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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 says, India is not a nation to lose hope during tough times; Assures that country will overcome the challenge of  Corona pandemic with strength & dedication.

  • Prime Minister releases 8th instalment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi to over 9 crore 50 lakh farmers.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 83.50 per cent; Over 3 lakh 43 thousand new cases reported.

  • Nearly 18 crore COVID vaccine doses administered in the country so far.

  • First dose of Sputnik V vaccine administered in Hyderabad; Vaccine priced at 995 rupees.

  • Chhattisgarh records steady decline in Corona cases.

  • Central Government files review petition in Supreme Court challenging the interpretation of 102nd Constitutional Amendment regarding Maratha reservation judgment.

  • Flight with nearly 150 stranded Australians in India to reach Australia tomorrow.

  • In view of Cyclone Tauktae warning,  National Disaster Response Force deploys 24 teams in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and  Maharashtra.

  • Central Board of Secondary Education says no decision taken regarding cancellation of Class 12th examinations.

  • Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated across the country in a subdued manner amidst Corona virus pandemic; President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet people on the occasion. 


As the number of Covid cases are on the rise, we appeal to our listeners not to lower the guard, follow all the precautions and all those above 44 years who have taken the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine to get vaccinated with second dose at the scheduled time. Stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps -

·  Wear a face mask.
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·  Focus on hand and face hygiene.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that the country will overcome the challenge of the Corona pandemic with its strength & dedication. He asserted that India is not a nation that will lose hope in tough times.


He was speaking at a virtual event after releasing the 8th instalment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme to over 9 crore 50 lakh farmers in the country. Mr. Modi said that farmers have shown their grit of serving the nation even during the testing times of COVID-19.


Highlighting the record procurement due to the innovation in the farming techniques, the Prime Minister said that farmers from Punjab and Haryana have started getting benefit of the direct transfers for the first time.


Mr. Modi said that the PM-Kisan scheme has proven to be very beneficial for the marginal farmers in the country.


Talking about the COVID pandemic, the Prime Minister said that a large number of cases are also reported from the rural areas as well. He urged the village panchayats to ensure proper awareness and sanitation in their respective areas.

On the occasion, Mr. Modi called upon the State governments to ensure strict laws to counter black marketing of medicines and medical supplies.


The Prime Minister said that the Armed forces are also working with full strength to ensure oxygen supply and ensure COVID related care in these tough times.


Urging people to wear mask properly, Mr. Modi asked everyone to consult a doctor when they witness any COVID related symptom. Assuring everyone about the government's resolve towards fighting COVID-19 with all might, the Prime Minister said that he shares the feelings of countrymen at every loss of life reported in the country.


Mr. Modi requested everyone to register themselves for the vaccination and urged to strictly adhere to the covid appropriate behaviour at all times.


The Prime Minister also expressed happiness over the active adoption of new techniques of organic farming by the farmers in the country.


On the occasion, Prime Minister also interacted with beneficiary farmers of the scheme from various parts of the country.


During the 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 the sale of their Wheat crop. Now DBT has been implemented across the country.


Up to 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 the due payment, have been released to the farmers of Punjab. 


In the last 24 hours over 3 lakh 44 thousand people have recovered from Covid-19 infection taking the recovery rate to 83.50 per cent. In the same time period, over 3 lakh 43 thousand new COVID-19 cases were reported. There are over 37 lakh active cases in the country.  Till now, over 2 crore 79 thousand people have recovered from the infection.

Four thousand deaths were reported in the last 24 hours and death toll due to Coronavirus pandemic has reached 2 lakh 62 thousand 317.


Indian Council of Medical Research said, more than 31 crore 13 lakh samples have been tested in the country up till yesterday. It said, over 18 lakh 75 thousand samples were tested yesterday.


India has administered nearly 18 crore COVID vaccine doses. With over 20 lakh 27 thousand vaccine jabs given in the last 24 hours, the nation has successfully administered nearly 17 crore 93 lakh doses so far. Till now over 4 crore 5 lakh people in the country have been  vaccinated with both the doses while nearly 13 crore 88 lakh have been administered the first dose.


The Health Ministry has informed that with over 4 lakh 37 thousand vaccine doses administered to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years in the past 24 hours, so far nearly 39 lakh 14 thousand doses have been administered to beneficiaries in this age group.


It added that the vaccination process is being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest levels to continue fortifying its usage as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19.


The first dose of Sputnik-V vaccine has been administered in Hyderabad today as part of its soft launch and limited pilot. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories limited in a press release said it received the regulatory clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli yesterday.


The Reddy’s also announced that the imported vaccine costs an MRP of 948 rupees and a 5 percent GST per dose.


