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Centre to kick-start free distribution of 75% of total COVID vaccines to States, UTs            Over 27.23 crore vaccine doses administered in country so far; National recovery rate reaches 96.16%            Centre asks States, UTs to take strict action against those who assault healthcare professionals            Telangana govt to lift COVID-19 restrictions in state from tomorrow            Education Ministry releases guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning           

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2030 HRS
13.05.2021
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Centre consistently and proactively working to secure and enhance availability of COVID vaccines.
  • Around 18 crore COVID vaccine doses administered in the country so far.
  • Gap between two doses of Covishield Vaccine extended from six to eight weeks to 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Country records decline in Positivity rate in last one week.
  • Over 7 thousand Metric Tonnes of Medical Oxygen delivered so far  across the country by Indian Railways.
  • Bihar government announces extension of lockdown till 25th of this month.
  • Maharashtra extends restrictions till 1st of June to break chain of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release 8th installment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme tomorrow.
  • UPSC defers Civil Services Preliminary Examination, 2021; Examination to be held on 10th of October.

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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 the age of 18 and 44 years 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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The Union Health Ministry has said the Central Government is consistently and proactively working to secure and enhance the availability of vaccines. It dismissed reports appeared in a section of  media followed by some uninformed tweets alleging delay in licensing for Covaxin and  approval for technology transfer for manufacturing Covaxin vaccine in the country. The Health Ministry said that these news reports and the content mentioned in the tweet are completely baseless and factually incorrect. It said, the New “Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy” aims at liberalized vaccine pricing and scaling up of vaccine coverage to incentivise vaccine manufacturers to rapidly augment their production and to attract new  manufacturers. It would make pricing, procurement and administration of vaccines more flexible and ensure increased vaccine production as well as wider availability of vaccines in the country. The Ministry said, as part of its policy to augment the domestic production of COVID-19 vaccine, the Government has proactively encouraged Public Sector Undertakings as well as private companies to enter into technology transfer agreements with Indian vaccine manufacturers. Two Central Government PSUs, namely, Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL) and BIBCOL have entered into a technology transfer agreement with Bharat Biotech. In addition, one State Government Undertaking, namely, Haffkine Institute, has also entered into a technology transfer agreement with Bharat Biotech. All these technology transfer agreements have been actively promoted and assisted by the Government of India.

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India has recorded a plateau in daily new COVID-19 cases and positivity rate in the last three days. The positivity rate in the country has declined from 21.95 per cent to 21.02 per cent in the last one week. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said, 187 districts in the country have shown a continued decline in cases since the last two weeks. He said, there are 12 States  with over one lakh active cases while eight  States have 50 thousand to one lakh active cases and 16 States have with less than 50 thousand active cases.  He stressed the need to focus on containment measures to check the spread of COVID-19. Mr. Agarwal urged the people to follow social distancing and those who have been infected with the virus should properly isolate themselves at home.


During the briefing, NITI Aayog Member (Health), Dr V K Paul said, around 18 crore doses of  COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country. He informed that around one third of people with 45 years and above age are protected. He said, 35.6 crore vaccine doses have been procured, so far. Under the PM's Cares Fund, 6.6 crore doses  were procured  and they have been received  and utilised fully. Additional 16 crore doses are in the pipeline for States and private hospitals. Dr Paul said, 216 crore doses of vaccines will be manufactured in India between August to December this year. He added that there should be no doubt that vaccines will be available for all as we move forward. He also said, the Sputnik vaccine has arrived in the country and expressed hope that it will be available in the market next week.  Dr Paul added that any vaccine that is approved by FDA, WHO can come to India and import license will be granted within one to two days. He also said, the Indian Government has been in touch with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson from the beginning and invited them to come to India to manufacture the vaccines.

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The Union Health Ministry has said that the gap between two doses of Covishield Vaccine has been extended from six to eight weeks to 12 to 16 weeks based on recommendation of the COVID Working Group. The Ministry in a statement said that the COVID Working Group chaired by Dr N K Arora has recommended extension of the gap between the first and second doses of Covishield Vaccine. The Ministry said, based on the available real-life evidences, particularly from UK, the COVID-19 Working Group agreed on increasing the dosing interval to 12 to 16 weeks between two doses of Covishield Vaccine. The Ministry said, however, no change in interval of COVAXIN vaccine doses was recommended.

