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COVID-19: Press Releases and Updates in April by the Government of India and the World Health Organization [HTML and PDFs]

A compilation of press releases issued by the Government of India through the Press Information Bureau, Delhi, from January 17, 2020 and the World Health Organization (WHO), for the month of April 2020. In addition, links to important official communication/advisories are provided.

Press Releases on COVID-19 issued by the Government of India

 





 

Press Releases in April

April 30, 2020

307. SERB approves funding for study of mathematical & simulation aspects of COVID 19Ministry of Science & Technology

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB),a statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has approved funding for 11 projects under MATRICS scheme for studying Mathematical modelling and computational aspects to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic. 6:08 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619623]. Click here for PDF.

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306. Dr. Harsh Vardhan interacts with Civil Society Organizations/NGOs via Video ConferencingMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Work together in consonance and observe social distancing to defeat COVID-19: Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 5:20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619601]. Click here for PDF.

305. ‘Social Distancing Is the Most Potent Vaccine Available Right Now’: Health Minister Dr Harsh VardhanNITI Aayog

NITI Aayog today organized an interactive live session with Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations. The session was moderated by CEO Amitabh Kant. 5:07 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619597]. Click here for PDF.

304. Shri Gadkari launches Bank of Schemes, Ideas, Innovation & Research Portal on MSMEsMinistry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

Portal on MSME Bank of Ideas, Innovation and Research to prove of great transformational importance for existing and aspiring Micro, Small and Medium enterprises: Gadkari. 3:56 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619559]. Click here for PDF.

303. SNBNCBS develops Nanomedicine to alter oxidative stress for better immune power to treat viral infections including COVID-19Ministry of Science & Technology

Scientists at S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (SNBNCBS) have developed a safe and cost-effective nanomedicine that promises treatment of a number of diseases by altering oxidative stress in the body. The research may provide a ray of hope in India’s fight against COVID-19, as the nanomedicine can decrease or increase reactive oxygen species (ROS) in our body, depending on the situation and cure the disease. 3:21 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619542]. Click here for PDF.

April 29, 2020

302. UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in View of COVID-19  and Subsequent Lockdown; - Ministry of Human Resource Development

In view of Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the University Grants Commission constituted an Expert Committee to deliberate and make recommendations on the issues related to the Examinations and the Academic Calendar to avoid academic loss and take appropriate measures for the future of students. 8.16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619368]. Click here for PDF.

301. Centre Facilitates the Inter - State Movement of Stranded People including Migrant Labourer in the country, in wake of COVID -19 Pandemic - Ministry of Home Affairs

As a result of lockdown restrictions to fight COVID--19, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places in the country. Now, the Centre has permitted the movement of these stranded persons by road.  They would be allowed to move between one State/ UT to another State/ UT, after the concerned states consult each other and mutually agree to. 6:25 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619318]. Click here for PDF.

300. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment writes to States/Uts to ensure basic physical accessibility features for divyangjan in centres for COVID-19 testing & quarantine facilities and treatment at hospitals - Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has asked all States and Union Territories to ensure basic physical accessibility features for Divyangjan (PwDs) as per reasonable accommodation in the centres for COVID-19 testing and quarantine facilities as well as for treatment at hospitals and health centres. 5:00p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619284]. Click here for PDF.

299. Electrostatic Disinfection Technology Transferred for Commercialization - Ministry of Science & Technology

CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Chandigarh, has designed and developed an innovative technology for effective disinfection and sanitization to fight with corona pandemic. CSIR-CSIO has transferred this technology to a Nagpur-based company, Rite Water Solutions Pvt. Ltd., for commercialization and large-scale production. 12.44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619176]. Click here for PDF.

298. HCARD, a robot, to assist frontline COVID-19 healthcare warriors - Ministry of Science & Technology

Healthcare workers at hospitals are risking COVID-19 infection while taking care of those infected by it 24/7. Perhaps the level of risk may get reduced hereafter with the help of a new friend, HCARD. The robotic device HCARD, in short for Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device, can help frontline healthcare workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by coronavirus. 12:27 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1619169]. Click here for PDF.

April 28, 2020

297. India signs $1.5 billion loan with ADB to support India’s COVID-19 immediate responseMinistry of Finance

The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $1.5 billion loan that will support the government’s response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, focusing on immediate priorities such as disease containment and prevention, as well as social protection for the poor and economically vulnerable sections of the society, especially women and disadvantaged groups. 4:50 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618955]. Click here for PDF.

296. Shri Gadkari calls for urgent action to facilitate Inter-State border movement of Trucks/Lorries carrying essential goods to ease public life during COVID 19 pandemicMinistry of Road Transport & Highways

States/UTs urged to expedite land acquisition and utilise funds worthRs 25000 crore allocated for the purpose to help regain momentum in road construction through land acquisition. Shri Gadkari stresses upon speeding up proactive decision-making to accelerate economic development for which transport facilities serve as backbone. Planning to enhance National Highway construction on a much higher scale with 2-3 times of the present level: Gadkari. Shri Gadkari suggests App-based two-wheeler taxi operations especially in rural areas. 4:05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618930]. Click here for PDF.

April 27, 2020

295. Varanasi Smart City uses Drones to sanitize sensitive areas for controlling spread of COVID-19Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

Varanasi Smart City has engaged ‘Garuda Aerospace Private Limited, a Chennai Based company for spraying of sanitizer in the selected areas of Varanasi City under Smart Cities Mission. In view of limited options for transportation during lockdown period, these drones were specially airlifted from Chennai through Air-India Cargo flights with special permission from Ministry of Civil Aviation. A total of seven-member team with two drones was made operational and trial runs were completed on 17th April 2020. 7:07 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618733] Click here for PDF.

294. Facts on the controversy around prices of Rapid Antibody testsMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

First of all, it is important to understand the background in which procurement decisions are made by ICMR. Testing is one of the most crucial weapons to fight COVID-19 and ICMR is doing everything it can to ramp up testing. This requires procurement of kits and supplying them to states. This procurement is being undertaken when globally there is huge demand for these test kits and various countries are applying their full might, monetary and diplomatic, to acquire them. 4:00 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618664]. Click here for PDF.

