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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews COVID-19 situation in the country            Indian army establishes COVID management cell to coordinate assistance to civil authority            Civil Aviation Ministry issues guidelines to ensure timely vaccination of aviation community            Madhya Pradesh govt extends Janta Curfew till 15th May to check rising cases of COVID-19            More than 16.25 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far           

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03rd May, 2021


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews growing need of human resources required to deal with Covid-19 crisis.

  • NEET -Post Graduate exam postponed for four months to ensure availability of qualified doctors for Covid duties.

  • Medical interns to be deployed in COVID management duties under supervision of the faculty.

  • Medical personnel  completing 100 days of COVID duties to be given priority in regular government recruitments.

  • Government says positive approach visible in COVID-19 recoveries;Says some states and UTs show early signs of plateauing in daily cases.

  • 1500 Pressure Swing Adsorption, oxygen generation plants being developed to increase availability of Oxygen in the country.

  • Over 15 crore 72 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to eligible beneficiaries till now.

  • Mamata Banerjee stakes claim to form government in West Bengal.

  • Bangladesh extends lockdown till 16th May to check the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

  • In IPL Cricket; Match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers  Bangalore  rescheduled after 2 KKR players test  positive for COVID-19.


As the number of Covid cases is on the rise, we appeal to our listeners to take all precautions and all those above 18 years of age to get vaccinated without any hesitation. The vaccination for the person of age between 18 and 44 has begun at designated facilities.

Stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps:

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the growing need of human resources required for dealing with the crisis of Covid-19 situation in the country. Many important decisions have been taken during the review meeting which will significantly boost availability of medical personnel required for treatment of Covid patients.

Amongst many decisions, a decision has been taken to postpone NEET-Post Graduate exam for at least four months. This will ensure the availability of qualified doctors for Covid duties. The exam will not be held before 31st of August this year and students will be given time, at least of one month after the announcement of the exam.

"During the meeting, it has been decided to allow deployment of medical interns in the Covid management duties under the supervision of their faculty. The services of final year MBBS students can be utilized for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases. The services of final year post graduate students as residents may continue to be utilized. It has further been decided that services of B.Sc. and General Nursing and Midwifery nurses may be utilized in Covid nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses.

In a major decision, it has been decided that the individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments after they complete a minimum of 100 days of Covid duties. The medical students and professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. Engaged Health professionals will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government. All such professionals will be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman after completion of their 100 days of Covid duties.

The States and Union Territories have been requested to consider the above incentives to maximise the availability of manpower to provide relief to the Covid patients. Swati Rakheja, News Desk."


Over 1 crore 62 lakh 93 thousand people have recovered in the country from Covid-19 and the recovery rate stands at 81.77 per cent. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, a positive approach is visible in the recoveries.

He said, yesterday, the recovery rate was at 78 per cent and today, it has climbed up to almost 82 per cent. He added, these are early gains on which the work has to be done regularly.

The Joint Secretary said, increasing share of recoveries is a positive trend, but challenge in terms of increased active cases continues. He added, some states are showing increasing trends in COVID cases, these states should take required precautionary measures. Joint Secretary Agarwal said, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya are among those states and UTs. He said, some states and UTs including Delhi and Madhya Pradesh are showing early signs of plateauing or decrease in daily new cases. 

On vaccination, the Joint Secretary informed,over 15 crore 72 lakh vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries till now. He said, over 1 crore 57 lakh health care workers, over 2 crore six lakh frontline workers have been vaccinated till now. Over 12 crore people aged 45 years and above and 2 lakh people aged 18-44 have got vaccine doses. He added that twelve states have started vaccinating those in age group of 18-44 years from 1st of this month.

Joint Secretary Agarwal said, 1500 Pressure Swing Adsorption, PSA oxygen generation plants are being developed. He said, to increase availability of medical oxygen, Government is working on converting nitrogen plants into oxygen plants. 

Additional Secretary in Home Ministry Piyush Goyal said, there is enough oxygen available in the country. He said, every hospital must ensure judicious use of Oxygen according to the guidelines issued by Health Ministry. He requested citizens that along with the Government, they should also ensure that no hoarding or black marketing of Oxygen is done.

