the government has decided against reopening educational institutions and operation of international air travel. Cinema halls, gymnasiums,swimming pools, public parks, theatres, bars,auditoriums, assembly halls,religious places, beauty parlors, barber shops, salons, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services will not be allowed to open. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai."


Telangana Government has extended lock down till 30th of June in Containment zones. After a high-level meeting, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has initially announced extension of lockdown in the state till 30th of June. However, later a government order was issued stating that the lockdown has been extended in the identified containment zones till the end of June. It says the guidelines issued by the Centre will be in force in other areas till 7 June. The Chief Minister’s Office clarified later that the strict lockdown will be in force in containment zones till the end of June.

However, the night curfew will be in place from 9 PM to 5 AM and the restrictions on inter-state movement of people have been lifted.

Meanwhile, Telangana continued to witness surge in Coronavirus positive cases, especially in Hyderabad with 199 positive cases reported yesterday on a single day.

 "The number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Telangana state, especially in the Capital city Hyderabad is continuously on the rise ever since relaxations announced during the lockdown 4.0. Yesterday alone, 199 fresh COVID cases have been reported taking the total reported cases in the state to 2698. According to the official bulletin, out of the fresh cases, 122 reported from Hyderabad alone while 74 others reported from 11 other districts in the state. 3 cases reported among Migrant Workers, who are coming to the state from various parts of the country. Lakshmi, airnews, Hyderabad."


In conformity with the Centre’s announcements, the Tamil Nadu government has also extended lockdown till June end. However, additional relaxations have been announced for the areas outside the containment zones. Places of worship, hotels and hospitality and entertainment services, shopping malls and educational institutions will remain closed throughout the state till 12 pm on June 30. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said in a statement, metro and suburban rail services would also be suspended till then. Inter-state regular bus services and international flights will also remain suspended.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has recorded the steepest ever single day spike in Covid19 yesterday. 1149 people have tested positive in the state including 804 in Chennai. Yesterday’s mortality also remains the highest with 13 people losing their lives, taking the total to 173.

"The Madras High Court reopens today. The judges will be in the court halls, hearing the cases. However, due to the pandemic conditions in Chennai, the hearing would be initially made through video-conferencing, as decided by the High Court Administrative Committee led by Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi. The advocates will be participating in the hearings through online mode. The physical functioning of its Madurai Bench and its subordinate courts would also be resumed in a staggered way. The High Court Madurai Bench will have a maximum of five lawyers in a court hall and a maximum of ten cases per bench would be taken up a day. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Two hundred special trains will run across the country from today. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains. Railway Ministry said, more than one lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel on day one. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June. These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved sitting accommodation. Our Correspondent reports that there will be no unreserved coach in the train.

"The passengers will have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train. All passengers will have to wear face masks and observe social distancing  during travel. On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State and Union territories. No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Use of  Aarogya Setu App wil be mandatory for all passengers. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi".

Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents. Booking of Tatkal ticket can be done from 29th June for journey date 30 June and onwards.


Health Ministry has said that the recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 47.76 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4 thousand 614 patients were found cured. A cumulative total of around 87 thousand people have been cured so far. The Ministry said, the government has taken several steps along with the States and Union territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. The number of cases under active medical supervision is around 90 thousand.


News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme held a Special Discussion Programme on COVID-19.

Participating in the programme, Dr. Raman R Gangakhedkar Head scientist, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division, ICMR said, after the relaxations in lockdown, everyone will have to be more cautious while returning to their normal life.

Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar said, all efforts are being made to develop a vaccine in a short period of time.


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

Dr.Naresh Gupta, senior physician from Maulana Azad Medical College will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said that Pharmaceutical industry has an important role to play in Aatamnirbhar Bharat. Interacting with the leaders in the Pharmaceutical industry and Office-bearers of the Pharma Associations through the Video Conference, Mr Goyal lauded the pharma industry for making India proud, by rising to the occasion during the Covid crisis. He said that India has been recognized as the Pharmacy of the World, as over 120 countries got some essential medicines, during the last two months. He said, the whole world appreciated India’s gesture, and this has swelled India’s goodwill and reputation. The Minister assured them that the government will fully support the industry's expansion, diversification and strengthening.


Indian navy ship INS Jalashwa will sail from Colombo port in Sri Lanka today carrying around 700 Indian nationals back to Tuticorin in Tamil nadu. This will be the first operation as part of operation “Samudra Setu” from Sri Lanka to repatriate Indian citizens as part of Vande Bharat mission. The ship will reach Colombo this morning and will depart by late evening. Indian high commission in Colombo is making final arrangements for the repatriation with support of Sri Lankan navy and other authorities. COVID-related social distancing norms have been catered onboard and evacuees would be provided basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.