293. PM interacts with CMs to plan ahead for tackling COVID-19 - Prime Minister's Office
Lockdown has yielded positive results, country has managed to save thousands of lives in the past 1.5 months: PM. 1.48 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618628]. Click here for PDF.

April 26, 2020

292. Study shows that COVID 19 may affect the Central Nervous System causing loss of smell and taste - Ministry of Science & Technology

Scientists of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur have explored the neuroinvasive nature of the COVID 19 virus SARS-CoV-2 highlighting that loss of smell and taste of infected patients makes their entire Central Nervous System (CNS) and the underlying structures in the brain more prone to viral infection with devastating effects. 6.31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618444]. Click here for PDF.

291. PM addresses 11th Episode of 'Mann Ki Baat 2.0' - Prime Minister's Office

Addressing the 11th Episode of 'Mann Ki Baat 2.0', Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that India’s fight against Corona is people-driven and along with the people, the government and the administration are fighting the pandemic. 4.49 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618407]. Click here for PDF.

290. Production capacity of coveralls required by medical personnel treating COVID-19 cases in the country has been ramped up to more than 1 lakh per day; cumulative production till date is approximately one million coverall units - Ministry of Textiles

Production capacity of coveralls required by medical personnel treating COVID-19 cases in the country has been ramped up to more than 1 lakh per day. Bengaluru has become a major hub for PPE Coverall production in the country to combat COVID-19 cases. 3.57 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618389]. Click here for PDF.

289. Team led by IIT Bombay student develops low-cost mechanical ventilator Ruhdaar - Ministry of Human Resource Development

The Government has said that "the COVID-19 infection curve has begun to flatten and that the outbreak is under control". 2.05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618375]. Click here for PDF.

April 25, 2020

288. Union Road Transport & Highways Ministry has provided a animation video illustration of Dos and Don't for Truck/Lorry Drivers as they handle increasing movements of goods across the country - Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Ministry has released an illustrative animation video which provides for broad Dos and Do'nts for truck/lorry drivers as they are handling trips to transport essential goods across the country. 5.35 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618206]. Click here for PDF.

287. UV disinfection trolley can effectively clean up hospital spaces in combating COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India and University of Hyderabad (UoH) together with the help of Mekins Industries Ltd. (MIL),   have developed a UVC based disinfection trolley to fight against COVID-19 by rapid cleaning of hospital environment. 3.46 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618139]. Click here for PDF.

286. Clarification on MHA order allowing Opening of Shops - Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs issued an Order yesterday on amendments in the consolidated revised guidelines on lockdown measures to allow opening of shops. 11.34 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618078]. Click here for PDF.

285. MHA issues Order to States/UTs to allow Opening of Certain Categories of Shops, except those in Single and Multi-brand Malls - Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on 15.04.2020, had issued an order to exempt certain activities under the consolidated revised guidelines to fight COVID-19, in certain areas not included in hotspots/containment zones. 12.47 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1618049]. Click here for PDF.

April 24, 2020

284. In a groundbreaking achievement, IIT Delhi develops low cost Probe-free Covid 19 detection assay - Ministry of Human Resource Development

Union HRD Minister felicitates the team of scientists from IIT Delhi involved in the development of Probe-free COVID-19 detection assay. The testing kit will empower healthcare services and support government efforts to deal with Covid 19: HRD Minister. Testing kit is the first ever probe-free assay for COVID-19 approved by ICMR. COVID 19 Testing kit made by IIT Delhi is in line with Make in India initiative - Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.  6:31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617895]. Click here for PDF.

283. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute develops magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for PCR and LAMP tests for COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

Chitra Magna, an innovative RNA extraction kit, has been developed by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), an Institution of National Importance under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, as an innovative technology for isolating RNA from swabs for COVID 19 tests. 6:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617890]. Click here for PDF.

282. To become self-reliant and self-sufficient is the biggest lesson learnt from Corona pandemic: PM - Prime Minister's Office

'Do gaj doori’ is the Rural India’s Mantra to fight COVID-19 says Prime Minister. Prime Minister launches e-Gram Swarajya App and Swamitva Scheme. 2:57 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617772]. Click here for PDF.

281. Search for solutions to Covid-19 from AYUSH healthcare disciplines - AYUSH

The Ministry of AYUSH has announced a mechanism to support short-term research projects for evaluating the impact of AYUSH interventions/ medicines in the prophylaxis and clinical management of COVID-19. 12:10 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617726]. Click here for PDF.

April 23, 2020

280. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launches First Mobile Testing for Covid-19, through video conferencing - Ministry of Labour & Employment

Shri Rajnath Singh, Raksha Mantri dedicated the first COVID-19 sample collection mobile Lab of the country namely "Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab" to the nation through video conference...6:46 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617544]. Click here for PDF.

279. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates DRDO developed Mobile Laboratory to test COVID19 samples - Ministry of Defence

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today unveiled via video conference a Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) developed by DRDO in association with ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad and Private industry. 4:14 p.m. IST. Read more...  [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617459]. Click here for PDF.

278. Indian Initiative to Fight COVID-19, Enhancing Natural DefenseMinistry of Science & Technology

(CSIR) has decided to develop/repurpose an approved immunomodulator, Sepsivac®, to enhance innate immunity of the body to limit the spread of COVID-19 and fasten the recovery of the patients of COVID-19. New clinical trials are now approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).  3:18 p.m. IST. Read More... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617442]. Click here for PDF.

April 22, 2020

277. Union Pharma Secretary asked State Drug Controllers to help Pharmaceutical firms in augmenting production of medicines in the country VC meeting held with SDCs to review issues of production and distribution of medicinesMinistry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

A meeting through Video Conferencing was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) along with Chairperson NPPA, DCG(I)  with the State Drug Controllers(SDCs) of 20 States/UTs to review working status of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing units pre-covid and post covid. 6:49 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617218]. Click here for PDF.

