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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting on COVID-19 situation in the country            Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan says India has launched largest vaccination drive in the world            Cabinet Secretary to chair a meeting with Chief Secretaries of 10 states, UTs to discuss availability of Medical Oxygen            6 day lockdown in National Capital from tonight; Essential services to remain functional            Country registers over two lakh 73 thousand COVID-19 fresh cases           

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03.03.2021
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds Union budget for linking education with employability and entrepreneurial capability.
  • Prime Minister urges people to ensure protection of country's forests and safe habitats for animals.
  • External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar to visit Bangladesh tomorrow; To finalise agenda of summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart.
  • United Kingdom to receive 10 Million AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine made by Serum Institute of India.
  • India to commemorate Chabahar Day on the margins of the Maritime India Summit-2021 tomorrow.
  • India and Norway agree to work jointly in the area of Marine Spatial Planning in the oceanic space for the next five years.
  • Railways accords permission to Zonal Railways to decide on reopening of retiring rooms at Stations.
  • Sensex surges 1148 points to close at 51,000 mark.
  • Six-time world champion pugilist Mary Kom picked up as Chairperson of International Boxing Association's champions and veterans committee.
  • And in Cricket, fourth and final test between India and England to begin tomorrow at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --
·    Wear a face mask.
·    Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
·    Focus on hand and face hygiene. 
And now, the news in detail :

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the Union Budget has broadened the government's efforts to link education with employability and entrepreneurial capability.


"Education को Employability और Entrepreneurial Capabilities से जोड़ने का जो प्रयास किया गया है, ये बजट उनको और विस्तार देता है। इन्हीं प्रयोगों का परिणाम है कि आज scientific publications के मामले में भारत Top-3 देशों में चुका है। PhD करने वालों की संख्या और स्टार्ट अप इकोसिस्टम के मामले में भी हम दुनिया में Top-3 में पहुंच चुके हैं। Global Innovation Index में भारत दुनिया की Top-50 Innovative Countries में शामिल हो चुका है और निरंतर सुधार कर रहा है।"



The Prime Minister said, the second biggest focus after health in this year's budget is on education, skill, research and innovation.

"खेल के बाद जो दूसरा सबसे बड़ा focus है वो education, skill, research और innovation पर ही है। देश के यूनिवर्सिटी, कॉलेज और R&D Institutions में बेहतर Synergy, आज हमारे देश की सबसे बड़ी जरूरत बन गई है। इसी को ध्यान में रखते हुए ग्लू Grant का प्रावधान किया गया है, जिसके तहत अभी 9 शहरों में इसके लिए ज़रूरी mechanism तैयार किए जा सकें।"


Addressing a webinar on implementation of the Budget in the education sector, Mr. Modi said to build Atmanirbhar Bharat, the youth of the country needs self-confidence which is directly connected to their education, knowledge and skill. He said, the new National Education Policy has been developed with this key thought.

The Prime Minister said, it is an injustice to the nation to keep knowledge and research in limits. With this mindset, the government is opening up several sectors like agriculture, space, atomic energy and DRDO for youth. He added that India has tested the Hydrogen Vehicle and now the country has to make itself industry-ready to utilize hydrogen as a fuel for transport. He also said, future fuel and green energy are very important in order to make the country self-reliant in the energy sector. Thus, the Hydrogen Mission announced in the budget is a massive project.


"Green Energy, हमारी Energy में आत्मनिर्भरता के लिए बहुत ज़रूरी है। इसलिए बजट में घोषित Hydrogen Mission एक बहुत बड़ा संकल्प है। भारत ने Hydrogen Vehicle का Test कर लिया है। अब Hydrogen को ट्रांसपोर्ट के Fuel के रूप में उपयोगिता और इसके लिए खुद को Industry Ready बनाने के लिए अब में मिलकर आगे बढ़ना होगा।"

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Today is World Wildlife Day. The day is observed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. On the occasion, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today urged everyone to put in dedicated efforts to save and preserve wildlife and create greater awareness on the need to maintain a healthy ecological balance on our planet.

The Prime Minister has saluted all those working towards wildlife protection on World Wildlife Day. He said, be it lions, tigers and leopards, India is seeing a steady rise in the population of various animals. Mr Modi added that people should do everything possible to ensure protection of the country's forests and safe habitats for animals.

On the occasion, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the big cat will be a reality soon as the government will bring Cheetah back from extinction. 

