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COVID-19: Press Releases and Updates in May 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 May 2020. In addition, links to important official communication/advisories are provided.

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

 






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Press Releases in May

May 31, 2020

428. India is now recognized as the 'pharmacy of the world'; - Ministry of Commerce & Industry

The Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal today interacted with the captains of the Pharmaceutical industry, and Office-bearers of the Pharma Associations, through the Video Conference. The meeting was attended by the Ministers of State Shri H.S.Puri and Shri Som Parkash, Secretaries of the Department of Commerce, and Pharmaceuticals, and Officers from Departments of Commerce, Pharmaceuticals and Health. 5.16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1628142]. Click here for PDF.

427. Battle against Corona is being waged in our country through collective efforts, says PM - Prime Minister's Office

Addressing the 12th Episode of 'Mann Ki Baat 2.0', Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that battle against Corona is being fiercely waged in the country through collective efforts. He urged people to be more alert and careful in the midst of the COVID pandemic even as a major segment of the economy has been opened up. 4.04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1628127]. Click here for PDF.

426. UPDATES ON COVID-19: RECOVERY RATE INCREASES TO 47.76% - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. 3.15 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1628119]. Click here for PDF.

May 30, 2020

425. New Guidelines to fight COVID-19 to be effective from 1st June 2020Ministry of Home Affairs

Strict enforcement of lockdown in Containment Zones, which are to be demarcated by State/ UT Governments based on Health Ministry guidelines. Phased re-opening of all activities outside Containment Zones; Unlock 1 to have an Economic focus. Night Curfew to remain in force on movement of individuals for all non-essential activities from 9 pm to 5 am. 7:47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627965]. Click here for PDF.

424. UPDATES ON COVID-19Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

IN 24 HOURS, A TOTAL OF 11,264 COVID-19 PATIENTS CURED. RECOVERY RATE JUMPS TO 47.40%, AN INCREASE OF 4.51% IN 24 HOURS. NO. OF ACTIVE PATIENTS DECLINES FROM 89,987 TO 86,422. 1,26,842 SAMPLES WERE TESTED YESTERDAY.  5:14 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627908]. Click here for PDF.

423. Scaling up of COVID testing centres (Hub and spoke model) in National research laboratories and Universities - Ministry of Science & Technology

To scale up testing and enhance the reach across the countryCity /Regional clusters have been established in a Hub and Spoke Model to scale-up testing of COVID-19 samples in government institutions across the country. 3:01 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627871].

422. A Rapid Response Regulatory enabling mechanism facilitated by Department of Biotechnology for COVID 19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

The Department of Biotechnology has taken several proactive measures to streamline the biosafety regulation and to facilitate researchers and industries which are undertaking research and development in Recombinant DNA Technology and Hazardous Microorganisms. 2:57 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627870].

421. PFC to provide PPE Kits and Ambulances to Government of Uttarakhand in its fight against COVID-19Ministry of Power

In yet another step to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) , the central PSU under Ministry of Power and India's leading NBFC, has come forward to provide financial assistance of ₹ 1.23 crore to the Government of Uttarakhand. 2:45 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627869]. Click here for PDF.

420. Hon'ble Prime Minister’s Letter - Prime Minister's Office

This day last year began a golden chapter in the history of Indian democracy. It was after several decades that the people of the country voted back a full term government with a full majority. 7.47 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627794]. Click here for PDF.

May 29, 2020

419. Delegation of leading Online Travel Agents (OTAs) meets Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi today - Ministry of Tourism

Discussions center around calibrated opening up of hotels and hygiene/safety issues. 5:48 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627670].

418. UPDATES ON COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. 4:56 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627658]. Click here for PDF.

417. Surat Smart City takes key IT initiatives in COVID -19 management and containment - Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

Surat Municipal Corporation has taken various IT initiatives to fight COVID-19. SMC has developed SMC COVID-19 Tracker System which includes a web portal and Mobile application named “SMC COVID-19 Tracker” to track people who have abroad or interstate travel history and persons who have come in direct contact with positive COVID-19 individuals. 3.05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627638]. Click here for PDF.

416. Researchers culture novel coronavirus, may help in drug testing and vaccine development - Ministry of Science & Technology

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has established stable cultures of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from patients’ samples. Virologists at CCMB have isolated infectious viruses from several isolates. 11.38 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627590]. Click here for PDF.

May 28, 2020

415. Science and Technology in finding solutions to combat COVID-19Ministry of Science & Technology

‘Hackathon’ for computational drug discovery is being undertaken: Professor K. Vijay Raghavan. 6:13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627464]. Click here for PDF.

414. Shri Paswan reviews FCI's food grain distribution and procurement -  Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

FCI has become a lifeline for food distribution: Shri Paswan. Shri Paswan directs FCI to expedite both distribution and procurement, expresses satisfaction with stocks replenishment. 6:06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627463].

413. UPDATES ON COVID-19Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. 5:28 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627449]. Click here for PDF.

412. Karnal smart city undertakes key initiatives to fight Covid-19Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

Live tracking app and sample collection kiosk for enhanced safety. More than 300 PPE kits manufactured daily. Dry ration and cooked meals provided to vulnerable population. 5:03 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627442].

