"The lockdown was an attack on labourers, farmers and small shopkeepers. It was an attack on our unorganised sector. We have to understand this. We all have to stand against this attack," he said. "Whatever was done in the name of Corona was the third attack on the unorganised sector," he also said.
Their families originally hail from Pakistan but they are now settled in different Indian cities though they are yet to be granted citizenship. These 11 men are stranded in Pakistans Sindh and Balochistan provinces along with their wives after their marriage (in the neighbouring country) over six months ago.
Sharma asked the government to share the latest figures of those infected by the virus and the number of casualties. He further said the range of 1.4-2.9 million people being saved from infection due to the lockdown as well as the measures saving the lives of 38,000 to 78,000 was too high.
The WB govt has declared complete lockdown across the state on Sept 7, 11 and 12. Kolkata Police conducted naka-checking in several areas of the metropolis, while mobile units visited different localities to ensure that people remained indoors on the first day of lockdown this month.
On 3rd day of Monsoon session of Parliament, Congress MP Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha sought for “scientific data” of Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan’s claim that ‘lockdown prevented approximately 14 lakh to 29 lakh cases and 37,000 to 78,000 deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic’. In the session, Sharma said, “Yesterday, the Health Minister said that this decision (lockdown) prevented approximately 14 to 29 lakh COVID-19 cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths. The house must be informed what is the scientific basis on which we have reached this conclusion?”Anand Sharma questions Harsh Vardhan’s claims that lockdown prevented 78K deaths
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday attacked the government over the rise in the number of coronavirus cases, claiming that the only country that is not reaping the benefit of the lockdown strategy appears to be India.
The health minister elaborated on India’s response to the pandemic. He said a detailed community surveillance programme was initiated for travel-related cases and subsequently for cases being reported from community by Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).
"Data pertaining to complaints and cases registered, First Information Report (FIR) regarding harassment, injury, death of individuals in enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown across the country is not maintained centrally," Reddy said.
Streets in the city and elsewhere mostly wore a deserted look, with police personnel keeping a strict watch on all major thoroughfares, and traffic intersections.
With coronavirus cases crossing four lakh-mark in Tamil Nadu, the state government has extended lockdown till September 30 with certain relaxations, including resumption of intra-state bus and metro services. As per the latest guidelines, intra-state bus services and Chennai Metro services will resume from September 1 and 7 respectively.Tamil Nadu extends Covid-19 lockdown till September 30 with relaxations
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has observed, with regard to the lockdown measures taken by the government, that India's response to COVID-19 has been pre-emptive, pro-active and graded with high–level political commitment and a "whole government" approach to respond to the pandemic.
Under Unlock 3.0, government offices barring defence, central and police force, public utilities, disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National Informatics Centre, have been working with 50% employees, news agencies said.
Conducted by YourDost, an online mental health platform, the study found that the second worst-affected segment of people was working professionals. They were not affected at the beginning of lockdown, but were severely hit with a drastic deterioration in feelings of anxiety, anger and loneliness.
Introducing fortified staples, more ration can help kids who missed mid-day meals in lockdown: UN WFP
Introducing fortified staples in the food baskets distributed to schoolchildren, focussing on fulfilling nutritional requirements of children rather than just providing food and increasing the ration size beyond the existing one as the food given is usually distributed within the family were among a few measures suggested by Parajuli to mitigate the nutrition loss incurred by children due to the absence of mid-day meals during lockdown.
According to data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), spending under credit cards in June 2020 was Rs 42,818 crore, which was 36% lower than Rs 67,000 crore in January 2020.
According to data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), spending under credit cards in June 2020 was Rs 42,818 crore, which was 36% lower than Rs 67,000 crore in January 2020. On the other hand, debit card spends stood at Rs 47,252 crore, which was only 24% lower than Rs 62,153 pre-Covid.
Months ago, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Singh’s livelihood came crashing down. His 1-acre farm had barely produced enough cotton to cover the cost of growing it, and the lockdown even robbed him of his side job as a bus driver.
In the wake of rising Covid-19 positive cases in the state, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma along with his Cabinet colleagues convened a meeting with all the MLAs from East Khasi Hills District in Shillong on Friday, to discuss and solicit views from the public representatives towards the Government’s long term Covid management strategy.
However, in addition to the relaxations permitted outside the containment zones, operations of Metro Rail in a graded manner from September 8 would be allowed, the order said.
