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INDIA UNDER COMPLETE LOCKDOWN FOR 21 DAYS

Modi makes announcement against COVID-19 in televised address  New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced complete lockdown of the entire country, as part of government’s stringent efforts to tackle coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “Today, I am going to announce a very important measure in our fight against COVID-19. The entire country will be under lockdown from today. The complete …

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Gehlot questions decision to defer Rajya Sabha polls

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday questioned the Election Commission’s decision to defer the polls to the Rajya Sabha, citing horse trading efforts by the BJP.  Condemning the decision, the Congress leader said the move comes under the scanner as the BJP needed “more time” for horse trading. “The decision to defer the RS elections definitely comes under …

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Maharashtra: daily wagers, labourers worst hit by lockdown

Mumbai: Even as Maharashtra grapples with the rise in COVID-19 cases, people have been forced to remain indoors during the pandemic but the worst affected are the daily wagers and other labourers. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday announced a complete lockdown in the state and imposed prohibitory orders as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus. So far …

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India inches closer to total shutdown

PTI New Delhi As many as 20 states and Union Territories have ordered complete lockdown under their jurisdiction and six other states have put in place similar restrictions in some areas in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Monday. The central government has also asked states to enforce additional restrictions, if necessary, leading to imposition of curfew in …

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COVID-19: K’taka bars non-essential services in 9 districts

IANS Bengaluru The Karnataka government on Monday barred non-essential services in nine districts with certain exceptions to ensure social distancing and isolation to contain the spread of coronavirus. The restrictions will apply to revenue districts of Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kalaburagi, Chikballapur, Mysuru, Madhugiri, Dharwad, Mangaluru and Belagavi from 12 am on Monday to 12 am on April 1. “To …

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SC to states: consider release of prisoners on parole

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Monday directed all states and Union territories to set up high-level committees to determine class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks to avoid overcrowding in jails so as to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The apex court said the prisoners convicted of or charged with …

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J&K: Lashkar module busted in Kupwara; 6 held

PTI Srinagar Security forces have busted a module of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s shadow outfit in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir arresting six suspected militants and recovering a large cache of arms and ammunition, officials said on Monday. The six were members of ‘The Resistance Front’, a newly formed militant outfit believed to be a shadow group of the LeT and were …

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Need innovative solutions to tackle COVID-19: PM

PTI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said coronavirus (COVID-19) is a lifetime challenge, which is needed to be tackled through new and innovative solutions, while speaking to representatives of television news channels through a video-conference. The coronavirus outbreak has claimed seven lives in the country so far, while the number of positive cases has risen to 415. …

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India’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 9; cases jump to 468

PTI New Delhi The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to nine on Monday after West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh reported a casualty each, while the number of confirmed cases soared to 468, the Union health ministry said. The number of active COVID-19 cases are 424 now and 35 people have been cured/discharged/migrated, while nine have died, …

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Parliament adjourned sine die before schedule

PTI New Delhi Parliament was adjourned sine die on Monday, 11 days before its Budget Session was scheduled to conclude, in view of the intensifying nationwide measures to encourage social distancing to combat the coronavirus. The Lok Sabha passed the Finance Bill, a crucial budget legislation, without a discussion after the leaders of all political parties agreed to forgo a …

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