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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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Morning News

0830 HRS
05.05.2021
THE HEADLINES
  • India and UK adopt Roadmap 2030 to elevate bilateral ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
  • Government identifies 581 sites for setting up medical oxygen plants in various states.
  • ICMR issues advisory for Corona testing; Recommends measures to reduce pressure on diagnostic labs.
  • India achieves another milestone by administering more than 16 crore 4 lakh doses of covid vaccine.
  • Complete lockdown imposed in Bihar and Odisha to contain spread of Coronavirus.
  • TMC Chief Mamata Banerji to be sworn-in as Chief Minister of West Bengal for third consecutive term this morning.
  • National Human Rights Commission orders probe in post-poll violence in West Bengal; BJP to hold nation-wide dharna today against the violence.
  • Two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Government procures 65 per cent more wheat in current Rabi season compared to last year.
  • And, BCCI suspends IPL 2021 after several players test positive for Corona.

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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 and his British counterpart Boris Johnson have adopted an ambitious ‘Roadmap 2030’ to elevate bilateral ties to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. The Roadmap will pave the way for a deeper and stronger engagement over the next ten years in the areas of people to people contact, trade and economy, defence and security, climate action and health.
In a Virtual Summit held yesterday, the two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, including the successful partnership on vaccines. Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Johnson for the prompt medical assistance provided by the UK in the wake of the severe second wave of Covid-19 in India. Prime Minister Johnson appreciated India’s role in extending assistance to the UK and other countries over the last year, in form of supply of pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
The two Prime Ministers launched an ‘Enhanced Trade Partnership’(ETP) to unleash the trade potential by setting an ambitious target of more than doubling bilateral trade by 2030. As part of the ETP, India and the UK agreed on a roadmap to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced Free Trade Agreement, including consideration of an Interim Trade Agreement for delivering early gains. The enhanced trade partnership will generate several thousands of direct and indirect jobs in both the countries.
A new India-UK ‘Global Innovation Partnership’ was announced at the Virtual Summit that aims to support the transfer of inclusive Indian innovations to select developing countries, starting with Africa. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation on new and emerging technologies, including Digital and ICT products, and work on supply chain resilience. They also agreed to strengthen defence and security ties, including in the maritime, counter-terrorism and cyberspace domains.
Both Prime Ministers also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and G7. They reiterated commitment to climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to closely engage in the run up to CoP26 hosted by the UK later this year.
India and the UK also launched a comprehensive partnership on migration and mobility that will facilitate greater opportunities for the mobility of students and professionals between the two countries.

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The Government has identified 581 sites for setting up of additional Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen plants in various States. In a series of tweets, Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will be the nodal agency for executing civil and electrical work for these plants and will complete them on war footing. He said, our engineers will work with the doctors to ensure oxygen supply to needy patients. The Minister said, like record speed in roads, NHAI will construct infrastructure at record speed to save the life of every Indian.

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Railways is continuously engaged in delivery of medical oxygen across the country through its Oxygen Express trains. Oxygen Express carrying around 244 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen reached Delhi this morning. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that trains carrying oxygen tankers reached Delhi from Hapa and Mundra of Gujarat. He said, this will ensure smooth supply of oxygen for Covid patients in Delhi. He said, another train carrying oxygen tankers has reached Faridabad from Tatanagar. Mr. Goyal said the oxygen will be utilized in the hospitals for treatment of Covid patients.

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued an advisory for COVID-19 testing during the second wave of the pandemic. It said, at present, the laboratories are facing challenges to meet the expected testing target due to extraordinary case load and staff getting infected with COVID-19. In view of this situation, it is imperative to optimize the RTPCR testing and simultaneously increase the access and availability of testing to all citizens of the country. In its advisory, the ICMR has rcommended measures to optimize RTPCR testing. It said, RTPCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RTPCR. No testing is required for COVID-19 recovered individuals at the time of hospital discharge in accordance with the discharge policy of the Union Health Ministry.
Besides, the need for RTPCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories.Non-essential travel and interstate travel of symptomatic individuals should be essentially avoided to reduce the risk of infection. All asymptomatic individuals undertaking essential travel must follow COVID appropriate behaviour. The ICMR said, mobile testing laboratories are now available on GeM portal and  States are encouraged to augment RTPCR testing through mobile systems.
With regard to measures to ramp up testing through Rapid antigen test (RAT), the ICMR said, RAT may be allowed at all available Government and private healthcare facilities. Dedicated RAT booths should be set up in cities, towns and villages to offer testing to people. It said, testing booths may be set up at multiple locations including healthcare facilities, RWA, offices, schools, colleges, community centers and other available vacant spaces. These booths should be operational round the clock to improve access and availability of testing. Symptomatic individuals identified positive by RAT should not be re-tested and advised to go through home-based care as per ICMR guidelines.
The ICMR said, all states are advised to ensure full utilisation of the available RTPCR testing capacity, both in public and private laboratories.