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External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will reach Dhaka tomorrow on a day-long visit to Bangladesh. He will be finalising the agenda of the summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to be held later this month. More from our Dhaka correspondent:


"During the visit the External Affairs Minister will meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen. He will also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, the visit of Dr. Jaishankar follows on the Summit level virtual meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh in December last year. The External Affairs Minister will take stock of the progress in bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit of the External Affairs Minister comes ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh to take part in the centenary celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh later this month. Both the countries are likely to sign several MoUs and agreements during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh. Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka."

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India will commemorate Chabahar Day tomorrow on the margins of the Maritime India Summit-2021. The event will be held virtually. Ministers from Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan will participate in the event. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will address the Ministerial Level opening session. Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya will deliver the keynote address.

The Ministerial level opening session will be followed by two webinar sessions on the Development of Port Infrastructure : Unleashing Opportunities and Boosting Business through Trade Promotion and Regional Connectivity.

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Railways has accorded permission to Zonal Railways to decide on reopening of retiring rooms at Stations keeping in view local condition including Covid related protocols issued by the Government. The Railway Board has already permitted for restarting operation of Retiring Rooms, Rail Yatri Niwas and Hotels in October last year, which are managed by IRCTC. Railway Ministry said, at present, various special express and passenger trains services have been introduced in a phased manner as per the requirement. Considering the convenience of passengers, Railways has decided to allow operation of retiring room at stations subject to fulfilment of protocols issued by the Government. These convenience were discontinued post announcement of lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

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Railways Minister Piyush Goyal today flagged off Kotdwar-Delhi Junction-Kotdwar Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Special train through video conferencing. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Goyal expressed his gratitude to the hard-working railway employees who served the country during the pandemic by supplying medicines, coal and other necessary essential items. He informed that Kotdwar-Delhi route electrification is almost complete and only a 15 kilometre stretch is pending which is expected to be completed by this month. The train will connect Kotdwar with the National Capital and bring socio economic development in the region. Pilgrims visiting Siddhabali temple will be benefitted with improved connectivity.

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In Jharkhand, Finance Minister Dr Rameshwar Oraon today presented the budget for the year 2021-22 in the State Assembly at Ranchi. Dr Oraon presented the State Budget with a total outlay of 91 thousand 277 crore rupees, with an increase of over 7,100 crore rupees in comparison to last year’s budget. A provision of 1200 crore rupees has been made in the Budget for waiving off farmers’ loans. The breakup of budget includes a revenue expenditure of over 75755 crore rupees and Capital Expenditure of 15521 crore rupees.

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The Election Commission today organized a briefing for Observers to be deployed for the forthcoming assembly polls in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. More than 1650 Observers participated in the meeting physically and virtually from more than 120 remote locations. Officers from IAS, IPS, IRS and other Central Services have been included to be deployed as General, Police and Expenditure Observers. 

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In Assam, Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade asserted that the misuse of money, muscle and liquor will be under strict vigil in the run-up to and during the elections the state. He said, the expenditure limit of each candidate has been fixed at 30.8 lakh rupees. More from our Guwahati correspondent :


"To curb the unethical influence of money power in the Assam Assembly polls, Expenditure Observers, flying squads and a static surveillance team have been engaged in the state. The Chief Electoral Officer said that, banks would also be asked to keep an eye on all suspicious withdrawal of cash. The Enforcement Directorate would also remain during the polls. Police and Excise department have started drives against the misuse of liquor and recovered illegal liquor. To curb the misuse of muscle power, Assam police has been executing all non-bailable warrants issued in the State. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."

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In West Bengal, political parties are holding rounds of discussions to finalize their candidate lists in view of the upcoming assembly elections. Leaders of BJP’s state unit will leave for Delhi this evening to finalize the candidate list for the first two phases of assembly elections. After the meeting of the election committee of the party today, president of BJP’s state unit Dilip Ghosh said that, after the approval of the party’s central leadership, the candidates will be finalized. Trinamool Congress will also hold a meeting of party leaders tomorrow regarding finalizing the candidates.

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In the Union Territory of Puducherry Polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on April 6th. Following the announcement of the election, the political parties are busily engaged with discussions and finalising the alliance at the earliest.

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Income tax officials today raided 30 plus locations in Mumbai & Pune. Raids are being carried out at the properties of some film personalities. More from our Mumbai correspondent :


"Income tax officials today confirmed that the raids are being conducted at 30 plus Locations in Mumbai and Pune. Officials have also said that Department has some information regarding tax evasion and investigation going on. It is not yet clear when the raids will be completed and department officials have said that details will be shared after the completion of the raids. Department officials have clarified that it never shares the name of the persons or organisations on which raids are being conducted. Jeevan Bhawasar, AIR News, Mumbai."

