Aman Sharma

  • Government working on urban model amid high level of cases in cities

    Government working on urban model amid high level of cases in cities

    The ‘urban model’ exercise looks to “isolate, locate and clear” hotspots of infectious cases through total sealing with home-delivery of essentials, sanitisation activities and aggressive testing backed by widespread door-to-door survey, they told ET.

    Decision on lockdown to be based on consensus

    Decision on lockdown to be based on consensus

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting to get the reports from states with their recommendations on Friday, ahead of the PM’s meeting with chief ministers on Saturday.

    Coronavirus crisis: Ministries told to prepare business continuity plans

    Coronavirus crisis: Ministries told to prepare business continuity plans

    Each ministry has to identify 10 key moves and 10 priority focus areas for action. The cabinet approved a 30% cut in pay for all members of parliament and ministers, including the PM, for a year. PM Modi has tasked depts with drawing up urgent revival strategies.

    How NIC is helping govt to connect during lockdown

    How NIC is helping govt to connect during lockdown

    The PM’s conferencing with CMs, Saarc contemporaries, sportspersons and heads of embassies and high-commissions too were done using NIC’s video-conference service. It has a permanent setup at the PM’s residence and office and over 1,800 studios across the country including state and district capitals and union territories.

    Lockdown sends annual Chardham, Amarnath Yatra into wait-and-watch mode

    Lockdown sends annual Chardham, Amarnath Yatra into wait-and-watch mode

    The ongoing lockdown has sent the annual Amarnath Yatra and the Chardham Yatra into a 'wait-and-watch mode' while several big Hindu shrines and temples such as the Vaishno Devi shrine near Jammu, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain have already urged devotees to take part online in daily 'puja'.

    Need to ease lockdown in a staggered way: PM Narendra Modi to CMs

    Need to ease lockdown in a staggered way: PM Narendra Modi to CMs

    The plan may involve opening up some areas while keeping hotspots shut and restricting the movement of senior citizens for longer as they are more vulnerable, two state government officials told ET, saying the lockdown could hence end in a gradual manner. Even after the lockdown is over, people should be asked to follow safety measures such as wearing masks, ensuring hand hygiene and social distancing.

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