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Over 27.20 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far            Centre provides over 28 crore 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses to States/UTs so far            India reports 60,753 new covid cases in past 24 hrs; Recovery rate improves to 96.16 per cent            Home Ministry cautions States/UTs not to lower their guard despite relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions            Indian Air Force Chief says Air Force undergoing monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies           

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06.05.2021

THE HEADLINES:

  • Four member Home Ministry team in West Bengal to assess post-poll violence in the state.
  • India administers over 16 crore 25 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in the country so far.
  • Centre provides more than 17.15 crore vaccine doses to States and Union Territories.
  • Over four lakh 12 thousand new COVID cases reported in the country in the past 24 hours.
  • More than three lakh 29 thousand patients recovered in the last 24 hours; National recovery rate 81.99 per cent.
  • Kerala to impose complete statewide lockdown from 8th to 16th May.
  • In Tamil Nadu, the new Government led by the DMK president MK Stalin to be sworn-in tomorrow.
  • Former Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal Chief Ajit Singh passes away after battling with COVID; President, Vice President and Prime Minister express grief over the demise.
  • Three terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

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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 between 18 and 44 years of age 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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Union Home Ministry has sent 4 member team led by an Additional Secretary level officer to West Bengal today. The team will assess the situation in the state and will submit a detailed report on increased incidents of violence specially after the polls. Earlier, Home Ministry had written a letter to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal regarding reports of increase in violence in the State after the counting process of State Assembly elections concluded on 2nd of this month. The team is likely to submit its report in the next 48 hours.

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Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan has been attacked by miscreants after he arrived at Ground Zero to inspect the post-poll violence in the state.  He visited the houses of the party workers who were allegedly oppressed by the miscreants of the Trinamool Congress. Some politically backed mobs reportedly attacked the convoy of the Union Minister of State with sticks. The Minister's car was vandalized and several journalists were injured in the attack.

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India has administered over 16 crore 25 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in the country so far. The Union Health Ministry said that more than 19 lakh 55 thousand beneficiaries were inoculated with Covid-19 Vaccine doses in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, a total number of four lakh 12 thousand 262 new cases were reported in the country in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said, three thousand 980 deaths were also reported during the last 24 hour taking the toll to over two lakh 30 thousand across the country.

The country's COVID-19 recovery rate is at 81.99 per cent with the recovery of more than three lakh 29 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore 72 lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is over 35 lakh 66 thousand which comprises 16.92 per cent of total positive cases.

The Indian Council of Medical Research said that various laboratories have conducted more than 19 lakh 23 thousand tests of corona virus samples during the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of Covid test done so far in the country is more than 29 crore 67 lakh.

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The Centre has so far provided more than 17.15 crore vaccine doses to States and UTs Free of Cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is over 16 crore 26 lakh doses. Health Ministry said, more than 89 lakh COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered. The Ministry said, more than 28 lakh vaccine doses will be received in addition by the States and UTs within the next 3 days.

Implementation of the Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has started from 1st of this month. Registration for the new eligible population groups has commenced since 28th April. Potential beneficiaries can either register directly on the CoWIN portal cowin.gov.in or through the Aarogya Setu app.

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The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has refuted the media reports alleging that oxygen concentrators are pending at the customs’ warehouse for getting clearance from the customs authorities. The Ministry has termed these media reports completely incorrect saying that these are not based on facts.

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC has asserted that there are no oxygen contractors lying in the warehouse of the customs department. It has clarified that there is no such pendency and custom authorities are clearing all the consignments. It further said, the oxygen concentrators are either delivered to the identified tertiary care institutions or been dispatched for delivery. It said, the relief materials have been dispatched through road and air mode. CBIC said, custom authorities are sensitive to the need for availability of Covid related imports including Oxygen and Oxygen related equipments. It said, authorities are working 24x7 to fast track and clear the goods.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that armed forces and other organizations of Defence Ministry are continuously engaged in mitigating the suffering of people during the present Covid crisis. He said, new Covid facilities and Oxygen plants have been set up and additional health professionals have been deployed for the treatment of Covid patients.

Mr. Singh said, nearly 750 beds in various military hospitals have been set aside for civilians while Armed Forces Medical Services also dedicated 19 hospitals having four thousand beds and 585 ICU units. He said, Defence Research and Development Organization has set up several Covid facilities in the various parts of the country. He added that DRDO has initiated fabrication of 500 medical oxygen plants under the PM Care Fund.