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In run up to the International Women’s Day celebrated on the 8th of March, All India Radio News is honouring Women Achievers from diverse fields by bringing their stories. Manjamma Jogati was conferred with Padma Shri this year. She was the first trans woman chairperson of the Karnataka Janapada Academy.


"Manjamma Jogati has been working for years to keep Jogati Nritya, Janpada Songs and other art forma aloft. Jogati Nritya, Janpada Songs are practiced in Rural Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts of Andhra Pradesh. She was awarded the Karnataka Janapada Academy award in 2006. In 2010 the government of Karnataka honoured her with the annual Kannada Rajyotsava Award. Talking to All India Radio News she sang the song which she used to sing while seeking alms.

     
 She appealed to her community to learn and promote the art and culture of land.
   
With Sudhindra from Bengaluru, Deeksha Saksena, AIR News, Delhi."

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India and Norway have agreed to jointly work in the area of marine spatial planning in the oceanic space for the next five years. The two countries have decided to extend support for sustainable ocean resources utilisation to advance economic and social development in coastal areas. The initiative known as Marine Spatial Planning will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences through National Centre for Coastal Research for India.

In this regard, the first project steering committee meeting was successfully conducted virtually recently, after which the two countries have charted out a plan to ensure that human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe, and sustainable manner in areas such as energy, transportation, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.

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The COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has touched 97.06 per cent. The Health Ministry said, over 13 thousand people were discharged in the last 24 hours. Till now, over one crore 8 lakh 12 thousand people have recovered from COVID-19 infection. In the last 24 hours, around 15 thousand new cases were reported. With this, the total number of cases has reached over one crore 11 lakh. The Ministry said, 98 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. So far, over one crore 56 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated.

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Today 2,765 new covid cases were reported in Kerala. 4,031 people recovered from the disease. During the last 24 hours 59,646 covid tests were performed. At present, the disease confirmation rate in the state is 4.64%. Currently, about 45,995 covid patients are undergoing treatment in the state. The death toll rose to 4,241 with 15 more deaths confirmed to be due to covid.

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In Nagaland, five new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported from Kohima today, taking the tally to 12,205. With this, the number of active cases has been added to 12. While, the total recovered cases remained at 11,949.

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In Manipur, one person was confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases in the past twenty four hours while two people recovered from COVID-19. The total number of positive cases reached 29,283 and the total recovered cases stand at 28,878. The number of active cases is 32 persons as on date.

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The center has decided to allow all the private hospitals to function as COVID Vaccination Centers. Government said, the decision was taken to utilise 100 percent capacities of all private hospitals. Earlier private hospitals empanelled with Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana Central Government Health Scheme, and similar State Health Insurance Schemes were allowed to function as COVID Vaccination Centers. 

Speaking to AIR News, a Senior Citizen Madhu Gopal who got vaccinated at Max Hospital said, she is satisfied with the vaccination process.

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has informed that the technical snag encountered by the portal meant for the registration of senior citizens for Covid vaccination has been rectified. Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru today, he said due to the snag only 1063 persons were vaccinated in Bengaluru on the day one.

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Bharat Biotech has announced that Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin demonstrated interim clinical efficacy of 81 per cent in its phase three trial.

The trials involved 25 thousand 800 participants across 21 sites. The first interim analysis is based on 43 cases of which 36 cases of Covid-19 were observed in the placebo group versus 7 cases observed in the Covaxin group resulting in vaccine efficacy of 81 per cent.

Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr. Balram Bhargava said that the journey of completely indigenous COVID-19 vaccine in less than eight months’ time showcases the immense strength of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

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  UK is to receive 10 Million AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Doses from India. These vaccine doses are made by the Serum Institute of India (SII). The UK government said in a statement that Britain has ordered 100 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, of which 10 million doses will come from the Serum Institute of India. 

A slew of low-and middle-income countries ranging from Bangladesh to Brazil are dependent on SII's AstraZeneca vaccine, branded COVISHIELD, but demand has been growing from Western countries.

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Under the Vaccine Maitri initiative of the Government of India, five nations today received the Made in India Covid-19 Vaccines. Planes carrying the consignments of vaccine doses landed in Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Senegal.