The first consignment of Sputnik-V vaccines landed on 1st of this month in Hyderabad and more imports are expected in the coming months. It is expected that the local manufacturing of Sputnik-V will commence soon while six Indian manufacturing partners are fulfilling regulatory requirements to ensure smooth and timely supply.


National Capital has witnessed silver lining of recovery after more than three weeks of strict lockdown. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today informed that in the last 24 hours, the positivity rate in the National Capital Territory has dipped to 12 per cent. He said the National Capital also recorded substantial decrease in new COVID cases in the past few days. Mr. Kejriwal informed that in the last 24 hours nearly 8 thousand 500 fresh COVID cases were reported as compared to around 30 thousand daily cases towards April end.


The Chief Minister said that the Capital City is also witnessing considerable ease in availability of Hospital Beds, however, he maintained that demand of ICU beds is still very high. Mr. Kejriwal informed that in the next few days over one thousand more ICU beds will be added to the existing capacity in the city. Announcing a major relief, the Chief Minister said that the Delhi Government will provide financial assistance to every child who has lost both the parents due to COVID. He also assured of financial aid to the elders who have lost the single bread earners in their family.


The Centre will supply over one crore 91 lakh vaccine doses to the  States and UTs free of cost in the next 15 days.  This will include 162.5 lakh of Covishield and 29.49 lakh of Covaxin. The delivery schedule for this allocation will be shared in advance. States have been asked to direct the concerned officials to ensure rational and judicious utilization of allocated doses and minimize vaccine wastage.  In the previous fortnight, over 1.7 crore vaccine doses have been made available by the Centre to States, free of cost.


The government has given relaxation in procurement rules for containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has exempted the public procurement of supplies required for containment of the pandemic from the applicability of the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order.  The exemption will be applicable till  September this year.


Chhattisgarh is recording a steady decline in cases of Corona infection. Our Correspondent reports that the state's health department has also begun preparations to deal with the challenges of a possible third wave of corona infection.

Chhattisgarh Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo, in a meeting with health experts and senior officials, has instructed to make firm preparations to deal with the challenges of the third possible wave of Covid-19. He has asked the heads of state government hospitals to make special arrangements for the treatment of pregnant women and children. Along with this, the Minister also discussed Post Covid Management. The state government has instructed the experts to provide information about necessary preparations as well as resources for post Covid management.  Meanwhile, in the wake of the Covid crisis, the state government has suspended many construction works including the new Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister's residence, Assembly building in New capital area- Nava  Raipur with immediate effect. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur.


In Bihar, fresh COVID-19 cases continue to decline. Seven thousand 752 fresh cases were reported in the state during the last 24 hours and over 11 thousand people recovered yesterday. The state also reported 90 COVID fatalities. The state's recovery rate has risen to about 84.15 per cent, while the test positivity rate has declined to 7.93 per cent.


So far, eighty six lakh 78 thousand persons have been vaccinated in the state so far.


Meanwhile, the state government has extended the lockdown till 25th of this month. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, the decision was taken after reviewing the prevailing Corona situation.


Vaccination centres, banks and essential services will remain functional during the lockdown.


In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought a copy of the model of corona control adopted by the state. The model of Madhya Pradesh will be sent to other states. Chief Minister Chouhan has congratulated the entire medical fraternity and frontline workers and has expressed gratitude to the public. Covid positivity rate in the state declined to 12.7 percent.

Madhya Pradesh for the consecutive fourth day registered less than 10,000 cases. State reported 8,419 fresh cases and 74 fatalities while 10,157 patients recovered from infection. The number of active cases in the state stands at 1 lakh 08 thousand 116. More than 60 thousand tests are being conducted every day. Under the Mukhyamantri Covid Kalyan Yojana, 2280 patients are being treated free of cost. State government is also taking strong action against black marketing of  Remdesivir injection. So far 75 persons have been sent to jail under NSA . Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal.


Arunachal Pradesh has recorded 257 new fresh COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours, meanwhile 180 patients have recovered.

In Arunachal Pradesh, three deaths due to COVID19 have been reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 72. Active cases in the state stand at 2167. Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a tweet has informed that vaccination for the age group of 18-44 years in Arunachal pradesh will start from May 17, the registration for which will start on May 15 in the COWIN portal. Mr. Khandu also informed that Arunachal will have 500 oxygen beds with seven oxygen generation plants functioning in the State by this month’s end. RAKESH DOLEY, ITANAGAR, MAIL, 1234 HRS


Gujarat government will give assistance of 4000 rupees per month to the children rendered orphan following the death of parents due to Covid-19. This decision was taken in a state level core committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.


AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that children till the age of 18 years will get this benefit. Meanwhile, the Gujarat government has suspended the vaccination drive for the above 45 years age group for next three days from today.

Vaccination of above 45 years has been postponed for three days following the new guidelines of the Union Health Ministry for rescheduling the gap between the two shots of Covishield vaccine. The same will now restart from Monday. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to grant mass promotion to all regular students of class - 10th SSC board due to Covid19 pandemic. Gujarat has recorded 10742 new cases of Covid19 infection during the last 24 hours. At the other end, 15269 patients have been recovered and discharged from the various hospitals. Recovery rate has improved further and reached up to 81.85 percent. Maximum new cases have been reported from Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad. 


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated a Drive-in Covid vaccination facility in Nagpur. Run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation at Glocal Mall in Sitabardi area of the city, this drive-in vaccination centre will administer vaccines to the senior citizens, coming by car in the parking area of ​​the mall.


Scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation DRDO's research wing Institute of Nuclear medicine and applied sciences have recently developed a life saving drug for covid patients named 2 DG. The drug helps serious patients in recovery and will also stop the spread of infection further, in turn it will also decrease the need of oxygen in such patients. In a special interview with All India Radio news Dr. Anil kumar Mishra of the Institute of Nuclear medicine and applied sciences said that it is a big achievement for the country and its efficacy is proven.


The Central government has filed a review petition before the Supreme Court challenging the court's interpretation of 102nd Amendment of the Constitution in the Maratha reservation judgment. The judgement was delivered on May the 5th which struck down the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018. The Maharashtra government had extended reservation to the Maratha community in public education and employment under this act.

Two days ago, Maharashtra Government wrote a letter to the President of India and Prime Minister requesting reservation to the Maratha Community. In a letter, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has requested 12% reservation in education and 13% reservation in Jobs to the Maratha Community. While reacting to the review petition, State’s Minister and Head of the sub committee on Maratha reservation issue Ashok Chavan said, along with this, the Central government should also request the supreme court to reconsider the 50% reservation limit in the Indra Sawhney case. He claimed that, during the hearing on Maratha reservation issue, all states have raised the demand to increase reservation quota. Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis thanked the central government for filing the review petition. He said, the central government has already taken this view in the Supreme court and by filing reviews petition it is reiterating it. Jeevan Bhawasar, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.


The first flight for stranded Australians from India will arrive in Australia tomorrow with up to 150 citizens and permanent residents.


The flight will be the first, after the lifting of a two-week ban on anyone coming from India, including Australian citizens. The ban was imposed to keep out a fast-spreading variant of the novel coronavirus.


As per the government sources, a military plane left Australia today carrying aid for India. The plane will return with stranded citizens, who must all test negative for COVID-19 before boarding. Upon reaching they will be sent for two weeks of quarantine.


There are about 9,000 Australian citizens and permanent residents in India hoping to get home.


In view of Cyclone Tauktae warning, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 24 teams in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.


DG NDRF, SN Pradhan said that 29 teams are on standby.  Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Lakshadweep, Kerala and  Mahe today. 


The Coastal and South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and  Puducherry are also expected to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.


Responding to certain speculative media reports regarding the Class 12th CBSE examinations , the Board has clarified that no such decision regarding cancellation of Class 12th examinations have been taken. The CBSE has said that any decision taken in this regard will be officially communicated to the Public.   


Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated  across the country today in a subdued manner amidst Corona virus pandemic. For the second  consecutive year, no congregational prayers were held in Eidgahs and Grand Mosques. Most of the faithfuls offered prayers in their homes this morning  in compliance with  Covid norms.


Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan.


In Kerala and Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Eid was celebrated yesterday.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted everyone on the occasion. In a tweet, Mr. Naidu said Eid symbolises the spirit of compassion, charity and brotherhood in our lives. He hoped that this Eid-Ul-Fitr brings peace, health and happiness for all.


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.


The Prime Minister today bowed to Jagadguru Basaveshwara on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi. In a Tweet, Mr Modi said, Jagadguru Basaveshwara's noble teachings, particularly the emphasis on social empowerment, harmony, brotherhood and compassion continue to inspire several people. 


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

The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 23 and 37 degree Celsius.


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


Chennai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 29 and 37 degree Celsius.


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


Jammu will have generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. Minimum temperature was 19 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.


Srinagar may experience partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. Temperature will hover between 11 and 21 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. Minimum temperature was 17 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 28 degrees.


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


Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 18 and 32 degree  Celsius.


In Hyderabad, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. Minimum temperature was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 39 degrees.


Patna will also have a clear sky. Minimum temperature was 21 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees.


Guwahati will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature was 22 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 34 degrees.


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