The Defence Minister said, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are engaged in supply of medical oxygen from foreign countries.

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Delhi Government has issued directions for the Covid patients who require oxygen cylinders during home isolation. The step has been taken to streamline the supply of oxygen and avoid public gathering outside the oxygen cylinder refilling plants.

In an order, Delhi Government has said that all persons requiring oxygen for home isolation can apply on Delhi government portal delhi.gov.in with a valid photo ID, Aadhaar card details and Covid positive report of the patient. The received applications will be scrutinized and the E-passes will be issued.

The District Magistrate will identify dedicated dealers and depots to distribute oxygen cylinders to the individuals. The District Magistrate will ensure that the dealers regularly get their cylinders refilled from the designated refilling plants.  

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has directed the senior Doctors, Health Officials and Chief Medical Officers to increase additional 1050 oxygen beds in Kashmir Division to ensure immediate treatment for the people requiring hospitalization during these difficult times.

Mr Sinha was chairing a series of meetings with senior Doctors and Chief Medical Officers of Kashmir Division at Civil Secretariat in Srinagar in which he reviewed the Covid-19 situation and containment measures put in place to effectively control the spread of Corona virus.

He directed that increased bed capacity with oxygen should be ready within a weeks time which would substantially improve the health infrastructure and help out patients in the hour of crisis.

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has said that the Covid surge is mounting pressure on the hospitals as demand for ICUs and oxygenated beds increase especially in Bengaluru urban district which reported 23106 new Covid cases yesterday. Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru today, he informed that efforts are on to increase beds plugged with oxygen concentrators.

"BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has informed that 168 general beds are now converted into oxygenated beds and efforts are on to convert 50 percent of beds in Covid Care Centres into oxygenated beds. He also informed that 2000 beds are now available in the Covid Care Centres in the city and more will be created in the coming days. Talks are on with 15 hotels to provide 945 beds for the Covid care. Saying that 25 to 30 percent of people admitted in ICUs can step down to another facility, the Chief Commissioner said that 90 percent of Covid patients do not need hospital beds and hence should shift to Covid Care Centres making way for those who are critical. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."

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Kerala Govt has declared complete lockdown across the state from May 8th to 16 th, on account of huge surge in covid cases.

"Chief Ministers office informed that, the complete lockdown in Kerala will come into effect from 6 in the morning, day after tomorrow and will continue for 9 days. Only essential services will be permitted. The details of the lockdown will only be known, as the official order will be released today evening.The decision was taken as the covid scenario continue to worsen in the State, as  41,953 positive cases were confirmed yesterday. The test positivity rate is at 25.69 percent. Presently over 3,75,000 active covid cases are there in Kerala. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Leh district will be under lockdown from tonight till Monday morning. District DDMA Chairman Shrikant Suse issued additional restrictions to contain the fast spread of corona virus in the district.

"After alarming rise in the number of covid positive cases, Leh DDMA ordered for additional restrictions in the district. Following the Covid curfew last weekend, an eighty hours lockdown is ordered starting from today nine in the night to five in the Monday morning, in Leh district. During the restricted period, all government, judicial offices, essential and emergency services like power, water, banks, commercial services like Petrol pumps, cold storages, ATMs, Army and Paramilitary movement, Covid vaccination, testing and medical emergencies and public transport for the relaxed categories are allowed. DDMA also arranged helplines and e-Pass facilities to address emergencies. Passengers and tourists coming to Leh can produce their tickets or boarding passes for their movement. Ramesh Chandra, AIR News, Leh.

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In Bihar, the number of COVID cases continues to rise rapidly. A record number of 14 thousand 836 cases were reported yesterday.

One hundred and sixty people died during the last 24 hours. With this,  the number of casualties due to the pandemic has gone up to two thousand 987.

The positivity rate has gone up to about 16 percent. The active cases have crossed one lakh thirteen thousand four hundred and seventy nine. The recovery rate is decreasing and now stands at 78.38 percent. 

One lakh two thousand 152 people took the vaccine yesterday. Over 76 lakh 60  thousand five hundred seventy one people have been vaccinated in the state so far.

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Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday reported 12,319 Covid-19 cases and 71 fatalities, taking the tally of infections in the state to 6,24,985 and the death toll to 6,074. Meanwhile Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stressed upon the need to break the chain of infection completely by adopting stern measures for a few more days. He said that saving people’s lives is the biggest priority of the government.