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India has scaled another peak in its effort to contain the COVID-19 virus with the administration of more than 16 Crore four lakh vaccine doses so far to its citizens. The Union Health Ministry said, the country also administered more than 13 Crore doses as the first dose and more than three crore vaccine doses have been administered as the second dose. The Ministry said, more than two lakh 29 thousand beneficiaries of the age group 18 to 44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine yesterday. The cumulative vaccination coverage for this age group is over six lakh 62 thousand across 12 States and Union Territories. The Ministry said that more than five crore 29 lakh beneficiaries in the age group of over 60 years has received the first dose and over one crore 23 lakh received the 2nd dose. The country has administered nearly 11 lakh 50 thousand vaccine doses yesterday. More than six lakh 15 thousand beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and over five lakh 33 thousand beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine.

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In Madhya Pradesh, 379 crore rupees have been transferred into the accounts of 16 thousand 844 beneficiaries under the Mukhyamantri Jan-Kalyan Sambal scheme. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, the State government accords high priority to benefit the poor families of unorganised sector workers.

"Chief Minister informed that in the difficult times of crisis beneficiaries of Sambal Yojana are also being given three months of free ration along with financial assistance. Meanwhile, Free Swastha Aahar Yojana for the corona patients of Bhopal is also being launched. Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said that the patient will get nutritious food on time free of cost in the hospital where he admitted. Minister Sarang said that as a pilot project, this scheme has been started in 110 hospitals in Bhopal. On its success, this scheme will be started in other cities of the state as well. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal."

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In Gujarat, more than 12 thousand patients recovered from COVID-19 and were discharged from various hospitals during the past 24 hours. The State has recorded 13 thousand 50 new cases yesterday. The State government has imposed night curfew in seven more cities from tomorrow.

"The Gujarat government has put 7 more cities - under night curfew from tomorrow. These cities are Deesa, Ankleshwar, Vapi, Modasa, Radhanpur, Kadi and Visangar. Now, total 36 cities of the state are under 8 pm to 6 am curfew from 6th to 12th May. Meanwhile, after suspending vaccination for 45 plus age group for a day, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has announced to resume it from today. Now, the vaccination of 45 plus age group along with health care workers and frontline workers will resume today along with the vaccination of 18 to 44 years age group. Meanwhile, Railway has deployed 19 isolation coaches at Sabarmati and Chandlodiya in Ahmedabad. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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The Bihar government has imposed complete lockdown in the State till 15th of this month to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Vaccination centres, banks and essential services will remain functional during the lockdown.
As per new guidelines, government offices and public corporations will remain closed. All educational institutions and private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. Cinema halls, Shopping Malls, Gyms, stadiums and parks have also been closed. Movement of public transport except trains and flights has been stopped. Transport of emergency services has been allowed. Ration, dairy, vegetables and meat shops will also remain open between 7 am and 11 am. Home delivery from restaurants 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 minimise the movement of individuals outside their homes.
Marriage ceremonies with a limit of 50 persons have been allowed. For a marriage ceremony, permission has to be taken three days in advance from the concerned police station. Only 20 persons will be permitted in funeral processions.

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The Odisha government has imposed a State-wide lockdown for 14 days, beginning today. The lockdown will be effective till the 19th of this month. The State's COVID active caseload has jumped to 73,548 with the detection of 8,216 new cases yesterday.

"The state has suddenly been confronted with daily highs of 8 to 10 thousand  new cases. The 14 days' statewide lockdown has spared certain essential activities including health services, covid test, vaccination and movement of goods, among others. Petrol pumps, cooking gas, ATM and postal service have also been exempted from the lockdown. People will be allowed to walk down to the nearest roadside or street corner shops within 500 metres of their residence to purchase food items on all week days only between 6 in the morning to 12 noon. While marriage functions with a cap of  50 participants and funeral related rituals with a maximum of 20 participants will be allowed, all sorts of socio, religious , political, cultural,sports and entertainment related congregations  will remain barred during the period. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."

