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News Highlights
India administers over 27 crore 23 lakh COVID vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries in country            Centre provides over 28 crore 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses to States/UTs so far            Over 60 thousand new cases reported in last 24 hours; National Recovery Rate touches 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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10th June, 2021


  • Centre reviews progress of Vaccination and Public Health Response to COVID 19 with States and Union Territories.

  • Over 24 crore COVID Vaccine doses administered so far.

  • Government  prohibits use of Remdesivir in children with corona virus infection.

  • National recovery rate further improves to 94.77 per cent.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in outreach session of G7 Summit on 12th and 13th June in virtual format.

  • Coverage under Employees’ State Insurance Act extended to all casual and contractual workers of municipal bodies in the country.

  • Government urges people to not share information on social media about child in distress.

  • Government allows LPG customers to have a choice, deciding which distributors they want their LPG refill from

  • UPSC interview for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 to resume on 2nd of August.

  • In French Open Tennis, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova enters final in Women's singles; Maria Sakkari of Greece faces Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic in Second semi-final.


As many states are relaxing lockdown norms, we advise our listeners not to lower their guard as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat to our health. Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow the four simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.

  • And, get vaccinated.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the News :


The Centre today reviewed the progress of Vaccination and Public Health Response to COVID 19 with States and Union Territories. States have been advised to focus on Second dose Coverage among Healthcare workers and Frontline workers. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired the high-level meeting with the States and UTs. During the meeting, the progress of vaccination was reviewed in the light of the revised guidelines for implementation of National COVID Vaccination Program and recent advisories. States were also informed of the modifications of CoWIN platform aimed to make it more effective as a backend management tool for the countrywide vaccination drive. States were informed that the CoWIN platform is now available in 12 languages.

Mr Bhushan highlighted the low vaccination coverage among Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers, especially for the second dose. He termed it as a cause of serious concern. The Secretary said, the national average for the 1st dose administration among the Health care workers is 82 per cent and the national average for 2nd dose among them is only 56 per cent. He said, 18 States and UTs including Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Assam have a coverage below the national average in this aspect. Mr Bhushan said, for Front line workers, the national average of 1st dose coverage is 85 per cent but the national average of second dose coverage is only 47 per cent. He said, 19 States and UTs have reported 2nd dose coverage of front line workers less than the national average. The States and Union Territories include Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab.


India has crossed a major landmark with administration of more than 24 crore COVID Vaccine doses to the beneficiaries so far. The Union Health Ministry has informed that more than 33 lakh 79 thousand vaccine doses were given in the country in the last 24 hours. Out of this nearly 30 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated with the 1st dose whereas around three lakh beneficiaries received their 2nd dose of the vaccine. The cumulative figure of vaccine doses administered under the largest vaccination drive in the country now stands at over 24 crore 27 lakh.

The Health Ministry confirmed that so far over 3 crore 42 lakh doses of the vaccine have been given to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years. Nearly 19 lakh beneficiaries in this age group received their first jabs in the last 24 hours whereas around 86 thousand others were given their second dose. The Ministry said, more than 10 lakh beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years have already received their first dose of COVID vaccine in the States of Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.


The nation continues to march strongly on its path of COVID recovery with the gradual decrease in total number of active cases. For the 3rd consecutive day today, the number of new daily cases remained below the one lakh figure. In the past 24 hours, over 1 lakh 51 thousand COVID patients recovered from the disease whereas in the same time span 94 thousand 52 fresh cases were recorded nationwide. The number of fresh cases recorded is lowest in over two month's time span. With this the recovery rate in the country has further improved to 94.77 per cent.

The cumulative share of active COVID cases in the country continues to witness consistent decline and comprises nearly 4 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that currently nearly 11 lakh 67 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral disease and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation. The daily positivity rate also remained below five per cent and much below the 10 per cent mark for the 17th consecutive day.


The Government has strictly forbidden the use of Remdesivir in children infected with corona virus. Also, the Children under the age of five are no longer required to wear masks. These recommendations have been made in the guidelines issued by the Central Government.