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today interacted with Health Ministers of six high burden States and UTs through video conferencing and reviewed COVID-19 situation and progress of vaccination drive. In his remarks, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the six States and UTs which include Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Delhi have been witnessing rapid surge in daily COVID-19 infections. He said, Test, Track, Treat and covid appropriate behaviour is a must to defeat the pandemic. The Union Minister said, expanding infrastructure and strengthening manpower are important in the fight against Covid-19. He said, 50 per cent of vaccine production in the country is procured by the Centre and given free of cost to States. He urged States for a focused activity on 2nd dose vaccination to people above 45 years who are yet to get it. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the Centre is regularly updating States on new guidelines. He hoped that with the joint efforts of the Centre and States, India will record convincing victory over Covid-19 in near future.

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The Union Government is continuously engaged in the allocation and supply of medical equipments and medicines to the States and Union Territories received from the various countries. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that a total of nine thousand 284 Oxygen Concentrators, over seven thousand Oxygen Cylinders, 19 Oxygen Generation Plants, five thousand 933 ventilators and BiPAP machines and more than three lakh 44 thousand Remdesivir vials have been dispatched to States and Union Territories, so far. The Health Ministry said, global aid has been delivered to States and Union Territories to strengthen and supplement their COVID response. The Central Government is ensuring a streamlined and fast delivery of the global aid through faster custom clearances.

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A consignment of 30 oxygen concentrators, two ventilators and other medical equipment arrived from Italy today. India has thanked its EU partner for this support. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, this equipment will further augment the oxygen production plant gifted earlier by Italy which is already functional at ITBP hospital in Greater Noida. Earlier today, 1200 oxygen cylinders arrived from the British Oxygen Company of the UK. India appreciated the logistical support from Qatar Airways for this shipment.

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The Indian Railways has so far delivered nearly 7 thousand 115 Metric Tonnes  of Liquid Medical Oxygen, LMO in more than 444 tankers to various States across the country. The Ministry of Railways in a statement said that yesterday Oxygen Expresses delivered nearly 800 Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen across the Nation. It said, 115 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey, so far and brought relief to various States.

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Scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation's  research wing the Institute of Nuclear medicine and Applied Sciences have recently developed a life-saving drug for COVID patients named 2 DG. The drug helps the serious patients in recovery and will also stop the spread of infection further. It will also decrease the need of medical oxygen in such patients. In a special interview with All India Radio News, Dr. Anil kumar Mishra, Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Applied Sciences explained how the drug works on a patient and saves life.

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In West Bengal, as more and more people are becoming affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, civic organisations have come forward to lend their helping hands to the distressed and the victims of the pandemic. Initiatives are being taken for providing Oxygen to the Covid positive patients who are yet to get a hospital bed or undergoing treatment at home.

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The Assam government is to start an oxygen plant in each civil hospital of the State within a month. Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said in Nalbari today that this would help the patients. Mr. Mahanta said that the target has been set at conducting one lakh Covid test daily in Assam. He also said that there is no plan to declare lockdown as of now. Meanwhile, the army has set up 5 ICUs and 45 oxygen beds at the Tezpur Medical College as requested by the Assam government. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with the officials at Majuli district today and reviewed the Covid situation.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that the lockdown that is currently in force across the State till the 16th of May, has now been extended till the 25th of this month. In a tweet, Mr Kumar said, the decision was taken after consultation with his Cabinet colleagues. Mr Kumar said, positivity rate has declined during the lockdown. 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, private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. Cinema halls, Shopping Mall, Gyms, stadia and parks have also been closed. Movement of public transport except train and flights has been stopped.

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In Madhya Pradesh, the State government today announced pension of  5 thousand rupees per month to families who have lost their earning members and bread earners due to Corona pandemic and free education for orphaned children. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that several families are facing severe financial crisis due to covid and State government will ensure all possible help to such families. More from our Bhopal Correspondent:


"Chief Minister said that State government will ensure that orphans, elderly and families will not have any problem in livelihood. Free education will be arranged for orphaned children, so that they can continue their education without hindrance. Such families will also be provided free ration. Chief Minister said that interest-free loan will be provided on the guarantee of the state government to members of families of orphaned children and senior citizens who want to set up their own business. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal"

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In Maharashtra, the strict restrictions which are already in existence in the State have been extended for another 15-days, till 7 am of the 1st June. The State government in its order to break the chain of transmission of COVID -19 said that people arriving in the State through any mode of transport need to mandatory possess the negative RT-PCR test report. More in this report from our Mumbai correspondent...