276. Cabinet approves Rs. 15,000 Crore for ''India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package"Cabinet

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved significant investments to the tune of Rs. 15,000 crore for 'India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package'. The funds sanctioned will be utilized in 3 Phases and for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response (an amount of Rs. 7,774 Crore) has been provisioned and rest for medium-term support (1-4 years) to be provided under mission mode approach. 3:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617070]. Click here for PDF.

275. Advisory to Print and Electronic MediaMinistry of Information & Broadcasting

In light of the recent incidents in various parts of the country, wherein media-persons have contracted COVID19 in line of work, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has today issued an advisory to all Print and Electronic media. 2:16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1617020]. Click here for PDF.

274. Union Home Minister interacts with Doctors and Senior representatives of IMA; assures them of their Security in the fight against COVID-19 - Ministry of Home Affairs

Attack on Health Professionals condemnable; Modi government to leave no stone unturned in ensuring their wellbeing and security: Shri Amit Shah, 12:12 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616965]. Click here for PDF.

April 21, 2020

273. TDB approves support for indigenous company for ramping up production of COVID-19 diagnostic kits - Ministry of Science & Technology

Real-time PCR based molecular diagnostic kit that screens and detects COVID 19 from samples of flu-like symptoms. 5:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616736]. Click here for PDF.

272. Let Rotarians come forward to assist in involving more people in the fight against COVID-19 ” – Dr. Harsh Vardhan - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan holds video conference with Rotary International.Dr. Harsh Vardhan appeals not to believe rumor mongering and misinformation being spread by vested and irresponsible interests. 4:04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616691]. Click here for PDF.

271. Standing by Delhi Police, Railways make arrangements to provide 10000 water bottles per day to Delhi Police personnel on COVID duty - Ministry of Railways

As the summer heat increases, Indian Railways with the help of its PSU IRCTC starts providing Rail Neer water bottles to Policemen stationed at Road Naakas and other places in war against COVID. Till now more than 50000 bottles have been distributed; Arrangements to continue till May 3. 3:31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616676]. Click here for PDF.

270. Dr Harsh Vardhan launches ‘COVID India Seva’, an interactive platform for citizen engagement on COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan today launched the COVID India Seva, which provided an interactive platform to establish a direct channel of communication with millions of Indians amid the pandemic. 3:02 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616667]. Click here for PDF.

April 20, 2020

269. Under PM-KISAN Scheme Rs. 17,793 crores released for 8.89 crore farmer families during the lockdown - Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

About 19.50 crores households to be distributed pulses under PMGKY. 7:57 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616501]. Click here for PDF.

268. Chandigarh city uses Vehicle tracking applications and GPS enabled smart watches for waste collection drivers in its fight against Covid-19 - Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

As soon as the first COVID positive case was reported in Chandigarh, the City started quarantine of all the persons who came in contact with the positive case. The quarantined persons are also being tacked through CVD Tracker App. Special provisions were made for serving Essential items to quarantined families. 4:51 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616393]. Click here for PDF.

267. Indian Initiative to fight COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

CSIR supports efforts to develop a drug to save lives of critically ill patients suffering from Gram-negative sepsis. CSIR, is now initiating a randomized, blinded, two arms, active comparator-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of the drug for reducing mortality (deaths) in critically ill COVID-19 patients.4:31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616379]. Click here for PDF.

266. Central Government constitutes 6 Inter-Ministerial Teams to make assessment of situation and augment State efforts to fight and contain spread of COVID-19 effectively - Ministry of Home Affairs

The Centre has constituted 6 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs), two each for West Bengal and Maharashtra and one each for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to make on-spot assessment of situation and issue necessary directions to State Authorities for its redressal and submit their report to Central Government in larger interest of general public. 1.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616325]. Click here for PDF.

April 19, 2020

265. Government launches online data pool of critical human resource for combating and containing Covid-19 - Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Union Government has created an online data pool on https://covidwarriors.gov.in of doctors including AYUSH doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, volunteers from NYKs, NCC NSS, PMGKVY, ex Servicemen etc for use by the ground level administration at state, district or municipal levels. 7.31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1616141]. Click here for PDF.

264. Government prohibits supply of Non-Essential Items through e-Commerce under Lockdown Restrictions to fight COVID-19 - Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order to exempt certain activities under the consolidated revised guidelines to all Ministries/Departments, regarding the Nationwide lockdown to fight COVID-19. 1.00 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615967]. Clcik here for PDF.

April 18, 2020

263. National Fertilizers ltd is taking active part in distributing essential items like food and medicines to support government's efforts to fight COVID-19Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

A leading Fertilizer company, National Fertilizers Ltd.(NFL) under the Union Department of Fertilizers , Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry, Govt of India, is taking active part in distributing essential items like food, medicines and masks to support Government in its effort to combat COVID-19. 4:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615747]. Click here for PDF.

262. Central Drug Research Institute’s efforts to combat novel coronavirusMinistry of Science & Technology  

To sequence the virus strains obtained from COVID-19 patients. 12:26 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615626]. Click here for PDF.

261. Defence PSUs, OFB ramp up their resources to fight COVID-19 pandemicMinistry of Defence

Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) have played their part in assisting civilian administration in fight against COVID-19 pandemic. These vital institutions of Department of Defence Production (DDP), Ministry of Defence have channelised all their resources, technical knowhow and manpower to help the nation mitigate the deadly virus. Following are some of the fruits of the efforts put in by scientists and personnel of DPSUs and OFB. 10:20 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615596]. Click here for PDF.

April 17, 2020

260. Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman attends the Development Committee Meeting of the World Bank-IMFMinistry of Finance

Finance Minister shared measures taken to combat COVID-19 including social support measures for poor and vulnerable, and relief measures for firms in statutory and regulatory compliance matters.7:44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615455]. Click here for PDF.

259. GoM reviews current status, and actions for management of COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Timely availability of solutions is the key : GoM. Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasizes on delivering immediate solutions for meeting healthcare challenges regarding COVID-19; focuses on maintaining quality and standards in manufacturing. 5:30p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615392]. Click here for PDF.

258. Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launches “Kisan Rath”Mobile App to facilitate transportation of foodgrains and perishables during lockdown - Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Kisan Rath is an important milestone in agri-produce transportation: Shri Tomar. 3:51 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615352]. Click here for PDF.