During Lok Sabha session, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury called Centre a ‘no data government’. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “Government told the Parliament that it didn't maintain any data on deaths of migrant workers who were trying to reach their homes after lockdown. Reports say over 1,000 died. When we ask questions on jobs, govt says it doesn't have data. This is a 'no data govt'.” He further said, “More than 2 crores salaried employees have lost their job. 14 lakh workers have no work now. How can we expect growth in such a scenario.”Centre is a ‘no data govt’: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raises questions on jobs, migrant workers
The government teachers of High school Kandajan in Yusmarg area in Budgam district have started open-air community classes to compensate the academic loss amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Yusmarg, popular as hill station is situated in the western part of Kashmir Valley and students in Kandajan village were finding it difficult to continue their online studies due to low internet connectivity issue.J-K: Open-air community classes in Yusmarg to compensate academic loss amid lockdown
“Shopping malls and shops, except those dealing with essential goods and services, shall remain closed on Monday and Tuesday in the market places of urban areas of Haryana. Accordingly, there is no bar on opening of shops and shopping malls on Saturday and Sunday in these areas,” Haryana government said in its order on Friday.
The order issued by state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha saidWe have taken this decision to partially modify the order keeping in view of the requests received and in due consideration of the public sentiment.
Poverty and its public policy implication are clear. Clarity on inequality is more difficult. For a start, inequality is relative and the word is used in multiple senses.
Till Saturday, the state reported 5,84,754 COVID-19 cases and 19,749 deaths due to the disease, as per official figures.
Bihar saw 56.6% polling in the 2015 elections, with women voter turnout being at 60.5%. The official quoted above said the focus is on ensuring 100% coverage of migrants who had returned and women voters in the voter lists. Lakhs of migrant workers returned to Bihar during the lockdown.
Re-impositions have a knock-on effect, disrupting networks nationwide, say experts.
Another lockdown in London looks "increasingly likely" amid fears that the UK is heading towards a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
A state government statement said all shops, malls, temples and clubs would function from September 1.However, theatres, schools and colleges will remain closed.
n view of rising coronavirus cases, several state governments have imposed a weekend lockdown in cities. Weekend lockdown is being observed in Assam’s Guwahati on August 23. Fancy Bazaar was deserted as all shops were shut. Lockdown is also being observed in Chennai to control the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions are in place in Lucknow. Total cases in India surpassed 30-lakh mark today. Weekend lockdown observed in many cities across India to control COVID-19 spread
The Health Ministry had on September 8 issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a partial reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 for taking guidance from their teachers on a voluntary basis. The SOP follows Unlock 4 guidelines of Home Ministry which came into effect from September 1.
The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued the Unlock 4 guidelines under which metro trains will be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner, while political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted from September 21.
Delhi's mushroom farmer, Pappan Singh Gehlot buys air tickets for labourers; worker highlights unemployment in lockdown
A mushroom farmer by profession, Pappan Singh Gehlot, who earlier sent 10 of his workers to Bihar by flight in May during the lockdown, once again brought air tickets for 27 labourers to return and join work in the field.Of the 27 workers, 20 came back and seven others will be arriving next week from Bihar. The workers will start working in the new mushroom farming season along with Singh in Delhi's Tigipur village.Naveen, who was among the first 10 workers who went to Bihar, said he could not find a job in the home state for three months. He also said that the workers tried to book railway tickets to reach Delhi, but the bookings were not available for the next one-and-a-half-month.Delhi's mushroom farmer, Pappan Singh Gehlot buys air tickets for labourers; worker highlights unemployment in lockdown
Krishna while talking to media persons said, “We have seen large number of people move out in Guwahati without mask. Our cases might be lower in comparison to other states however there has been death.”
Annual sales of about 5 million tickets usually make up roughly half the revenue of the park, located about 40 km (25 miles) from the southern city of Chennai, but it has been shut since March 16, with no prospect of reopening in sight.
In a Hindi tweet, Mayawati said, "Following the coronavirus-induced lockdown, crores of people, who are already facing unemployment and an unprecedented crisis, are now facing the challenge of depositing the school fees of their children. It has come up in the form of protests and they have to face the police cane, which is very sad."
Rahul Gandhi also congratulated the Youth Congress on the occasion of its foundation day and urged them to keep fighting for the youth of the country. Expressing solidarity with the campaign, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said "youth power" is India's strength.
India reported Monday its worst slump since quarterly numbers began publication in 1996: Gross domestic product shrank 23.9% in April to June compared with a year earlier.
Hitting out at Modi Government over the Covid-19 crisis in the country, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday put out a 4-point list of the repercussions of the pandemic, calling them the outcome of 'well-planned fight' against Covid by the Centre.Rahul Gandhi targets Government on 'well planned fight' against Covid
After 173 days, the capital’s lifeline, Delhi Metro, donned its old avatar even as it adapts to the “new normal”. The graded resumption of service entered its final stage on Saturday with train operations reverting to pre-lockdown timings of 6am to 11pm.
"The pandemic has given a lot of challenges but it has given the opportunity to jump start the economies, rebuild societies through recovery plans and focus on climate change and environment conservation," Sujit Kumar Bajpayee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment said.