The Directorate General of Health Services, DGHS of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued comprehensive guidelines for management of COVID-19 in children below 18 years. In the guidelines, an emergency use authorisation drug Remdesivir has not been recommended in children. The DGHS has said that there is lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data about the use of Remdesivir in children below 18 years of age. Lab investigations are not required for the children in asymptomatic and mild cases. These investigations are needed only in moderate and severe cases.

The rational use of high resolution CT scan of chest has been recommended by the DGHS. Routine high resolution CT imaging of chest in COVID-19 patient is not recommended. Use of high resolution CT scan has been advised in the moderate and severe cases in children in the event of continuous worsening of condition. The DGHS has advised to avoid self medication of steroids. It has recommended that use of steroids is harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19. It has been suggested that steroids must be used at the right time in right dose under strict supervision in hospitalised moderately severe and critically ill COVID-19 cases in Children. 


The Government has urged people to not share information on social media about a child found abandoned or in distress as it can put the child's life at risk. The Women and Child Development Ministry has said such information should be reported to CHILDLINE number 1098.

The Supreme Court had recently expressed concerns about the illegal adoption of children orphaned by COVID-19. It directed the State Governments and Union Territories to act against the NGOs which are indulging in illegal adoption. They were asked to take stringent action against agencies and individuals who are responsible for indulging in illegal adoption of children affected by COVID 19.

Invitation to persons for adoption of orphans is illegal as no adoption of a child can be permitted without the involvement of Central Adoption Resource Authority or CARA.

"Several children are facing serious distress in the event of parents getting infected or hospitalised due to COVID. Some of them have lost their parents to the pandemic. States and UTs have been directed to continue identifying the children who have become orphans or lost a parent after March 2020 either due to COVID or otherwise. The identification of the affected children can be done through Childline, health officials, Panchayati Raj institutions, police or NGOs. District Child Protection Units must contact the affected child and his guardian immediately on receipt of information about the death of parents. Assessment must be made about the availability and willingness of the guardian to take care of the child. If not, the child should be produced before the Child Welfare Committee immediately. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today dedicated 114 bedded COVID Care facility in Bhilai Steel Plant of SAIL in Chhattisgarh. This hospital is equipped with gaseous oxygen and has been set up after laying a pipeline of 1.5 Kilometre for supply of gaseous oxygen from the plant. This is the first phase of this project which aims to scale up to reach a total of 500 oxygenated beds in the subsequent two more phases.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pradhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the mantra of Jahan Bimaar, Wahi Upchaar and setting up hospitals near the source of gaseous oxygen is another step towards that vision.


Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan today held a virtual meeting with Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Mahendra Siregar. Mr Muraleedharan thanked the Indonesian government for the relief materials which were sent to India for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Health Ministry's National Telemedicine Service - eSanjeevani has crossed another milestone by completing 60 lakh consultations through more than 375 online OPDs. Over 40 thousand patients consult over 1600 doctors and specialists on a daily basis using this innovative digital medium to seek health services. Currently, the National Telemedicine Service is operational in 31 States and Union Territories.

The Health Ministry had conceptualised eSanjeevani - a doctor to doctor telemedicine platform in November 2019 for implementation at one lakh 55 thousand Health and Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.


Keeping in view the role and need of medical oxygen during second wave of COVIDpandemic, IIT Kanpur will help to provide 20,000 indigenous high quality oxygen concentrators and oxygen plants for Country's emergency response to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Start-up Incubation and Innovation Centre, SIIC of IIT Kanpur, today said that it has raised funding from ICICI Securities, for Mission Bharat O2(MBO2), to support domestic manufacturing of oxygen concentrators on scale. The project will support local manufacturers to develop oxygen concentrators.

The concentrator cost is atleast 40 per cent lower than comparable imported products and by the 20th of June, daily run rate of 100 units per manufacturer per day is expected to be achieved.

The SIIC has already selected eight manufacturing partners from 70 plus participants who competed to manufacture indigenous oxygen plants and oxygen concentrators.


The Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that Indian government will abide by the Saudi Arabia’s decision on conducting Haj 2021. Stating that the Government’s priority continues to be the health and well-being of people of both the nations and also of humanity, Mr. Naqvi said, India is doing its preparations, including vaccination of pilgrims. He was speaking after chairing a review meeting regarding Haj 2021 in Mumbai that was virtually attended by India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed; Consul General of India in Jeddah Shahid Alam and senior officials.

"Mr. Naqvi said a nationwide campaign will soon be launched to curb rumours and apprehension regarding vaccination. He added that state Haj Committees, Waqf Boards, associated organisations, Central Waqf Council, Maulana Azad Education Foundation and other social and educational institutions will be part of the campaign. The minister informed that women self help groups will also be included for the campaign titled “Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai'', that will be launched especially in villages and remote areas of the country. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


In Odisha, the world famous Rath Yatra in Puri will be held without any devotees. In addition, the State government has prohibited Rath Yatras in any other temples across the State, due to the ongoing pandemic. The Rath Yatra falls on the 12th of July this year.

"This is for the second consecutive time that the car festival in Puri, that attracts devotees in lakhs every year, will have none of them. However, the annual festival in the holy city of Puri will be observed by the Sree Jagannath Temple servitors with strict adherence to covid-19 protocols, in conformity with the direction of the the Supreme Court issued last year. While each of the participating servitor, police personnel and other officials must have either been fully vaccinated or tested negative for covid-19, a maximum of 500 persons would be allowed to pull each of the three chariots of the deities. Girish Chandra Dash AIR News Bhubaneswar"


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, as part of social support initiative and for contributing to the society for the containment of second wave of COVID-19, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) today provided 18 Oxygen Concentrators to Deputy Commissioner, Reasi. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the Oxygen Concentrators were provided for 18 Panchayat Level COVID Care Centres established by the district administration in Katra and Panthal Blocks of Reasi District. Of these, 10 Concentrators have been provided for 10 Gram Panchayats of Katra Block and 8 are given to 8 Panchayats of Panthal Block for utilisation by the needy persons.


The Meghalaya Government has revised the entry-exit protocol for the public. According to a new directive issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, it is mandatory for all the people to register themselves prior to their travel at “Meghalaya Online COVID testing” and to download the Arogya Setu App and the Behavioral Change Management App of Meghalaya from Google play store.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme Corona Jagrukta series (10.06.2021) will bring you a Special Discussion Programme on Covid-19, tonight. Dr. Piyush Ranjan, Dept. of Medicine, AIIMS will participate in the live  Discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767) and on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444). You can also post your 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.


The corridors of hospital have several positive stories to tell. A patient aged 54 years admitted to a hospital in Delhi was critically ill with very low oxygen level. Talking to All India Radio News, Dr.Ashish Khattar, senior physician who treated the patient says, with strong will power and positive approach, the patient recovered completely after 35 days of hospitalisation. 

Dr. Khattar appealed to people not to lower the gaurdeven when the cases have started declining.


The Centre has been disseminating awareness of six national level helpline numbers created for the benefit of the citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic. National Helpline of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for Covid related queries is  -  1075, the Child Helpline Number of  Ministry of Women and Child Development is - 1098.  For Senior Citizens of Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu,Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Helpline number of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is - 14567. The Helpline number of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) for psychological support is - 08046110007. Ayush COVID-19 counseling HELPLINE NO-14443 and My Gov Whatsapp Help desk no is 9013151515. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the outreach session of the G7 Summit on 12th and 13th June in a virtual format. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, UK currently holds the presidency of the G7 and has invited India along with South Korea and South Africa as guest countries for the G7 Summit. The meeting will be held in hybrid mode. This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be participating in G7.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held a discussion with his Kuwait counterpart Dr. Ahmed Nasser Mohammed Al Sabah. In a series of tweets, Dr Jaishankar welcomed the openness to address the issues of Indian community in Kuwait. He said, he valued Kuwait Foreign Minister's assessments and insights on regional issues.