411. Cabinet Secretary reviews COVID situation in 13 worst affected cities - Cabinet Secretariat

Cabinet Secretary held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of 13 COVID-19 hit cities to take a review of the situation.  Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories concerned attended the meeting. 3:50 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627421]. Click here for PDF.

May 27, 2020

410. DST-SERB supports study for identification of structure-based potential antivirals against COVID 19Ministry of Science & Technology

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) underDepartment of Science & Technology (DST) has recently supported a proposed study by Prof. Pravindra Kumar from IIT- Roorkee for identification of structure-based potential antivirals against SARS-CoV2. 5:36 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627189].

409. PFC to provide lunch to Doctors and other Medical Staff engaged in treatment of COVID-19 patientsMinistry of Power

In yet another step to battle COVID-19 pandemic,  Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) , central PSU under Ministry of Power and India's leading NBFC, has tied up with TajSats, one of Asia’s largest food companies, to provide hygienic and nutritious food to frontline COVID warriors. As part of this endeavor, PFC will provide packed lunch boxes to Doctors and other Health Medical Staff engaged in treatment of COVID-19 patients at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi. 5:24 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627186]. Click here for PDF.

408. UPDATES ON COVID-19Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Recovery rate improves to 42.4%. 1,16,041 samples were tested yesterday. 5:03 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627179]. Click here for PDF.

407. CIEPT Centres at Muruthal, Jaipur, Madurai and Lucknow have developed face shield as a protective equipment to fight against 'Coronavirus' - Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

To deal with COVID-19 pandemic Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) a premier national institution under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India is to take up Research and Development ( R&D) initiatives in the areas of Health Care, like Manufacturing  and Certifying PPE and other relevant products as per WHO/ ISO guidelines. 1.37 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627131]. Click here for PDF.

May 26, 2020

406. Proto-type test samples of PPE Coveralls are now being tested and certified by Nine authorized laboratories - Ministry of Textiles

The test standards are in conformity with the WHO Guidelines for COVID-19 and as per the technical specifications prescribed by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Procurement agencies advised to periodically collect random samples from the PPE Coverall supplied lots and get them test checked from the approved laboratories. 5:48 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626932]. Click here for PDF.

405. CSIR-IIIM & Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to develop RT-LAMP based test for CoronavirusMinistry of Science & Technology

RT-LAMP a rapid, accurate and cost-effective test can be done with indigenous components and set up with minimal expertise and instrumentation. 5:44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626931].

404. COVID-19 UpdatesMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Health Secretary interacts with 5 States that are seeing upsurge in incoming returning migrant workers. 2:02 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626886]. Click here for PDF.

403. REC Limited ties up with TajSATS to provide nutritious meals to frontline healthcare workersMinistry of Power

4.58 lacs Kilograms of food grains, 1.26 lac meal packets, 9600 litres of sanitizers, 3400 PPE kits and 83000 masks have been distributed by the PSU as of 24th May. 12:02 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626872]. Click here for PDF.

May 25, 2020

402. Government is exploring new financial lending institutions to support small-scale units – Shri Nitin GadkariMinistry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

Union Minister for MSME and Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari today said that the government is exploring new financial lending institutions to support small-scale units in terms of financial support.  Shri Gadkari said that government is working towards strengthening the NBFCs which will help small businesses to avail easy credit in the coming time. 7:20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626778]. Click here for PDF.

401. Prices of N-95 Masks are getting reduced by the Importers/ Manufacturers/Suppliers of N-95 Masks after an Advisory issued by NPPAMinistry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

The Government has notified N-95 Masks as an essential commodity under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 by the Government vide Notification dated 13th March 2020. Thus, hoarding, black-marketing of the essential commodity is punishable offence under the Act. 5:28 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626743]. Click here for PDF.

400. Ensuring quality of PPEs through stringent protocols - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

There are some reports in a section of the media expressing concern about the quality of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) coveralls. The products under reference have no relevance to the procurement being made by the Central Government. HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), the procuring agency of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers/suppliers only after getting their coveralls tested and approved by one of the eight labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles (MoT) for testing the same. 11.42 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626699]. Click here for PDF.

May 24, 2020

399. MHA issues SOPs for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country, as well as, for those persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons - Ministry of Home Affairs

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and for those persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons. 8.40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626629]. Click here for PDF.

May 23, 2020

398. Health Secretary interacts with 11 COVID-19 high case load municipal areas - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Ms Preeti Sudan, Health Secretary and Shri Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, MoHFW along with senior officers of the Health Ministry held a high level review meeting (through video conference) with the Pr. Health Secretaries, Urban Development Secretaries, Municipal Commissioners, Mission Directors (NHM) and other officials from the 11 municipal areas which have high case load of Covid-19, here today. Shri Kamran Rizvi, Addl. Secy, MoHUA also participated in the VC. 7.50 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626450]  Click here for PDF.

