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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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04.05.2021

THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a virtual summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson this evening; Both leaders to discuss the global efforts to fight the pandemic.
  • Over three lakh 20 thousand people recover from COVID-19 in the country in the last 24 hours.
  • More than three lakh 57 thousand fresh cases of COVID-19 registered in the country.
  • BCCI suspends IPL 2021 for the season after four players test positive for COVID-19.
  • Bihar imposes a complete lock down from tomorrow till 15th May to check the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa chairs a meeting with stakeholders over shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir in the state. 
  • Free COVID-19 vaccination for people between 18 to 44 years to begin in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow.
  • Newly elected MLA's of Tamil Nadu to meet today to elect their leader.
  • In Puducherry, BJP to be a part of the coalition government for the first time.

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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 will hold a virtual Summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson this evening. During the summit, apart from exchanging views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, both leaders will discuss cooperation on COVID-19 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 Dr. 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 detailed discussion on the global challenge posed by Covid, focus  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 at this difficult time, especially for the supply of oxygen and Remdesivir.

Dr Jaishankar is on a four day visit to London which 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 European Union Commission has recommended to ease restrictions on non-essential travel from overseas for those who received the last dose of an EU-approved vaccine. EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen tweeted that it was the time to revive EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle safely.

The EU currently only allows non-essential travel from seven countries. Discussions on the plans will begin today. The EU has already announced plans for a digital certificate, which would cover anyone who is either vaccinated against Covid-19, has a negative test or has recently recovered.

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The fifth consignment 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 United States.

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India's vaccination drive against COVID-19 continues with added momentum and has crossed the cumulative tally of over 15 crore 89 lakh doses so far.  In the World's largest vaccination programme the nation administered more than 17 lakh doses of COVID vaccine in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry has informed that in a span of 108 days since the beginning of the vaccination drive, the country has so far successfully given the first dose of vaccine to nearly 13 crore people. On the other hand, around two crore 90 lakh people have been fully vaccinated with both the required doses.

In the third phase of India's vaccination drive, which began from 1st of this month in which everyone in the age group of 18-44 years are eligible for COVID vaccine doses. Over 4 lakh doses have been administered so far in this drive. In the last 24 hours alone more than two lakh 15 thousand people in the age group were given the first shot of the vaccine. Citizens in the age group of 18 to 44 years can register themselves in the COVID vaccination programme through cowin.gov.in platform or also through Aarogya Setu App.

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The Health Ministry today informed that currently over 34 lakh 47 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral pandemic and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation. In the last 24 hours, the nation registered three lakh 57 thousand 229 new COVID cases. With this the recovery rate has further slipped to stand at 81.91 per cent.

Since yesterday over three lakh 20 thousand people have been discharged from Hospitals or are reported to have been completely cured. So far, over one crore 66 lakh people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection in the country. Ten States including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat & Kerala continue to be the major hotspots of the viral pandemic.  The Health Ministry has informed that three thousand 449 COVID related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative toll to two lakh 22 thousand 408.

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Production Capacity of Remdesivir in the country has been enhanced thrice to reach around one crore five lakh vials per month. Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has informed that in less than a month's time number of Remdesivir production plants in the country has been increased to nearly three times from 20 plants to 57 functional production plants as on date. The minister said the centre is taking all necessary steps to substantially ramp up the production of anti viral drug Remdesivir amidst its growing demand in the country. The drug has reportedly been found to reduce hospitalisation duration of critically ill COVID patients.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that all ration card holders in the National Capital will be given free ration for the next two months. This scheme by the government will benefit nearly 72 lakh ration card holders in Delhi. The Chief Minister also announced that all auto rickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in the National Capital Territory of Delhi will be given 5000 rupees each to provide them the much needed financial assistance during the time of the pandemic.

The Chief Minister asserted that however the lockdown may not last for two months but the assistance has been extended by the Delhi Government to ensure food and livelihood to the poor amid the difficult times of COVID-19.

