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Govt cancels CBSE Exam for Class 10th; postpones Class 12th exams; PM Modi says well-being of students is top priority of govt            VP M Venkaiah Naidu and PM Modi interact with Governors and LGs on COVID-19 situation in country            Centre approves increase in production of Remdesivir and reducing its prices            Strict restrictions come into effect in Maharashtra for a fortnight from tonight to curb spread of COVID-19 pandemic            Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Aahaar Kranti mission to spread awareness about nutrition           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says education must lift language barrier and let talent flourish.

  • Government allows round the clock Covid -19 vaccination to speed up  immunisation.

  • Covaxin, India's first indigenous corona vaccine, shows efficacy of 81 percent.

  • Assam government to promote all students from class 1 to 9 even if they do not appear in exams.

  • Combined Commanders' Conference to begin today at Kevadiya in Gujarat.

  • Security forces bust Hizbul Mujahideen hideout in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to visit Bangladesh today.

  • India to commemorate Chabahar Day on the sidelines of Maritime India Summit-2021 today.

  • At least 38 protesters killed by security forces in Mayanmar.

  • In Cricket, fourth and final test between India and England to begin today in Ahmedabad; A victory or a draw can ensure a place for India in the World Test Championship Final.


As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need for the education system to overcome linguistic barriers so that talent from rural areas gets opportunity to flourish. He said, the new National Education Policy will be implemented on a mission mode towards this purpose. Addressing a webinar on effective implementation of the provisions in the Union Budget for the education sector, Mr Modi said academics and experts of every language should make available the best content in the country and the world in Indian languages.

"मैं आपसे जरूर आग्रह करूंगा कि हमारे देश में talent की कमी नहीं है। गांव हो, गरीब हो, जिसको अपनी भाषा के सिवाय और कुछ नहीं आता है उसकी talent कम नहीं होती है। भाषा के कारण हमारे गांव की, हमारे गरीब की talent को हमें मरने नहीं देना चाहिए। देश में देश की विकास यात्रा से उसको वंचित नहीं रखना चाहिए। भारत की talent गांव में भी हैं, भारत की talent गरीब के घर में भी है, भारत की talent किसी एक किसी एक कोई बड़ी भाषा से वंचित रह गए हमारे देश के बच्‍चों में भी है और इसलिए उस talent का उपयोग इतने बड़े देश के लिए जोड़ना बहुत जरूरी है। इसलिए भाषा के barrier से बाहर निकल करके हमें उसकी भाषा में उसकी talent को फलने-फूलने के लिए अवसर देना, ये Mission Mode में करने की जरूरत है। बजट में घोषित National Language Translation Mission से इसके लिए बहुत प्रोत्साहन मिलेगा।"

He said, it is necessary to produce content in Indian languages for every area of expertise, be it medical, engineering, technology or management.

"इस वर्ष का बजट भी इस दिशा में बहुत मददगार सिद्ध होगा। इस वर्ष के बजट में health के बाद जो दूसरा सबसे बड़ा focus है, वो education, skill, research और innovation पर ही है। देश के यूनिवर्सिटी, कॉलेज और R&D Institutions में बेहतर Synergy, आज हमारे देश की सबसे बड़ी जरूरत बन गई है।  इसी को ध्यान में रखते हुए Glue Grant का प्रावधान किया गया है, जिसके तहत अभी 9 शहरों में इसके लिए ज़रूरी mechanism  तैयार किए जा सकें। साथियों,Apprenticeship पर, Skill development और upgradation पर इस बजट में जो बल दिया गया है वो भी अभूतपूर्व है।"

Asserting that there is no dearth of talent in the country, Mr Modi said those living in villages and the poor, who do not know any language other than their local language, have no shortage of talent. We should not let the talent of our villages, our poor die due to language difficulties, he said. The Prime Minister said, the second biggest focus after health in this year’s budget is on education, skill, research and innovation. Mr Modi pointed out that to build a self-reliant India, confidence of the youth is equally important.