397. Ajmer Smart City’s war room instrumental in fight against Covid-19 - Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

Ajmer Municipal Corporation (AMC), started taking proactive measure as early from 2nd March 2020, and further issued strict measures from 11th March, the day World Health Organization (WHO), declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. 4.40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626401]. Click here for PDF.

396. Food and Immunity: Correlation to combat against COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

The outbreak of the current pandemic has affected the lives of people, their health, and wellbeing. The sudden disruption of daily routine, undesired laws of social distancing, and receiving a flood of information puts all of us at risk of mental stress and dilemma. 2.02 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626348]. Click here for PDF.

May 22, 2020

395. Japanese companies invited to invest in Indian Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industryMinistry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

India has taken several initiatives offering huge Opportunity to the investors : Pharma Secy Dr Waghela. 5:54 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626121].

394. Dr. Harsh Vardhan elected as Chair of Executive Board of WHOMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

“Health is central to economic performance and to enhancing human capabilities”. I am committed to working for efficient, effective and responsive discharge of public health obligations: Dr Harsh Vardhan. 5:39 p.m. IST. Read More... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626111]. Click here for PDF.

393. States should ensure distribution of food grains among beneficiaries, so that no one goes hungry: Shri Ram Vilas Paswan - Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

FCI becomes the lifeline of food distribution in the time of COVID-19 pandemic: Shri Paswan. Shri Paswan holdsmeeting with State/UTs Food Ministersthrough video conference, reviewsNFSA,PMGKAY,AtmaNirbhar BharatPackageand One Nation One Card initiative. 5:37 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626109].

392. RBI announces nine additional measures for strengthening the Economy - Others

Cuts interest rates, extends moratorium by another 3 months. Exporters and Importers get More Liquidity. Domestic Economy to contract in 2020-21, revive gradually in the second half: RBI Governor. 3:36 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626058].

391. MHA relaxes Visa and Travel restrictions imposed in response to COVID -19, permitting certain categories of OCI cardholders stranded abroad, to come back to India - Ministry of Home Affairs

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has relaxed Visa and Travel restrictions imposed in response to COVID -19, permitting certain categories of Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) cardholders, who are stranded abroad, to come to India. 3:06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1626049]. Click here for PDF.

May 21, 2020

390. 1 Crore Treatments Provided Under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya YojanaMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harshvardhan addresses at a webinar “Ayushman Bharat: 1 Crore treatments and beyond” to mark this milestone. 6:16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625833]. Click here for PDF.

389. Textiles Committee comes up with fully indigenous Design and Make in India PPE Testing EquipmentMinistry of Textiles

The unveiling of Accredited PPE testing facility in Mumbai under Textiles Committee will provide much- needed and timely Quality Assurance to Governments as well as PPE body coverall manufacturers: Secretary, Textiles Committee. 5:22 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625797]. Click here for PDF.

May 20, 2020

388. MSME Minister Gadkari bats for technology upgradation and attracting foreign investment to combat post COVID scenarioMinistry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

Union Minister for MSMEs and Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has called upon the MSME sector to consider technology upgradation and to look for foreign investment to forge ahead in the post-COVID scenario. 5:21 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625431]. Click here for PDF.

387. In interest of large number of students, conduct of 10th and 12th Board Examinations exempted from Lockdown Measures: Shri Amit ShahMinistry of Home Affairs

Different Boards to stagger their Examination Schedules; Adherence to Health/Hygiene protocols mandatory. 5:01 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625407]. Click here for PDF.

386. Northeast model of Corona management - Ministry of Development of North-East Region

Following is the text of the article written by Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C) Dr Jitendra Singh on Corona Management. 3.20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625332]. Click here for PDF.

385. Cabinet approves 'AtmaNirbhar Bharat Package for allocation of foodgrains to the migrants / stranded migrantsMinistry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its ex-post facto approval for allocation of foodgrains from Central Pool to approximately 8 crore migrants / stranded migrants @ 5 kg per person per month (May and June, 2020) for two months free of cost. 2:25 p.m. IST. Read More... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625315]. Click here for PDF.

384. Cabinet approves additional funding of up to Rupees three lakh crore through introduction of Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) - Ministry of Finance

100 per cent credit guarantee coverage by National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Limited (NCGTC) to Member Lending Institutions (MLIs). Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line (GECL) facility to eligible Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) borrowers, including interested MUDRA borrowers. 2:17 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625307]. Click here for PDF.

May 19, 2020

383. India has about 0.2 deaths/lakh population compared to approx. 4.1 deaths/lakh population for the worldMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

So far, more than 24 lakh samples have been tested. 3:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625096].

382. Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) on Movement of Stranded Workers by Trains - Ministry of Home Affairs

In continuation of the revised consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures dt. 17.05.2020, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued revised Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) on movement of stranded workers by trains. 1:14 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625069]. Click here for PDF.

381. Proactive coordination among States and Railways essential to run more trains for smooth transport of Migrant Workers; District Authorities must give their requirements to Railways - Ministry of Home Affairs 

Run more Buses, ensure their Smooth Transition across States and inter-State borders. Create en-route Rest Places with basic amenities for people on foot, till they are guided to bus/rail stations. Dispel rumours, give clarity on train/bus departures: MHA to States. 11:43 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1625046]. Click here for PDF.