"In the order which was issued by the state government on 18th of April it was stated that those arriving from places of sensitive origin had to carry the negative RT-PCR test report. However the fresh directives issued today states that people arriving from any part of the country will have to carry the negative RT-PCR test report. Further, in the vehicle transporting goods only two persons i.e. the driver and the cleaner will be allowed and both of them will have to carry the negative RT-PCR test report. If a vehicle is coming from outside Maharashtra, the RT-PCR test report should not be more than 48 hours old by the time the vehicle enters the state, and the report will be valid for a period of 7 days.  Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai"

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has informed that Covid cases are showing a downward trend in the State. Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru today, he said, from 50,112 cases on the 5th of May, the cases came down to 39,990 yesterday. In Bengaluru too, cases have come down from 23,106 cases on the 5th of May to 16,286 yesterday. Speaking about the efforts being made to improve infrastructure in Government COVID hospitals, he informed that the number of oxygenated hospital beds increased from 1970 in March to 24,000 oxygenated beds today. More from our Bengaluru Correspondent:


"The Oxygen supply has improved in the state with the Central Government increasing allocation from 965 ton to 1015 ton. In addition oxygen was also received from Bahrain and Kuwait. Another 120 ton was received from Jamshedpur. The Chief Minister has said that 62 oxygen generation units are being set up by the State government, 28 are allocated by the Central Government, 24 units are being set up by NHAI, 11 by the private sector and two from foreign countries. He informed that the state is preparing to procure five crore doses of Covid vaccine So far over 36 lakh persons above 60 years have received the first dose of vaccine and over 11 lakh persons the second dose. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru"

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In Tamilnadu, the all party meeting led by Chief Minister M.K.Stalin ended a short while ago. Speaking to the media after the meeting, State health Minister M Subramaniam told that the Government has decided to enforce stricter lock down measures. The Government also intends to form a consultative committee on Covid having party representatives. The resolution passed in the meeting decided to support the Government's efforts in this time of crisis. Parties also resolved not to conduct any public meetings in the near future. We have a report:-


"In a related move, the Government has introduced 30 percent capital subsidy in Investments on manufacture of oxygen concentrators , medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders. The manufacturers should be able to start the production before 15 th August. The subsidy will also be given to investments in  liquid oxygen plants manufacturing 10 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen per day  for a period of five years. These plants have to start manufacturing liquid oxygen before 30th november this year. They  will be given an immediate loan with 6 percent subsidy through Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation. They will also be alloted lands on priority and licence will be issued through a single window system free of cost.  Joy, AIR News, Chennai"

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Nagaland will come under one week total lockdown from 6 PM tomorrow till 21st of May to contain the spread of coronavirus.  During the total lockdown period, all activities and movements of persons will remain suspended except permitted activities such as essential services including agricultural activities.

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As Meghalaya records the highest number of COVID-19 cases today with 591 fresh cases with 18 deaths, the State government has decided to extend the lockdown in East Khasi Hills district till the 24th of May. East Khasi Hills district has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases with 2,121 out of the total 3,726 active cases registered, so far, in Meghalaya.

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The Social Media has acted as a catalyst in easing the difficult situation posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A report:


"Talking to All India Radio News, CyberExpert Jiten Jain said social media became helpline for people to get maximum help from the society. He cited the example of Noida and Delhi police who started the Plasma Helpline to help people.


Social media also acted as a very strong communication platform and helped in dispelling  misinformation related to COVID-19. Deeksha Saksena,AIR News, Delhi"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 8th installment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme tomorrow at 11 A.M. This will enable the transfer of more than 19 thousand crore rupees to more than nine crore 50 lakh families of farmers. The Prime Minister will also interact with the beneficiaries during the event. Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar will also be present on the occasion. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of six thousand rupees per year is provided to the eligible beneficiaries. This amount is being transferred in three installments every four month. In every installment, two thousand rupees will be transferred to farmers. The fund is directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi of over one lakh 15 thousand crore rupees has been transferred to farmer families, so far.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today handed over possession to home buyers virtually as the Centre's Special Window for Affordable and Mid-Income Housing (SWAMIH) completes its first residential project. The residential project - Rivali Park, located in suburban Mumbai, was the first housing project in India to have received funding under the SWAMIH Fund. The SWAMIH Fund was launched by Ms Sitharaman in November 2019.