"आत्मनिर्भर भारत के निर्माण के लिए देश के युवाओं में आत्मविश्वास उतना ही जरूरी है। आत्मविश्वास तभी आता है, जब युवा को अपनी Education, अपनी knowledge, अपनी skill पर पूरा भरोसा हो, विश्वास हो। आत्मविश्वास तभी आता है, जब उसको एहसास होता है कि उसकी पढ़ाई, उसे अपना काम करने का अवसर दे रही है और जरूरी Skill भी दे रही है। नई राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति, इसी सोच के साथ बनाई गई है। प्री-नर्सरी से पीएचडी तक, राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति के हर प्रावधान को जल्द से जल्द ज़मीन पर उतारने के लिए अब हमें तेजी से काम करना है।"


Government has allowed round-the-clock COVID-19 vaccination in order to expedite the immunisation drive. In a tweet, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the government has lifted the time restriction to increase the speed of vaccination. He said people can now get vaccinated 24 by 7 according to their convenience. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of health as well as the time of citizens.

 Easing restrictions, all private hospitals were on Tuesday allowed to give the vaccines if they adhere to the laid down norms, while the 9 am to 5 pm timing was also done away with.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind was administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at an army hospital in Delhi yesterday.

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi was administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, New Delhi.


Bharat Biotech has announced that Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin demonstrated interim clinical efficacy of 81 per cent in its phase three trial.

The trials involved 25 thousand 800 participants across 21 sites. The first interim analysis is based on 43 cases of which 36 cases of Covid-19 were observed in the placebo group versus 7 cases observed in the Covaxin group resulting in vaccine efficacy of 81 per cent. The trials were conducted by the company with the help of Indian Council of Medical Research.

Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr. Balram Bhargava said that the journey of completely indigenous COVID-19 vaccine in less than eight months’ time showcases the immense strength of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Talking to AIR Dr. Anup Kumar, of Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi said that Bharat Biotech's Covaxin is fully safe and effective.


The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.63 crore yesterday. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16th January and vaccination of the Frontline Workers started from 2nd February. 2021. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced from 1st March 2021 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

A total of 1 crore 63 lakh 14 thousand 485 vaccine doses have been given so far. A total of 6 lakh 92 thousand 889 vaccine doses were given yesterday.


The COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has touched 97.06 per cent. The Health Ministry said, over 13 thousand people were discharged in the last 24 hours. Till now, over one crore 8 lakh 12 thousand people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. In the last 24 hours, around 15 thousand new cases were reported. With this, total number of cases has reached over one crore 11 lakh. The Ministry said, 98 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. So far, over one crore 56 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated.


A total of 240 new confirmed cases of corona virus infection have been reported in Delhi during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to six lakh 39 thousand 921. The Delhi Government has informed that more than six lakh 27 thousand people affected with COVID-19 have recovered so far. At present, there are one thousand 584 active cases in the National Capital.


In Bihar, a total of one lakh four thousand 913 healthcare workers took the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine. So far, 6 lakh 85 thousand 195 beneficiaries have been inoculated with vaccine doses since the start of vaccination drive in the state.

Meanwhile, two lakh 60 thousand 737 patients have recovered from the COVID-19 infection in state so far. COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 99.28 percent in Bihar.


In Gujarat, more than 60 thousand people were vaccinated against Covid-19 yesterday. All these persons were above the 60 years of age or above the 45 years with co-morbidity. Not a single instance of any side effect has been reported so far.

"According to the state health department, more than 10 lakh persons have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the state till now. Similarly, 2 lakh 17 thousand 779 persons have received a second dose of the vaccine. The State Government has claimed that the spread of Covid-19 infection is under control. 475 new cases of Covid-19 reported during the last 24 hours, while 358 patients have been discharged from the hospitals after the recovery. Total 2 lakh 64 thousand 195 patients have been recovered from Covid-19 in the state till now. At present, Gujarat has 2638 active cases of Covid-19, out of which 39 patients are on ventilator. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Despite difficulties being faced in registration, COVID 19 vaccination drive is being conducted in full swing in Maharashtra. Due to the response of the citizens, BMC has decided to start vaccination in 13 new private hospitals in Mumbai from Today.