Dr Jaishankar also witnessed the signing of an MoU that will give Indian workers greater legal protection. He also launched the celebration of 60th anniversary of India Kuwait ties. He is on a three day visit to Kuwait.


The External Affairs Ministry today said the material seized last week in Bokaro, Jharkhand is not uranium and not radioactive. In response to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the gratuitous remarks about India by the Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on a media report about seizure of suspected material indicate their disposition to malign India without caring to check or verify facts. The spokesperson also reaffirmed that India maintains a stringent law-based regulatory system for internationally controlled items which is reflected in its impeccable non-proliferation credentials recognised by the international community.


India is in touch with the Chinese side in order to seek an early resumption of travel by Indian citizens to China, especially for those who work or study there. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said,


Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar today announced the decision to extend coverage under the Employees’ State Insurance Act to all casual and contractual workers working in the municipal bodies in the country. He said, the ESI Corporation has been directed to take up the matter with the States and Union Territories, for issue of notification for coverage of casual and contractual workers in the Municipal Corporation. The coverage will be extended to those casual and contractual employees which are within the implemented areas already notified under the ESI Act by the Central Government. ​


The Government has decided to allow LPG customers to have a choice, deciding which distributors they want their LPG refill from. The decision has been taken with a view to further empower the LPG consumers and making energy accessible and affordable to all. Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry said, now the consumers will be able to choose their delivering distributor from the list of distributors catering to their address within their Oil Marketing Company. In the pilot phase, this unique facility will be available in Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Pune, and Ranchi.


The country has registered remarkable growth in the number of institutions of national importance, total enrolment in higher education and gross enrolment ratio during the last five years. Also, the country has improved its gender parity index which indicates an improvement in the relative access to higher education for females as compared to males.Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today approved the release of the report of All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20. The report provides key insight on the current status of Higher education in the country.


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified that the interview for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 will resume on the 2nd of August. The interview had begun in April but stopped because of unprecedented progress within the variety of folks contaminated with COVID-19 countrywide.


The Delhi government has canceled the Class 9 and 11 exams. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said, the results will be declared on 22nd of this month. He said, exams were postponed in April due to rise in Covid-19 cases.


The Maharashtra Government has announced a compensation of five lakh rupees each for the kin of those who died in the Malad building collapse last night. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has further announced that the government will bear the cost of treatment of all those who have been injured.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a structure collapse in Malad West in Mumbai. 50 thousand rupees would be provided to those who were injured in the accident.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the demise of Buddhadeb Dasgupta who was an eminent thinker and poet.  They also expressed anguish at the untimely demise of Ngangom Dingko Singh who was one of the finest boxers of the country and an outstanding sportsman.


Online nominations and recommendations for the Padma Awards to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day next year are on. The last date for nominations for Padma Awards is 15th of September. Nominations for Padma Awards will be received online only on the Padma Awards portal padmaawards.gov.in.

The Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are among the highest civilian awards of the country.


In the French Open Tennis, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has stormed into the women’s singles final beating Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek, 7-5, 6-3. She will vie for her maiden grand slam title against the winner of the second semi final between Maria Sakkari of Greece and Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.

In Men’s section, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal and top seeded Novak Djokovic will face each other in semi-final tomorrow.


As the Tokyo Olympics games knocking at the door, All Indian Radio has started a series on the preparations for the games. In the series, today we will feature Table tennis.

"In table tennis, four Indian players have sealed their spot for the Tokyo olympics this time. In the men’s singles, veteran Sharath Kamal, making his fourth appearance at the Summer Games, will be accompanied by Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, while Manika Batra and Suthirtha Mukherjee will be competing in the women’s singles.

The mixed doubles event, which makes its debut at Tokyo this time, will feature the duo of Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal, along with 15 other pairs from across the world.

Talking to All India Radio news, veteran Sharath Kamal, who has qualified for the fourth time for olympics, said that the paddlers from the country will be able to put up an impressive show in Tokyo.

The country is hopeful that these table tennis players will come up with their best performance in the Olympics and live up to the medal tally."


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