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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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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release 8th installment of PM- Kisan scheme today.

  • Government says 216 crore doses of Corona vaccine will be manufactured in India between August and December this year.

  • Russian vaccine Sputnik V to be available in India from next week.

  • Bihar government extends lockdown till 25th of this month to curb Covid cases in the state.

  • Sindhu Darshan festival in Ladakh postponed due to prevailing Corona situation.

  • KP Sharma Oli re-appointed Prime Minister of Nepal as opposition parties failed to muster majority to form new government.

  • Met Department warns of heavy rain in Goa, South Konkan region and Karnataka. 

  • Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated across the country today.

  • In Tennis, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic reach quarter-finals of Italian Open.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 8th instalment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme at 11 AM today through video conferencing. This will enable the transfer of more than 19 thousand crore rupees to more than 9.5 crores beneficiary farmer families. A Report from Our Correspondent:

"During the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with farmer beneficiaries. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will be present on the occasion. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of 6 thousand rupees per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal 4-monthly installments of two thousand rupees each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi, amount of over 1.15 lakh crore rupees has been transferred to farmer families so far. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR News Delhi."


During Rabi Marketing Season 2021-22, Mission One Nation, One MSP, One DBT has been given a firm shape as for the first time, farmers of Punjab and Haryana have started receiving payments directly into their bank accounts against sale of their Wheat crop. Now DBT has been implemented across the country.

Upto 12th of this month, over 56 thousand 59 crore rupees has been directly transferred to farmers' account in the country, out of which 23 thousand 402 crore rupees, which is 91 per cent of due payment, have been released to the farmers of Punjab.


Centre has said that 216 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be available between August and December this year for Indian citizens. Talking to media persons, Niti Aayog Member Dr VK Paul said that it will be enough to vaccinate the entire population and the vaccine will be available for all. He said that the number is likely to reach 300 crore doses by the first quarter of 2022. Dr Paul estimated that 75 crore doses of Covishield and 55 cores doses of Covaxin are expected between August and December this year.

He informed that 35 crores 60 lakh vaccine doses have been procured so far. Dr Paul said that six crores 60 lakh doses were procured under PM Cares Fund and were utilized fully. Dr Paul added that additional 16 crore doses are in pipeline to states and private hospitals.


Union Health Ministry has announced that Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine will be available in markets across the country early next week. The announcement comes 12 days after the first consignment of one lakh 50 thousand doses of the Sputnik V vaccine landed in Hyderabad from Russia. Sputnik V is developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Center. It will be the third vaccine to be cleared for use in India at a time when the country is in the grip of an intense second wave and demand for vaccines has shot up.


Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to the States and Union Territories advising them to ensure second dose of Covishield vaccine to beneficiaries within the stipulated time interval of 12 to 16 weeks after the first dose. In a letter to Chief Secretaries of all States and UTs, Mr Bhushan said that the Union Health Ministry has accepted the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 for revision in schedule of Covishield to administer the second dose at 12 to 16 weeks interval after first dose instead of earlier interval of 6 to 8 weeks.


Scientists at DRDO's Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Applied Sciences (INMAS) have recently developed a life saving drug for covid patients named 2 DG. In an interview to AIR News, INMAS Director Anil Kumar Mishra said this drug is effective against all variants of corona virus.

Dr Mishra said that the medicine 2 DG will be available at retail shops within a week.


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, 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. 


A consignment of 30 oxygen concentrators, two ventilators and other medical equipment arrived from Italy. 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, 1200 oxygen cylinders arrived from the British Oxygen Company of the UK. India appreciated the logistical support from Qatar Airways for this shipment.


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 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.


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.


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has 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.


Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has urged farmers protesting at Delhi borders to suspend their stir amid the ravaging Covid-19 situation. Mr Khattar said that farmers' movements to and from protest sites were spreading the infection in villages. He said that in many villages, hotspots have emerged because their people are regularly coming and going back from protest sites.

Haryana chief minister said that farmer leaders should understand the situation and come forward to get tested.


Bihar government has extended the lockdown in the state till 25th of this month. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, the decision was taken after reviewing the prevailing Corona situation. He said, positivity rate has declined in the state after the lockdown. Vaccination centres, banks and essential services will remain functional during the lockdown. As per new guidelines, ration shops, dairy, vegetables and meat shops will remain open between 6 am and 10 am in urban areas and 8 am to 12 noon in rural areas. Shops related to building material, seeds and fertiliser will be opened twice in a week on Monday and Thursday from 6 am to 10 am. Only 20 persons will be allowed in marriage ceremony and funeral procession.