"In Maharashtra, till date a total of around 13.7 lakh beneficiaries are inoculated for the COVID-19 preventive vaccine. As per the data shared by the State health department and BMC, Yesterday around 4540 persons above the age of 45 and with comorbidities are vaccinated. While around 31,000 senior citizens received shots of vaccines. Yesterday 5 persons have reported giddiness in Mumbai, they were kept for observation for 30 minutes and later discharged. As per BMC’s statement, More than expected persons are turning up for the covid-19 vaccination drive. Around 20,000 persons from above the age 45 with comorbidities and senior citizens have vaccinated in Mumbai itself in the last 3 days. Due to this overwhelming response, BMC has decided to add 13 new private hospitals to the list of vaccination centres from today. Jeevan Bhawasar, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Assam, Education department has clarified that all the students from Class 1 to 9th standard should be promoted to the next class whether they appear in the examination or not. An order issued by the Commissioner - Secretary in the Education department said that though the schools could hold annual examinations in the first week of this month, it was not mandatory for students to appear. The order said that classes for next session would begin from the 1st of next month and this order is applicable to all non - government schools of Assam. This decision was taken due to the lockdown situation.


Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Tuhin Kanta Pandey has said that the offer for sale of Government shares in Public Sector Undertaking IRCON International has received good response on day one. In a tweet, the Secretary said, the issue was subscribed 3.3 times of base size at a clearing price above the floor price by non-retail investors. He said, the government has decided to exercise the green shoe option. Retail investors will get a chance to bid today.


Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that Odisha is uniquely poised to contribute to the realisation of the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an Atmanirbhar Bharat and five trillion dollar economy. Addressing the 'Investment Opportunities in Odisha' session in the Maritime India Summit 2021, the Minister said, Odisha's coast along with Paradip will be the gateway of growth of the eastern part of the country.

"Harking back to the rich maritime legacy of Odisha, Mr. Pradhan said, the navigators of the state used to sell across to different parts of the globe to bring fortune and glory to the state. He said, the government's initiatives in the Petroleum and Steel sectors will provide impetus to the maritime economy of Odisha. Participating in the virtual meeting, the state Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanav Behera highlighted the state government's initiatives for port-led economic growth in the state, which enjoys a 480 km long coastline. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar".


A three-day Combined Commanders' Conference will begin today at Kevadia in Gujarat. Theaterisation of armed forces, self-reliance in defence sector and evolving threats in the region will be the focus areas during the three-day annual event.  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the top commanders of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force tomorrow. During the conference, the setting up of a new air defence command and maritime command is likely to be discussed at length. Implementation of the air defence command timeline is also likely to come up for discussion. The formation of theatre commands will synergise the capabilities and combat potential of the three forces during war and peace. Air defence command and maritime command are part of the restricting plan of the Indian armed forces as was announced by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat last year.


In Jammu and Kashmir, Awantipora Police along with Army's 42 RR and 180 BN of CRPF has busted a terrorist hideout in the forest area of Seer-Pastoona in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. During the search in the area by the joint team, one hideout of terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen was busted and subsequently destroyed. Incriminating materials of the terrorist outfit and other material like utensils etc have also been recovered from the hideout. All the recovered materials has been taken into Police custody for the purpose of investigation.


External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar will pay an official visit to Dhaka today on the invitation of Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr AK Abdul Momen. During the visit, Dr Jaishankar will meet Bangladesh counterpart and also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Dr Jaishankar's Bangladesh visit follows on the Prime Minister level Virtual Summit held between two countries on 17th December last year and will also provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress in bilateral relations.

"During the visit the External Affairs Minister will meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen. He will also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, the visit of Dr. Jaishankar follows on the Summit level virtual meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh in December last year. The External Affairs Minister will take stock of the progress in bilateral relations between the two countries.

The visit of the External Affairs Minister comes ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh to take part in the centenary celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh later this month. Both the countries are likely to sign several MoUs and agreements during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh. Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka."