Indian Navy has already repatriated 1,488 Indian nationals from Malè to Kochi during the previous phase of operations. INS Jalashwa is scheduled to bring back another 700 Indian nationals from Maldives capital of Male on Friday and preparations regarding it are also on.


14 special flights will bring home more than 2000 Indian nationals from Gulf countries under Vande Bharat Mission today.

 Eight flights are scheduled from the UAE. Six flights will take off from Dubai to Kochi, Kannur, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Goa, and Gaya. Two flights are scheduled from Abu Dhabi, one to Kochi and the other to Kannur.

From Saudi Arabia, there are two flights. Riyadh to Lucknow and Dammam to Gaya via Delhi. Kuwait has one flight for Thiruvananthapuram and Bahrain has one flight to Kochi. Muscat has two flights to Kozhikode and Kannur.

Yesterday, approximately 2500 stranded Indians were brought home by special flights from Gulf countries.

Priority is being given to distressed workers, stranded tourists, pregnant women, medical emergency cases and senior citizens.


Ahead of his virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has shared pictures of samosas, saying he would have liked to share the popular snack with Mr Modi. 

 Replying to Mr Morrison on Twitter, Prime Minster Modi said, the two countries are connected by the Indian Ocean, united by the Indian Samosa. He said, once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together. Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to the video meet on the 4th of June.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences today. The Bengaluru based Medical University has completed 25 years of its formation and Prime Minister will take part in the celebrations through video conferencing. Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that the University is working towards realizing the dream of Prime Minister to make country self sufficient in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. He further added that 2.5 lakh students and 23000 teaching faculties of the Health Sciences University have joined the battle against Corona virus. As part of the inauguration the University has organized two endowment lectures  on the  impact of Covid 19.


Uttar Pradesh has become first state in the country to prepare one lakh  beds for COVID-19 patients, with each of the 75 districts having dedicated beds for patients in the respective facilities. The beds in the hospitals are classified into three categories- Level 1, level 2 and level 3. While level one and two beds are for patients exhibiting mild symptoms, level three beds are meant for graver infections.

"The hospitals catering to level one patients will have facilities for oxygen support, those catering to level two patients will have a few ventilators in addition to oxygen support. Level three hospitals will have ventilator support as well as ICU facilities for the patients, besides having provisions for dialysis. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already ordered setting-up of testing labs in each of the 75 districts and increase the daily number of tests to 20,000 a day in June month. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


In Bihar, the number of Corona positive cases have gone upto 3,807 with reporting of 242 fresh cases during 24 hours. This is the  highest number of fresh cases in a single day. 1,520 patients have recovered so far and discharged from hospitals.

2,264 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.


In Madhya Pradesh, despite the banks opening during the Corona transition period, it is a difficult task to move from rural areas to urban area banks.

In such a situation, 651 bank Sakhi (Banking Correspondents) have taken up the task of providing bank facilities door to door in rural areas.

The villagers are also happy to get all the banking facilities including transaction of money at their home.

"More than 32 lakh 27 thousand women are associated as members in 2 lakh 87 thousand self-help groups in Madhya Pradesh. Educated women of these groups or their daughters have been linked to nationalized banks as bank sakhi. Bank Sakhi Anita Nagadia said,

Villager Shambhulal Solanki said,

During the lockdown period, the bank Sakhis provided an amount of Rs 62 crore 23 lakh to the respective account holders in rural areas. 3 lakh 34 thousand bank transactions have been done by 651 bank-Sakhis in the state. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


In Gujarat, the death toll due to Covid-19 has gone up to 1,038 with 31 new deaths reported during last 24 hours. 20 patients died in Ahmedabad alone. The number of Covid19 cases in the state has gone up to 16,794 with 438 new cases reported during the last 24 hours. Out of 5837 active cases, the conditions of 5776 patients are stable while 61 patients are on ventilator support.

"Number of active cases in the state are decreasing with more patients are being discharged from the hospitals. With 689 patients discharged yesterday, the total number of discharged patients after recovery has gone up to 9919. Meanwhile, new guidelines for unlock one is being effective from today. State Transport Busses will operate with 60 percent capacity, while city bus services will run with 50 percent passengers. State Government has issued the new list of Containment zones, in which number of houses and its population have been put under the restrictions instead of entire areas or wards. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Amid Covid 19, the new academic year begins in Kerala today, completely online using multiple virtual platforms.