Director of AIIMS, Dr Randeep Guleria said, falling oxygen saturation and excessive fatigue are warning signs which indicate that the Covid patient in home isolation needs hospitalisation. He said, CT-Scan and biomarkers are being misused and there is no advantage in doing CT-Scan if a person has mild symptoms. Dr Guleria said, one CT-Scan is equivalent to three hundred chest x-rays and it is very harmful.


The fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrived from UK to India today. MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi thanked strategic partner and friend United Kingdom for the support.

A shipment of an oxygen production plant and twenty ventilators also arrived from Italy to India. The Spokesperson said, India values the support from the important European Union partner Italy and it will help augment the oxygen capacities.


As per the revised guidelines of the Health Ministry  the patients who are clinically assigned to be mild or asymptomatic are recommended for home isolation. For home isolation, the patient should be clinically assigned as mild or asymptomatic case by the treating Medical officer and such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts. It says, a care giver should be available to provide care and a communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation. Such person should stay at home, isolate and take rest and sanitize hands. There should be cross ventilations in rooms and all family members should wear masks. The person should monitor body temperature and oxygen saturation four hourly. Such persons have been advised to seek medical consultation if they feel breathlessness and oxygen saturation drops to 93 per cent or below.


The Ministry of AYUSH has taken steps to increase availability of Polyherbal drug AYUSH 64 across the country. The Ministry in a statement said that AYUSH 64 has been found very useful in treating mild to moderate cases of Covid 19 in clinical trials. It said, the trials led by reputed scientists of the country showed AYUSH 64 has notable antiviral, immune-modulator and antipyretic properties. It is found to be useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection. Consequently, the drug is now repurposed for COVID-19.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed Covid related initiatives by the Indian Navy today in a meeting with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh.

The Navy Chief apprised Prime Minister that Naval Hospitals have been opened for use of civilians in various cities. He said Navy Medical personnel have also been redeployed at various locations in the country to manage Covid duties. The Navy is also transporting Oxygen Containers as well as other supplies from abroad to India.

Admiral Singh briefed the Prime Minister about various initiatives being taken by the Indian Navy to assist the countrymen in the pandemic.


In a major relief, the Centre has waived off the IGST on the import of COVID related medical supplies including Remdesivir Injection/API, Medical Oxygen, O2 Concentrators, Cryogenic tanks & COVID Vaccines among others. The exemption has been granted till 30th June for free distribution of these medical supplies.

Earlier the Centre had waived off the import duty & health cess on such medical supplies.

This exemption will enable import of the Covid relief supply imported free of cost for free distribution without payment of IGST. State Governments have been asked to appoint a nodal authority to facilitate the importers to avail the relief exemption.


In a daily media briefing of the Health Ministry today, Joint Secretary in the ministry, Lav Agrawal said there are early signs of plateauing witnessed in Maharashtra. He said, from the peak of 65,000 cases which were reported earlier, now 62,000 cases are reported.

"The ongoing strict restrictions imposed in Maharashtra to contain the transmission of Covid-19 has been yielding positive results. According to the Union Health Ministry, there are 12 districts in Maharashtra where cases of corona have been declining. These districts are Aurangabad, Dhule, Bhandara, Gondia, Jalgaon, Latur, Mumbai, Nanded, Nandurbar, Thane and Washim. Joint Secretary in the Union health Ministry, Mr. Lav Agrawal said that this dip in cases have been witnessed in last 15 days. The ongoing strict restrictions in Maharashtra will remain in force till 15th of this month. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."

More recoveries were recorded today in the state as compared to the new cases of Covid-19. About 59,500 patients were discharged across the state during the day, which took the tally of recovered patients above 40 lakh 41 thousand mark.


In Maharashtra, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has converted 25 city buses into ambulances for use of Covid patients. Mayor of Nagpur city, Dayashankar Tiwari flagged off these ambulances today. He said that the number of ambulances in Government and private hospitals in Nagpur are not sufficient  to meet the requirements of patients amid the daily surging Covid cases. With the induction of newly converted ambulances with Oxygen facilities, the Municipal Corporation is hoping to lower the stress on the City’s health Machinery. The needy person can avail this facility by calling on 0712-2551417.


