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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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0830 HRS
04.05.2021
THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews growing need of human resources required to deal with Covid-19 crisis.
  • Centre waives off IGST on import of Covid related medical supplies.
  • Education Ministry asks all centrally funded institutions to postpone their offline examinations scheduled this month.
  • Over 1 crore 62 lakh people recover in the country from Covid-19.
  • Tamil Nadu and Kerala to impose stricter measures to check rising cases of Covid.
  • Uttar Pradesh government extends lockdown for two more days in the state.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Mod i to hold virtual Summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson today.
  • Union Home Ministry seeks report from West Bengal government on violence in the state after election results.
  • Government issues guidelines for ‘Production Linked Incentive Scheme for the Food Processing Industry.
  • And, in IPL Cricket Sunrisers Hyderabad to clash with Mumbai Indians this evening.

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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 persons 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
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has 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 the availability of medical personnel required for the treatment of Covid patients.
Amongst many decisions, one of them is to postpone NEET-Post Graduate exam by 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."

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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.
The State Governments have been asked to appoint a nodal authority to facilitate the importers to avail the relief exemption.

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Union Education Ministry has written to all centrally funded institutions to postpone their offline examinations scheduled in the month of May this year in view of COVID surge. In a letter addressed to all the heads of centrally funded institutions, Secretary, Higher Education Amit Khare has urged the Institutions to postpone all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May. The Online examinations may however continue as scheduled. The letter also stated that the decision will be reviewed in the first week of June.
All Institutions have been asked to encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated and also ensure all possible help in every regard.

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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 yesterday, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, a positive approach is visible in the recoveries.
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. He said, some states and UTs including Delhi and Madhya Pradesh are showing early signs of plateauing of daily new cases. 
On vaccination, the Joint Secretary informed, over 15 crore 88 lakh vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries till now. yesterday, nearly 16.5 lakh vaccine doses were given to people.
Joint Secretary Agarwal said, 1500 Pressure Swing Adsorption, PSA oxygen generation plants are being developed. 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.

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The Uttar Pradesh Government has extended the coronavirus-induced curfew in the entire state by two more days. As per the latest order, the restrictions will remain in place in all 75 districts till Thursday morning. The restrictions were slated to be lifted this morning. This is the second extension of lockdown-like curfew in Uttar Pradesh.

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The Bihar government has decided to deduct two crore rupees from Chief Minister Area Development Scheme of every MLA and MLC to boost its fight against Covid. The State government has collected 636 crore rupees from 243 MLAs and 75 MLCs during the current fiscal. The amount will be used for treatment of covid patients. Development Commissioner Amir Subhani said MLAs and MLCs can give more money if they desire so.


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Gujarat recorded 12,820 new cases of Covid19 yesterday. 11,999 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and were discharged from the hospitals.

"The new cases of Covid19 are decreasing slowly. Similarly, the number of patients recovering from the Covid19 is also increasing. Maximum 4616 new cases reported from Ahmedabad, while Surat recorded 1309 new cases. 140 patients lost their lives yesterday. Gujarat has now 1 lakh 47 thousand 499 active cases at present, out of which 747 patients are on ventilator. Meanwhile, 1 lakh 41 thousand 843 persons were vaccinated in the state yesterday. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has suspended the vaccination of 45 plus age group in the city from today. According to the release, it will start again after the arrival of a new stock of vaccines. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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In Chhattisgarh, new guidelines are being implemented from today for the passengers coming by air route to the state. Now it will be mandatory for all air passengers to show negative report of RT-PCR test.

"It has been made mandatory from today for all the people coming to Chhattisgarh by air to produce a negative report of the RT-PCR test. This RT-PCR test must be done within 72 hours before the start of the journey. Air passengers will be allowed to enter the state only when their test report is negative. The state government has directed all the airlines to issue boarding passes for the Chhattisgarh to only those passengers who have  RT-PCR negative report. If a passenger reaches Chhattisgarh without a negative report, he will not be allowed to come out of the airport. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."

