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01st June, 2020


  • Government increases Minimum Support Price for 14 Kharif crops; Repayment of short term agricultural and allied activities loans extended till August.

  • Cabinet redefines MSMEs; Enterprises with investment upto 50 crore rupees and turnover upto 250 crores can avail the benefits.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says cabinet decisions will usher in positive changes in the lives of farmers, laborers and workers.

  • Government unveils PM SVANIDHI to provide affordable loans to street vendors.

  • Prime Minister launches technology-based solution CHAMPIONS to provide one stop solutions to MSMEs.

  • Recovery rate of COVID-19 improves to 48.19 percent.

  • IMD says Depression over Arabian Sea to covert into Cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours ;Home Minister Amit Shah reviews preparedness.


The Union Cabinet today gave nod to historical decisions aimed at helping the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and  farmers. Briefing media in New Delhi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that the Cabinet has further revised the definition of MSMEs, a decision which will lead to inclusion of many industrial units under it's ambit. Those enterprises with investment upto 50 crore rupees and turnover of upto 250 crore rupees will now be able to avail the benefits of MSME sector. All export turnovers of such enterprises will also remain exempted from the total turnover.

Speaking on this occasion, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said, the Cabinet has also approved distressed MSME fund of 20 thousand crore for extending helping hand to the enterprises in distress. This decision will benefit over two lakh units in the country.

Announcing relief for the farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for 14 Kharif crops will be increased upto 83 per cent, to ensure better returns for their farm produce. The government hiked MSP for paddy by 53 rupees per quintal to one thousand 868 rupees per quintal while the MSP for cotton has been increased by 260 rupees to five thousand 515 rupees per quintal for the current crop year. Agriculture Minister further informed that the Cabinet has approved extension of repayment date for short term loans for agriculture and allied activities till the end of August this year. The decision will help all farmers whose loan repayment due dates were between 1st March and 31st of August.


Public Sector Banks have sanctioned collateral free loans worth three thousand 200 crore rupees in a single day under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed that largely the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) located in over three thousand TIER-2 towns were covered on the first day of sanctions of the collateral free loans. The amount sanctioned will help the MSMEs to meet the expenses towards payment of salaries, rent and restocking of goods.

While making announcement of the financial stimulus of over 20 lakh crore rupees under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Ms. Sitharaman laid out the scheme for Emergency Credit Line Guarantee to the MSMEs.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched technology-based solution named as CHAMPIONS for the MSME sector, in New Delhi. The platform CHAMPIONS which stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength is aimed to provide one stop solution to all the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country. Grievance redressal of the sector pertaining to finances, raw material, permissions among others will be addressed through this platform. The CHAMPIONS platform will also help businesses to expand their horizons by opening up bigger avenues for them. It will boost potential enterprises with the help of latest communication tools including telephone, internet and video conferencing.


Union Government today launched PM SVANIDHI - Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi - a special micro-credit facility scheme for providing affordable loan to street vendors. The scheme is aimed at enabling the street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to COVID-19 lockdown. Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched the scheme in pursuance of the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month. The scheme targets to benefit over 50 lakh street vendors, who had been vending on or before 24th March this year, in urban areas. The duration of the scheme is till March 2022. The street vendors belonging to the surrounding peri-urban or rural areas are being included as beneficiaries under the urban livelihoods programme for the first time.

The vendors can avail a working capital loan of upto ten thousand rupees, which is repayable in monthly instalments in the tenure of one year. On timely and early repayment of the loan, an interest subsidy at the rate of seven per cent per annum will be credited to the bank accounts of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer on six monthly basis. The Ministry said, if the vendor will repay the instalments on time or earlier, they will develop credible credit score that makes him eligible for higher amount of term loan to 20 thousand rupees and so on. Urban Local Bodies will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the scheme.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed today's cabinet decisions as historic and said that these will usher in positive changes in the lives of farmers, labourers and workers. He said, the decisions of the government will bring tremendous benefits to the farmers, street vendors and MSMEs.

The Prime Minister said, the change in definition of MSMEs will not only give impetus to the self-reliant India campaign, but also will revive the enterprises in the country. He added that huge employment opportunities will be created as a result of the positive reforms introduced by the government.

Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of the pioneering efforts of the government to extend loans to the street vendors. He added that more than 50 lakh people will benefit from the PM SVANIDHI Scheme.The Prime Minister hailed the efforts of farmers in the country and reiterated government's commitment to extend required stimulus to the rural India. He said, it is under the same commitment that the government has hiked the MSP of 14 Kharif crops to almost one and half times of the cost incurred. He said the period for repayment of short term loans up to three lakh rupees has also been extended under the same vision.


Three more states have been included in One Nation, One Ration Card scheme. They are Odisha, Sikkim and Mizoram. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today announced the inclusion of these states in the scheme on Integrated Management of Public Distribution System. Under this system, nation-wide portability of the benefits under National Food Security Act (NFSA) through One Nation, One Ration Card plan is implemented to enable the NFSA ration card holders to lift their entitled quota of subsidized food grains from any e-PoS enabled Fair Price Shop of their choice anywhere in the country. They can lift ration by using the existing and same ration card after Aadhaar authentication. The facility is enabled in 17 States and UTs so far. By 31st March 2021 all states will be added to One Nation, One Ration Card scheme.