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In Assam, the Secondary Education Board of Assam , SEBA  has postponed the metric and high madrassa examination in the state. The Chairman of the SEBA Ramesh Chandra Jain told AIR News that the decision was taken due to Covid situation. He said that a new date will be declared later after monitoring the situation. The metric examination was supposed to start from 11th of this month.

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The current season of Indian Premier League has been suspended due to emergence of multiple cases of Covid-19 in the players.

The Indian Premier League Governing Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season with immediate effect.

In a statement, Indian Premier League has said, the BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. It said, this decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind. It further said, these are difficult times, especially in India and the BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants.

The ongoing season of IPL were drawing criticisms from the various corners due to emergence of the second wave of Covid-19 in the country. The management has created a Bio Bubble mechanism for the safety of the players, but despite these efforts several players recently were found Covid positive. 

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The Bihar government has imposed a complete lockdown from tomorrow  till 15th May  due to surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.  The chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in his tweet that after discussion with the ministers and officials yesterday, it was decided to implement the lockdown in Bihar till May the 15th.

Vaccination centres, banks and essential services will remain functional during the lockdown.  As per guidelines , Government offices and Public corporations shall remain closed. All private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. However, Ration shops, dairy, Vegetables and meat shops will remain open between 7 am and 11 am. Home delivery from restaurant will be allowed from 9 am to 9 pm.  All places of worship and religious gatherings will also be closed. The concerned authorities have been instructed to encourage home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.Marrige ceremony with 50 persons has been allowed .Only 20 persons will be permitted in funeral procession.

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In Madhya Pradesh, free vaccination for people between 18 and 44 years of age will start tomorrow. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that purchase orders have been issued to both the vaccine manufacturers keeping in view the potential requirement of five crore 29 lakh doses for vaccination. The Chief Minister was addressing a meeting of Covid Core Group in connection with the prevention and arrangements of the pandemic. The Chief Minister said that possibilities for import of vaccine are also being examined for the earliest supply.

"The State government has declared media professionals accredited with the state government as 'frontline workers'. Now accredited journalists will also be given the benefit of all facilities provided to frontline workers. State on Monday reported a total of 12,062 cases while  13,408 patients recovered from infection. The active caseload stands at 85,750, while the recovery rate increased to 84.7 per cent  and mortality rate is  one per cent. Pooja P. Vardhan , AIR News, Bhopal."

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In the wake of the rising number of Covid -19 cases in Maharashtra , various health facilities are being continuously increased. Efforts are also being made to avoid inconvenience to the citizens with disabilities.

"The Municipal Corporation of greater Mumbai has added 1500 beds at its NESCO Covid care centre at Goregaon. With this, the capacity of the centre has increased to 3700 beds. In Palghar, the Western Railway has prepared fully equipped AC coaches for Covid-19 patients. There are 21 such coaches available at Palghar railway station. Oxygen facility is also available and each coach will accommodate 16 patients. Meantime, people with disabilities will no longer have to stand in queue for Covid -19 testing, vaccinations or treatment in the state. Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde has directed to give them priority.  Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."

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Maharashtra Medical, Education and cultural Minister Amit Deshmukh has  instructed  the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution company Limited  to take precautionary measures against sudden power outbreaks .He added that during the pandemic in the last few days, human lives and property has been lost in a series of fire accidents. At present, thousands of COVID positive patients are being treated at government as well as private hospitals and covid Care centers.  Amit Deshmukh was speaking yesterday in a virtual review meeting with Latur district administration,the state electricity board officials and people's representatives.

He further said that during the pandemic, many patients are in government, private or in institutional and home segregation. Frequent power outages in this situation could endanger the lives of some critically ill patients undergoing treatment at  hospitals. Therefore, the state electricity board needs to ensure that power supply is not interrupted suddenly.

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is holding meetings with the stakeholders to tackle the shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir injection in the state. Today afternoon he has called an emergency meeting of drug suppliers followed by an emergency Cabinet meeting to chalk out measures to fulfill urgent medical needs of the Covid patients.