In Gujarat, “Maru Gam - Corona Mukt Gam” or My Village - Corona Free Village - campaign launched by the state government has helped in checking the spread of Covid-19 in rural areas. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had launched this 15-day campaign on the 1st of May on the occasion of the state’s foundation day. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:

“My village - Corona Free Village”- campaign was launched with the aim to check the spread of Covid19 infection in the villages. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani described this campaign as very successful. Recently, during the virtual interaction with the District Development officers and Chief District Medical Officers, Mr. Rupani said that efforts are on to ensure primary healthcare medicines and facilities continue to reach villages. The administration has been directed to provide adequate stock of medicines in the rural areas. At present, more than 13 thousand Community Covid Care Centers with one lakh 20 thousand beds are available in the villages in 33 districts. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Chhattisgarh government will bear all education and other expenses of the children who have been orphaned due to Covid-19. This scheme will be implemented from this financial year itself. More from our Raipur correspondent:

"The Chhattisgarh government has decided that it will now bear the full expenses of the education of children who have lost their parents due to Corona infection. The state government will provide a scholarship of five hundred rupees per month to the children from the first to the eighth grade and one thousand rupees per month to the children from the ninth to the twelfth standard. All children will be eligible for this scholarship, whether they study in government school or in private school. The Government of Chhattisgarh has also decided that such children, whose main earning member of the family has died due to corona infection, then the education of those children will also be arranged by the state government. A helpline number has been issued to identify such children in many districts of the state. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."


In Maharashtra, a life sciences company at Wardha has started production of Remdesivir injection. More from our Nagpur Correspondent:

"Union Minister Nitin Gadkari handed over the first stock of 17 thousand Remdesivir injections manufactured at the Genetic Life Sciences Company at Wardha to the stockist by Video Conferencing. These injections  will be distributed through the concerned District Magistrate in Nagpur and Maharashtra. Mr. Gadkari informed the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar about the supply of Remdesivir injection manufactured from Wardha and requested Health Minister Dr. Rajesh Tope to distribute this injection as per requirement in Maharashtra. The uninterrupted supply of Remdesivir injection manufactured in Vidarbha is expected to provide relief to the Covid Patients.  Dhananjay Wankhede, AIR News, Nagpur.


Odisha government has identified some more categories of employees as frontline workers for covid-19 vaccination. They include certain categories of staff of banks, insurance companies, forest department, vetenirary department, railways, call centres and oxygen plant employees. However, these categories of frontline workers will be vaccinated once adequate vaccine supply is available in the state. More from our Bhubaneswar correspondent:

"As of now, the state government has prioritised the vaccination of beneficiaries of whom around 10 lakh are waiting for their turn for the second dose. The state, so far has vaccinated near about 65 lakh beneficiaries with around 48 thousand of them receiving their vaccine jabs yesterday. In yet another development, the state government has decided to conduct a special drive to innoculate eligible people who do not have any of the approved identity documents required for registration in the Cowin portal. They include, sadhus and saints, nomads and  beggars, inmates of jails and old age homes who too run the risk of exposure to the virus. Meanwhile, the current covid-19 active caseload of the state has overshot the one lakh mark with the detection of 10649 fresh infections, during the last 24 hours. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


Tamil Nadu has registered more than 30 thousand cases for the second day yesterday. Over one lakh 83 thousand people are under treatment for Covid in the State. The number of fresh covid cases in Chennai has come down to 6991 followed by Chengalpattu and Coimbatore which is above 2000. Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tiruvallur have registered more than 1000 cases. A total of 19 thousand 287 people have been discharged following recovery. More from our Correspondent:

"The Chennai Corporation will conduct a vaccination drive in the next three days to cover the maximum number of people aged above 45 years. The drive will be conducted at apartments, market areas, companies, at traders associations and wherever possible. S.Venkatesan, MP from Madurai has sought the permission of the Health Minister to make use of his MPLADS funds to vaccinate 33 thousand 333 youths of the district. On a different note,  Ramaraj a member of the Tamilnadu Comission for protection of child rights has said that the comission would take care of children whose parents are admitted at hospitals after testing positive for Covid 19 until they return home. Chief Minister Stalin appreciated an auto driver Gururaj hailing from Madurai for giving free ride to people to hospitals for Covid care. He also appreciated several children who had contributed their savings for the Chief Minister's Covid relief fund. Joy, AIR NEWS, Chennai."


Ladakh Administration has postponed Sindhu Darshan-2021 due to the Covid situation. Earlier on Wednesday, Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti Chief Patron Indresh Kumar also said that Sindhu Mahakumbh is being postponed until and unless the covid situation becomes normal. Ladakh Tourism and Culture Secretary Mehboob Ali Khan said considering the Corona situation, both the UT Administration and the event organisers have decided to postpone Sindhu Darshan till the Covid-19 situation improves. Sindhu Darshan was scheduled from June 19 to 27 this year.


In Ladakh, Aryan Valley is facinating  for its tribal culture, custom, epics and languages which are different from rest of the union territory. Aryan Valley is home to Buddhist Dard Tribe that live in five villages. People have preserved the Dard Culture for centuries despite several challenges. All India Radio, Leh is celebrating 50 years in June this year. Our Leh Correspondent has filed this report from Aryan Valley.

