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25.03.2020

THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with people of Varanasi through video conference this evening on COVID-19.

  • Government issues advisory to transfer funds in the accounts of construction workers through DBT mode . 

  • Centre directs all states to ensure unhindered movement of essential goods and services in states and union territories including inter-state movement.

  • Air India evacuates  277 more Indians from Iran; All evacuees reach Jodhpur.

  • Low key celebrations to mark the beginning of Lunar New Year held across the country; Festival of Navratri also begins.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the people of his constituency Varanasi this evening through video conference on the novel Corona virus-COVID-19 . The Prime Minister has been interacting with various stakeholders on ways to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. He has been pitching for social distancing, urging citizens to stay indoors whenever possible. Citizens will be able to join the interaction directly through the Narendra Modi Mobile App.


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The Government has announced a complete lockdown of the entire country for 21 days to fight COVID-19. All road, rail and air services  will remain suspended during the lockdown, which came into force midnight last night. However, freight movement will continue to carry essential commodities across the country. Essential services like Medical shops, Petrol pumps, grocery stores,  milk booths, and online shopping have been exempted from the lockdown.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a Central allocation of 15,000 crore rupees to strengthen the health infrastructure to tackle the disease. In his second address to the nation in less than a week, the Prime Minister said there will be a complete ban on people from stepping outside their houses to save India and to save every Indian. He showed a poster saying corona means 'Koi Road Par Na Nikle' (No one should come out on the roads). The Prime Minister said, lockdown is being imposed on every state, union territory, district, village, mohalla and street.


The Prime Minister said, the lockdown will be like ‘curfew' and more stringent than the 'janta curfew'. Mr Modi said it is applicable to everyone from the Prime Minister to a citizen in a village.


"कुछ लोग इस गलतफहमी में है कि सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग केवल मरीज के लिए बीमार लोगों के लिए आवश्यक है। ये सोचना सही नहीं, सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग हर नागरिक के लिए, हर परिवार के लिए, परिवार के हर सदस् के लिए है, प्रधानमंत्री के लिए भी है। कुछ लोगों की लापरवाही, कुछ लोगों की गलत सोच आपको, आपके बच्चों को, आपके माता-पिता को, आपके परिवार को, आपके दोस्तों को और आगे चलकर पूरे देश को बहुत बड़ी मुश्किल में झोंक देगी।"


The Prime Minister said, if we don't handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years. He asserted that the tough measure is necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus outbreak.


Acknowledging that the decision will have an economic cost, the Prime Minister said saving people's lives is of paramount interest to his government. He also made a vigorous push for enforcing social distancing as the only way to tackle the coronavirus. He  said, experts and the experience of countries fighting the deadly virus make it clear that social distancing is the only way to combat the disease.


"कोरोना वायरस इतनी तेजी से फैल रहा है कि तमाम तैयारियों और प्रयासों के बावजूद, इन देशों में ये चुनौती बढ़ती जा रही है। इन सभी देशों के दो महीनों के अध्ययन से जो निष्कर्ष निकल रहा है, और एक्सपर्ट्स भी यही कह रहे हैं कि कोरोना से प्रभावी मुकाबले के लिए एकमात्र विकल्प है- Social Distancing. यानि एक दूसरे से दूर रहना, अपने घरों में ही बंद रहना। कोरोना से बचने का इसके अलावा कोई तरीका नहीं है, कोई रास्ता नहीं है। कोरोना को फैलने से रोकना है, तो इसके संक्रमण की सायकिल को तोड़ना ही होगा। कुछ लोग इस गलतफहमी में हैं कि social distancing केवल बीमार लोगों के लिए आवश्यक है।ये सोचना सही नहीं। social distancing हर नागरिक के लिए है, हर परिवार के लिए है, परिवार के हर सदस्य के लिए है। कुछ लोगों की लापरवाही, कुछ लोगों की गलत सोचआपको, आपके बच्चों को, आपके माता पिता को, आपके परिवार को, आपके दोस्तों को, पूरे देश को बहुत बड़ी मुश्किल में झोंक देगी। अगर ऐसी लापरवाही जारी रही तो भारत को इसकी कितनी बड़ी कीमत चुकानी पड़ सकती है, इसका अंदाजा लगाना भी मुश्किल है।"


The Prime Minister also urged people not to indulge in panic buying, saying that by converging around shops, they are risking the spread of COVID-19.  The Prime Minister also cautioned people against rumours.


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Health and Family Welfare Ministry has confirmed 562 cases of Covid-19 including 519 indians and 43 foreign nationals. It has also been confirmed by the Ministry that 41 patients have been cured and discharged and nine deaths have been reported across the country. Yesterday, the Ministry had confirmed the 10th death however, it was later clarified that 2nd death reported in Delhi was found Covid-19 negative.


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Five more patients in Sangli District of Maharashtra have been tested positive. With this the number of Covid-19 positive patients in Sangli District has  surged to nine, and they are all from the same family. They have been admitted in the Civil Hospital at Miraj. Earlier four members of the family were found positive. The five new patients include two men, two women and a girl.


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In Maharashtra, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Mr.Tukaram Mundhe yesterday issued a clarification on an audio clip claiming over 50 positive patient for coronavirus in Nagpur. In the clarification the commissioner has stated that audio clip went viral on social media is baseless and fake. He also warned that anyone who post such fake posts will be punishable under the law.


