The health of Ganga River has seen significant improvement since enforcement of the nationwide lockdown that has led to reduction in dumping of industrial waste into it, experts have said.
The five-member team, which is chalking out a plan to enable the government to lift the lockdown gradually, may also recommend mandating IT companies and MNCs to continue with the practice of employees working from home.
A final decision hinges on the data by ICMR and National Disaster Management Authority.
No decision on extending lockdown as yet, please don't speculate anything: Union Health Ministry briefs media on the spread of COVID-19. No decision on extending lockdown as yet, please don't speculate: Govt
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.
"I am for the lockdown of the country furthermore after April 15. Because, we can recover from the economic problem. But, we cannot recover lives. We cannot recover the lives of the people," Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said.
According to the System of Air Quality and and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), New Delhi experienced its best air quality over the weekend, recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 45 on Saturday and 47 on Sunday. Both of these are categorised as "good air" days, a first for 2020.
Some migrant workers from Assam are stuck in Kerala and New Delhi. However, a large section of migrants working in different Indian cities of South India, New Delhi and Mumbai have retuned.
New Delhi, Mar 29 (ANI): As lockdown has brought daily life to standstill, proletariat is facing the most hardship. Domestic helpers are struggling to meet ends as they can no longer work due to lockdown. “We can no longer work due to COVID-19 outbreak, we are now also facing shortage of money due to this,” said a domestic worker. “I have four kids, how will I pay rent, electricity bill, we are somehow surviving,” said another domestic helper. They also said that their employers are not paying them salary, adding to their woes. Domestic helpers distressed due to lockdown
Mumbai, Apr 05 (ANI): In an incident captured on CCTV on April 2, three robbers managed to slide in wine shop amid lockdown. Robbers cleverly broke the shutter door of the outlet and attempted to steal liquor. However, they managed to flee after they were spotted. Several liquor robbery cases have been reported in past few days amid lockdown. Robbers attempt to steal liquor in Mumbai amid lockdown
If social distancing remains protracted, large parts of the economy would shut down. There would be a huge cost. To avoid this cost, should India as a nation try another strategy? Take the risk of allowing the epidemic to spread and treating those who fall ill? After all, only about a fifth of those who fall ill require hospitalisation.
There are also bottles of sanitisers placed at different counters, and everyone has been given a mask and gloves. There is even a yellow line indicating how far the workers can go while trucks are being loaded. To ensure social distancing, a 50-seater minibus only carries 15-20 labourers. Shete has even temporarily relocated some of them to rooms within the factory complex so that they can avoid commuting.
Here's a lowdown of what all happened during week 02 of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown. Watch now.India lockdown week 2 wrap: All the headlines
Health Minister Rajesh Tope urged people to observe strict discipline so that the number of cases goes down, which will then pave the way for lifting of the lockdown. He, however, said that the lockdown will be lifted in phases whenever it is done, so that "not all the people can be allowed to come on to the streets at one go".
In a drive against those who violate the nationwide lockdown in the district, UP police will register cases against them and deliver copies of the FIRs at their homes, a senior official said on Saturday.
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the party had used its cadre from the booth committee level up to propagate its views on issues such as abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Ram temple at Ayodhya and the amendment to the Citizenship Act.
While the government must do everything within its power to assist the poor, especially those at risk of losing their livelihood and shelter, citizens also need to understand that the government lacks the magic wand that can make all hardship go away.
Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba wrote to chief secretaries of 19 states to ensure that lockdown is followed in letter and spirit and quoted the Sections 188, 270 and 271, while home secretary Ajay Bhalla had a review with directors-general of police of states, when he expressed concerns over the violations by residents despite a lockdown.
Gujarat DG of Police Shivanand Jha told the media late on Monday night that the lockdown of the state will come into force from Monday 12.00 midnight and wil be applicable through out the state. It may be mentioned here that earlier the municipal areas of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Kutch district was put under lockdown.