257. RBI announces second set of measures to preserve financial stability and help put money in the hands of the needy and disadvantaged - Ministry of Finance

We will cure and endure, India is projected to turn around and grow at 7.4% in 2021-22: RBI Governor. 3.33 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615349]. Click here for PDF.

256. MHA issues order to exempt certain activities regarding Minor Forest Produce, Plantations, NBFCs, Cooperative Credit Societies and Construction in Rural Areas from Lockdown Restrictions to fight COVID-19 - Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order to exempt certain activities under the consolidated revised guidelines to all Ministries/Departments regarding the Nationwide lockdown to fight COVID-19. 10.42 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615255]. Click here for PDF.

April 16, 2020

255. Cabinet Secretary writes to all States/ UTs to ensure Safety, Shelter and Food Security of Migrant Labourers - Ministry of Home Affairs

Government of India has been giving a great deal of importance to the welfare of migrant labourers and stranded persons during the implementation of lock down measures for containment of COVID-19 in the country. 7:18 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615085]. Click here for PDF.

254. Chitra GeneLAMP-N makes confirmatory tests results of COVID 19 possible in 2 hours - Ministry of Science & Technology

Chitra GeneLAMP- N has 100% accuracy and match with test results using RT-PCR. A total of 30 samples can be tested in a single batch in a single machine. 6:51 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615073]. Click here for PDF.

253. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh reviews efforts of Cantonment Boards in fight against COVID-19 - Ministry of Defence

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today reviewed the preventive measures undertaken by 62 Cantonment Boards situated in all over the country to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Director General Defence Estates (DGDE) Smt Deepa Bajwa assured Raksha Mantri of the commitment of CBs in the fight against the pandemic. 4:55 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615018]. Click here for PDF.

252. Advisory for Senior Citizens and their Caregivers during Lockdown Period due to Covid-19 - Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Geriatric Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi have prepared an Advisory to be followed by all the senior citizens and their care givers during the Lockdown period due to Covid-19. 4:25 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1615006]. Click here for PDF

251. Gram Panchayats in all parts of the country actively taking measures to check the spread of COVID-19 in rural areasMinistry of Panchayati Raj

Various actions being taken at the district and village levels include daily sanitization of public places; establishing shelters and quarantine centres for destitute persons and migrant populations; providing protective gear, financial assistance and food/ration to the needy; and spreading awareness about the disease. 11:14 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614907]. Click here for PDF.

April 15, 2020

250. “We can and we will defeat this Virus” – Dr. Harsh Vardhan - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

India stands on better footing then the rest of the world in fight against COVID –19. 8:20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614833]. Click here for PDF.

249. Women in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab prepare homemade masks for villagers to fight COVD 19Ministry of Science & Technology

In GugwaalHaarvillage situated in Hajipur Block of District Hoshiarpur, Punjab, a group of young women, are working tirelessly to safeguard their residents of their village and those in the vicinity, vulnerable migrant workers and ration and food supply distributors from COVID 19 infections by making and distributing face masks free of cost. The group is led by the village Sarpanch Sh Narinder Singh. 7:28 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614810]. Click here for PDF.

248. Initiatives of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare to promote farming and allied sectors during lockdownMinistry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

All India Agri Transport Call Centre launched; under PMFBY insurance claims worth Rs.2424 crores disbursed to farmers in 12 States; 18.26 lakh applications sanctioned for loan amount of Rs. 17,800 cr under KCC saturation drive. 7:23 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614807]. Click here for PDF.

247. In big boost to provide protection to Health Care professionals in fight against COVID 19, Indian Railways plans to produce over 30,000 coveralls (PPEs) in April 2020 - Ministry of Railways

In a mission mode, Railways Plan to manufacture 1,00,000 of the same in May 2020.Will set an example for other stake holders to prepare such protective coveralls for health workers. 2:23 p.m. IST. Read more...

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246. MHA issues Consolidated Revised Guidelines for the Containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the Country - Ministry of Home Affairs

Government of India issued an Order on 14th April, 2020 that the lockdown measures stipulated in the Consolidated Guidelines of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country, will continue to remain in force upto 3rd May, 2020. 11.18 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614620]. Click here for PDF.

245. Revised Consolidated Guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs - Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in his address to the Nation on April 14, 2020, declared that the lockdown in India will have to be extended till May 3, 2020, with a view to arrest the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Prime Minister also declared that select necessary activities will be allowed to be opened up from April 20, 2020, in identified areas of the country. 10.56 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614611]. Click here for PDF.

April 14, 2020

244. Government and aviation industry committed to provide Essential medical supplies to people across the country - Ministry of Civil Aviation

The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the aviation industry is determined to support India’s war against COVID-19 by transporting medical air-cargo within India and abroad in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. 7.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614476]. Click here for PDF.

243. Gadkari assures industry representatives of full government support for restarting enterprises after COVID-19 lockdown - Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari has assured the industry of full cooperation from the government in restarting their enterprises after the lockdown is lifted post COVID-19. Interacting with FICCI representatives on a web based seminar today, the Minister informed them about the various financial decisions taken by the government in this direction. 4.51 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614361]. Click here for PDF.

242. The decision to extend the Nation-wide lockdown to fight COVID-19 till 3rd May taken to protect lives of the People: Shri Amit Shah - Ministry of Home Affairs

Government of India has decided to extend the nation-wide lockdown to fight COVID-19 till 3rd May. 3.10 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614300]. Click here for PDF.

241. All passenger train services cancelled till 3rd May 2020 in view of COVID 19 lockdown - Ministry of Railways

In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of COVID-19 Lockdown, it has been decided that all passenger train services on Indian Railways including Premium trains, Mail/Express trains, Passenger trains, Suburban Trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railway etc shall continue to remain cancelled till 3rd May 2020. 1.58 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614272]. Click here for PDF.

240. Text of PM's address to the Nation - Prime Minister's Office

India’s fight against the Corona global pandemic is moving ahead with great strength and steadfastness. It is only because of your restraint, penance and sacrifice that, India has so far been able to avert theharm caused by corona to a large extent. You have endured immense suffering to save your country, save your India. 11.15 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614215]. Click here for PDF.