He also appealed people to trust information given on the verified social media verticals of Nagpur Municipal Corporation.  In Nagpur only 4 patients tested positive for Covid-19 are being treated in Government Hospital and the patient  count is unchanged.


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Centre has directed all States to ensure unhindered movement of essential goods and services in states and union territories including inter-state movement. This is being done to ensure continuity of supply chains during COVID-19 lockdown. In a letter to chief secretaries of all States and union territories, the Home Ministry said that it is necessary to ensure the unhindered operation of manufacturing, processing, transportation, distribution, storage and logistics related to all services, and commodities required for the delivery of essential services which have been exempted. the Centre said it is necessary for each State and union territory to set up a 24/7 control room with helplines at state and district levels to address any grievance or problems faced  by the providers of goods and services. This is necessary to ensure continuity of supply chain for essential commodities which include perishable items.


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Centre is monitoring the availability of essential commodities in market in the wake of situation arising out of COVID-19 outbreak. In a tweet, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the Central government is in touch with states to ensure that there is no shortage of such items. He also appealed to traders and manufacturers to avoid profiteering.


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The Government has written to Chief Secretaries of all States and UTs to not obstruct or call for closure of food processing Units and to maintain uninterrupted supply for citizens during COVID-19 lock-down. Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra in the letter has asked all states to ensure that food processing companies, retailers and chemists as well as workers and transporters engaged by these entities do not face any hardships in ensuring uninterrupted supply to consumers.


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Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued an advisory to States and Union Territories and advised to transfer funds in the accounts of construction workers through DBT mode from cess fund.  The fund is collected by Labour Welfare Boards under Building and Other Construction Workers' Cess Act.


Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar has written letters to Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors in this regard.  About 52 thousand crore rupees is available as cess fund and about 3.5 crore construction workers are registered with the construction welfare board.


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277 evacuees from Iran arrived at the Jodhpur Airport this morning, where they have been shifted to the army wellness Facility established in Jodhpur Military station. Most of these are pilgrims.


Defence Spokesperson Col. Sombit Ghosh told that a preliminary screening was conducted at the airport upon arrival. The Army in coordination with the Rajasthan State Medical authorities and Civil Administration, Jodhpur has made adequate medical and administrative arrangements to cater for a comfortable stay and provide  medical support. The facility has a dedicated  team of Army doctors, who will be constantly monitoring the health parameters of the evacuees for the duration of their stay.


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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said e-passes will be issued to those associated with essential services, such as vegetable-vendors, grocers and milk-sellers, to ensure smooth supply of items of daily use in the national capital during the 21 days national lockdown.


In a joint press conference with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today, Mr Kejriwal said a helpline number would be issued for the e-passes. He appealed to people to avoid panic-buying, assuring that the government would ensure that shops of daily use items like milk, vegetables, groceries and medicines remained open. The Chief Minister said the Delhi Police commissioner's office could be contacted on helpline number 23469536 repeat 23469536 in case of any problems.


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As the nation gets into lockdown, a series of measures have already been taken by the Government to reduce inconvenience to the citizens.


Foodgrains are available and citizens need not worry and need not resort to panic buying. Foodgrains for three months can be lifted by States/ UTs on credit from Food Corporation of India. This will ensure adequate supply of foodgrains to the public and financially assist the States.


Beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System have been allowed to buy six months of their quota of subsidized grains.


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President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted people on new year Vikram Samvat 2077, Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba.


President Ram Nath Kovind hoped that the auspicious occasions will bring good health, happiness and prosperity to everyone’s life. He urged everyone to follow guidelines to fight COVID19 with full determination.  


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged people to give unconditional support to Government and healthcare professionals in the war against COVID19.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the new year will bring prosperity and good health to all. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister hoped that these auspicious occasions bring good health, happiness and prosperity in people's lives. He said these celebrations will not be like they are held usually but will strengthen the resolve to overcome these circumstances. He hoped that people will keep working to fight COVID-19 together. 


Wishing people on nine-day long festival Navratri, the Prime Minister said  over the years, he has been worshipping the Mother Goddess and this time he prays for the health, safety and success of all the nurses, doctors, medical staff, policemen and media personnel who are engaged in the fight against coronavirus.


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Telugu speaking people across the world are celebrating their Telugu New Year day, Ugaadi today. Though the nation-wide lockdown due to coronavirus has dampen the traditional fervour and gaiety, people are observing the customary festivities. The festival is being celebrated across the two Telugu states, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to mark the beginning of the Hindu Lunar calendar.


"People across Telangana, both in rural and urban areas are celebrating the Sri Sarvari Nama Ugadi of the Telugu Calendar amidst unprecedented nationwide lockdown. People are asked to remain indoors due to lockdown. They have been asked not to venture out for offering prayers at Temples and Panchanga Shravanam, an ancient practice of listening to the New Year forecast.  People savour special Ugadi chutney today comprising Neem flower, jaggery, salt, sugar cane, tamarind and mango to indicate six basic tastes. M S Lakshmi/ SUPERNA BHATIA/ AIR NEWS/Hyderabad"


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India has strongly condemned the heinous terror attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan today killing 11.


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