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Midday News

1400 HRS
30.05.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes letter to countrymen to mark first anniversary of his second term; Reiterates country’s resolve to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Prime Minister exudes confidence to set an example in economic revival; reiterates Self-reliant India is the only way to do it.
  • PM Kisan Samman Nidhi now includes all farmers, says Mr. Modi, more than 72 thousand crore rupees deposited in accounts of over 9.5 crore farmers in just one year.
  • Prime Minister to address the nation in Mann ki Baat programme tomorrow.
  • Railways Minister Piyush Goyal says, zero passenger casualty in last one year; all unmanned level crossings in the country eliminated.
  • Covid 19 recovery rate improves to 47.40 per cent.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces kill two terrorists in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to the citizens of India to mark the first anniversary of his second term in office. In the letter, the Prime Minister has highlighted the achievements of his government and also reiterated the country’s resolve in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister said, they  have proven that the collective strength and potential of Indians is unparalleled compared even to the powerful and prosperous countries of the world.

The Prime Minister said, in a crisis of this magnitude, it can certainly not be claimed that no one suffered any inconvenience or discomfort. Our labourers, migrant workers, artisans and craftsmen in small scale industries, hawkers and such fellow countrymen have undergone tremendous suffering. 

He said, we are working in a united and determined way to alleviate their troubles. Mr. Modi said, we have to however take care to ensure that inconveniences that we are facing do not turn into disasters.

In his letter, the Prime Minister mentioned that at such a time, there is also a widespread debate on how the economies of various countries, including India’s, will recover. However, given the way India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against Coronavirus, there is a firm belief that we will also set an example in economic revival. 

He said, in the economic domain, through their strength, 130 crore Indians can not only surprise the world but also inspire it. Mr Modi stressed that it is the need of the hour that we must become self-reliant and added that we have to move forward based on our own abilities, in our own way, and there is only one way to do it – Aatmanirbhar Bharat or Self-reliant India. He said, the recent 20 lakh crore rupees package given for Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan is a major step in this direction.

The Prime Minister said, in the last one year, some of the decisions were widely discussed and remain etched in public discourse. He said abrogation of Article 370 furthered the spirit of national unity and integration. He said, the Ram Mandir judgment, delivered unanimously by the Supreme Court of India, brought an amicable end to a debate persisting for centuries while the barbaric practice of Triple Talaq has been confined to the dustbin of history. He said, amendment to the Citizenship Act was an expression of India’s compassion and spirit of inclusiveness.

The Prime Minister said, empowering the poor, the farmers, women and youth has remained his Government’s priority. He said, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi now includes all farmers and in  just one year, more than 72 thousand crore rupees  has been deposited in the accounts of over 9 crore 50 lakh farmers.On the other hand, the Jal Jeevan Mission will ensure supply of potable drinking water through piped connections to over 15 crore rural households. He said, a huge campaign of free vaccination is being conducted for better health of our 50 crore livestock.

The Prime Minister said, back in 2014, the people of the country voted for a substantive transformation. In the last five years, the nation saw how the administrative apparatus broke itself free of the status quo and from the swamp of corruption as well as misgovernance. He said, true to the spirit of ‘Antyodaya’ the lives of millions have been transformed.

The  Prime Minister said, in 2019, the people of the country voted not merely for continuity but also with a dream- of taking India to new heights and a dream of making India a global leader. He said, the decisions taken in the last one year are directed at fulfilling this dream.

In the letter, Mr Modi mentioned that  today 130 crore people feel involved and integrated in the development trajectory of the nation. The light of ‘Jan Shakti’ and ‘Rashtra Shakti’ has ignited the entire nation. He said, powered by the Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ India is marching forward in all spheres. The Prime Minister said, in  this journey of the last six years, the people of the country have continuously showered him  with love and blessings.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the timely decision to impose lockdown in the country to fight the Corona virus pandemic. He said, steps like transferring of money to the bank accounts and providing free food grains proved beneficial for the farmers and workers who are facing hardship in this difficult situation. He added that decision like giving rights to the farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country, one ration card for the workers and change in the definition of the MSME will prove to be a milestone in the upcoming decades.

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Home Minister Amit Shah has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi onthe successful completion of one year of his second term in office. In a series of tweets, Mr Shah expressed his firm belief that under his visinory and decisive leadership the country will continue to progress. Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar has said that through “Self Dependent” India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation of the future of nation.

