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Need to tackle spread of pessimism, negativity, PM tells journalists

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it is imperative to keep the fighting spirit of the people up as the country tackles the spread of coronavirus, and emphasised the need to tackle the spread of pessimism, negativity and rumour-mongering. Interacting with senior journalists from the print media via video links, he also said the citizens need to …

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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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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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