Several earthen lamps were being sold in the national capital in the view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to light ‘diyas’ and candles amid coronavirus outbreak. People bought ‘diyas’ from market which they will light at 09:00 pm on April 05. The motive of PM Modi behind this initiative is to unite citizens in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. On the other side people in Bihar’s Patna and Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad were also seen buying ‘diyas’ in the market areas as a gesture to win over darkness in this time of despair due to coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi gave video message to the nation on April 03 at 09:00 am, urged people to turn off their lights for nine minutes at 09:00 pm on April 5 and light a candle or a ‘diya’ or even use the flashlight to mark the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.Coronavirus lockdown: People buy earthen lamps across India after PM Modi’s call to light ‘diyas’
According to ministry, 92 new cases and 4 deaths have been reported in last 24 hours.
Traders said labour scarcity will continue to dog operations as many workers have gone home before the government took steps to allow them to work. Many traders are also avoiding the mandis as social distancing, necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19, is impossible in the wholesale markets.
Two days after the Janata Curfew on March 22, as police tightened their grip on people’s movements, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa gave a one-time relaxation for people to leave Bengaluru for their native places.
India on Sunday entered day-5 of its nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in order to combat the deadly coronavirus, which has infected more than 1000 people across the nationIndia enters the day-5 of national lockdown
While groceries were among the list of essential goods we scrambled to get in the run-up to the portentous Sunday curfew, I forgot, like the government, to add Whisper to that.
India will partially lift the ban on exports of hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug US President Donald Trump touted as a "game-changer" in the fight against coronavirus. Meanwhile, markets posted their best day since 2009 on signs that the pandemic could be waning in intensity. All this and more in Tuesday's wrap. Watch now. (Text: ET Online)India lockdown day 14 wrap: All you should know
Refusal to comply by directions given by the Centre or the respective state can invite punishment which includes jail term of up to 1 year or a fine or both. If non-compliance leads to loss of life or danger shall invite punishment of jail term of 2 years.
"We need to see for another few days before taking final call," Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K, who is in-charge of all matters related to COVID-19 said when asked if the State is in favour of the rollback after the 21- day period ends on April 14.
Over 8,300 complaints were received on the platform ever since an empowered group of officers was set up under HRD Secretary Amit Khare to focus on the issue.
He also directed to take pro-active measures to enforce the lockdown. The AAP-led Delhi government has set up 111 shelter homes specifically for migrant workers rendered homeless due to the nationwide lockdown. "Till Sunday, 4,788 migrants have been housed in these shelter homes. The relief camps have the capacity to accommodate 40,000 persons," the statement said.
Know what all happened over the weekend and on day 13 of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown. Watch now.India lockdown day 13 wrap: Roundup of all the top developments
Rajesh Tope said the Health department will discuss the situation with the chief minister and later with the Union ministry before taking any decision regarding relaxing the lockdown.
Meanwhile, on lifting the lockdown, ICMR said that it would depend on the doubling rate of infections this week and also identification of new hotspots. India is not yet in the community transmission stage, it said, even as 693 new cases were reported on Sunday alone.
The President of the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) said the common populace cannot be blamed for being ill-prepared for a crisis of this magnitude but that the Prime Minister could and would be blamed for this as the 'strict and immediate' lockdown was 'almost demonitisation style.'
The graduate in fresh water biology from Sindh University found the price unaffordable as the prices have started sky rocketing in view of the lockdown. But Arjun is one of the luckier one to have some supplies left.
It seems like the lockdown in the wake of pandemic coronavirus is healing the ecosystem. After Ganga River, the water quality of Yamuna River has also improved. The stoppage of industrial pollutants and industrial waste has had a positive effect on water quality in Yamuna River.Coronavirus outbreak: Yamuna River water quality improves after India lockdown
India's society needs to be highly disciplined and follow guidelines strictly when the lock-down imposed to halt the spread of Coronavirus is lifted, NITI Aayog member and former DRDO chief V K Saraswat said here on Sunday.