May 18, 2020

380. Union HRD Minister announces dates of remaining examinations for class X and XII - Ministry of Human Resource Development

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'  announced the dates of remaining examinations of CBSE Class X and XII in New Delhi today. The Minister said that the examinations of Class X will be conducted for the students of North East Delhi only, while the exams of class XII will be held for students across the country including North-east Delhi. All examinations will be between 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. 5:04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624881]. Click here for PDF.

379. Union Finance Minister announces several initiatives to boost Education SectorMinistry of Human Resource Development

Investing in  human capital is an investment in productivity and prosperity of the nation - Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. “One nation , one digital platform” and “one class one channel” will ensure reach of  quality education to farthest corners of the country: HRD Minister. 4:06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624868]. Click here for PDF.

378. Vice President Shri Naidu calls for new ways of living with learning from corona lessons - Vice President's Secretariat

Calls for new attitudes towards life and humanity. Disease or economy hurts all; inter-connected living is the key lesson, says VP. COVID brought to fore philosophical and moral issues; exposed effects of economic fault lines. Calls COVID a civilizational concern. Shri Naidu suggests 12- point new normal for life in corona times. 2:26 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624851]. Click here for PDF.

377. Lockdown4.0 - States/UTs cannot dilute restrictions imposed in MHA guidelines, can only make them stricter based on local level assessment and Health Ministry Guidelines: MHA - Ministry of Home Affairs

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on 17.05.2020, issued the revised guidelines regarding lockdown restrictions, to contain COVID-19. As the lockdown was extended up to 31.05.2020, widespread relaxations were given in the restrictions. 1:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624848]. Click here for PDF.

May 17, 2020

376. Extension of Lockdown up to May 31, 2020Ministry of Home Affairs

States to decide various Zones and Activities to be allowed in these Zones; Certain activities to remain prohibited throughout the Country. National Directives for COVID-19 Management continue to be in force throughout the Country. Night Curfew to continue to remain in force. 8:13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624763]. Click here for PDF.

375. New economic reforms offer a unique opportunity to India's Space and Atomic capabilities to realize their full potential: Dr Jitendra SinghMinistry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the 20 Lakh Crore economic package announced by Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi in the wake of COVID pandemic, will, among other things, promote affordable cancer treatment using medical Isotopes and envisages to establish an exclusive reactor in PPP (Public-Private-Participation) mode, under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). 7:16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624746]. Click here for PDF.

374. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Physical distancing and behavior etiquettes are potent ‘social vaccines’ for battling COVID-19Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

“Our recovery rate has improved at 37.5%, and more than 22 lakh tests have been conducted”. 5:58 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624705]. Click here for PDF.

373. Today’s Announcements by FM to greatly boost our Rural Economy and Infrastructure, as well as provide Employment to crores of Poor people and Migrant Workers: Home Minister Ministry of Home Affairs

The Economic Package to be a Game Changer for Health, Education and Business sectors: Shri Amit Shah. Ministry of Home Affairs.PM Modi’s leadership in handling COVID-19 has outshined several Developed Nations: Home Minister. 4:20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624669]. Click here for PDF.

372. Finance Minister announces Government Reforms and Enablers across Seven Sectors under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat AbhiyaanMinistry of Finance

KEY HIGHLIGHTS - Rs 40,000 crore  increase in allocation for MGNREGS to provide employment boost. Increased investments in Public Health and other health reforms to prepare India for future pandemics. Technology Driven Education with Equity post-COVID. Further enhancement of Ease of Doing Business through IBC related measures. Decriminalisation of Companies Act defaults. Ease of Doing Business for Corporates. Public Sector Enterprise Policy for a New, Self-reliant India. Increase borrowing limits of States from 3% to 5% for 2020-21 only & promoting State level reforms. 3:11 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624661].

371. Presentation of details of 5th Tranche announced by Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to support Indian economy in fight against COVID-19Ministry of Finance

Part-5: Government Reforms and Enablers. 1:30 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624651]. Click here for PDF.

May 16, 2020

370. Health Secretary interacts with 30 COVID-19 high case load municipal areas - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Reviews measures for Covid-19 containment and management. Recovery rate increases to 35.09 %.  6:55 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624497]. Click here for PDF.

369. Union Power Ministry writes to States/UTs extending Rs 90,000 crore package under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan - Ministry of Power

The funding would be done in two tranches of Rs. 45, 000 crore each. Union Ministry of Power has also decided to defer Fixed Charges of Central Power Gencos for power not scheduled to the DISCOMs during the lockdown period; to be repaid without interest in three equal instalments after lockdown. 6:53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624496]. Click here for PDF.

368. Presentation of details of 4th Tranche announced by Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to support Indian economy in fight against COVID-19 - Ministry of Finance

Part-4: New Horizons of Growth. 5:51 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624465]. Click here for PDF.

367. Fee food grains to 8 crore migrant labourers and their families to be provided under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan - Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

Food grains allocated to States / UTs, Government of India to bear entire cost: Shri Ram Vilas Paswan. 5:20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624455].