April 13, 2020

239. Communications Minister Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad asks Secretary, Department of Posts to ensure highest priority for medicine delivery through speed post - Ministry of Communications

Union Minister for Communications, Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad instructs Secretary, Department of Posts to ensure that delivery of medicines through Speed Post is given the highest priority during lockdown. Communications Minister shared in a tweet today that all employees of India Post should be sensitized so that no one should face any difficulty in receiving or sending medicines. 6.49 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1614037]. Click here for PDF.

238. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi appeals Indian Muslims to strictly follow the guidelines of lockdown and social distancing during the holy month of Ramadan in view of challenges of Corona pandemic - Ministry of Minority Affairs

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today appealed that in view of challenges of Corona pandemic, Indian Muslims should strictly and honestly follow the guidelines of lockdown and social distancing during the holy month of Ramadan, likely to start from 24th April, by offering prayers and performing other religious rituals staying inside their homes. 5.07 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613991]. Click here for PDF.

237. Grant of Consular Services to Foreign Nationals, presently residing in India due to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19 outbreak, till 30th April, 2020 - Ministry of Home Affairs

In order to remove confusion in the public, it is informed that Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA), on 28.03.2020, had granted consular services on gratis basis to foreign nationals, presently residing in India due to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19 outbreak, till 30th April, 2020. 2.38 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613898]. Click here for PDF.

236. 44 Evacuees Return Home from Naval Quarantine Camp at Ghatkopar Mumbai - Ministry of Defence

The Indian Navy Quarantine Facility at Material Organisation, Ghatkopar, Mumbai has silently and successfully completed the task of quarantining 44 evacuees (including 24 women) from Iran. In all, the 44 individuals spent 30 days in the facility commencing 13 Mar 20, ending with each testing negative for COVID-19 on 28 Mar. 11.52 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613832]. Click here for PDF.

235. IUSSTF boosts Indo-US virtual networks to address COVID 19 challenges - Ministry of Science & Technology

The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), has invited Proposals for ‘COVID-19 Indo-U.S. Virtual Networks’ that would allow Indian and U.S. scientists and engineers currently engaged in COVID-related research to carry out joint research activities through a virtual mechanism, leveraging existing infrastructure and funding. Proposals that convincingly demonstrate the benefits and value of the Indo-U.S. partnership to advance research and address critical challenges related to COVID-19 are encouraged. 11.21 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613819]. Click here for PDF.

April 12, 2020

234. MHA writes to all States/ UTs to ensure compliance of Supreme Court directions on Welfare of Migrant Labourers housed at Relief Shelters/Camps - Ministry of Home Affairs

In view of the Supreme Court of India directions regarding welfare of migrant labourers housed at relief shelters/camps in different parts of country, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all States/UTs to take necessary action in compliance of the directions of the Court, while implementing lockdown measures to fight COVID-19 effectively. 5.03 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613624]. Click here for PDF.

233. Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" launches a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) in New Delhi - Ministry of Human Resource Development

Union Minister for HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" has launched a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) today in New Delhi. 2.27 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613569]. Click here for PDF.

232. DBT/ Anti-COVID consortium- Efforts underway to produce therapeutic antibodies against COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

COVID-19 is caused by the novel SARS coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and it is resulting in many deaths.  However, a large number of infected people are also recovering despite not having any specific treatment. This is because of antibodies produced within the body in response to the virus invasion. 11.43 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613531]. Click here for PDF.

April 11, 2020

231. As Advised by HRD Ministry, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan- Delhi Region has taken several initiatives for taking learning to the students in Covid-19 situation - Ministry of Human Resource Development

The world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown period is a testing time for all the parents, students and their teachers. Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has advised the heads of all academic institutions of the country to make optimum use of digital platforms with the objective of making fruitful usage of children’s time and keeping abreast with the academic calendar. 6.35 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613382]. Click here for PDF.

230. PM interacts with CMs to strategize ahead for tackling COVID-19 - Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers of all states via video conferencing to strategize ahead for tackling COVID-19. This was the third such interaction of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers, the earlier ones had been held on 2nd April and 20th March, 2020. 4.39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613317]. Click here for PDF.

229. Around 2,000 NCC cadets employed and 50,000 more volunteered to contribute in fight against COVID-19 - Ministry of Defence

National Cadet Corps (NCC) volunteer cadets are helping civil administration by working shoulder to shoulder with civil, defence and police personnel under ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’ in fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since April 01, 2020. Around 2,000 cadets have already been employed in 12 states and union territories with maximum deployment in Tamil Nadu where 306 of them are performing various duties. This number is increasing by the day. 4.20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613310]. Click here for PDF.

228. EPFO puts in place Online Mechanism to credit EPF and EPS Accounts of Subscribers as per PM Gareeb Kalyan Yojna - Ministry of Labour & Employment

Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), a statutory body under Union Ministry of    Labour and Employment, has put in place an electronic mechanism for crediting EPF and EPS accounts of its subscribers as per the package announced by the Union Government under PM   Gareeb Kakyan  Yojna on 26.3.2020 for helping the poor to fight Corona pandemic. 2.31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613259]. Click here for PDF.

227. Telemedicine Guidelines Approved for Homoeopathic Practitioners - AYUSH

An international webinar was organised by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) under the Ministry of AYUSH on 10 April 2020 on World Homoeopathy Day, commemorating the 265 birth anniversary of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homoeopathy. 11.52 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613208]. Click here for PDF.

226. Press Statement from Central Administrative Tribunal - Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

It has always been the endeavour of the Principal Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal and its Benches across the Country to dispose off as many as cases as possible and to function to the satisfaction of the persons who approached the Tribunal for remedies. As a matter of fact, the disposal rate even upto the month of February 2020 had been phenomenal. 11.04 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613188]. Click here for PDF.