Employees' Provident Fund Organization, EPFO, had released  868 crore rupees pension along with 105 crore rupees arrears on account of restoration of commuted value of pension. Ministry of Labour and Employment said that on the recommendation of Central Board of Trustees, the government has accepted one of the long standing demands of workers to allow restoration of commuted value of pension after 15 years.

Earlier, there was no provision for restoration of commuted pension and the pensioners continued to receive reduced pension on account of commutation lifelong. The Ministry has termed it  a historical step for the benefit of pensioners under Employees' Pension Scheme.


The Election Commission has announced the polls for pending 18 Rajya Sabha seats from seven states. The polling will be held on 19th of  this month. The Commission had earlier deferred the elections on these seats scheduled for 26th of March due to COVID-19 situation. The election will be conducted for filling four seats each in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three seats each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two seats in Jharkhand and one seat each in Manipur and Meghalaya.

The time of poll will be from 9A.M. to 4 P.M. and the counting of votes will be held on the same day. The commission also decided that the Chief Secretaries will depute a senior officer to ensure that the instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections. It has also appointed Chief Electoral Officer of the concerned states as observers for the election.


Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today held a detailed discussion on holding the Monsoon Session of Parliament in the context of Corona virus induced norm of social distancing. Sources said, both the Presiding Officers underscored the need to adopt technology to enable Parliament Sessions as a long-term option to tide over situations when regular meetings are not possible. They noted that since there is no requirement of maintaining confidentiality of the proceedings of the houses, which are open to general public besides being telecast live, Virtual Parliament is an option to be explored.

With regard to the ensuing Monsoon Session, they  directed the Secretaries General to examine the feasibility of using the Central Hall of Parliament appropriately to ensure social distancing. 


The Health Ministry today said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is progressively increasing and has reached to 48.19 per cent. During the last 24 hours four thousand 835 COVID-19 patients have been cured. The Ministry said, so far, a total of around 92 thousand patients have been cured of COVID-19. Presently, there are 93 thousand 322 active cases in the country which are under active medical supervision.

The Ministry said India's fatality rate is at 2.83 per cent as against world average of 6.19 per cent. More than three lakh 67 thousand people have died across the world due to Corona virus.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Dr. Rakesh Misra, Director of Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology, highlighted the importance of growing cultures of the virus in labs for developing vaccines and conducting serological tests.

Senior physician at RML hospital in Delhi, Dr. Desh Deepak has said that the lockdown has resulted in checking the rate of growth of corona cases in India.


Union Government will provide Kisan Credit Cards to one crore 50 lakh dairy farmers belonging to Milk Unions and Milk producing Companies under a special drive. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said, the card will be provided within the next two months from 1st June to 31st of July. 


The 15th Finance Commission today held a meeting with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Issues Related to Air Quality in Urban Areas. The commission is currently deliberating the recommendations to be made for the next five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26 and needs to formulate suitable provisions for continuing the grants for improving ambient air quality in a sustainable manner.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his call to maintain Do Gaj Ki Doori, wear mask and clean hands in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. While inaugurating the SPICMACAY Anubhav Series on the theme of using song and art to alleviate apprehensions and fear,Prime Minister said, music is a great healer and unifies people from all sections of society. He also mentioned the united effort of people coming together for clapping and clanging utensils and equated this unified spirit to the melodies of music.

The Prime Minister said, just as there is a need for harmony and discipline in music, there is a need for similar harmony, restraint and discipline from every citizen to fight against the Corona virus pandemic.


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


Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has said that exceptional and far-sighted leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is spearheading the cause of building a strong and self-reliant Bharat. Addressing media persons in Bengaluru today, he said, the Prime Minister has taken key decisions . He further added that One Country, One Ration Card Scheme, Garib Kalyan Scheme and Athmanirbar Bharat Programme will make weaker sections to stand on their feet. He also noted that Prime Minister is in constant touch with all the Chief Ministers of the country to wage a unified fight against Corona virus.

Mr. Yediyurappa said, India is made self-reliant on the production of PPE kits, ventilators, and N-95 mask.


The Union Government today said that tourists and others hiring cabs and motorcycles for self-driving will not be required to carry badges, if they are holding a domestic driving licence or an international driving permit.

Road Transport and Highways Ministry today issued advisory to the states in this regard. It said two-wheelers under Rent a Motorcycle Scheme will be allowed to drive across states on payment of relevant taxes. It added that Cabs and motorcycles under Rent a Motorcycle and Rent a Cab schemes are not required to carry badges.


In Tamil Nadu, the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 56 per cent while the mortality rate hovers at 0.78 per cent. However, on a single day today, 1,162 people were confirmed positive for the virus while 413 others were discharged.

Public transport has been resumed in 33 of the 37 districts in Tamil Nadu today.