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In Maharashtra, more recoveries were recorded as compared to the new cases of Covid-19. Similarly, for the third day in a row, Mumbai has witnessed slowdown in new Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, Mumbai will resume its vaccination drive for senior citizens and those above 45 years from today.

"The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai - MCGM stated that only those citizens who are to take the second dose will be vaccinated from today, at selected government and civic-run centres. The drive had been suspended since 30th April due to the shortage of vaccines. Citizens coming in for the second dose should come to the centres with their first dose message or certificate. The MCGM will continue with vaccination for the 18 to 44 age group at five centres from this morning, between 9 am and 5 pm. It will only be for citizens who have registered and been allotted a slot by MCGM. For today too, each centre will have only 500 doses. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."

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The Odisha government has decided to continue covid-19 vaccination even during the period of state-wide lockdown beginning tomorrow. In an order to the district collectors, it has asked them to allow people to visit the covid-19 vaccination centres on all days of the week except Sundays to get vaccinated. The 14 days' lockdown till the 19th of this month has been imposed by the state government to contain the viral surge.

"Amid vaccine inadequacy, the state government has prioritised vaccination of all categories of beneficiaries for whom the second vaccine shots are due. As on date, more than 59 lakh people of the state have been vaccinated with over 46000 covered yesterday. Meanwhile, in view of the pandemic-induced lockdown in Odisha, the Election Commission of India has deferred the polling for by election to Pipili Assembly constituency of the state, that was scheduled on the 16th of May. On the other hand, the state's covid-19 active caseload has shot up further to about 72 thousand with nearly 9 thousand new cases detected during the last 24 hours. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News Bhubaneswar."

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The Tamil Nadu government has announced new lockdown measures from 6th to 20th of this month. It is to be noted that the top officials of the State Government including Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan had a detailed meeting with DMK leader MK Stalin on the Covid situation in the State. The announcement was made after the meeting.

"The new restrictions has allowed government and private offices to function with 50 percent attendance. Rail, metro and bus services will be allowed with 50 percent passengers only. No other shops except Groceries and vegetable shops without airconditioned facility  will be allowed to function with 50 percent customers till 12 noon. Take away services will be allowed in restaurants and hotels and tea shops to open till 12 noon. Only 20 people will be allowed in funerals and 50 persons in marriage . Curfew to continue on Sundays. E commerce activities like swiggy and zomato will be allowed. Essential services, like Media, freight and medical emergencies will be allowed at all times and  night curfew will continue from ten pm to four am. everyday. More than twenty thousand fresh cases have been registered for the second consecutive day yesterday. Over 18 thousand patients have been discharged.  Joy, AIR NEWS, Chennai."

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that strict restrictions and stringent measures will be imposed throughout the state from today onwards, amid the spike in COVID cases. Restrictions similar to the lockdown will be in place until the ninth of this month. Only essential services will be allowed to function throughout the state. Public transport will function. Restaurants must engage in parcel services only. Employees working in companies, industries and organizations working in connection with essential services can travel with valid identity card. Admission to places of worship with a small area and limited facilities will be strictly limited to 50 people. Also, weekend restrictions imposed in the state will continue.
Meanwhile,  26,011 new COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed yesterday. The test positivity rate is at 27.01 percent.

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Confederation of Indian Industry has asked industry to curtail all non-essential economic activity requiring physical presence of employees at the workplace for the next two weeks. In a statement, CII President Uday Kotak said, this is necessary to break the chain of Corona transmission. Mr Kotak said, Indian industry should review operations and minimise the use of in-person manpower, limiting it to only critical operations or activities required by law. He said, all responsible corporates should strive to protect their employees and ensure that their employee balance sheet remains healthy.

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A shipment of 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies sent by Kuwait reached India today. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi thanked Kuwait for it.

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5th in a series of consignments carrying medical equipment from the US arrived in India this morning. The consignment has 545 oxygen concentrators. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi appreciated the support from the US.