In view of recent spike in COVID19 cases in Sikkim, the state government today announced additional restrictions to contain the spread of infection. The announcement followed an emergency meeting held by Chief Minister PS Tamang.

The new restrictions to be effective during 6th to 16th May were announced after Sikkim recorded 1,404 COVID19 cases over the last seven days. The state government has decided to impose curfew during 5 pm to 9 am across Sikkim while restricting all inter-state and inter-district movement. People’s moment has been restricted in the state exempting medical emergencies. Vehicles engaged in medical emergency, essential commodities, funeral and construction activities will be allowed to ply.

All people entering through borders will need to furnish negative RT-PCR reports within 72-hours of entry. All commercial establishments will operate from 10 am to 4 pm. While essential services have been exempted, unloading of construction materials will be allowed from 5 am to 8 am. Moreover, the existing weekend shutdown for all shops in market areas except those selling essential goods will continue. With Saikat Sarkar, Parijat Sharma from Gangtok for AIR.


Government has said that a vial for Remdesivir injection by the name 'COVIPRI' which is in circulation, is fake. Press Information Bureau in a tweet said, no Remdesivir by the name COVIPRI exists. People have been advised not to buy medical supplies from unverified sources and beware of counterfeit medicines and injection.


The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has refuted the media reports wherein it was alleged that Centre has not placed any fresh order for procurement of Covid vaccines. The Ministry has termed these media reports completely incorrect saying that these are not based on facts.

Giving the details of vaccine procurement, the Ministry has said that advance payment of one thousand 732 crore rupees was released to Serum Institute of India last week for procurement of 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine for the three months. It said, against the last order of 10 crore doses of Covishield vaccine, over eight crore 74 lakh doses have been delivered so far.


The COVID- 19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis in the country.  Although the government is leaving no stone unturned to check the infection and provide medical and other assistance to the people, there are NGOs and groups of people who are putting tremendous efforts to ease the hardship being faced by the people. They are providing medical assistance and food and pulling up resources and ensuring they are delivered to those who need them the most. A Gurgaon-based NGO, Hemkunt Foundation has been working to provide oxygen cylinders to critical covid patients. Through the contribution of people, the NGO is also providing meals to the people suffering from the COVID-19 crisis. An NGO-Give India which works in  New Delhi and  Mumbai, is providing relief to the people by ensuring free oxygen cylinders. 


Renowned AIR Newsreader of yesteryears Sushil Javeri passed away today in Ahmedabad, due to COVID-19.  He was 90 years old and was battling against the COVID-19 infection for the past few days. He served in News Services Division of All India Radio for nearly four decades.


The government of Bangladesh has announced an extension of the ongoing countrywide lockdown till May the 16th  while allowing for the buses to resume operations within the district from May the 6th. However, inter-district movement of buses will remain suspended. Trains and waterway services will also continue to remain suspended in the country. The decision was taken today during the weekly cabinet meeting Chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said after the cabinet meeting that local administration will strictly enforce the health regulations imposed on malls and shops.

Bangladesh imposed a nationwide lockdown on April 5th as COVID 19 infection  and deaths started rising alarmingly.


Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the state's chief minister for the third time on Wednesday. Mamata Banerjee met West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form the government, after her party's win in the assembly elections. She will be sworn in at an informal ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata in view of the current situation due to the pandemic. The party's newly elected legislators will take oath on Thursday. A meeting was held at the Trinamool Congress Bhawan with the newly elected MLAs of the Party.  Trinamool Congress general secretary Parth Chatterjee said, the meeting unanimously elected Mamata Banerjee as the leader of the TMC Legislative Council. Biman Banerjee has been nominated as the Speaker of the 17th Legislative Assembly.


The Union Home Ministry has asked West Bengal Government for a report on the post election violence targeting opposition political workers in the state. Since the completion of poll counting in the State yesterday, several incidents of violence have been reported.