April 10, 2020

225. Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs a video conference with States regarding the steps taken on COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

"I congratulate you all for managing and keeping the situation under control in our fight against COVID-19 in your respective States and UTs", said Dr. Harsh Vardhan as he held a meeting to review actions and preparedness for mitigating COVID-19, through Video Conference (VC), with Health Ministers, Chief Secretaries/Health Secretaries of all States and UTs, here today, in the presence of  Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW). 7.18 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1613065]. Click here for PDF.

224. PMO reviews efforts of eleven Empowered Groups towards tackling COVID-19 - Prime Minister's Office

A meeting of the Empowered Groups of Officers, to tackle the challenges emerging as a result of spread of COVID-19, was held today under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister. The meeting was the latest in a series of periodic reviews at various levels by the Prime Minister’s Office to monitor the ongoing efforts to counter the impact of the pandemic. 2.39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612890]. Click here for PDF.

223. Publication of media reports on travel protocol etc of trains passengers on resumption of train services :  Advisory for Media - Ministry of Railways

During the last two days, there have been some reports in media about various protocols etc of prospective travellers by trains. They have also been mentioning about number of trains starting from a given date. 1.42 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612862]. Click here for PDF.

April 9, 2020

222. Several Measures Taken by ESIC to Extend Relief During The COVID-19 PandemicMinistry of Labour & Employment

Eight ESIC hospitals with 1042 Isolation beds declared as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals. 5:02 p.m. IST. Read more...  [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612542]. Click here for PDF.

221. Government of India sanctions Rs. 15000 crores for India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness PackageMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Government of India (GoI) has announced significant investments to the tune of Rs.15000 crores for 'India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package'. The funds sanctioned will be utilized for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response (amount of Rs.7774 crores) and rest for medium-term support (1-4 years) to be provided under mission mode approach. 4:52 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612534]. Click here for PDF.

220. Railways on the forefront to safeguard India from COVID-19Ministry of Railways

In a bid to mitigate the pandemic, Indian Railways has produced about 6 lakhs reusable face masks and more than 40000 litres hand sanitiser. 1:33 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612464]. Click here for PDF.

219. Government of India launches a training module for management of COVID-19 named ‘Integrated Government Online training’ (iGOT) portal on DIKSHA platform of MHRD - Ministry of Human Resource Development

The portal aims to enhance capacity building of front line workers to handle the pandemic efficiently. 12:24 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612437]. Click here for PDF.

218. SCTIMST scientists design super absorbent material for safe management of infected respiratory secretions - Ministry of Science & Technology

Scientists at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India have designed and developed a highly efficient superabsorbent material for liquid respiratory and other body fluid solidification and disinfection for the safe management of infected respiratory secretions. 10.33 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612412]. Click here for PDF.

217. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chairs meeting with State Agriculture Ministers to review relief steps for farmers - Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with the States through Video Conferencing here last evening. The MOS Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary, Secretary (AC&FW), Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Special Secretaries, Additional Secretary (Agriculture) and senior officers of the Ministry participated in the interaction held through VC. 10.33 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612410]. Click here for PDF.

April 8, 2020

216. Indian Railways to deploy more than 2500 Doctors and 35000 paramedic staff to meet the COVID 19 challenge - Ministry of Railways

Sustaining the fight against COVID-19,Indian Railways is making an all out effort to supplement the health care efforts of Government of India. 5.34 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612283]. Click here for PDF.

215. PM interacts with leaders of political parties - Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with floor leaders of political parties in Parliament, via video conference. 3:33 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612236]. Click here for PDF.

214. DST approves funding for developing a gel for nasal passage as prevention for COVID 19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is supporting a technology by the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering (DBB), IIT Bombay for capturing and inactivation of novel corona virus, the causative agent of COVID-19. 11:42 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612161]. Click here for PDF.

213. Rapid diagnostic kit being developed by Pune based startup for COVID 19 screening - Ministry of Science & Technology

Sample size for confirmatory tests can also be increased in the future to 100 samples/ hour. 11:31 a.m. IST. Read More... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612157]. Click here for PDF.

212. MHA writes to States to ensure availability of Essential Goods, by invoking provisions of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act 1955, under Lockdown to fight COVID-19 - Ministry of Home Affairs 

As part of maintaining smooth supply of essential items in the country, Union Home Secretary, Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all State Chief Secretaries to take urgent steps to ensure availability of essential goods, by invoking provisions of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act 1955. These measures include fixing of stock limits, capping of prices, enhancing production, inspection of accounts of dealers and other such actions. 11:20 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1612154]. Click here for PDF.

April 7, 2020

211. Lifeline UDAN flights carry medical supplies to Jorhat, Lengpui, Dimapur, Imphal and other NE regions - Ministry of Civil Aviation

CHINTAN and MANTHAN meetings of MoCA daily for advanced planning and review of operations. 152 Lifeline UDAN flights transport more than 200 tons of medical cargo across India. 5:03 p.m. IST. Read More... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611981]. Click here for PDF.

210. Swasth ke Sipahi deliverying essential services and medicines at doorstep of patients and elderly under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) - Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Pharmacists, popularly known as "Swasth ke Sipahi", of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra, are deliverying essential services and medicines at doorstep of patients and elderly under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) of the Government of India. Working as part of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras (PMJAK), they are extending essential services by making available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to the common People of the country and the elderly persons at their doorstep to fight Corona pandemic. This is supporting the government's initiative of practicing social distancing. 4:24 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611971]. Click here for PDF.

209. PM's message on World Health Day Prime Minister's Office

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s message on World Health Day. 1:50 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611922]. Click here for PDF.

208. Health concerns shall precede over that of economy for post lockdown road map, says Vice President - Vice President's Secretariat

While the country’s leadership is seized of the way forward after April 14 when the 3 week national lock down in the wake of Corona virus crisis comes to an end and the basis of such decision is being debated, Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu urged that concerns about the health of the people shall take precedence over that of stabilization of economy. 12.04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611881]. Click here for PDF.

207. Ex-Servicemen play their part in providing succour to people in their fight against COVID-19 - Ministry of Defence

As the nation continues to battle Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ex-Servicemen (ESM) belonging to Army, Navy and Air Force are assisting the civil administration and providing their services voluntarily and selflessly.12:04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611880]. Click here for PDF.