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China’s Foreign Ministry evaded questions on the controversial insensitive post by official Weibo Account on India’s COVID situation. A social media post by a Weibo account linked to the Communist Party of China (CPC) had ridiculed the Covid-19 situation in India. The post has now been d after a lot of controversy and a slew of criticism. In response to a question on the goof-up, Chinese Foreign Ministry only stated that they have not found it on the relevant Weibo account. China Digital Times, which tracks China’s online world, reported that official accounts such as the Chinese Police Online and the Tianjin Municipal People’s Procuratorate have posted a picture on several platforms mocking India’s fight against the pandemic. Many Chinese citizens called the post insensitive, inhumane, and termed it inappropriate for an official account. One user termed it as a classic case of propaganda failure.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual Summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson today. During the summit, apart from exchanging views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, both leaders will discuss Covid 19 cooperation and the global efforts to fight the pandemic.
"The Summit will be an important opportunity to elevate multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest.  A comprehensive Roadmap 2030 will be launched during the Summit, which will pave the way for further expanding and deepening India-UK cooperation over the next decade across five key areas. These are people-to-people relationship, trade and prosperity, defence and security, climate action and healthcare. India and UK enjoys Strategic Partnership since 2004. It has been marked by regular high level exchanges and growing convergences in diverse areas. Mr Jhonson was to visit India late last month, But days before the visit, he called it off in view of the Coronavirus pandemic. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken in London yesterday on the sidelines of G-7 Foreign Ministers' meeting. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the global Covid challenge, focussing on expanded vaccine production capacity and reliable supply chains. The meeting also covered issues of Indo-Pacific, UN Security Council, Myanmar and climate change.
Dr Jaishankar expressed appreciation for the strong US support to India in this difficult time, especially by supplying oxygen and Remdesivir.
Dr Jaishankar is on a 4-day visit to London that began yesterday to participate in the G-7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, at which India has been invited as a guest country. He will thereafter undertake a bilateral visit to the UK.

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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report from West Bengal government on the violence in the state after assembly election results. Many people were killed and score others injured in the violence unleashed allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers in several parts of the state. Home Ministry has written a letter to the Bengal government seeking a report on the incidents of BJP candidates being allegedly attacked after the election results. Violence and arson have been unleashed in various parts of West Bengal with miscreants allegedly torching the houses and damaging the properties of BJP leaders who contested the assembly elections. Three people were allegedly killed at Jamalpur in East Bardhaman district in a clash between BJP and TMC. The BJP has claimed that the clash erupted after some TMC supporters started to vandalize the house of party worker Asis Dastidar.
The vehicle of Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated the TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, was also attacked. The BJP has accused the Trinamool workers of the violence, but the ruling party leaders denied any connection with the incidents. At Natabari, BJP candidate Mihir Goswami’s car was also damaged. He won the election against senior TMC leader Rabindranath Ghosh from the same constituency. BJP office at Arambagh was set ablaze after the party’s candidate Madhusudan Bag defeated TMC’s Sujata Mondal by around 7,100 votes.

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BJP has announced a nationwide dharna tomorrow against the widespread violence unleashed against its party workers after election results in West Bengal. The party said, all Covid protocols will be followed during the protest across all organisational mandals of the BJP.
Party president JP Nadda will visit West Bengal today in view of the wide spread violence that broke out in the state after election results. Several BJP workers and supporters were killed and injured in the violence. Mr Nadda will visit families of the affected party workers. The party said, widespread post results retributive violence has been unleashed on BJP workers and supporters by criminal elements in the TMC cadre.

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Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the state's chief minister for the third time tomorrow. 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. As per in tweet from the official handle of the Governor, the Governor has invited her to take oath of office of Chief Minister of West Bengal tomorrow at 10.45 am. She will be sworn in at an informal ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata.

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Counting of votes for Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh is underway. Counting continued for the third day today and all results are expected by this afternoon. Counting is taking place at 826 centres across the state.
The State election commission said, 2,32,612 members of Gram Panchayat, 38,317 gram pradhans and 55,926 members of Kshetra panchayat and 181 zila panchayat members have been elected so far. Lakhs of candidates were in the fray for over 7 lakh 32 thousand seats in gram panchayat wards, more than 58 thousand in gram panchayats, 75,852 in Kshetra panchayats and 3050 in Zilla Panchayats. Elections were held over four phases in the state. More than 3 lakh candidates were elected unopposed. The State election commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting.