366. More than 14 Lakhs stranded people transported back to their home State till midnight 15th May, i.e in 15 daysMinistry of Railways

Indian Railways operates 1074 “Shramik Special” trains across the country. During Last 3 days more than 2 lakh person are being transported per day. In days to come, it is expected to be scaled upto 3 lakh passengers per day. Mission "Back Home" In full steam. Passengers are being given free meals and water. Trains being run by Railways only after concurrence is given both by the State which is sending the passengers and the State which is receiving them. 2:39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624361]. Click here for PDF.

365. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan interacts with PMUY beneficiaries; - Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Over 6.28 Crore free cylinders have been availed by PMUY beneficiaries so far, under the PMGKY; Rs 8432 Crore transferred in the bank account of PMUY beneficiaries so far through DBT. Beneficiaries express gratitude to the Government for providing them relief during Covid-19. 12:53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624309]. Click here for PDF.

364. Scientists develop mobile indoor disinfection sprayer to combat COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

These sprayers are also equipped with mopping features and extendable arms to reach hidden area and clean comprehensively. This technology will have relevance even beyond the current COVID-19 crisis. 11:57 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624297].

May 15, 2020

363. Presentation of details of 3rd Tranche by Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to support Indian economy in fight against COVID-19Ministry of Finance

Part-3: Agriculture. 6:03 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624104]. Click here for PDF

362. Relief to establishments covered under EPF and MP Act, 1952 from levy of penalty for delayed deposit of dues during lockdownMinistry of Labour & Employment

Due to prolonged lockdown announced by the Govt. to control the spread of COVID-19 and other disruptions due to pandemic, establishments covered under EPF & MP Act, 1952 are distressed and unable to function normally and pay the statutory contributions in time. 3:40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624093]. Click here for PDF.

361. From 4 trains a day to 145 trains day, Indian Railways ramps up it's mission of "Back Home" in a big way through Shramik SpecialsMinistry of Railways

Crosses the milestone of transporting more than 2 lacs migrants in 1 single day in endeavor to take all those stranded back their home states. From around 5000 passengers on May 1st to more than 2.10 lacs on May 14, milestone Crossed in less than 2 weeks. More than 12 lacs passengers have reached their home states by these “Shramik Special” trains till now. More than 1000 Shramik Special trains operationalized so far to take migrants home. In a mission mode, Railways ready to run 300 “Shramik Special” trains per day to transport more than 4 lacs stranded persons per day in these “Shramik Special” trains. 3:40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624059]. Click here for PDF.

360. 15th meeting of GoM on COVID-19 held; reviews current status, preparedness and actions for management of COVID-19Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasizes to focus on high load area management and case fatality management. 3:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1624057]. Click here for PDF.

May 14, 2020

359. Finance Minister announces short term and long-term measures for supporting the poor, including migrants, farmers, tiny businesses and street vendorsMinistry of Finance

Free food grains supply to Migrants for 2 months. Technology system to be used enabling Migrants to access PDS(Ration) from any Fair Price Shops in India by March,2021-One Nation one Ration Card. Scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes for Migrant Workers and Urban Poor to be launched. 6:59 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623862]. Click here for PDF.

358. Interest subvention on Working Capital Loans for Dairy sector due to lockdownMinistry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying

To offset the economic impact of Covid-19 on Dairy Sector, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has introduced a new scheme “Interest subvention on Working Capital Loans for Dairy sector” for Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities (SDC&FPO) for implementation during 2020-21. 6:32 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623843]. Click here for PDF.

357. Presentation of details of Tranche 2 by Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to support Indian economy in fight against COVID-19Ministry of Finance

Part-2 : Poor, including migrants and farmers. 6:22 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623840]. Click here for PDF.

356. OP Samudrasetu- INS Jalashwa Returns to Maldives for Phase 2Ministry of Defence

Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa has returned to Male, Maldives to begin Phase 2 of Operation SamudraSetu - repatriation of Indian Nationals from foreign shores by sea. 6:15 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623836]. Click here for PDF.

355. Indian Railways will start issuing limited waiting lists tickets for different classes for Special Trains being introduced from 12.05.2020Ministry of Railways

There shall be No RAC in these special trains. The changes shall be made applicable for the trains starting date 22nd May, 2020 i.e. booking for which shall commence from 15th May, 2020. 4:40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623803]. Click here for PDF.

354. Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicates COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nationMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Nearly 20 lakh samples tested for COVID-19 through more than 500 labs: Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Doubling time for last three days slows down to nearly 14 days. 3:53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623782]. Click here for PDF.

353. Patenting of Innovative Low Cost PPE developed by Indian Navy Paves way for Rapid Mass ProductionMinistry of Defence

In a major step towards rapid mass production of the Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) developed by the Indian Navy, a patent has been successfully filed by the Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC) of Min of Defence, in association with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), an enterprise under Min of Science & Technology. 3:27 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623776].

May 13, 2020

352. Finance Minister announce measures for relief and credit support related to businesses, especially MSMEs to support Indian Economy’s fight against COVID-19Ministry of Finance

Rs 3 lakh crore Emergency Working Capital Facility for Businesses, including MSMEs. 6:39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623601]. Click here for PDF.

