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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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  • Several states announce relaxations in activities in the First phase of nationwide unlock.
  • Over 91 thousand people have been cured from COVID-19.
  • Reform in Health and Medical education given top priority by the government says Prime Minister; Lauds the role of front line health care workers in fight against corona virus.
  • Delhi Chief Minister announces sealing of state borders for one week.
  • Railways to ferry over one lakh 45 thousand passengers by 200 Special trains across the country today.
  • South-west Monsoon hits Kerala coast today.
  • And, Cyclone Nisarga to cross Mumbai by Wednesday.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that a nation like India has to have proper medical infrastructure and medical education infrastructure and work is underway to ensure a medical college or post-graduate medical institute in every district of the country.

Inaugurating the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka through video conferencing today, Mr Modi said, during the last six years, the Government has given top-most priority to reforms in health and medical education.


The Prime Minister said, Ayushman Bharat- the world’s largest healthcare scheme belongs to India and in less than two years, one crore people have benefitted from the scheme.

He said, women and those staying in villages are among the major beneficiaries of this scheme. He also stressed on advances in tele-medicine, Make in India in health sector and IT related tools for healthier societies.

Mr Modi said, at such a time, the world is looking up to the doctors, nurses, medical staff and scientific community with hope and gratitude. He said, the world seeks both care and cure from them. The Prime Minister said, violence, abuse and rude behaviour against front-line workers is not acceptable.


The Prime Minister also called upon health care professionals and academicians to focus on preventive and affordable health care.


He said the world is facing the biggest crisis after the second world war and the hard work of medical community and corona warriors is appreciable. He informed that more than forty thousand health centres across the country are working on preventing lifestyle diseases and twelve crore health conscious people have downloaded the Arogyasethu mobile app in the country.


He appreciated the efforts of the Karnataka state government in containing the pandemic.


The first phase of nationwide unlock has started today. Unlock 1 will allow a phased reopening of most activities across India. The Centre on Saturday  announced Unlock 1 guidelines limiting the lockdown only to the containment zones. The government also allowed unfettered movement of goods and persons between  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 the 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. The 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.

The 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.


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 Minister 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.


Two hundred special trains are running  across the country from today. These services are in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains. The Railway Ministry said, more than one lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel on day one.  Hyderabad - New Delhi Telangana Express, Karnawati Express between Ahmedabad and Mumbai Central, Gomti express from Lucknow, Kota- Hazrat Nizamuddin Jan Shatabdi Express, Bengaluru- Hubli Jan Shatabdi Express, Patna Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express among others have started operation so far. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June. 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"

Railway officials said, these are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved sitting accommodation.


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.



The First train among 200 special trains departs from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai for Uttar Pradesh.

As an important step in the graded restoration of passenger train services, Indian Railways started 200 trains today in addition to the existing Shramik Special trains which being run with effect from May 1 and Special AC trains (30) being run since May 12.

According to railways, Mahanagari Express, the first train among 200 special trains departed on Monday from Mumbai to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Railways have instructed the passengers to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains. On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State/UT.

Zonal Railways have been instructed to ensure that there are separate entry and exit gates at railway stations to the extent feasible so that there is no face to face movement of passengers.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that the low-pressure area developing over the Arabian sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone and cross the north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts on June 3.  It stated that the cyclone will have an impact on state capital Mumbai when it crosses Maharashtra.

"According to the cyclone warning division of IMD the depression building in the Arabian Sea will intensify into a deep depression the third and fourth stage of any cyclone formation by this evening. It will intensify into a cyclonic storm by June 2. The IMD said the storm is very likely to move nearly northwards initially till June 2 morning and then recurve north-northeastwards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar Raigad in Maharashtra and Daman during night of June 3. When it crosses the coast on the evening of June 3, it will have a speed of 105-110 kmph. Heavy rains are also expected in south Gujarat and coastal Maharashtra. Nivedita, Air News Mumbai"



"As rain continues across the State, Yellow is issued in 9 districts in southern and central Kerala. Meanwhile the met dept informs that the depression  in  the Arabian sea is likely to intensify in the next 48  hours into a cyclonic storm. Owing to this Kerala and Lekshadweep coast will be witnessing heavy rain, rough sea and storm. Warning is being issued to fisherfolks, not to venture  into the sea. Meanwhile under Vande Bharat mission 10 flights carrying expatriates will be arriving in kerala today from Abudhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Bahrain and Muscat. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Talking to AIR News, Director General, India Meteorological Department,  Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, in the past two days widespread rainfall activities have been witnessed in Kerala. 