"The 45 lakh students in the State runs schools  will start their classes  from today  through television and online platforms. The CBSE.schools and Colleges across the State, too will begin their virtual classes from today.The VICTERS Channel, which functions under the State General Education Department, will telecast learning sessions for classes 1 to 12.The sessions, named First Bell, will be from 8.30am to 5.30pm on week days. The class teachers will be in touch with students on social media platforms or phone on a regular basis. The VICTERS Channel is made  available on all cable and direct-to-home television networks. Classes will be also streamed online on YouTube and Samagra portel. The Government has  assured that arrangements would be made for students who have no access to television and internet to be included in the virtual learning exercise. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram".


Music composer, director and singer Wajid Khan died due to Covid-19 last night. The 42 year old music composer was also suffering from kidney ailments and had undergone a kidney transplant a few months ago. He was rushed to a hospital in Mumbai's Chembur after his condition deteriorated.

Wajid Khan, of the famous Sajid-Wajid music composer duo, composed most of the songs of actor Salman Khan's movies.


Narendra Modi government has completed the first year of its second term in office. During this period, the Government has taken many steps for the empowerment of minority communities.

"The Minority Affairs Ministry has provided skill development training, employment and employment opportunities to lakhs of Minority youth through schemes like Ustaad, Garib Nawaz Self Employment Scheme,  Seekho aur Kamao and Nai Manzil. More than 50 per cent beneficiaries of the schemes are girls. Thousands of health care assistants who have been trained under Skill development programme of Ministry are assisting in treatment and well being of Corona Patients. Through Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram, Government has developed socio-economic-educational and employment oriented infrastructure across the country in minority concentrated areas. These projects include, educational institutions, Health Projects, Market Sheds, toilet and water facilities and working women hostels. Ministry of Minority Affairs is organizing Hunar Haat at various place across the country to provide market and opportunities to master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts. Students from six notified minority communities, Parsi, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian and Muslim have been provided pre-matric, post-matric, merit-cum-means, Begum Hazrat Mahal Girls scholarships. School dropout of Muslim Girls which was earlier 72 per cent has come down to 32 per cent. Geo tagging and digitization of waqf properties across the country has ensured utilization of it for welfare of the society. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI".


Two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were apprehended yesterday by Indian law enforcement authorities for indulging in espionage activities.

The Government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said Pakistan’s Charge de Affaires was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged with regard to the activities of these officials of the High Commission of Pakistan against India’s national security.


India Meteorological Department has issued a red-colour coded warning to coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat for June 4 in view of a cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea. Fishermen who have ventured into the Arabian Sea along the north and south Gujarat coasts have been advised to return and not go out till June 4.

IMD's Cyclone Warning Division said, a low pressure is currently over east central Arabian Sea and the Lakshadweep Islands. It is likely to intensify into a depression in the next 12 hours and a cyclonic circulation in the next 24 hours.

A low pressure area is the first stage of any cyclone.

The IMD has four colour-coded warnings as per the intensity of any weather system -- green, yellow, orange and the last one being red.


Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today

The  National capital  Delhi  will witness  minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and maximum 38 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky and  Light Rain or Drizzle.

Mumbai will witness generally partly cloudy sky. The maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees Celsius while minimum  29 degrees Celsius.

In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature  hovers between 29 and 39 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will also witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 12 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 22 degrees.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius. The region will have thunder storm with rain. In Muzzafarabad, there will be Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. It witnessed minimum temperatures of 17 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius.


SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft with two NASA astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station last night after a historic launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It has marked the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.

 Elon Musk's SpaceX company confirmed the successful docking of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley with the ISS, the orbiting laboratory after traveling 19 hours. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called the station from the space agency's mission control center in Houston, Texas. Bridenstine said, we are so, so proud of everything you've done for our country, and in fact, to inspire the world.



  • "Let's not be complacent long battle ahead Modi" is the Hindustan Times headline quoting the  Indian PM on Covid pandemic on its Mann Ki Baat, broadcast yesterday.

  • The Indian Express quotes US president Donald Trump as saying that G7 is very outdated now and he would like India, Australia, South Korea and Russia to be a part of G-10 and G-11.

  • "Nepal tables bill to alter map  amid row" - Opposition on board, government set to amend constitution to claim key areas is The Tribune headline.

  • The Pioneer quotes the WHO as saying that mother's with small infants should continue to breastfeed even if they are themselves affected by Covid-19.

  • Most newspapers have reported on the death of the noted architect Pradeep Sachdeva aged 62, an IIT Roorkee alumnus. He would often use local construction materials and techniques to create something extra ordinary - Dilli Haat, garden of 5 senses in Delhi were some of his well known buildings.


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