351. Repayment of 8.27% GS2020- Issue of Press CommuniquéMinistry of Finance

The repayment of Government securityis due as per details given below: 6:05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623586]. Click here for PDF.

350. Presentation made by Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to support Indian economy in fight against COVID-19Ministry of Finance

Part -1 : Businesses including MSMEs. 6:02 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623585]. Click here for PDF.

349. Bhagalpur Smart City uses innovative technological initiatives to fight COVID19Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

Bhagalpur Smart City Limited has been supporting the city administration in combating COVID 19 using various initiatives. 5:17 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623568].

348. Modi Government is committed to the well being of its employees & their grievances are being addressed judiciously: Dr Jitendra SinghMinistry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

In a unique and 1st of its kind initiative during COVID pandemic, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today interacted with staff and officials up to the level of Section Officers of all the three departments of DoPT, DARPG and DoPPW through Interactive Video Conferencing. 4:08 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623544].

348. 8503 Indians return from abroad in 43 flights under Vande Bharat Mission since 7th May 2020 - Ministry of Civil Aviation

8503 Indians have been flown back to India in 43 inbound flights operated by Air India and Air India Express under Vande Bharat Mission in 6 days beginning from 7th May 2020. 11:58 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623475].

May 12, 2020

347. English Rendering of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Address to the Nation on 12.5.2020 - Prime Minister's Office

Greetings to fellow citizens, for over four months the global community has been in the fight against Corona virus.
During this period more than 42 lakh people across the world have been infected with Corona. More than 2.75 Lakh people have died tragically. In India too, people have lost their near and dear ones.I express my heartfelt condolences to all. 10.41 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623418]. Click here for PDF.

346. PM gives a call for self-reliant India; lays down five pillars of Atmanirbhar Bharat - Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the nation today. Recalling those who have died battling the pandemic, Prime Minister said that the crisis that has emerged due to COVID-19 is unprecedented, but in this battle, we not only need to protect ourselves but also have to keep moving forward. 8.45 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623391]. Click here for PDF.

345. Dr. Harsh Vardhan engages with Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and UTs of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh to review preparedness and containment measures taken for COVID-19 management - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare held a high level meeting here today with Sh. Girish Chandra Murmu, Lieutenant Governor of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Sh. R. K. Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh, Sh. Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, and Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in presence of Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS, Health and Family Welfare. 5.13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623292]. Click here for PDF.

344. Indian Railways restore 03 Special Trains from New Delhi today - Ministry of Railways

Train No. 02442 New Delhi to Bilaspur Special train will start its journey today i.e. 12th May, 2020 from New Delhi Railway Station as a first special train to be restored after the suspension of passenger train services due to COVID 19. With the departure of this train, restoration of passenger train services on Indian Railways started in a graded manner. Total 03 Special trains shall depart from New Delhi today while total 05 special trains to depart from other cities towards New Delhi. These special train services shall be in addition to the Shramik specials run by Indian Railways. 3.24 p.m. IST. Read more... [ https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623256]. Click here for PDF.

May 11,  2020

343. Technology Centres Now Manufacturing Critical Parts of Real Time Quantitative Micro PCR SystemMinistry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

The Machine Can Give COVID-19 Test Result in Less Than One Hour. 6:13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623027]. Click here for PDF.

342. Indian Railways announces timings of Fifteen pair of special trains (thirty trains)Ministry of Railways

Passenger services on Indian Railways shall be partially restored w.e.f. from 12th May 2020 in a graded manner. 5:57 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1623014]. Click here for PDF.

341. MHA and Railways conduct Video Conference with State Nodal Officers to review operation of ‘Shramik Special’ Trains, to facilitate faster movement of stranded Workers to their Native placesMinistry of Home Affairs

More than 450 trains carrying several lakh migrant workers operated; Over 100 Trains to run daily to carry every Migrant wishing to go home. 2:00 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622896]. Click here for PDF.

340. NDMA(MHA) issues guideline on restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown periodMinistry of Home Affairs

Field functionaries to ensure strict compliance of guidelines. 12:46 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622874]. Click here for PDF.

May 10,  2020

339. Dr. Harsh Vardhan visits Mandoli COVID-19 Care Centre to review status of COVID-19 management - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today visited the COVID Care Centre (CCC) at Mandoli Jail, New Delhi to review status of COVID-19 management. Keeping in view the emerging requirements for hospital preparedness, MandoliCCC is Police Residential Complex turned dedicated COVID-19 Centre consisting of adequate isolation rooms and beds for COVID-19 patients with mild/very mild symptoms. 7.19 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622740]. Click here for PDF.

338. PM to hold meeting with State Chief Ministers - Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be holding the 5th meeting with State Chief Ministers via video-conference, tomorrow, 11th May, 2020  at 3 PM. 4.11 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622660]. Click here for PDF.

337. Indian Railway operates 366 "Shramik Special" trains till 10th May, 2020 (1500 hrs) across the countryMinistry of Railways

Passengers are being given free meals and water. Trains being run by Railways only after concurrence is given both by the State which is sending the passengers and the State which is receiving them. Social distancing being observed. Around 1200 passengers travel in each of these "Shramik Special" trains. 4:30 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622664]. Click here for PDF.