The state run buses in Tamil Nadu have come back on wheels after 68 days of being immobile. They are plying in non-containment areas outside Chennai and its three adjacent districts, from 6 am to 9 pm. The transport department say, in general, there had been a fair level of patronage from the passengers on the first day today. In the buses, 60 per cent of seat occupancy is being permitted to ensure social distancing. Cashless transaction using QR code is being experimented. Sanitizers are being kept in the buses and passengers wearing masks are being allowed to embark after thermal screening. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.


In Maharashtra, Health Minister Rajesh Tope today said that the recovery rate in state for the month of May for the COVID-19 patients has increased to 43.35 per cent, which is 3.5 times the recovery rate recorded in March. After analyzing the data of last three months, it was found that maximum number of patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals in the month of May. The Minister informed that the doubling rate too had gone up from 11 to 17.5 days.

The Health Minister said, in March when the first corona virus patient was found in Maharashtra, the recovery rate was at 12.91 percent, which increased to 16.88 per cent in April. By May end, the state had 67,655 patients of which 29,329 were cured. He added that in the last week of May, a record 8000 patients were cured and discharged across the state. He gave the credit of this to the measures taken by the  state government, early lockdown, frontline workers and employees and the revised discharge policy issued by the Centre. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI


In Himachal Pradesh, the State Government launched an online portal Skill Register to create a sound database of migrants, who have recently entered the state  during the lockdown in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Skill Register would provide industries in getting information regarding skilled manpower.

In order to utilize the services of skilled migrants who recently returned to the state the IT department has created an online portal skill register. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur while launching the portal in Shimla today said it would help the industries to get consolidated information of skilled workers according to their requirements. He said various companies and industrial houses can also register their requirements on this portal. In this online portal, interested persons can register through skillregister. hp.gov.in. Reports regarding skill would be prepared district wise, educational qualification wise and on work experience. Registration would be based on the unique mobile number and Aadhar number. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News Shimla.


Under Vande Bharat Mission, 151 stranded passengers from Dubai  reached Gaya in Bihar this afternoon . These passengers were stranded due to lockdown. Out of these, 148 are from Bihar while three from Jharkhand.


Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa is set to sail tonight from Colombo port in Sri Lanka carrying around 680 Indian nationals back to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. The ship will reach Tuticorin tomorrow morning. This is the first voyage as part of operation Samudra Setu from Sri Lanka to repatriate Indian citizens as part of Vande Bharat Mission. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay thanked Sri Lankan Government and authorities for their support in repatriation.

"This is the first major evacuation exercise from neighbouring Sri Lanka where around 1700 Indian nationals have registered for repatriation. Earlier, an Air India flight had left for Mumbai last Friday while two toher flights are scheduled later this month. Most of the passengers travelling by ship are from Tamilnadu while some are from Karnataka and Kerala. Most of them are small workers and businessmen who got stuck due to lockdown. Over 200 of them were based in Tamil-dominated Northern Province while 11 fishermen from Tamilnadu are also among the returnees. These fishermen were arrested on poaching charges and were released in March but could not return to their families because of crisis. SANTOSH KUMAR AIR NEWS COLOMBO."


Kerala Government has announced guidelines for lockdown Phase 5 in the state.

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that complete lockdown will be implemented in all containment zones in the State,  with 24 hours  curfew like situation permitting only emergency services.In other regions, Bus service is permitted inside the district and  between near by districts. Compulsory registration and passes will continue to be required to enter the State. Cinema shooting is permitted  only in studio and indoor location with max 50 people maintaining strict Covid guidelines.Television shooting is also  permitted with max 25 people.A maximum of 50 people is allowed in marriages.  Reverse quarantine will be strengthened in the State and gatherings will remain forbidden.Opening of schools will  be decided after July. Chief Minister further informed that the relaxations will be consulted with the Centre and the opening of religious institutions  will only be decided once the Centre issues guidelines  after June 8. Meanwhile 57 new Covid cases were confirmed in Kerala out of which 55 are returnees from abroad and other States.The total active cases  rose to 708. Meanwhile as monsoon arrived in Kerala  and the depression in Arabian sea intensified,  heavy rain is predicted for coming two days in the State.Orange is issued in Kozhikode district tomorrow.  Fisher folks are warned from venturing into the sea. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


The depression over East-central and adjoining South-east Arabian Sea moved North-northwestwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours. Indian Meteorology Department said, the depression is very likely to intensify into a Deep Depression over East-central and the adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea during next six hours and further convert into a Cyclonic Storm over Arabian Sea during the subsequent 24 hours. It is also very likely to move nearly northwards initially till 2nd June morning and then recurve north-northeastwards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigad district of Maharashtra and Daman during the afternoon of 3rd June.


Home Minister Amit Shah today held a review meeting in New Delhi with senior officials of National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Response Force and Met Department on the preparedness for dealing with cyclone brewing in Arabian sea. The cyclone is expected to hit some parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. 

Later,  Mr.  Shah interacted with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and  Maharashtra as well as Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu  via video conferencing to review preparedness.


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

The National capital Delhi will see a minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and maximum of 39  with generally cloudy sky and light rain or drizzle.

Mumbai will see a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum and maximum will be 25 and 33.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 22 in Jammu while maximum will be around 35. The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 14 and 26. The sky will be generally cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be partly cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm towards afternoon evening or night.


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