"We (Congress-ruled states) have given high priority to testing.Until the testing is carried out on a massive scale, I don't think we can tackle this issue," he told in an interview.
On balance, and despite many local cockups, India has responded spectacularly to an endeavour that has involved both personal sacrifice and inconvenience. Western media will, predictably, focus on what Gandhiji once called the "sanitary inspector’s report", but to most Indians, what went wrong is easily overshadowed by what the country did right.
The state health minister Jai Pratap Singh told ET that people from UP who had been working in Maharashtra and other parts of the country were still trickling in and that it was important to ensure everybody who was on the way back to UP had come and was inside their houses or otherwise they would be stranded with nowhere to go.
The bureaucracy is shortening the circuitous route of files and crafting innovative methods to approve and disseminate decisions while also keeping an eye on possible loose ends to avoid uncomfortable questions from auditory and probing agency at a later date. The solutions include fast-tracking decisions through video conferences and sending files via WhatsApp for quick action.
So far 107 people have tested positive for the deadly pathogen in the state, which has witnessed a steady rise in the number of cases with each passing day. The labourers, especially the daily wagers, seems to have gotten the raw end of the deal. The COVID-19 curfew has robbed the daily wage earners of their incomes.
In spite of all the bad news around, there still seems to be hope, economist Arvind Panagariya believes that India could turn its economy around in the second half of 2021.
India's most populated state Uttar Pradesh became one of the last few states to announce a complete lockdown, on Tuesday. UP CM Yogi Adityanath said the lockdown will remain till March 27.
Despite a lockdown in place, a large number of people gathered at the wholesale market in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. The district is placed under lockdown due to rising cases of Coronavirus in the country. The UP lockdown is in force in the areas of Lucknow, Agra, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Aligarh, Moradabad, Lakhimpur Kheri, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Saharanpur, Pilibhit and Jaunpur. (Text: PTI)People flock Moradabad wholesale market despite lockdown
Addressing the nation for the second time in less than a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 21 day nationwide lockdown starting midnight to contain the novel coronavirus . Allaying apprehensions he also said that “all steps have been taken by central and state government to ensure supply of essential items.'' WatchNarendra Modi on India Lockdown: Taking steps to ensure essential supplies
The states which have imposed lockdown in all districts include Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa and Nagaland.
Even if the lockdown is not extended, the situation may warrant localised lockdowns in hotspots. There is a high probability of continued social distancing, either voluntary or government-supported. The crux of the problem is how to pause social and parts of business life without grinding the entire economy, including essential supplies.
As decided earlier Ministry/North Eastern Council (NEC) has already sanctioned Rs.25 crores to North Eastern States for gap funding to fight the COVID-19 outbreak effectively. This fund would be in the nature of untied fund, which can be utilized on any activity relating to COVID-19 Pandemic, and not covered under existing central packages.
It was day 10 of the 21-day India-wide lockdown and here's your news wrap, comprising latest developments in the realm of personal finance, economy and government policy, reported COVID-19 cases as of now in India and the world. Watch now.India lockdown day 10 wrap: Everything you should know
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed people to take lockdown measures seriously.Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, Modi said that people should save themselves and their family, and follow lockdown instructions seriously.Modi also requested state governments to ensure that rules and laws are followed.PM's tweet which was in Hindi roughly translates to: "Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family.People not taking coronavirus lockdown seriously: PM Modi
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Friday warned of taking "very strict" action if police and health personnel are attacked during the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
Defying the ongoing lockdown, people gathered in strength before Ram temples to offer prayers on Ram Navami while congestion in several large daily markets in the city threw social distancing norms out of the window on Thursday.Despite Lockdown, crowd gathers at temples in Bengal for Ram Navami
The Union Home Ministry on Sunday allowed the transportation of all essential and non-essential goods in the country and the use of premises of the state disaster response force (SDRF) to shelter migrant workers and the homeless stranded due to the lockdown imposed to combat COVID-19. The home secretary also made it clear that the newspaper delivery supply chain is allowed under exemptions given for print media.Newspaper delivery, transportation of essential goods allowed during lockdown: MHA
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'.