206. CSIR-CFTRI to provide testing equipment for COVID-19 detectionMinistry of Science & Technology

The number of positive cases in Mysuru has touched 28 and seven cases have been reported within a span of 24 hours. This is as per the latest media bulletin released by the Karnataka Health Department. Mysuru-based CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI) has joined hands with the district administration by making available equipment needed for testing of samples. 10:14 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611865]. Click here for PDF

April 6, 2020

205. Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown FCI moves 662 rakes carrying about 18.54 Lakh MT food grains across the country in 14 days since 24th March - Ministry of Food Processing Industries

FCI has sent enough stocks to states throughout the country to implement PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) wherein 5 kg foodgrain per person per month for next three months has to be distributed free to all National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries. 8:06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611780]. Click here for PDF

204. Advisory regarding containing and management of COVID-19 in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger ReservesMinistry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

In view of the spread of COVID 19 in the country and a recent news report on a Tiger being infected with the COVID 19 in New York, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued an advisoryregarding containing and management of COVID-19 in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves as it is felt that there are possibilities of spread of the virus amongst animals in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves and also transmission of the virus from humans to animals and vice-versa. 7:17 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611748]. Click here for PDF

203. MHA writes to States to give special attention on keeping the supply of Medical Oxygen smooth and hassle-free across the country - Ministry of Home Affairs

As part of maintaining smooth supply of essential items in the country, Union Home Secretary, Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all State Chief Secretaries to give special attention on keeping the supply of medical oxygen smooth and hassle-free. 5.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611693]. Click here for PDF.

202. Updates on COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/UTs for the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in the country. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. 5.27 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611676]. Click here for PDF.

201. Cabinet approves Non-operation of MPLADS for two years (2020-21 and 2021-22) for managing COVID 19 - Cabinet

As a part of Government’s continued efforts to contain spread of COVID 19, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modihas decided not to operate Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years (2020-21 and 2021-22). These funds will be used to strengthen Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID19 in the country. 5.23 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611674]. Click here for PDF.

200.  PM interacts with Central Ministers - Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with the Central Ministers via video conference. 3.36 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611614]. Click here for PDF.

199. Check urgently the virus of misinformation on COVID-19: Vice President - Vice President's Secretariat

Cautioning that superstitions and hearsay cannot be allowed to weaken our battle against COVID-19, the Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has described the spread of misinformation, especially on social media, as a "virus" that needs to be checked. 1.34 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611547]. Click here for PDF.

198. 769 foreign tourists from all over the country register on ‘Stranded in India’ portal in first five days - Ministry of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has launched portal www.strandedinindia.com on 31st March 2020, with a view to identify, assist and facilitate foreign tourists who are stranded in various parts of India due to the lockdown situation necessitated by the COVID19 global pandemic. 11.59 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611529]. Click here for PDF.

April 5, 2020

197. EPFO Issues Revised Instructions to Facilitate PF Members to Rectify their Birth Records - Ministry of Labour & Employment

In a move to extend the availability and reach of online services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, EPFO has issued revised instructions to its field offices to facilitate PF members to rectify their date of birth in EPFO records, thus ensuring that their UAN is KYC compliant. 3.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611337]. Click here for PDF.

196. MSME Technology Centres Contributing in A Big Way in Fight Against COVID19 - Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

The country right now is fighting with novel corona virus at many levels. Eighteen operational Technology centres, autonomous bodies under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), are also playing their role and contributing in the fight with COVID19. 2.15 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611318]. Click here for PDF.

195. Empowered Group chaired by CEO NITI Aayog, constituted by Government of India - NITI Aayog

Empowered Group # 6 on Coordinating with Private Sector, NGOs, and International Organisations for COVID-19-related Response Activities. 10.06 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1611246]. Click here for PDF.

April 4, 2020

194. Mask production initiated in wake of COVID-19 Pandemic under NRLMMinistry of Rural Development

More than 132 lakh Face Masks produced by members of SHGs. 1.45 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610981]. Click here for PDF.

193. Manual on Home Made Masks to prevent COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Advisory on use of Homemade Protective Cover for Face & Mouth. 12.53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610960]. Click here for PDF.

192. CSIR-IMTECH takes up sample testing for Covid-19 - Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to GoI

CSIR-IMTECH is also supporting healthcare professionals by providing Personal Protection Equipment. 12.23 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610953]. Click here for PDF.

April 3, 2020

191. President and Vice President Hold Discussions with Governors, LGs and Administrators of States and UTs on COVID-19 Response - President's Secretariat

Affirming that people of the country have set an example by showing exemplary courage, discipline and solidarity in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind has expressed concern over two incidents, the gathering of migrant workers in Anand Vihar and the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, both in Delhi, that caused a setback to the efforts. 4.55 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610707]. Click here for PDF.

190. Vice President urges Governors/ Lt. Governors to advice religious leaders to not hold any congregations/ functions - Vice President's Secretariat

The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the Governors and Lt. Governors of States and Union Territories to motivate spiritual and religious leaders to advice their followers to not hold any congregations and observe social distancing norms to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  He also wanted them to focus on the arrangements made to ensure harvesting, storage and procurement of the agriculture produce in their respective States. 2.01 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610629]. Clcik here for PDF.

189. Armed Forces working hand-in-hand with civilian authorities in fight against COVID-19;  Of 1,737 quarantined persons, 403 released after mandatory procedures - Ministry of Defence

Armed Forces have been working round-the-clock to provide medical and logistics support to the needy to contain COVID-19 pandemic. Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) has deployed its resources to aid the civilian authorities at this crucial time. 11.25 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610577]. Click here for PDF.

188. Text of PM's address to the nation - Prime Minister's Office

Today marks9 days of the nationwide lockdown against the Corona pandemic. The discipline and spirit of service you have displayed during this periodis unprecedented, and embodies the true meaning of both. 9.22 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610559]. Click here for PDF.