336. Cabinet Secretary chairs a meeting with Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all States and UTs to review their status of COVID-19 Management - Ministry of Home Affairs

Cabinet Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba, chaired a meetingwith Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all States and Union territoriesto review their status of COVID-19 Management through video conference, today. 2.51 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622632]. Click here for PDF.

335. Adequate health infrastructure and health facilities set up for COVID-19 managementMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Adequate health infrastructure and health facilities have been identified and set up for COVID-19 management in the country. 2:44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622631]. Click here for PDF

May 9, 2020

334. Dr. Harsh Vardhan engages with North Eastern States to review preparedness and containment measures taken for COVID-19 management - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare held a high level meeting today with Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim to review the status of COVID-19 in the north-eastern States along with the measures being taken for its containment and management, in the presence of Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW), here today. 4.35 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622486]. Click here for PDF.

333. 490 Lifeline Udan flights operated till date to ensure continuous supply of essential and medical supplies across the country - Ministry of Civil Aviation

490 flights have been operated under Lifeline Udan by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers. 3.06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622458]. Click here for PDF.

332. Clarification in respect of residency under section 6 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 - Ministry of Finance

Section 6 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) contains provisions relating to residency of a person. The status of an individual as to whether he is resident in India or a non-resident or not ordinarily resident, is dependent, inter-alia, on the period for which the person is in India during a year. 10.39 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622386]. Click here for PDF.

May 8, 2020

331. Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution says massive exercise underway to supply free food grains & pulses to about 80 crore people across the country under PM-GKAY - Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution 

FCI has loaded a total number of 2641 rakes carrying about 74 LMT food grains, setting an all time record, says Shri Ram Vilas Paswan. Massive operation by NAFED to provide free pulses for 3 months to about 19.50 crore households for three months in the country, says Minister. No shortage of food grains; procurement also on track: Shri Paswan. 5:24 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622147].

330. Government of India & AIIB sign agreement for $500 million COVID-19 support for India - Ministry of Finance

The Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) signed a US$ 500 million “COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project” here today to help India to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness. This is the first ever health sector support from the Bank to India. 5:22 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622170]. Click here for PDF.

329. India Post delivers Covid-19 testing kits from ICMR regional depots to testing labs across the country including remote areas - Ministry of Communications

India Post has entered into a tie up with ICMR for delivery of its Covid-19 testing Kits from its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs designated for Covid-19 Testing across the length and breadth of the country. 4:57 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1622143].

May 7, 2020

328. RS Chairman and LS Speaker discuss COVID and meetings of Parliamentary Committees - Vice President's Secretariat

Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla at Upa-Rashtrapati Niwas and discussed the situation regarding COVID-19 disease in the country, role being played by Members of Parliament and the feasibility of holding meetings of Committees of Parliament. 5:12 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621827]. Click here for PDF.

327. Indian Railways geared up to provide COVID Care Centers to State Authorities - Ministry of Railways

5231 Railway Coaches ready as COVID Care Centers across Indian Railways. 215 stations identified for placement of COVID Care centers. 3:18 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621776]. Click here for PDF.

May 6, 2020

326. Gadkari assures Bus and Car Operators of full support in coming out of economic slowdown - Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari has assured the bus and car operators of the country that the government is fully aware of their problems, and will fully support them to mitigate their issues. He said that he is in regular touch with the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, who are working overtime to uplift the economy during these difficult days of COVID-19 pandemic. 4:18 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621376]. Click here for PDF.

May 5, 2020

325. Scientists to culture novel coronavirus in human lung epithelial cell - Ministry of Science & Technology

It will enable in vitro testing of potential drugs and vaccines against COVID-19. 7:21 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621260]. Click here for PDF.

324. CSIR IGIB and TATA Sons sign an MoU for licensing KNOWHOW related to development of a kit for rapid and accurate diagnosis of COVID-19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

It is a completely indigenous scientific invention and FELUDA for COVID-19 has been designed for mitigating the ongoing COVID-19 situation and cater to mass testing. Its main advantages are its affordability, relative ease of use and non-dependency on expensive Q-PCR machines. 7:18 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621254]. Click here for PDF.

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

The 14th meeting of the high level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was held at NirmanBhawan, here today, under the chairpersonship of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare. Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Sh. Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Home, and Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare were present, along with Sh. Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff and Union Home SecretarySh. Ajay Kumar Bhalla. 5.05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621207]. Click here for PDF.

322. COVID 19 crisis demonstrates how DST is rapidly evolving as architect of profound science: Prof. Ashutosh Sharma - Ministry of Science & Technology

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), has undergone tremendous change in recent times evolving into an architect of profound science as against incremental science and the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to escalate the process, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST said in a live webinar conversation with Elets Technomedia on ‘Fighting Corona - Leveraging Scientific Research & Innovation’ on the occasion of its 50th Foundation Day. 12.55 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1621139]. Click here for PDF.