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Indian Railways has turned out to be the lifeline of the country in true terms. The nation witnessed zero passenger casualty in rail mishaps during 2019-20. Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has penned down the achievements of the Indian railways on completion of one year of the second term of the Narendra Modi government. He has informed that last year has been remarkable for railways both in terms of safety and performance. Commenting on Commerce and Industry, Mr. Goyal informed that, the government took several steps to promote exports as well as protect the interests of domestic industries.

“All unmanned level crossings were eliminated in the country whereas one thousand 274 manned crossings were removed. Commissioning of new line, doubling and gauge conversion increased to 2 thousand 226 kilometer in 2019-20. Mr. Goyal informed that this was nearly 50 per cent more than the average annual commissioning achieved during 2009-14. He informed that, the punctuality of trains has also improved significantly by nearly 10 per cent over the last year.Mr. Goyal said that even during the testing times of COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways ensured uninterrupted and round the clock freight operations of essential commodities like foodgrains, coal, salt, sugar, milk, edible oil, among others. He also highlighted the operationalisation of Shramik Special trains which have carried more than 50 lakh migrant workers to their home states till now. Railways has also distributed over 75 lakh free meals to migrants so far. Mr. Goyal also cited the innovative step through which Railways created COVID care centres in its coaches with facility of more than 3 lakh beds. Speaking about the steps taken in commerce sector, he highlighted Prime Minister’s decision to abstain from joining RCEP, a decision which will help the domestic workers and small and medium enterprises in the country. Mr Goyal said, India is also engaging to resolve all outstanding issues with the USA, South Korea and Japan to boost exports, and is also working to initiate dialogue with European Union. He said that with an objective of reducing excessive dependence on non-essential imports, duty was increased on 89 items and restrictions were imposed on 13 items benefitting lakhs of domestic workers. The minister said, FDI inflow in the country grew by 18.4 per cent in 2019-20 to reach 73.46 billion dollar. He also mentioned how the reforms introduced by Narendra Modi government has catapulted India’s ranking in terms of ease of doing business. ANAND CHATURVEDI, AIR NEWS, DELHI”

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Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s policies have bridged the development gap of the last 60 years in just six years of his tenure as Prime Minister of the country. BJP president JP Nadda highlighted the achievements of the Modi government today at a press conference to mark the first anniversary of the second term of the NDA government. 

Mr. Nadda underscored how it has been a year of accomplishments. He said, the government handled the unprecedented challenges including that of the Corona pandemic in a very bold manner.

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Our correspondent takes a look at significant steps and welfare measures taken by the NDA Government in the last one year. 

The abrogation of  Articles 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir, paving the way and expediting the construction of Ram Temple, banning Triple Talaq to provide justice to Muslim women and enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act are among the major historic decisions of the Narendra Modi Government during this period. The extension of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi to all the farmers in the country for providing six thousand rupees per year, pension for small and marginal farmers as well as for small traders are also the significant highlights. During this period, the government has also created a new Jal Shakti Ministry. The decisive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given new direction to country’s foreign and defence policies which have changed the world view towards India. The government has reformed the higher defence management by creating the post of Chief of Defence Staff to facilitate optimal utilization of resources and promote jointness among the three services. The country’s economy was kept strong despite global slowdown during this tenure. Above all the government action during the COVID-19 pandemic to check the spread of infection along with protecting the interest of all sections of the society have been remarkable. From the announcement of 20 lakh crore rupees package to food grains and financial benefits for poor, migrants and women and their health care, every step has shown the resolve of government to work for the welfare of all countrymen. Diwaker, AIR News, Delhi”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio  at 11 A.M. tomorrow. It will be the 65th episode of the monthly radio programme.

It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will also be repeated at eight in the evening.

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The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said a total 82 thousand 370 people affected with Corona virus have been cured and the recovery rate has  reached  47.40 per cent in the country.

During the last twenty four hours, 11 thousand 264 people have recovered and seven thousand 964 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh 73 thousand 763. This is the highest spike in fresh cases in one day since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India. The Health Ministry said, 265 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to four thousand 971. 

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The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said a total of one lakh 27 thousand 761 samples were tested for corona virus in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of tests reached to 36 lakh 11 thousand 599 in the country.

Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for COVID-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total 662 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for COVID-19 including 462 government laboratories and 200 private laboratory’ chains.