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Government has issued guidelines for ‘Production Linked Incentive Scheme for the Food Processing Industry (PLISFPI). Minister of Food Processing Industry Narendra Singh Tomar also launched an online portal for the PLISFPI.
The Ministry said, as part of the Prime Minister’s announcement of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Government  has approved a new Central Sector Scheme namely PLISFPI for implementation during 2021-22 to 2026-27 with an outlay of 10 thousand 900 crore rupees. The aim is to support creation of global food manufacturing champions commensurate with India's natural resource endowment and support Indian brands of food products in the international markets.

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Former Union Minister and Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Jagmohan passed away in New Delhi today. He was 94. A civil servant, Jagmohan also served as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Goa. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha once and represented New Delhi in Lok Sabha thrice. In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet, he served as the Union Minister for Communications, Urban Development, Tourism and Culture. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1971, Padma Bhushan in 1977 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

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In IPL cricket, 31st match of the tournament is scheduled today between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Delhi.
Bottom-placed Sunrisers need to turn things around quickly if they are to make the playoffs as they have lost six of the seven matches played so far. Sunrisers replaced their captain David Warner with Kane Williamson, after six matches, in the hope to change their fortunes. However, it brought them little respite.
They will have to win all their remaining matches to make it to the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, seem to have regained lost form, registering stunning victory against the Chennai Super Kings in the previous match.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.
In Jammu Minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius, maximum will be around 38 with  Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night
Srinagar had minimum of 11 degree celsius and maximum will be around 27. There will be Generally cloudy sky with Light rain.
In Leh temperature is hovering between three to 20 degree Celsius with partly cloudy sky.
In Gilgit, the sky will be mainly clear. Minimum temperature was 12 degrees and maximum will be around 34.
In Muzaffarabad, temperature will shift from 18 degrees in the morning to 38 degree Celsius in the afternoon with mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening
National capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning with minimum temperature recorded at 25 degree Celsius. Maximum will be around 39. 
Chandigarh will have Partly cloudy sky with temperature hovering between 25 to 38 degree Celsius.
Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.
Chennai will also have partly cloudy sky with minimum temperature recorded at 27 degree Celsius and maximum expected at 36 degrees.
In Kolkata there will be Rain or Thundershowers with strong gusty winds. Minimum temperature in the metropolis was 25 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.
Dehradun may have thunderstorm with rain today. Temperature will move from minimum of 20 degrees to maximum of 34 degree Celsius.
In Hyderabad, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. Temperature will vary between 26 to 36 degrees Celsius.
Patna will have Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm with minimum temperature recorded at 22 degree Celsius. Maximum will be around 35 degrees.
Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the city was 20 degree Celsius. Maximum will be around 28.

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AND NOW, AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS.
  • Dailies have covered different aspects related to the latest Covid scenario today.
  • The Tribune quotes Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in its headline, "No space for vax nationalism" adding that the minister urged nations to share technologies on Covid vaccines amid the pandemic.
  • Hindustan Times reports, "Boris announces trade with India worth one billion dollars," including an investment of 240 million pounds by the Serum Institute of India for its vaccine business in Britain ahead of a virtual summit with PM Modi.
  • The Hindu Business Line informs, "Pfizer in vaccine talks with government." while The Financial Express writes, "Pfizer seeks speedy nod for vaccine supply."
  • The Hindu informs, "No GST on imports of vaccine, medical oxygen."
  • The Economic Times in its two leading headlines writes, "Order for 160 million vaccine doses placed last month says Centre" and on augmenting the Covid workforce, quotes the Prime Minister, "On Duty: Final year medical students and pre- PG doctors."
  • And finally, in some relief for parents, The Times of India quotes the Supreme Court in its headline. "Schools must reduce fees for online-only classes."

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