April 2, 2020

187. DRDO develops bio suit with seam sealing glue to keep health professionals fighting COVID-19 safe - Ministry of Defence

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a bio suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus. Scientists at various DRDO laboratories have applied their technical know-how and expertise in textile, coating and nanotechnology to develop the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) having specific type of fabric with coating. 6.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610429]. Click here for PDF.

186. SCTIMST ties up with Wipro 3D to manufacture automated ventilators to meet COVID 19 related crisis - Ministry of Science & Technology

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), an institute of National Importance of the Department of Science and Technology, has tied up with Wipro 3D, Bengaluru to jointly build up on a prototype of an emergency ventilator system based on Artificial Manual Breathing Unit (AMBU), developed by SCTIMST followed by its clinical trial and manufacture. 6.23 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610403]. Click here for PDF.

185. PM to share a video message at 9 AM tomorrow - Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will share a video message with the people at 9 AM tomorrow i.e. 3 April 2020. 5.36 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610350]. Click here for PDF.

184. PM interacts with CMs to bolster efforts to tackle COVID-19 - Prime Minister's Office

It is truly praiseworthy how all the States have worked together as a team to check the spread of the virus: PM. 2.32 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610246]. Click here for PDF.

183. President of India to hold Discussions with Governors, LGs and Administrators of States and UTs on Covid-19 Response Tomorrow - President's Secretariat

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, along with the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, will hold a video-conference from Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (April 3, 2020) with Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to bolster the efforts at the Central and State level to contain and manage the crisis arising from the outbreak of COVID-19. 2.38 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610249]. Click here for PDF.

182. COVID-19 Fact Check Unit Comes into Operation - Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

It has been decided to constitute a COVID-19 Fact Check Unit (FCU)  in the Press Information Bureau (PIB) under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The unit has become operational from today. 2.13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610239]. Click here for PDF.

181. Government provides   relief for third party Motor Insurance & Health policy holders in the light of COVID-19 lockdown - Ministry of Finance

The Government has provided relief for third party Motor Insurance & Health policy holders in the light of COVID-19 lockdown. The Ministry of Finance has issued notifications on April 1, 2020, stating that the renewal dates of Health and Motor insurance policies which fall in the period from March 25, 2020, to April 14, 2020, are extended till April 21, 2020 due to coronavirus lockdown. 1.13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610210]. Click here for PDF.

180. Homemade masks to overcome shortage Designs are Ease of Access to Materials, Easy of Making at Home, Ease of Use and Reuse - Ministry of Science & Technology

Are you an apprehensive citizen wondering where to get your hand on a face mask? Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India has come up with an innovative solution for you: homemade face mask. 11.33 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610162]. Click here for PDF.

179. Naval Dockyard Mumbai designs low cost Temperature Gun - Ministry of Defence

Naval Dockyard, Mumbai has designed and developed its own handheld IR based temperature sensor for undertaking screening of large number of personnel at the entry gates of the yard reducing the load on the security sentries at the gate. The instrument has been manufactured under Rs. 1000/ - through in-house resources (which is fraction of the cost of the Temperature Guns in the market). 11.25 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610157]. Click here for PDF.

178. Ex-Servicemen mobilised to fight COVID-19 pandemic - Ministry of Defence

As the nation continues to fight the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Ex-Servicemen welfare (ESW), Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken the initiative to mobilise services of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) community as a part of augmentation of precious human resource to assist the State and District administration, wherever required. 10.25 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610152]. Click here for PDF.

177. MHA writes to States/UTs to take measures to fight Fake News in order to prevent Panic among People and spread of COVID-19 in India - Ministry of Home Affairs

Honorable Supreme Court, while hearing to a writ petition, took serious note of the panic created by Fake News leading to mass movement of migrant labourers. This has lead to untold suffering to these people, the Court observed. 10.09 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610146]. Click here for PDF.

176. NCC offers its volunteer cadets for national duty to fight COVID-19 under 'Ex NCC Yogdan' - Ministry of Defence

National Cadet Corps (NCC) has offered a helping hand to civilian authorities in the country’s fight against COVID-19 by extending the services of cadets under ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’. It has issued guidelines for temporary employment of its cadets to augment relief efforts and functioning of various agencies involved in battling the pandemic. 10.09 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610145]. Click here for PDF.

April 1, 2020

175. FCI ramps up food grain supplies across the country during the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak - Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ensuring uninterrupted supply of wheat and rice throughout the country during the lockdown period. 9.16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610089]. Click here for PDF.

174. Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews actions taken and further preparedness on Novel Corona Virus (COVID 19) with Indian Medical Association - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare chaired a high level review meeting, here today, through Video Conferencing (VC) with senior members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) & State branches of Indian Medical Associations to review the preparedness and concerns of medical staff across the country related to COVID-19. 7.00 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610003]. Click here for PDF.

173. Cabinet Secretary meeting with Chief Secretaries / DGPs of all States via Video Conferencing - Cabinet Secretariat

Cabinet Secretary took a meeting today by video-conferencing with all the Chief Secretaries/DGPs of the States. 3.14 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1609874]. Click here for PDF.

172. Dr. Jitendra Singh launches DARPG’s National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID 19 Grievances - Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions launched DARPG’s National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID 19 Grievances today. The National Monitoring Dashboard was developed and implemented at https://darpg.gov.in where COVID 19 related grievances received in CPGRAMS with all Ministries/ Departments and States/ Union Territories are monitored on priority basis by a technical team of DARPG. 2.11 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1609860]. Click here for PDF.

171. RBI Moratorium on EMI: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Ministry of Finance

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India announced a three-month moratorium on all term loans outstanding as on March 1, 2020, as well as on working capital facilities. 12.35 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1609820]. Click here for PDF.

170. Jammu and Kashmir  Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020 - Ministry of Home Affairs

Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order for adaptation and modification of State Laws specific to the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, to further facilitate the application of Central Laws to the newly formed Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 11.45 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1609804]. Click here for PDF.

169. TIFR initiative to spread awareness on Covid-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

Breakout of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China has now engulfed whole of the globe. Declared a pandemic by World Health Organisation, the latest count is it has spread to 204 countries. With the pandemic comes the stigma, superstitions and fear about the disease among people. 11.36 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1609797]. Click here for PDF.

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