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With the exhibition and handicraft industry hit hard due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals and organizations are offering a helping hand to small artisans to save their livelihood.

Jalpa Thakkar, who runs an art and craft business in Surat, is selling masks with Madhubani paintings to offer monetary support to migrant artisans who returned to Bihar from Gujarat during the lockdown.

“Jalpa Thakkar is working with three to four migrant families of artisans who went to their home state Bihar during the lockdown. Talking to AIR Ms Jalpa said that during the pandemic when wearing masks is mandatory, she thought to use this opportunity to offer employment to the small artisans. Each mask costs Rs 150 and the income generated through the sale of these masks is being transferred to their bank accounts.

Jalpa Thakkar is not only helping the artisans to earn during the lockdown but also contributing to the conservation of local Indian art. With Lopa Darbar from Surat, This is Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad”

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In Maharashtra, 2692 new patients found positive leading to a surge in cases to 33,124 active cases in the state. 116 deaths were registered, taking the death toll of the state to 2098 due to the infection. The total number of Covid-19 cases till date is 62,228 in Maharashtra. 8381 patients were discharged yesterday, taking the tally of recovered patients to 26,997 till date. The recovery rate of the state has improved and it stands at 43.38 percent while the mortality rate is 3.37 percent.

“Maharashtra state government has taken an important decision to ban the consumption, spitting and smoking of tobacco products in public places throughout the state. While interacting through Facebook Live, Health minister Rajesh Tope said that spitting in public places spreads many infectious and deadly diseases. More to add, it has been observed that corona virus infection is transmitted through saliva. Therefore, State government has taken this decision to ban the consumption of tobacco products in public places. Violation of this ban will attract fine worth Rs 1,000 to 5,000 or public service for one to five days. The health minister have appealed people not to spit or smoke in public places and take utmost care for prevention of corona virus spread. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai”

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In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has launched a unique scheme ‘Rozgar Setu’ to provide employment to labourers.

Under this scheme, labourers will be provided employment in industries, construction works and other activities according to their skills.

Madhya Pradesh is the first state to launch such a scheme to harness the work efficiency of the labourers.

“Under the ‘Rozgar Setu’  scheme, survey work of skilled migrant labourers has been started in every Gram Panchayat. The skills and other related information of migrant labourers are being compiled during the survey. On the other hand, information is being sought from industries, factories and other employment providers about their need. In this way, the Rozgar Setu will be a reliable means of providing work to the labourers according to their skills. Also, skilled labourers will get employment easily in industries, construction works and other activities. Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary and State Control Room in-charge ICP Keshari informed that till date, 132 Shramik special trains have arrived in Madhya Pradesh from various states. 8 more trains are expected. So far, about 5 lakh 69 thousand labourers have been brought back to the state. Sanjeev Sharma,AIR News,Bhopal.”

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, security forces killed two terrorists at Wampora in Khudwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district in the wee hours today.

Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Srinagar, Col. Rajesh Kalia said a joint team of Kulgam Police, 1 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation in Wampora village yesterday evening after getting a specific input about the presence of terrorists there.

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Government has denied reports that 50 healthcare staff at AIIMS tested Covid positive as masks and PPEs don’t meet standard. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau termed it as incorrect. It said the masks and PPEs meet Health Ministry standards and evaluated  and certifications verified by AIIMS committee. The PIB said 95 percent positive cases did not have any evidence of transmission from patient care.

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News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme held a Special Discussion Programme on COVID-19.

Participating in the programme, Senior Medical Expert, Dr. Prasoon Chatterjee said, early lockdown is the reason for better recovery rate in the country.

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In our series ‘Expert Speak’ on All India Radio, we bring you the views of leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Head of Respiratory Care Department in the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Dr. Rajnish Gupta said that everybody should stay at home during the lockdown period to stay safe and special care should be taken of senior citizens.

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Participating in All India Radio News programme Samvaad, a senior official of the Railways said that more than 52 Lakh migrant passengers have reached their destination using Shramik special trains.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its bilingual live phone-in programme today, will bring you a Special discussion Programme on COVID-19 .

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). One 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.

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

In New Delhi minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 37 degree celsius. The National capital is likely to experience thunderstorm with rain.

Mumbai is likely to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius.

Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 37 degrees.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 11 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 24 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 15 and 32 degrees Celsius.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky is likely to be generally cloudy.There is also possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

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