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Continuing the push for wide ranging reforms, the Election Commission has decided to set up a Core Committee headed by the Secretary General of the Commission to identify learning, experiences, shortcomings from recently Poll-gone States of Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and UT of Puducherry.  The committee has been broadly tasked to identify the shortcomings or gaps in the Election Commission regulatory regime and the gaps in implementation and enforcement at the level of CEOs or District officials. The Committee will examine the need for strengthening legal or regulatory framework enabling the Commission to more effectively ensure compliance of guidelines or directions including the Covid norms. 

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The Election Commission today said, it will not be appropriate to hold biennial election to Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana till COVID pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold these polls. The EC said, it reviewed the matter and decided this due to second wave of COVID 19.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to the Centre as well as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar governments over the complaint about several dead bodies found floating in the river Ganga.  The Commission has observed that it seems the public authorities have failed to take concentric efforts in educating the masses and checking the immersion of half-burnt bodies into the river Ganga.  It said the practice of disposal of bodies in the sacred river Ganga is clearly in violation of guidelines of the National Mission for Clean Ganga project of Ministry of Jal Shakti.

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The Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, scheduled to be held on the 27th of June this year. The decision has been taken in view of the prevailing COVID situation. The Examination will now be held on the 10th of October, 2021.

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President and Vice President have greeted the citizens on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his message , President Ram Nath Kovind said that the auspicious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, is celebrated as an occasion to strengthen the spirit of fraternity and harmony. He said, Eid-ul-Fitr is also an occasion to rededicate ourselves to the service of humanity and to improve the lives of the people in need. Mr Kovind also appealed to the people to  resolve to deal with this pandemic. In his message, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Eid-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan and symbolizes brotherhood and togetherness of community.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu  and Kashmir, Eid-ul-Fitr festival is being observed today with religious fervour. Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on the occasion has extended his warm greetings to the people of Jammu  and Kashmir. In his message of felicitations, he observed that the festival of Eid is a celebration of the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. He expressed hope that the auspicious festival deepens the bond of unity, bestows peace, prosperity, happiness to the whole mankind. More from our Srinagar Correspondent:


"The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr across Kashmir Valley was a low-key-affair as the muslim population marked the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan by offering their thanks giving prayers in small congregations at the local mosques in their localities with due adherence to social distancing and covid guidelines. Meanwhile, the entire Kashmir valley continues to remain under complete lockdown and streets wore deserted looks in the wake of alarming surge in the number of positive cases. Transport was off the roads. Only media persons, government officials, essential services and the people with medical emergencies were allowed to move subject to the production of valid passes.  Sunil Koul, AIR News, Srinagar"

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion Programme on COVID-19. Dr. Anurag Shrivastava, Retired Professor of AIIMS, New Delhi and Medical Director of Balco Medical Centre Raipur will participate in the discussion.


Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for updates.

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A low pressure area has formed over the south-east Arabian Sea and it is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm around Sunday, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today.


The low pressure system is expected to become well-marked over Lakshadweep by tomorrow morning and concentrate into a depression over the same region by Saturday morning. In the subsequent 24 hours, it is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm. IMD said, it is very likely to intensify further and move north- northwestwards towards Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coasts. It is likely to reach near Gujarat coast around the evening of 18th of May.

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

  The National Capital Delhi is likely to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 22 and 38 degree Celsius.

  Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

  Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will vary between 29 and 34 degree Celsius.

  Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The city will observe a minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 35 degrees.

  Srinagar will have thunderstorm with rain. Temperature will hover between 10 and 23 degree Celsius.

  Jammu will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature will be 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

  Leh is expected to have generally cloudy sky while the minimum and maximum temperature will be between Four and 16 degrees.

  Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 12 and 31 degree Celsius.

  In Muzaffarabad,  sky will be mostly sunny. The minimum temperature will be 11 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 22 degrees.

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