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In Chhattisgarh, the lockdown has been extended in all 28 districts  for ten days to break the chain of the spread of COVID infection. However, some relaxations have also been given in this fourth phase of lockdown in the State.

"There are 26 districts, where the pace of corona infection has not slowed down. These include all seven districts of tribal Bastar division. In the bordering districts of the state, along with strict monitoring of people coming from other states, health check-ups will be done. In these districts, shops of agricultural products as well as shops of grocery items, poultry and dairy products can be opened. But, fruits and vegetables vendors will only be allowed for home delivery. In Raipur and Durg districts, where the situation is improving, stationery and vehicle repairing shops have been allowed to open. There will be a complete ban on the opening of markets, malls, clubs, coaching institutes, school-colleges, religious places, gyms, parks, tourist places and liquor shops. Hotels and restaurants will only be allowed home delivery. The entry of public into government offices will be restricted. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has directed to constitute COVID Management Teams comprising Deputy Commissioners, SPs, Chief Medical Officers among other officers for ensuring effective Covid management across the union territory.
The Corona Curfew in the four districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu has been extended till 7 am on 10th of May. Corona Curfew in Samba district will also be in force from 7 pm today till 7 am on 10th 0f May. Night curfew will also continue in all Municipal and Urban Local Body limits of all districts in the Union Territory.

"The Lietenant Governor Manoj Sinha has directed for ensuring implementation of an effective Covid Management plan from district level to the villages at Panchayat level. He asked both the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to keep close monitoring on functioning of the oxygen generation plants. Mr Sinha also suggested for roping in religious leaders and elected representatives for creating awareness among the people regarding the advisories and covid SOPs in an effort to contain the spread of the contagious virus. Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor approved the special financial incentives for Covid Warriors of Health and Medical Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir. The incentives will be Rs10,000 per month for Resident Doctors, PGs and Medical Officers, Rs 7,000 for Nursing & Paramedical staff and Rs 5,000 for drivers and sweepers. The incentives shall be initially given for a period of three months and shall be payable from this month onwards. Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell have reaffirmed commitment to support Afghanistan in its path towards peace, security, self-reliance and prosperity. In a joint press statement, Dr Jaishankar and Mr Borrell called for respecting and protecting the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. They reaffirmed their strong and continued support to an inclusive, Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process. As representatives of the world's largest democracies, External Affairs Minister Dr.Jaishankar and Mr. Borrell reaffirmed that any political settlement in Afghanistan must protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghans, including women, youth and minorities. They reiterated that the nature of the peace settlement and its outcome will shape the future of international support and assistance. They jointly and firmly condemned the unacceptable level of violence perpetrated against the national forces of Afghanistan and civilians and the targeted assassinations of civil rights activists, media persons and Ulema. They reiterated their call for an immediate, permanent and comprehensive nationwide ceasefire. An effective and unconditional cessation of hostilities is essential for creating the appropriate conditions for the negotiations to proceed meaningfully, for building trust between the parties, in instilling confidence in the Afghan people and for demonstrating a genuine commitment of the Taliban to lasting reconciliation. External Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar and Mr Borrell agreed that a successful peace process requires the Taliban to engage in good faith, with a serious commitment towards finding a political solution. Both sides reiterated the importance of ensuring that the soil of Afghanistan should not be used by terrorist groups to threaten the security of India and the EU.

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The Government has said that about 65 per cent more wheat has been procured the during current Rabi Marketing Season in comparison to the corresponding period last year. The Consumer Affairs Ministry said, the procurement of Wheat is continuing smoothly in the procuring States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar at Minimum Support Price. The Ministry said, a quantity of over 299 lakh tonnes of Wheat has been procured against the last year corresponding purchase of around 181 lakh tonnes. It said, about 29 lakh 46 thousand farmers have already benefitted from the ongoing procurement operations with MSP value of over 59 thousand Crore rupees.
The Ministry said, over 721 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 and Rabi Marketing Season. About one crore eight lakh farmers have benefitted from the ongoing procurement operations.

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Tourism Minister, Prahlad Singh Patel has said that tourism has been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with unprecedented impact on jobs, businesses, communities and the wider economy. Mr. Patel said this while addressing virtually the G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting held in Italy yesterday. He congratulated Tourism Minister of Italy Massimo Garavaglia, for holding G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting in these difficult times and also thanked him for bringing together the member States for a dialogue to collaborate in protecting tourism businesses and jobs. Mr Patel also thanked him for taking initiatives to frame policy guidelines to support the sustainable and resilient recovery of travel and tourism. The Minister appreciated and supported the focus of the Italian G20 Presidency on recovery and ensuring new opportunities for People, Planet and Prosperity by putting in place Guidelines on the seven key interrelated policy areas. These are Safe mobility, Crisis management, Resilience, Inclusiveness, Green transformation, Digital transition and Investment and infrastructure.