The state reported 44,438 new Covid cases and 239 deaths yesterday. The Positivity rate has reached 29.80 percent. There is tremendous pressure on the hospitals and demand for ICU beds, oxygen and Remdesivir has increased manifold. The Chief Minister held a meeting with medical oxygen suppliers to seek smooth supply and asked officials to keep a tab on the supplies. Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C N Ashwathnarayan has asked officials to make 1912 helpline more transparent in the allocation of beds to the Covid patients. In Bengaluru the Central Bed Management System that gives information on the availability of beds in Government Covid hospitals, has now expanded its utility by providing information on the availability of beds in the private Covid hospitals too. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."

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Telangana reported six thousand 876 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The state government in its Covid Bulletin stated that currently over 79 thousand active cases are in the state. The number of COVID cases reported so far in the state has gone up to four lakh 63 thousand 361. While the recovery rate reported is at 82.30 per cent. During the last 24 hours, seven thousand, four hundred and 32 more people recovered from the disease. This took the total recoveries in the state to over Three lakh, 81 thousand. 59 more people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.   <><><>

The Ministry of Ayush and the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports have tapped into the spirit of International Day of Yoga to encourage the public to pursue Yoga as a daily routine for good health and well-being. The two Ministries came together to organise a virtual event on Sunday to mark 50 days in the countdown to International Day of Yoga 2021.

In view of the COVID surge all the Yoga Day promotional activities are to be conducted through digital and electronic platforms to encourage participation by citizens from their respective homes. The Ministry of Ayush has, in this context, been propagating the message “Be with Yoga, Be at Home”.

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Renowned flautist Pandit Chetan Joshi has said that no situation ever remains the same and it changes with time. Talking to AIR News, he said the present gloomy situation arising out of Covid Pandemic will pass soon.

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The Nation’s first 'Drive in Vaccination Center' was inaugurated by MP Rahul Shewale in Mumbai today. This center has been set up in the parking lot of Kohinoor Square Tower at Dadar. This first of its kind 'Drive in Vaccination Center' facility has been made available to the citizens at a time when people with disabilities are facing difficulties in getting to the vaccination center.

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BJP party President Jagat Prakash Nadda will visit West Bengal today. He will be  on a two-day visit to the state in view of the wide spread violence that broke out in the state after the election results.  The BJP president will  meet the affected party workers and their families.  Condemning the whole incident, the party demanded an immediate end to these violence. It is to be noted that the West Bengal Governor  Jagdeep Dhankhar yesterday asked for a report on post poll violence in the State and  the action taken by the government. Amidst the reports of violence from all over West Bengal Governor  expressed his concern about the incidents of violence in the state . He has called upon the State Home secretary H K Dwivedi  and has asked him to take steps to restore law and order in the state.

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The BJP today came down heavily on TMC following reports of post poll violence in West Bengal. Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra while referring to alleged killing of BJP workers in the state, said the situation is really worrisome. He said the country has never witnessed such scenes in the electoral history adding that there should be graciousness after winning polls. The BJP spokesperson accused TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee of threatening people during the poll campaign. The Spokesperson said, 2.28 crore Bengalis have voted for BJP. He questioned whether it is not the democratic right of these people to vote for a political party of their choice. He said, BJP is  the main Opposition party in West Bengal today and  the party stands by the people of who believed in it.

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The National Commission for Women has taken cognizance of post poll violence against women in West Bengal and asked State police to act in the matter. The Commission Chairperson Rekha Sharma spoke to West Bengal  DGP over the issue and asked him  not be a  spectator of crime happening in the state against women. She said  the DGP informed that he is  still verifying the videos related to violence. She questioned the approach of the police saying if this is the state of affairs, what help they will provide to women. The Chairperson said,  a team from NCW will visit the state tomorrow to inquire about the violence against the women.