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Benchmark domestic stocks today climbed more than two percent in sync with gains in the global equity markets. The BSE Sensex regained 51,000 mark while the NSE Nifty reclaimed 15,000 level. The rupee also strengthened 65 paise against the US currency. A report from the business world-

"The Sensex closed 1148 points up at 51,445 and the NSE Nifty surged 327 points to finish at 15,246. The broader market at BSE also gained under-performing the Sensex. In the Global equity market, Global stocks climbed shrugging off concern about the bubble in stocks amid U.S. stimulus supported economic recovery. Oil prices rose amid hope of demand recovery. In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading around 63 dollars and 70 cents per barrel. Back Home, Gold prices fell around 500 rupees per 10 gram at Multi Commodity Exchange and at the forex market, the rupee appreciated 65 paise against the US dollar to settle at 72 rupees and 72 paise. Anubha Rohatagi for AIR News."

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And, now news from World of Sports:

"In Cricket, the fourth and final test between India and England will begin from tomorrow at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The match is scheduled to begin at 9.30 a.m. The third test last week ended within two days with the hosts looking to secure a place in the World Test Championship final. The first Test held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world's biggest cricket venue, turned out to be one of the shortest in history as England were thrashed inside two days. The result, which left India 2-1 up in the four-Test series and ruled England out of the world championship final, prompted accusations that the uber spin-friendly pitch was not up to standard. Virat Kohli's India need a win or a draw to book a clash with New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final. An England win would put Australia into the decider at Lord's in June. Six-time world champion pugilist Mary Kom has been appointed as the Chairperson of the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) champions and veterans committee. AIBA President Umar Kremlev said this in a letter to the 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist. Mary Kom was elected by the Board of Directors of AIBA. The Committee, formed in December last year, consists of most respected worldwide boxing veterans and champions who have achieved significant results and who are ready to share their experience. Mary Kom thanked AIBA President and said she will give her best at the position. In Badminton, India's Kidambi Srikanth and Sourabh Verma today progressed to the second round of the Swiss Open at Basel while H.S. Prannoy and Sameer Verma bowed out. The second day of the Swiss Open sees India's top singles and doubles players in action. Reigning world champion P.V. Sindhu kicks off her tournament later this evening against Turkish world No. 29 Neslihan Yigit while 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal faces Thailand's Phittayapom Chaiwan. In Hockey, the Indian Women will take on Germany in their fourth match at Dusseldorf, Germany tomorrow. India lost to Germany 2-0 in the third game. The hosts are leading 3-0 in the four-match series. On Sunday, the Indian men's hockey team led by PR Sreejesh put up a scintillating show as they outclassed hosts Germany 6-1 in the first of their four-match Europe tour. Now India will travel to Antwerp, Belgium where they will take on Great Britain on Saturday and Monday before wrapping up the 17-day tour. Anita Anand, Sports desk."

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.
National Capital Delhi is likely to have mist. The temperature will hover between 14 and 32 degrees Celsius.
Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata may witness fog or mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The city will observe minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 36 degrees.

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky in the morning hours becoming generally cloudy towards evening or night with possibility of rain or thundershowers accompanied with squall. Temperature will hover between 17 and 16 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. The minimum temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Leh is expected to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around minus seven degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around nine degrees.

Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between five and 23 degrees Celsius.
In Muzaffarabad, the sky will be partly cloudy becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The temperature will varry between nine and 24 degrees Celsius.

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Indian Scientists have designed and developed a low-cost optical spectrograph. The spectograph can locate sources of faint light from distant quasars and galaxies. It is one of the the largest astronomical spectrographs in the country and has been successfully commissioned on the 3.6-Metre Devasthal Optical Telescope near Nainital Uttarakhand. Dr Amitosh Omar, scientist at the research institute ARIES, who led the project team spoke to All India Radio on this development. 

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Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, DIPAM, Tuhin Kanta Pandey today said that the offer for sale of Government shares in Public Sector Undertaking, IRCON International limited has got great response on day one. In a tweet, the Secretary said, the issue subscribed 3.3 times of base size at a clearing price above the floor price by non-retail investors. He said, the government has decided to exercise the green shoe option. The retail investors will get chance to bid tomorrow.

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At least 9 people were killed in three cities and townships of Myanmar and more than 30 were wounded in firing by the security forces against protestors on Wednesday. The death toll in the ongoing protests in Myanmar now stands at 31.

The security forces resorted to live fire in several cities as the military government stepped up use of force to control the ongoing protests in the country. Police also used stun grenades and tear gas against protestors in towns like Myingyan where one person was killed in firing. In the central town of Monywa 5 people were killed. In the second largest city of the country Mandalay 2 people were killed and one person was killed in police firing in Yangon. There were reports in local media that six protestors were killed in the North Okkalapa township near Yangon in firing by security forces.

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