May 4, 2020

321. PM Jan Aushadi Kendras (PMJAK) are playing a vital role in COVID-19 Situation : Mansukh MandaviyaMinistry of Chemicals and Fertilizers 

Per Day 10 lakh persons are visiting PM Jan Audhadhi Kendras to buy quality medicines at affordable prices. 5:44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620941]. Click here for PDF.

320. Dr Harsh Vardhan calls upon all scientific departments to develop enhanced synergy for quicker and better results - Ministry of Science & Technology

Regulators are working to speed up regulatory process and CSIR supported clinical trials—Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Releases ‘Guidelines for Public Transport and Feeder Modes considering social distancing norms’ developed by CSIR-CRRI. Says, post COVID-19, a new normal will develop in the society, setting new standards to live in a better way, in a scientific way which will eventually become Good Health Norms. 5:28 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620933]. Click here for PDF.

319. DRDO develops UV Disinfection Tower - Ministry of Defence

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Ultra Violet (UV) Disinfection Tower for rapid and chemical free disinfection of high infection prone areas. 5:13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620919]. Click here for PDF.

318. Government takes up immediate measures for livelihood and security of tribal gatherers and artisans in the backdrop of situation arising out of COVID-19 - Ministry of Tribal Affairs

In light of the unprecedented hardship faced by the tribal artisans, Government is taking several immediate initiatives to provide support to the tribal gatherers and tribal artisans. 1.45 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620856]. Click here for PDF.

May 3, 2020

317. Judicial Member, Lokpal of India, Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi died fighting COVID-19 - Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

With deep sorrow, it is to inform that on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 at approximately 8:45 PM, Judicial Member, Lokpal of India, Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi. He was infected with Corona virus and was admitted to AIIMS on 2nd April, 2020 after havingbreathing problems. 5.04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620631]. Click here for PDF.

316. MHA Control Room to be utilised for resolving complaints/issues of Drivers and Transporters on passage of goods carriers including empty trucks - Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

In order to ensure faster resolution of the complaints/issues of the drivers / transporters on passage of goods carriers including empty trucks for inter state movement across the country during Locddown, Union Government has decided to utilise the Control Room of Ministry of Home Affairs where officers of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) are also being deputed for this purpose. 4.37 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620617]. Click here for PDF.

315. Union Home Minister salutes the Corona Warriors for their unmatched Contribution and Sacrifice in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic - Ministry of Home Affairs

The Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah today saluted the Corona Warriors for their unmatched contribution and sacrifice in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. 3.08 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620591]. Click here for PDF.

May 2, 2020

314. Sree Chitra develops 2 types of swabs and viral transport medium for COVID-19 testing - Ministry of Science & Technology

Technologists at the Sree Chitra Triunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, have developed two types of nasal and oral swabs and viral transport medium for COVID-19 testing. 6.39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620451]. Click here for PDF.

313. Clarification regarding Movement of Persons and Vehicles in Orange Zones, during Two Weeks Lockdown with effect from May 4, 2020 - Ministry of Home Affairs

After a comprehensive review of the Lockdown measures to contain the COVID-19 situation in the country, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), issued an Order yesterday, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of two weeks w.e.f. May 4, 2020. 3.20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620360]. Click here for PDF.

May 1, 2020

313. Extension of Lockdown for a further period of Two Weeks with effect from May 4, 2020 - Ministry of Home Affairs

After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, today, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks beyond May 4, 2020. 6.33 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620095]. Click here for PDF.

312. INDIA SALUTES CORONA WARRIORS - Ministry of Defence

India has been successfully fighting Corona Virus with the help of COVID Warriors. IAF has been contributing towards the national effort to contain Corona by supporting mobility of men and material both at International and Domestic level. 6.09 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620434]. Click here for PDF.

311. Dr. Jitendra Singh hands over 4900 Protective Kits prepared by Kendriya Bhandar for the use of medical and police personnel today - Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh applauded the selfless service of the medical fraternity and the police force and handed over 4900 protective kits put together by KendriyaBhandar, comprising of sanitizer, hand wash etc. for the use of medical and police personnel as a token gesture of appreciation for their work. 5.32 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620053]. Click here for PDF.

310. Procuring medical equipments on priority - Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Empowered Group-3 was created vide MHA’s order dated 29.03.2020 under convenorship of Dr P D Waghela, Secretary, Pharmaceuticals and including Secretary, DPIIT, Secretary, Textiles, Chairman, CBIC, Secretary, DRDO, senior officers of PMO, Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Health Research etc. 5.19 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620047]. Click here for PDF.

309. Special Trains to be operated for Movement of Stranded Persons across the Country, due to Lockdown Restrictions to fight COVID-19 - Ministry of Home Affairs

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order to allow the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons, stranded at different places across the country, by special trains to be operated by Ministry of Railways (MoR). 4.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620024]. Click here for PDF.

308. Visakhapatnam Smart City Operations Centre functions round the clock for Covid-19 management - Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

The Smart City Operations Centre of Visakhapatnam operates 24x7 in three shifts to manage COVID 19. Following tasks are performed in this centre: 3.44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1620002]. Click here for PDF.

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