The number of patients affected by COVID-19 in the country has climbed to one lakh 90 thousand 5 hundred 35 while the death toll rose to 5 thousand 3 hundred 94. Health Ministry data given this morning said, the number of active cases of COVID-19 stood at 93 thousand 322. As many as  91 thousand 8 hundred 19 people have been cured.


The Centre has taken a number of measures to help farmers deal with the loss they had to suffer because of Corona pandemic. A sum of 2 lakh crore rupees has been allocated to provide concessional credit through Kisan Credit Card. A total of 2,000 rupees per month is also being provided under PM Kisan Yojana. In order to strengthen Farm-gate Infrastructure, a scheme worth 1 lakh crore rupees has been started to strengthen cold storage chain in supply chain.

"Agriculture Market reforms have been carried out to provide better market option. Farmers can now sell their crops anywhere and avail better prices. Essential Commodities Act, APMC Act/Mandi Act have been amended to offer better price to farmers. A scheme worth 10,000 crore rupees has been dedicated to over 2 lakh unorganised Micro Food Processing Enterprises which will help them in  establishing their own brand. For the fishermen, a scheme worth. 20 thousand crore rupees has been allowed as part of the PM Matsya Sampada Yojana. This will give an unprecedented boost to inland and marine fisheries. For the Animal Husbandry Farmers, a total of  15 thousand crore rupees has been allocated to rejuvenate the animal husbandry sector. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


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

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

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.  You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 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 9.30 PM onwards. 


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of leading medical experts on COVID-19. Dr S Rajeshwari, Department of Anesthesiology, AIIMS has advised people to stay at homes and maintain hand hygiene.

Dr Purva Mathur, Professor Lab Medicine, AIIMS  has  said that social distancing is very important to check the spread of the virus.


The Government today dismissed claim on social media that CBSE has directed schools to conduct online exam by purchasing an app developed by VH Softwares and appointed Dr Sahil Gehlot as OSD for this. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau has termed it as fake and misleading. It said that CBSE neither endorsed this nor has appointed any OSD for this purpose.


In Jammu and Kashmir,  an upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases are being reported particularly in Kashmir Division.

The Union Territory administration is making all out efforts  to prevent the spread of the contagious pandemic by issuing the advisories for the public, from time to time. 

"The total number of novel coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now risen to 2,446 after 105 more positive cases were reported yesterday. The new cases include 17 pregnant women -- 10 from Baramulla district -- and a nursing assistant from the Chest Diseases hospital in Srinagar. Out of these new cases of the pandemic, 90 are from Kashmir and 15 from Jammu. Meanwhile, keeping in view of the surge in the number of positive cases in the Union Territory, Government Advisory has urged the people not to step out of their homes unless necessary. If it is important to move out for unavoidable reasons, wearing a mask and to maintain social distancing norms, personal hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap and water need to be ensured. Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar"


In Uttar Pradesh, normal activities have started in the state again with adherence to the social distancing norms. However restrictions are still in force at delhi border in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts while inter district movement has started in the state. The State government had issued new guidelines yesterday regarding the first stage of lifting of restrictions defined under the lockdown. 

"First time after the starting of Lockdown. As per the new guidelines, 100 per cent attendance of staff would be allowed but it has been divided in three shifts. The three time slots are from  9 am to 5 pm, 10 am to 6 pm and 11 am to 7 pm. After getting the permission to open markets 9 am to 9 pm a lot of movement was seen on roads and shoping areas. UP State Road Transport Corporation Limited (UPSRTC) bus service started from different bus stations with the thermal scanning facility for passengers. Keeping in view the danger of spread of Corona virus from Delhi, district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida and Ghaziabad have decided to continue the restrictions of movement from Delhi border.  SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"


The Delhi government has decided to open barbershops and  salons  in the national capital. However, spas will remain closed. Addressing an online media briefing, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, all shops in markets will be permitted to open in the city. He announced to seal Delhi's borders for one week. People engaged in essential services, having passes will be allowed. He said the decision will be taken after one week to open borders after getting suggestions from  people. He said as per Center's guidlines there will be restrictions on movement from 9 PM to 5 AM. Mr. Kejriwal also said, now the city government is lifting the restrictions on the number of passengers travelling in auto, e-rickshaws and other vehicles. He said there is no shortage of beds in hospitals in Delhi.


In Assam, the Advisory Committee under  Subhash Das to revive the state's economy has submitted its report to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati today. The Committee has recommended both short and long term measures to revive the economy of Assam being effected by the Covid 19 pandemic. The Chief Minister has set up the 8 member committee under retired IAS officer Subhash Das to recommend measures in a bid to revive  the economic conditions.