"Aryan Valley is tourists destination with restricted movement. Young generation of Aryan Valley working to preseve the Identify of the Dard Community with polulation of more than two thousands at present. However, the young generation of the community are working to get recognation of the identity of the community and Dard languge by promoting their culture and community level mobilization for its preservation. A villager of Beema  Village of Valley says:

Meanwhile, the Government has started an intiative to preseve the Arayan Culture. With aim to promote tourism in the valley, the Tourism Department has started Aryan Festival from the two years. Yangchan Dolma for AIR news from Beema village in Aryan Valley of Ladakh."


In Nepal, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has re-appointed KP Sharma Oli as Prime Minister as the opposition parties failed to put together a coalition government by the 9 pm deadline yesterday. Oli will take the oath of office today. He had lost a trust vote in the House of Representatives on Monday. He will have 30 days to prove that he has majority support in the House. The main contender to the PM post, Sher Bahadur Deuba who is the chief of the main opposition Nepali Congress, had informed his allies shortly ahead of the deadline that he would not be able to put together a coalition government with a majority in the House. The formal withdrawal by Sher Bahadur Deuba left no other option for the President but to invite Oli to form a government again.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar yesterday interacted with the US Global Task Force on Pandemic Relief. He appreciated the participation of the CEOs and their support for India’s current efforts. Dr Jaishankar discussed the priorities oxygen, vaccines, pharmaceuticals and the importance of effective supply chains. He underlined the global implications of a stronger India-US health collaboration. Dr Jaishankar said, the meeting was an affirmation of the exceptional relationship. The External Affairs Minister said, he deeply value the sentiments expressed.


Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with simplicity and solemnity across the country today amidst corona virus pandemic. There will be no mass congregations at Eidgahs and Grand Mosques in compliance with Covid guidelines. Several Muslim clerics, scholars and Muslim organizations including Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syyed Ahmed Bukhari and Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Mosque, Mufti Mukarram Ahmed have appealed to people to offer Eid prayers at their homes adhering to Covid norms. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the culmination of fasting month of Ramzan. In Kerala and Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Eid was celebrated yesterday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people on Eid-ul-Fitr. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is praying for everyone’s good health and well-being. He hoped that powered by the collective efforts, the country will overcome the global pandemic and work towards furthering human welfare.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people on Akshay Tritiya. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that the festival associated with accomplishment of auspicious works give us the power to fulfill our resolve to conquer the corona epidemic. He also greeted people on Parshuram Jayanti.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the demise of Times Group Chairperson, Indu Jain. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Indu Jain Ji will be remembered for her community service initiatives, passion towards India’s progress and deep-rooted interest in our culture. The Prime Minister recalled his interactions with her. He has expressed condolences to her family. Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Indu Jain will always be remembered for the unparalleled compassion, hard work and philanthropic works. Times Group Chairperson, Indu Jain passed away last night due to COVID-19 complications. She was 84.


In Tennis, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have reached quarter-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.While Nadal struggled to win 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in a three-and-a-half hour epic against 13th seed Denis Shapovalov. Djokovic cruised past Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2, 6-1.

In Women's Singles, World No.1 Ashleigh Barty beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of Italian Open tennis. She will now face Coco Gauff, who beat last week's Madrid Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.


India Meteorological Department has issued a warning and said that a low pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16, which may bring heavy rainfall at some places in Goa and south Konkan region. IMD said, a low pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area yesterday. It is very likely to become well marked over Lakshadweep area today. The Weather Department has also predicted heavy rain and thunderstorm across Karnataka over the next two days due to the formation of a low pressure area over the Arabian Sea. The department has also advised fishermen against venturing into the high sea due to rough conditions and heavy rainfall.


Weather forecast -

Jammu will have a cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 19 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

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

Leh is expected to have a generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between four and 16 degree Celsius.

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

Muzaffarabad will have thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature was 17 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Dehradun will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature was 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 22 and 37 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 28 degrees while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degree Celsius.

Chennai will also have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 29 and 34 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius and the maximum will be 35 degrees.



  • "Government vows vax push, says will get 217 crore shots from August to December", headlines The Times of India.  This will cover 95 crore adults, writes The Tribune.  Quoting the Centre, Hindustan Times reports that Sputnik jabs will start next week.  Jabs for all to be available in 5 months reports The Statesman.

  • "Delhi's silver lining: Oxygen need drops, can divert to others", reports The Indian Express.

  • All-out bid to set up oxygen plants, 1,594 in pipeline, reveals The Pioneer.

  • Positivity rate in Delhi drops to 14.3%; more beds free writes The Times of India.

  • Take 2nd Covishield jab after 12-16 weeks: Government - Hindustan Times

  • "Centre increases gap between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks" headlines The Asian Age.

  • Highlighting alarming congestion in prisons, the Supreme Court asks why convicts cannot be placed under house arrest, reports The Hindu.


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