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People celebrate outside Tihar jail

New Delhi: Carrying the tricolour and raising slogans ‘long live Nirbhaya’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, hundreds of people gathered outside the Tihar jail complex in the early hours of Friday, with some distributing sweets after the four gangrape and murder convicts case were hanged. Security was beefed up outside the Tihar Jail number three where the four convicts – …

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Workplaces in Mumbai, Pune closed till March 31

Mumbai: Amid growing concern over spread of coronavirus, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday that all workplaces in major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Pune, will remain closed till March 31. The shutdown will be applicable in Mumbai, Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur, Thackeray told reporters here. Government offices will operate at 25 per cent …

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No foreign flights from March 22

New Delhi: India reported its fourth coronavirus death on Thursday while the total COVID-19 cases rose to 173, as India banned landing of all international commercial passenger flights from March 22 for a week, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to stay indoors. Giving the details of the fourth coronavirus fatality in the country, the Union Health Ministry said …

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PM calls for resolve, restraint to fight corona

New Delhi: Calling for “resolve and restraint” to fight coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the entire country to observe ‘Janta curfew’ on Sunday. In a nearly 30-minute national broadcast, he asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible while underscoring the dangers of coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a crisis …

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Vikram Gokhale, 2 others booked for ‘cheating’

Pune: Police have registered an offence against noted actor Vikram Gokhale and two others for allegedly duping 14 people in a land deal in Pune district, an official said on Thursday. The two other accused were identified as Jayant Mhalgi and Sujata Mhalgi, the official said on Wednesday. One Jayant Bhairat had lodged a complaint with Paud police station in …

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Virus puts Mumbai’s resilience to test

Mumbai: With 15 persons in the city testing positive for coronavirus and one dead in the pandemic, Mumbai’s resilient spirit is again being tested by the viral outbreak that has killed thousands across the world. A city that never sleeps or gets bogged down by calamities, Mumbai has braved serial bomb blasts, terror attacks and torrential rains. But Mumbaikars have …

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Kashmir heading towards shutdown

Srinagar: A day after a woman tested positive for coronavirus, Kashmir valley was headed towards a virtual lock down on Thursday as restrictions were imposed on movement of people in several parts and all public transport banned in Srinagar city. The area within 300-metre radius of the house of the 67-year-old COVID-19 patient in Khanyar locality has been sealed off …

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Sunday masses suspended in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Churches in Odisha have decided to suspend Sunday mass till March 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus outbreak. The Odia Baptist Church in Cuttack, one of the largest in the state, and the Church of Christ in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday decided to put all activities on hold in view of the coronavirus outbreak. …

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India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 151

New Delhi/Leh: The Indian Army reported its first case of coronavirus after a 34-year-old soldier of Ladakh Scout regiment tested positive, prompting the force to strengthen its check and prevention mechanism and suspend war games and training activities, as the total number of cases rose to 151 in the country on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in a written reply in Lok Sabha, …

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Masks debut in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Opposition Rajya Sabha members on Wednesday demanded curtailment of the ongoing budget session, which is due to end on April 3, in view of the novel coronavirus scare, but the government seemed unwilling. In a first, the Rajya Sabha saw a few members wearing face masks as protection against the coronavirus, but the same was objected by Chairman …

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