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.
More than 1,300 Tablighi workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are put under quarantine and are likely to face action for visa violations. Officials said they could be deported after the quarantine period is over by chartering special flights. Otherwise, they could be sent back after resumption of international flight operations.
A meeting of the GoM chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and participated by Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman concluded that religious centres, shopping malls and educational institutions must not be allowed to resume normal functioning at least for four weeks from April 14 when the current lockdown ends.
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan hinted extension of the lockdown in the state. “Lives of people are more important, economy can be built again but if people die, how will we bring them back? That is why, if the need arises we will extend the lockdown, a decision will be taken based on the situation,” said CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. However the 21-day nationwide lockdown will end on April 14. Nine people lost their live due the pandemic in the state. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh has been reported total number of 165 positive cases of coronavirus so far. MP CM Shivraj Singh hints at extending lockdown, says lives of people more important
It was day 09 of the 21-day India-wide lockdown and here's your news wrap, comprising latest developments in the realm of personal finance, economy and government policy, reported COVID-19 cases as of now in India and the world. Watch now.India lockdown day 09 wrap: Here's all you should know
In order to contain the spread of coronavirus, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced closure of all shops-malls except those selling essential items in Gandhinagar as well after ordering this in four metros of Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Rajkot till March 25, said a release.
“Reverse migration, possibly carrying the virus, can have devastating impact on indigenous communities,” it said adding that it can wipe out endangered indigenous peoples of India and further, permanently damage the survival of many communities.
"Punjab government will enforce lockdown in the entire state till March 31,” a senior official told PTI here. Eleven more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Punjab on Saturday, taking the total number of confirmed cases of the infection to 14 in the state.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 6 | The Kerala unit of the Indian Medical Association on Monday pitched for the present lockdown to be extended by another three weeks, to save the gains of the present three weeks.Kerala's IMA unit appeals to PM Modi to extend lockdown by another three weeks
Union minister for animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, Giriraj Singh along with ministers of state, Sanjeev Balyan and Pratap Sarangi, have been taking stock of the situation on a regular basis. Ever since the lockdown, both the items have witnessed a decline in consumption largely due to supply and demand issues.
Blood banks across the country have reported a sharp fall in voluntary and replacement donations after the 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced last month to counter the spread of coronavirus. The curbs have also stopped voluntary bodies from organising blood donation camps.
Barring shops dealing in medicines, vegetable, grocery and other essentials all shops and malls shall remain shut across Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat till March 25 while the government offices, boards, corporations and local bodies shall work on fifty percent strength on rotational basis till March 29.
As the 21-day nationwide lockdown entered the eighth day, experts and executives at various companies warned that the worst is yet to be seen for corporates and the job market as there is expected to be a prolonged impact on the overall economy of the country.
It's not just day 08 of the 21-day India lockdown but also the beginning of a new financial year, and with this few changes have taken place in the realm of personal finance today. All this and more in Wednesday's wrap. Watch now.India lockdown day 08 wrap: What you must know
It seems like people are not taking coronavirus pandemic seriously. Despite the nationwide lockdown in the wake of pandemic, huge traffic jam was observed on Padi flyover in Chennai. However, for now Tamil Nadu police has punished people casually for breaking the law. Coronavirus: Huge traffic jam at Chennai flyover despite India lockdown
For now, the economy will have to be put in a deep freeze. The fight will have to be led by GoI.
The SG blamed the exodus on fake news which had triggered the panic seeking court intervention to deal with the menace. He said that the migrants on the roads were only a fraction of the huge population that migrates to cities in search of work.