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The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has welcomed the Department of Telecom (DoT) decision to approve the applications of telecom service providers for conducting 5G trials. Director-General of COAI, Lieutenant General SP Kochhar said the move will stimulate local Research and Development ecosystem. Earlier yesterday, DoT approved applications of Telecom Service Providers like Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL for conducting 5G trials. The Ministry of Communications said, these TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers - Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance JioInfocomm will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology. Notably, the duration of the trials, at present, is for a period of six months. This includes a time period of two months for procurement and setting up of the equipment. The Ministry said that the TSPs are encouraged to conduct trials using 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G Technology.

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TMC leader Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third time today. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted that the swearing-in ceremony will be held at 10.45 am at Raj Bhawan. Due to the COVID situation, the list of guests invited to the ceremony at the Rajbhawan has been kept as short as possible.
 After the swearing in of the Chief Minister, newly elected MLAs of the State will take oath in the Assembly in two phases tomorrow and the dayafter.

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Bhartiya Janata Party will hold a nation-wide dharna today against the widespread violence unleashed by Trinamool Congress workers after the Assembly elections results in West Bengal. BJP said all covid protocols will be followed during the protest which will be organised across all organisational mandals of the party. Several BJP workers and supporters were killed and injured in the post-poll violence. BJP President, JP Nadda is on a two-day visit to West Bengal to meet the affected party workers. Talking to media persons, he said that the entire party will stand by the affected party workers and fight this violence democratically.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognizance of post-poll violence in West Bengal ordered and investigation. Citing various media reports in this regard, the Commission said, the political workers allegedly clashed with each other, party offices were torched down, some homes were ransacked and also looted. It said, the local administration appears not to have acted to stop such violation of human rights of the affected persons.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar over post-poll violence and deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal. Mr Modi expressed serious anguish and concern at the alarmingly worrisome law and order situation. This was stated by the Governor in a tweet. Mr Dhankar also expressed grave concern at the continued vandalism, arson, loot, and killings in the State.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces yesterday. Incident took place at Gosia Colony in Nathipora in Sopore town of Baramulla district. One AK and one INSAS rifles were recovered from the possession of the slain terrorists.

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The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed as the country battles the second wave of COVID-19.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah has made it clear that safety of each and every person involved with the league is the priority.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla, however, clarified that the IPL 2021 season has been postponed and not cancelled.
Shukla said that the decision on the completion of the tournament will be taken in due course of time.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.
National capital Delhi is expected to have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. Minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degree Celsius. Maximum will be around 40. 
Mumbai will have a partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 35 degrees.
Chennai will also have a 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 was 21 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.
In Jammu, Minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius, maximum will be around 37 with a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.
Srinagar had minimum of 12 degree celsius and maximum will be around 22.  It will have thunderstorm with rain.
In Leh, temperature is hovering between four to 20 degree Celsius with partly cloudy sky.
In Gilgit, the sky will be partly cloudy. Minimum temperature was 13 degrees and maximum will be around 35.
In Muzaffarabad, temperature will shift from 17 degrees in the morning to 33 degree Celsius in the afternoon with a generally cloudy sky and light rain.
Chandigarh will have a partly cloudy sky with temperature hovering between 27 to 37 degree Celsius.
Dehradun may have thunderstorm with rain today. Temperature will move from minimum of 21 degrees to maximum of 33 degree Celsius.
In Hyderabad, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. Temperature will vary between 24 to 37 degrees Celsius.
Patna will have a partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degree Celsius. Maximum will be around 36 degrees.
Guwahati will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the city was 20 degree Celsius. Maximum will be around 30.

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AND NOW, AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS
  • "Covid bouncer sends IPL packing, for now" says Business Standard.The paper adds "with the indefinite suspension,its brand value is at risk of falling further."
  • Hindustan Times writes about ICMR issuing a fresh advisory to "Use Rapid antigen tests to boost Covid 19 testing."
  • Boosting their trade ties, India and the UK announced a one-billion-pound pact. The Pioneer headline writes "Modi, Jhonson unveil 10-year roadmap to elevate India-UK ties."

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