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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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Shivraj Singh Chouhan returns as MP CM

PTI Bhopal Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday returned as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for the fourth time, over 15 months after his government was voted out of power. The 61-year-old BJP leader was sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhawan here at 9 pm. Chouhan was earlier in the day elected leader of the state BJP legislature …

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Domestic commercial air ops to cease from midnight

IANS New Delhi The operations of domestic scheduled commercial airlines will cease with effect from the midnight of Tuesday in view of the coronavirus scare, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. However, there was no mention of the date of resumptions of these   operations. Further details are awaited. “Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their …

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India prepares for total lockdown

Coronavirus death toll rises to seven;80 districts to be under complete shutdown New Delhi: India reported three more coronavirus deaths on Sunday, including the first casualties from Bihar and Gujarat, taking the toll to seven and the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 360, as authorities suspended all passenger train and inter-state bus services till March 31 and more states …

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Nation observes ‘janata curfew’

New Delhi/Mumbai: Millions of people across the country stayed indoors on Sunday in an unprecedented and overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a ‘janata curfew’ to help check the spread of coronavirus, coming out briefly at 5 pm to show gratitude to health and other essential service providers with sounds of bells, conches and claps. The Prime …

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Railways cancels all passenger trains until March 31

New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Railways on Sunday announced suspension of all its passenger services from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight and said only goods trains will run during the said period amid concerns that coronavirus-infected passengers were spreading the virus. The Railways reported three such incidents on Saturday, where people asked to remain in quarantine …

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NPR, Census may be deferred

New Delhi: The exercise to update the National Population Register  and the first phase of the Census 2021, scheduled to begin from April 1, are likely to be deferred for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. A formal order on this effect is expected within a day or two. Discussions are going on at the highest …

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AI says neighbours ostracising, calling police on crew who went abroad

New Delhi: Air India (AI) stated on Sunday that vigilante resident welfare associations (RWAs) and neighbours were ostracising and calling police on its crew members, who went abroad as a part of their duty. “It is alarming to note that in many localities, vigilante Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and neighbours have started ostracising the crew, obstructing them from performing their …

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Assam police ask people to stay indoors till 8 am

Guwahati: The Assam Police thanked people for making the ‘Janata Curfew’ a “huge success”, and urged them to remain indoors for a few hours more – till 8 am on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to remain indoors during the ‘Janata Curfew’ between 7 am and 9 pm on Sunday to check the spread of novel coronavirus. …

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