Under the first phase of nationwide Unlock, there is no need for any type of pass for vehicles going in and out of Madhya Pradesh, hence the pass checking system has been abolished from today. Interstate buses will not be operated throughout the state till June 7.

However, buses are allowed to operate in Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal divisions for the transportation of workers engaged in the operation of factories and construction work.

"According to the official press release, buses of state transport corporation can operate within the state with 50 percent capacity in all other divisions except Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal. One-fourth of the shops in the urban areas of Indore, Ujjain, Neemuch and Burhanpur have been opened in turn by turn while one-third of the shops in Bhopal's markets have also been opened in turn. Apart from these, there is no restriction on opening of shops in the rest of the state. All government and private offices have been opened in Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal Municipal Corporation areas with 50 percent employees and in the rest of the state at full capacity from today. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan informed that religious places, public places, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls will start outside the containment area from June 8. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"


 In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, security forces busted a terrorist hideout in Kulgam district of south Kashmir yesterday and recovered a number of items including ammunition.

Police said that on receiving information about presence of terrorists in Akhal-Malwan forest belt of the south Kashmir district, a cordon and search operation was launched by security forces. During the searches, a  terrorist hideout was busted in the forest area.

A case has been registered in this regard and investigation initiated to establish the full circumstances pertaining to the hideout.


The evacuation of Indian nationals from Bangladesh under the Vande Bharat Mission continued with another flight leaving for Kolkata with 165 stranded Indian citizens in Bangladesh today. A total of 169 passengers had registered but finally only 165 people boarded the evacuation flight which departed from Dhaka to Kolkata around noon. This was the third evacuation flight from Dhaka to Kolkata. Earlier one flight each had left for Kolkata on 18th and 27th May from Dhaka.

Earlier, a batch of 230 Indians had left for Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya on 28th May from the land route in Bangladesh. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das had gone to the Akhaura border to see off the stranded Indians leaving for Agartala.

Till now, more than 1800 people have been evacuated from Dhaka under the Vande Bharat Mission on ten flights operating from Dhaka. A few other chartered flights have also been facilitated by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in Bangladesh in the wake of Corona pandemic and subsequent disruption of international travel.

The evacuation of Indian citizens from Bangladesh started on 8th May with 168 medical students stranded in Bangladesh leaving for Srinagar. Till now 4 flights have left for Srinagar, 3 for Kolkata and one each for Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. Apart from these one flight of Biman Bangla carried 70 Indian nationals to Delhi and another chartered flight left for Bodh Gaya from Dhaka with 170 passengers.


India Meteorological Department, (IMD) said that the well-marked low-pressure area over the south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area has concentrated into a depression this morning.

The weather department stated that the low pressure area is located about 370 kilometres (km) southwest of Panjim; 690 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 920 km south-south-west of Surat. The depression likely to intensify into a deep depression over the next 12 hours and a severe cyclonic storm, called Nisarga, by Wednesday.

It stated that cyclone Nisarga will cross very close to the Mumbai coast while entering the land. Meanwhile, Maharashtra and Gujarat are on pre-cyclone as very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the states on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to IMD forecast, initially, Nisarga is likely to move towards northwards till Tuesday morning and then recurve north-northeast wards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and the union territory of Daman on Wednesday evening. The IMD also said that when it crosses the coast as a severe cyclonic storm it will have a wind speed of 105 to 115 km per hour (kmph) gusting up to 125 kmph. Very heavy to extremely heavy rain is expected in Konkan, Goa, parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat till Thursday.


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. His colleagues from the film industry expressed grief over his death.


Violence has erupted in cities all over US, during protests sparked by the death in police custody of African-American George Floyd. People took to the streets for the sixth day in a row and Curfews have been imposed in nearly 40 cities.

Riot police clashed with protesters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, firing tear gas and pepper bullets to try to disperse the crowds. Police vehicles were set on fire and shops were looted in several cities. Large-scale protests also took place in Atlanta, Boston, Miami and Oklahoma City.

The unrest initially began in Minneapolis in Minnesota but has now spread across the country, with reports of violence coming in from across major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

The police fired tear gas near the White House on Sunday night to dissuade protesters who had smashed the windows of prominent buildings, overturned cars and set fires.


Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The National capital Delhi witnessed a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and maximum of 38 degrees with Partly cloudy sky and possibility of development of thunder lightning. In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 29 and 39 degrees Celsius.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 11degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 21 degrees.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 25 degrees Celsius. The region will have thunder storm with rain.

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



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