The results of keenly fought General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal indicate that though there were largely multi-cornered contests on cards, with total 2,116 candidates in fray for 292 seats that went to polls in eight phases, the electoral battle actually turned into direct contest between the ruling All India Trinamool Congress and the main challenger Bharatiya Janata Party.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led AITC raced to the pole position yesterday within hours of the start of counting of votes and went on to capture 213 seats while retaining the power once again. The main rival BJP won 77 seats leaving the remaining two seats for others. Despite her party’s spectacular performance, it remained unclear for most of the day whether the TMC chief  Banerjee would make it through in Nandigram Assembly Constituency. She was leading over confidante-turned-adversary and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in the afternoon with a slim margin of 3,000 votes after trailing for several hours. Ultimately, the BJP candidate won the seat by a margin of 1,956 votes. But, Nandigram wasn’t the only seat that could have flipped.

A quick analysis of the Election Commission’s data shows that there were nearly 19 seats where the victory margin was less than three thousand votes. The BJP had a slender victory margin in 12 of them including nine seats where it had a victory margin of less than two thousand votes. In four seats, it had a victory margin of less than one thousand votes. On the other hand, the AITC won seven seats with a margin of less than three thousand votes including three where the margin was less than one thousand votes.


The Election Commission has deferred the polling in Pipli Assembly Constituency of Odisha and Jangipur and Samserganj assembly constituencies of West Bengal due to spike in cases of Covid-19. Polling in these constituencies was scheduled to be held on 16th of this month. Earlier, voting in these constituencies were scheduled along with the assembly polls in 4 states and one UT, but due to death of contesting candidates of recognized political parties the polling was defered to 16th May. The Commission after taking all material facts and inputs of CEO West Bengal and CEO Odisha in consideration and taking note of lockdown or restrictions under Disaster Management Act, decided to defer the scheduled poll.


In Assam, state BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that the party's Parliamentary board will decide the next Chief Minister of the state. Speaking to media today, he said that the party will appoint an observer soon . The Observer will visit the state and meet all concerned in this regard and also submit a report to the parliamentary board. The BJP with its allies retained power in the state. Along with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the name of NEDA Convenor and senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is also being discussed by the media in the state as the next Chief Minister.


Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has accepted the resignation of Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy and his council of ministers. A press release from the Raj Bhavan stated that the Governor has requested them to continue until alternate arrangements are made. The release also stated that the 15th Legislative Assembly has dissolved.

DMK will formally elect their leader M.K.Stalin as the Chief Minister tomorrow.

" The new Government is likely to be formed after a formal meeting of the elected members of the legislative Assembly tomorrow. DMK MLAs will elect their Chief Minister and later meet the Governor to present their credentials. In a related development, Chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo  said that the winning details of Rajyasabha members K.P.Munusamy and Vaidhilingam who have won the Assembly election will be sent to the State Governor Banwarilal Purohit once they take the decision  to quit their present post as MPs.  Joy/Chennai.


In Kerala, as the CPM led LDF is all set to reign, the CPI (M) and the LDF  will soon begin the discussions  regarding the formation of the new  government. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan handed over his resignation letter to Governor Arif Mohammad Khan today.  The Governor accepted the resignation and directed the Chief Minister to continue in office till the formation of the new government. The CPI (M) State Secretariat meeting  scheduled to be convened tomorrow will hold discussion on formation of new Government.  Prior to this, members of the state politburo will also convene  a meeting to discuss and decide further proceedings. While briefing the media, Chief Minister Vijayan said that no decisions has been made yet regarding the swearing-in-ceremony in view of the covid surge.


In Puducherry the NR Congress leader N Rengasamy met the Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan this evening and staked his claim to form the government.


In IPL Cricket, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore slated for today  has been rescheduled after 2 KKR players tested  positive.

Yesterday, Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by 7 wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In another match, Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 55 runs at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi last evening.


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

The National Capital Delhi is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The temperature will hover between 25 and 39 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 27 and 36 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have rain or thundershowers with strong gusty winds. The city will see a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 34 degrees.

Srinagar will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain. Temperature will hover between 11 and 27 degree Celsius.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 38 degrees.

Leh is expected to have partly cloudy sky while the minimum and maximum temperature will be between three and 20 degree Celsius.

Gilgit will have mainly Clear sky. The temperature will hover between 12 and 34 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad is also likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 18 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 38 degrees.


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