We have successfully put up with a week of lockdown and ET Online hopes these daily wraps have helped you at least a little in keeping up with the coronavirus-related updates in India and the world. Here are the developments and highlights from day 07 of the 21-day India lockdown. Watch now.India lockdown day 07 wrap: What all happened
Dairy farmers under duress.Thousands of litres of milk wasted in Belagavi as it could not be distributed. Times Now's Imran with details.Karnataka: Thousands of litres of milk wasted in Belagavi due to lockdown
It is now clear that the state’s lack of administrative capacity is complemented by its lack of imaginative ability. The lockdown was bound to have many downstream effects, such as disrupting all supply chains and leaving migrants stranded. The administration did not see it coming — and even if it had, there is little it could have done.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa on Monday urged citizens to respect the ongoing curfew and respond positively to the government's efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
Assam cabinet which held its meeting on Monday announced a COVID-19 package which decided to allow agriculture and farming activity with necessary protection from April 1 onwards.
ET Online brings you a lowdown on what all happened on day 06 of the 21-day India-wide lockdown - including developments in financial markets, government policy, reported COVID-19 cases as of now in India and the world. Watch now.India lockdown day 06 wrap: Everything you should know
PM Narendra Modi shares his fitness routine during lockdown which includes various 'yoga asanas.' Watch videosWatch: PM Modi shares his fitness routine during lockdown
Once the situation of pandemic is brought under control which could take a quarter or two, there can be expectations on flow of capital and on divestment plans. More sectors may be relaxed from the point of view FDIs.
I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown," Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba said on reports that the lockdown could be extended.
Trading was put off in the two bustling fruit and vegetable markets of Bengaluru — Yeshwanthpur APMC and KR Market — after the police allegedly caned farmers, merchants and buyers to disperse them in the morning. Several sellers looked crestfallen as they ended up with huge piles of stock, while buyers vanished.
Indian diplomatic missions across continents are reaching out to various influential Indians to support those stranded in respective countries, ET has learnt. It is no secret that the Indian community has emerged as influential in several parts of the globe.
The ministry said that in the wake of the orders issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (for lockdown), there were possibilities of rumour-mongering, including those about shortage of food and other essential services and commodities.
22,000 non-local workers are stuck in the newly formed Union Territory of J&K due to the lockdown announced by the government in wake of the coronavirus outbreak Many Kashmiri workers are approaching government over phone to manage their return to their families as they are facing starvation
A long queue of buses was witnessed near ‘Vaishali Mor’ at the Delhi-UP border. Several vehicles of the Transport Enforcement of Government of NCT, Delhi, were also present near the same place.
Thousands of migrant workers thronging the streets amid the nationwide lockdown has put stains on the nascent political ceasefire at the time of the Covid-19 emergency.
With thousands of migrants left stranded in cities across the country in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown to stop spread of novel coronavirus, the Railways on Sunday said it served lunch to over 11,000 people across India. Indian Railways tweeted a video with caption, "Hygienic meals were cooked in base kitchen of IRCTC and distributed to needy persons at Howrah station of Eastern Railway."India lockdown: Cooked food served to needy at Howrah station by railway officials
"We are under a lockdown and behavioural issues are very important under such situations. It is a new process. If there are any behavioural issues, lack of understanding for that we at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bangalore in collaboration with all other institutes has been trying to provide guidance.
It seems like humanity is recounting itself amid this pandemic, as people stepping out to help each other in every possible manner. A young farmer from Maharashtra’s Nasik decided to distribute wheat grain to needy villagers. However, the decision was not easy as Ramrao Patil himself is an average earning farmer. Meanwhile, the numbers of coronavirus cases is rising continuously. According to Union Health Ministry, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country raised to 979 (including 86 cured/discharged and 25 deaths).Coronavirus lockdown: Maharashtra farmer distributes wheat grain to needy villagers
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