"There has been a significant decline in the weekly new cases of Corona in the state. The state’s weekly positivity rate is 20.3 percent. While  recovery rate is 84.7 percent and death rate is 1 percent. The number of active cases in the state stands at 89,244. A total of 9,643 patients recovered from infection yesterday. More than 200 new cases of Covid have been reported in 12 districts of the state. The active cases in Indore stands at  12,930 while Bhopal has 11,107 such cases. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal."

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Former Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal Chief Ajit Singh passed away today after battling with COVID. Mr. Singh was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gurugram after being diagnosed with the Covid infection. He had tested positive for Covid on 20th April.

President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the demise of Ajit Singh. In a tweet today, Mr. Kovind said, Mr. Singh always raised his voice in the interest of the farmers. He said, as a public representative and a Minister, Ajit Singh has left a unique mark on the politics of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed grief over the demise of  former Union Minister Chaudhary Ajit Singh. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, Chaudhary Ajit Singh efficiently discharged the responsibilities of several departments at the center.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has also expressed grief and said Ajit Ji's entire life was dedicated to the welfare of farmers and he made many notable contributions in public life.

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In Tamil Nadu, the new Government led by the DMK president MK Stalin will be sworn-in tomorrow morning. State Governor Banwarilal Purohit will administer the oath of office and secrecy in a simple function to be held in the Raj Bhavan premises in Chennai at 9 am. Earlier, the Governor appointed Mr Stalin as the chief minister after he presented the letters of support of his party MLAs.

"The Raj Bhavan premises in the state capital are being decked up for the coronation of the DMK Chief MK Stalin and his new cabinet. After a decade, the Dravidian party comes back to power. His party romped home with a win in 133 seats on its own in the recent elections, more than the magic figure of 118 to have an absolute majority. Its strength is further reinforced by the win of its alliance partners in 26 other seats. This is the sixth time the DMK comes to power in the southern state and the first time under the stewardship of Mr Stalin. Meanwhile, the legislature party meetings of the principal opposition AIADMK and the DMK’s ally Indian National Congress are scheduled to be held in Chennai tomorrow to elect their legislature party leaders, whips and other functionaries. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In West Bengal, 143 newly elected MLAs are taking oath in the assembly today. 64 MLAs are taking oath in the first phase from 11 am to 1 pm. The MLAs of Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas are taking oath in the first phase. Shyampukur Trinamool Congress MLA Shashi Panja took the first oath. Protem speaker Subrata Mukherjee administered the oath to them. 69 MLAs will be sworn in the second phase from 2pm to 4pm. Another 147 MLAs will be sworn in tomorrow. Once the swearing in of the MLAs is completed, the session of the Legislative Assembly will be held for one day on Saturday. The ruling Trinamool Congress has already re-announced Biman Banerjee as the speaker of the assembly.

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar participated in the G-7 Foreign Ministers' meeting through video conference yesterday. After the meeting, he said, it was an interactive and thought-provoking meeting. He appreciated the opportunity to participate in its many conversations.

During the meeting it was discussed that vaccination is the only lasting solution to the Covid-19 challenge. A global answer will require diversified production, uninterrupted supply chains and generous resourcing. Dr. Jaishankar said, India will do its part.

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Mumbai has been trying to control COVID cases in second wave. Supreme Court had yesterday lauded the Mumbai Model for oxygen supply.

"In march 2020, the first patient of Covid 19 was reported in Mumbai. From that day Mumbai’s administration is continuously improving health facilities. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has set up war rooms in all 24 wards. 10 ambulances are also attached to each war room. It coordinates bed availability for patients in government and private hospitals. Various Jumbo covid centers are set up in Mumbai. At present Mumbai has more than 31 thousand beds out of which around 13 thousand has oxygen facility and 3 thousand are ICU. For un-interuppted oxygen supply, 6 officers are appointed in Mumbai. BMC’s 2 hospitals have Oxygen plants and 12 others will be soon available. Various awareness campaigns are being carried through various mediums in the city. Peoples not wearing mask are penalised in Market, Railway stations and other public places. Jeevan Bhawasar, AIR News, Mumbai."

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is holding a video conference with all the Deputy Commissioners now in Guwahati on Covid situation. Several senior officials are also attending the conference. Earlier also, Mr. Sonowal held review meetings with various district administrations on the current Covid situation. Over 4 thousand 800 positive cases were reported in Assam yesterday while 55 persons lost their lives.