India will commemorate Chabahar Day today on the margins of the Maritime India Summit-2021. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will address the Ministerial Level opening session. Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya will deliver the keynote address.

The Ministerial level opening session will be followed by two webinar sessions on the Development of Port Infrastructure : Unleashing Opportunities and Boosting Business through Trade Promotion and Regional Connectivity.


In Myanmar, at laest 38 people were killed and many injured as the military quelled protests in several towns and cities, the United Nations said. UN Special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener said in New York that Wednesday was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on the 1st of February. She said, 38 people died and now more than over 50 people have died since the coup took place a month ago.

The UN Security Council is due to discuss the situation on Friday in a closed meeting. In Washington, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States is appalled by the increase in violence.


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that China is the only country to seriously challenge the stable and open international systems. Mr. Blinken said this in a speech on U.S. foreign policy, at the Department of State on Wednesday.


International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th of March. All India Radio News honors Women Achievers from diverse fields by bringing their stories. Today we will bring to you the stories of women who have done exceptional service to society.

Smriti Singh, the outgoing Gram Pradhan (Head of village) of Ratsar Kala has worked immensely for the development of her  village and villagers. Her village Ratsar Kala falls in the Ballia district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

"Smriti Singh has majorly focussed on improving the condition of  women and children. Smriti Singh has worked towards the empowerment of women. As the Gram Pradhan she  was  instrumental in forming 8 Self Help Groups in the village which earlier didn't have even one SHG. She is also constantly engaged in improving the infrastructure of her village. She has worked on construction of roads and sewage.Talking to All India Radio News she said she aims at improving the health and education.

After completing her education she chose to work for her village instead of opting for a high flying career. Her efforts have been recognised by the state government from time to time. Deeksha Saksena, AIR News, Delhi".


In Cricket, the fourth and final test between India and England will begin today at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The match will begin at 9.30 AM.

The third test last week ended within two days with the hosts looking to secure a place in the World Test Championship final. Virat Kohli's India need a win or a draw to book a clash with New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final. An England win would put Australia into the decider at Lord's in June.


Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom beat Giordana Sorrentino of Italy to reach the women's 51kg semi-finals and ensure a medal at the Boxam Elite International tournament in Castellon, Spain.


The year-long Birth Centenary celebrations of doyen of music Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is underway. Let us we listen to one of the performoces of the legendary musician.


Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

Srinagar may witness a cloudy sky towards evening or night with possibility of rain or thundershowers accompanied with squall. The mimimum temperature was 3 degrees Celsius while maximum will be nearly 16 degrees.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky, however, it may turn partly cloudy towards evening or night. The lower level of temperature was 12 degrees Celsius while the maximum may be around 28 degrees.

Leh and Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. Leh recorded  minimum temperature of minus seven degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around nine degrees.

In Gilgit, the temperature will move from five to 23 degrees Celsius.

In Muzaffarabad, sky will be initially partly cloudy and later it may become generally cloudy.The minimum temperature was nine degrees Celsius and maximum would be 24 degrees.

In Dehradun, maximum temperature will be around 29 degrees Celsius.



  • Interim final-phase data is in:  Bharat Biotech's Covid shot is 81% effective, headlines The Indian Express.

  • Covaxin efficacy 81%, can fight mutants, writes The Tribune.

  • Covaxin works against UK variant, reports The Asian Age.

  • People can get vaccine 24/7 as drive scaled up, reports Hindustan Times.

  • The Hindu quotes a study as revealing that anitibodies against Coronavirus appear significantly only 14 days after a vaccine injection, and in people already infected - in 7 days.

  • Ahead of Tamil Nadu elections, Sasikala says she will 'stay away from politics', reads Hindustan Times headline.  The Pioneer refers to this as Sasikala's dramatic pledge.

  • Sashastra Seema Bal to raise 12 more battalions, headlines The Pioneer. This means, more than 13,000 personnel over the next 4 years, writes the paper. The Statesman reports that this is to fortify Nepal, Bhutan bordrs, tri-junction area.

  • And finally, The Times of India, quoting the UN reports that 38 protesters have been killed by Myanmar security forces.


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