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In Tamil Nadu, newly elected MLAs of the DMK, will hold a meeting at 6 pm today to elect DMK Chief M.K.Stalin as their leader. In another development, DMK Leader M.K.Stalin has announced that media personnel will be considered as frontline workers. In his statement today, Stalin said that they would receive their due rights,priorities and concessions as they risk their life amid pandemic, rain and heat.

"As the State is reeling under Covid second wave, where there is a dire need for utmost medical care, the Government has regularised  1212 nurses working on contract basis. The State registered more than twenty thousand fresh cases for the second consecutive day yesterday. As a step to curb the spread of the pandemic , the State has extended stricter lock down measures  till 20th of this month. In a related development, a defence press release stated two Indian Airforce planes with 35 tonnes of critical life care support equipment  including 450 empty oxygen cylinders for India had landed in Chennai this morning from Brize Norton in UK. Joy, AIR News, Chennai."

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In the Union Territory of Puducherry, the BJP will be a part of the coalition government,  as said by Puducherry BJP incharge Nirmal Kumar Surana . This is the first time that BJP will take part in the government.

"Talking to the media persons, Puducherry BJP incharge Nirmal Kumar Surana said that the BJP registered a phenomenal growth in this election compared to the 2016 election. BJP gave a befitting reply to those who challenge that the party never come to power. Meanwhile, the NR Congress chief N Rengasamy called on the Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan and staked his claim to form the government. The LG said that the swearing in ceremony will be held on a date decided by them. The 3 - time chief minister Rangasamy returns to power for the 4 th time to lead the NDA government. In the NDA Alliance the All India NR Congress bagged 10 seats while BJP won 6. Chandra Mohan, AIR NEWS, Puducherry."

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In Kerala, discussions and negotiations  for the formation of a new government  are actively gearing up  in the Left Front.  The CPI (M) state secretariat meeting is progressing. The main topic of discussion is the assigning of ministerial berths to the prospective leaders. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPI (M) state secretary A. Vijayaraghavan and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan are spearheading the discussions. The CPI (M) politburo meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow is expected to finalize on the major decisions and chart out a clear picture of the second Pinarayi cabinet. The swearing-in date will be decided in the next few days after the LDF meeting approves the list of ministers. The  constituent parties of the Left Front are convening separate meetings as well. Yesterday, Pinarayi Vijayan had visited Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and handed over the resignation of his cabinet. The Governor accepted the resignation and directed the Chief Minister to continue in office till the formation of the new government. 

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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.

President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the demise of Jagmohan. In a tweet today, the President said, the nation has lost a unique town planner, able administrator and man of letters. The President said, Mr. Jagmohan's administrative and political career was marked by unparalleled brilliance and his death leaves a void that will be felt forever.

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At the stock markets, after a firm opening today, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange had dropped 111 points, or 0.2 percent, to trade at 48,607, in the afternoon session, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had shed 2 points, to 14,632. 

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Weather Report and Forecast for today. 

National Capital Delhi is having a Partly cloudy sky. The maximum temperature will be around 40 degree Celsius. The minimum temperture  was  recored 26 degrees.

Mumbai with Partly cloudy sky will have a maximum temperature of around 35 degrees Celsius, rising from a lower level of 26 degrees.

Kolkata is  having a Rain or Thundershowers with strong gusty winds. The city temperature will move from a minimum of 25 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 35 degrees.

Chennai is witnessing Partly cloudy sky. The upper limit of temperature will be 35 degree Celsius while the lower limit was 27 degrees.

Srinagar is facing Generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will hover between 13 and 28 degree Celsius.

Jammu is having Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards evening or night. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 26 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 37 degrees.

Leh is witnessing Partly cloudy sky and the upper limit of temperature will be around 20 from minimum of three degree Celsius.

Gilgit is having Mainly Clear sky while temperature will move from a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 34 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad sky is partly cloudy. The temperature will increase from a minimum of 16 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 28 degrees.

Dehradun experiencing Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Dust storm. The upper limit of temperature will be around 34 degrees from minimum 21 degrees. 

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