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The Union Health Ministry has said that COVID-19 supplies received from the Global Community have been effectively allocated to States and Union Territories by the Centre.

The Ministry said that the Government of India has been receiving international donations of Covid-19 relief medical supplies and equipment since the 27th of last month from different countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Russia, UAE, USA, Taiwan, Kuwait, France, Thailand, Germany, Uzbekistan, Belgium and Italy.

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The first consignment of oxygen concentrators from Israel has arrived in New Delhi.  In his message, Israeli ambassador Ron Malka has said that more such flights will follow throughout this week, carrying emergency medical aid including thousands of group and individual oxygen generators, respirators, medications, and additional medical equipment. He said, our friendship is strong and collaboration during the Covid-19 crisis will only make it stronger. A task force was set up to gather support for Israel’s aid to India. Several private entities, Israeli companies, NGOs and the people of Israel came together to contribute towards this aid.

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Italian Ambassador to India Vincenzo de Luca switched on an oxygen plant at ITBP Referral Hospital at Greater Noida. The plant will supply oxygen to more than 100 beds at a time to the Covid19 patients admitted at the centre. ADG ITBP Manoj Singh Rawat thanked the Italian ambassador for installing the plant. The plant has been installed at the hospital in just 48 hours time. The Ambassador while speaking on the occasion remembered the assistance by ITBP when 17 Italian Covid19 positive tourists were taken care of by the Force last year.

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The North East Frontier Railway has taken step to facilitate state governments in North East to fight against Covid pandemic. The CPRO of the North East Frontier railway said that they have already provided 10 coaches to Nagaland government to be used as beds to treat Covid positive patients. 1 coach is consists of 16 beds with oxygen facilities. On the other hand, the N F Railway has also prepared 150 coaches for the Assam government as requested by the Health department. 

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists of Albadr terror outfit were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kanigam area of south Kashmir's Shopian district early this morning. One terrorist also surrendered before the security forces.

Talking exclusively to All India Radio News, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said, the joint security  forces had laid a Cordon and Search Operation based on the intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in Kanigam area.

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Bombay High Court today refused to provide interim protection to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh. He has approached court and requested to quash FIR lodged against him by CBI following a preliminary enquiry in corruption case. Court adjourned the plea and asked the CBI to file a reply. Court said that Deshmukh can approach the vacation bench in case of extreme urgency.

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The world's oldest person, a 118-year-old Japanese woman, has decided not to take part in the torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics over pandemic fears. An official at her nursing home said yesterday.

The official said that, Kane Tanaka, who was awarded a Guinness World Record, was slated to be one of the relay participants in Fukuoka in southern Japan, which will start on May 11.

The Olympic torch relay, which kicked off in March, has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak. Six people who helped with the torch relay were diagnosed with COVID-19. 

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At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Echange rose 180 points, or 0.4 percent, to trade at 48,858, in the afternoon sesseion, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange added 68 points, or 0.5 percent, to 14,687.

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Weather Report and Forecast for today.  

National Capital Delhi is having a Generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The maximum temperature will be around 40 degree Celsius. The minimum was 27 degrees.

Mumbai with Partly cloudy sky to see a maximum temperature of around 34 degrees Celsius, rising from a lower level of 27 degrees.

Kolkata having a Rain or Thundershowers with strong gusty winds. The city temperature will move from a minimum of 24 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 34 degrees.

Chennai is witnessing Partly cloudy sky. The upper limit of temperature will be 35 degree Celsius while the lower limit was 29 degrees.

Srinagar is facing Thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between 12 and 22 degree Celsius.

Jammu is having Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards evening or night. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 21 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 34 degrees.

Leh is witnessing Partly cloudy sky and the upper limit of temperature will be around 15 from minimum of Three degree Celsius.

Gilgit is having Generally cloudy sky. Temperature will move from a minimum of 11 to a maximum of 28 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad sky is partly cloudy. The temperature will increase from a minimum of 11 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 23 degrees.

Dehradun experiencing Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The upper limit of temperature will be around 31 degrees from minimum 21 degrees.

Chandigarh will have sky is Generally cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature likely to rise up to 37 degree Celsius from 24 degrees.

In Hyderabad,  Rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. The temperatures will fluctuate between 25 to 38 degree Celsius.

Ahmedabad is having Clear sky. The maximum temperature will be around 41 degrees, while the minimum was 27 degrees.

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