West Bengal: Complete lockdown on Sept 7, 11, 12; partial lifting of ban on flights from hotspot states
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced a series of relaxations by allowing to resume flights operations from six COVID hotspot states, but extended the closure of educational institutes till September 20. "Schools, colleges and other educational institutes would remain closed in the state till September 20. The other existing restrictions would be in place. There would be complete Lockdown in the state on September 7, 11 and 12," she said.West Bengal: Complete lockdown on Sept 7, 11, 12; partial lifting of ban on flights from hotspot states
Various cities and districts recently imposed new restrictions. ET looks at data from five metros: Two cities that didn’t impose fresh hard local lockdowns after the national unlock began, and three cities that did.
The Uttar Pradesh govt has decided to impose a stricter lockdown across the state on weekends to stop the COVID spread, a senior official said.
Allahabad High Court expresses worry over Covid cases in Uttar Pradesh, suggests 'selective' lockdown
The High Court has asked the chief secretary to come up with a "roadmap" in terms of the observations made by the court in the order to contain the contagion from now onwards and file the affidavit by Friday when the next hearing has been scheduled.
"I have requested the Chief Minister during a video conference Monday to introduce the two day lockdown on Saturday and Sunday from next month so that the present spike in new cases could be controlled considerably," Rao, elected from Yanam region in Andhra Pradesh, said.
Both Nomura and S&P sounded warnings about the threat posed to the economy by rising Covid-19 infections. Meanwhile, consumer inflation dipped marginally but was still outside the upper limit of the target range.
According to NAREDCO, its member developers Panchsheel Group has offered possession of 1100 units, Migsun has offered 1225 units, Supertech 1976 housing units , Sikka 250 flats and Trident group has given possession of 350 flats after the lockdown.
Recent data shows a shift to shopping online — according to Kantar consulting group, international e-commerce grew 41 percent in only three months compared with 22 percent growth for 2020 as a whole to date, as the pandemic "transformed" retail habits.
Doodpathri, a town in Budgam district offers a novel solution to the students who struggle with the internet connectivity and the cost to attain education which is now relying on modern technology. For them, the Kashmir's town has set up open-air classrooms on the green hills with the snow-capped Himalayas in the background.
As far as growth is concerned, India's economy suffered its worst slump on record in April-June, with the gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 23.9 per cent as the coronavirus-related lockdowns weighed on the already-declining consumer demand and investment.
With a gross domestic product last year of almost $3 trillion, India is the world’s fifth-largest economy and a crucial node in global supply chains. Despite the troubled state of its own medical system, it is by far the largest producer of both vaccines and the generic drugs that healthcare systems around the world rely upon.
Govt has imposed complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts among a few others since 8 pm of July 14 till 5 am on July 22.
Tamil Nadu’s capital has been the worst affected district in the state since March with the formation of several Covid-19 clusters.
Potential employers searched from 55 towns — this was also earlier limited to larger cities. Queries came from places as diverse as Jalandhar, Jaunpur, Ajmer and Rajkot. Even factory owners signed up to search for unskilled or semi-skilled workers. While this showed that the blue-collared jobseekers in small towns were tech-savvy, the alarming trend was the widespread desperation for employment in an economy besieged by a pandemic-induced crisis.
Ishika Tolani, practising advocate at Family Court in Mumbai, said, “The number of divorce cases is going up because lots of things have come up which people don’t know how to tackle.” Tolani has filed about a dozen divorce cases since the beginning of lockdown.
“We are seeing positive sentiments ahead of the festive season, and I think, many brands will be looking at increasing their share of voice around festivals,” said Ashish Sehgal, chief growth officer , advertisement revenue at Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE).
The exam that was earlier scheduled to be held April 19 was postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Compared to previous years, the NDA 1 and NDA 2 exams will be held on the same day due to the ongoing pandemic across the country.
India's ambitious goals of becoming a superpower, military upgrade and pulling its poor population out of poverty have been set back by a sharp plunge in economic growth and soaring coronavirus infections.
Yediyurappa had, last week, had appealed to people not to leave Bengaluru as doing so would take the epidemic to the hinterlands of Karnataka.
Maharashtra: Lockdown extended till Aug 31; malls, market complexes allowed to re-open from August 5
Maharashtra Government on Wednesday extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 in view of rising coronavirus cases, which crossed the four- lakh mark in the day. As part of the Mission Begin Again initiative, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5Maharashtra: Lockdown extended till Aug 31; malls, market complexes allowed to re-open from August 5
Data from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) shows that enrollments increased by a record 2,062% between February (13,500) and end-August (over 291,000).
“Calendar of Covid-19 will vary across India and another nationwide lockdown is not needed," said K Srinath Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India. "There are several areas relatively unaffected by the virus as yet.
As part of the Mission Begin Again initiative, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pmfrom August 5, the notification said.
This comes as India has been adding nearly 20,000 Covid-19 cases a day. Yet, extensive lockdowns — even state-wide ones — may not be the best strategy. Here's why.
Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, PMGKRY is an employment-cum-rural public works campaign to provide livelihood opportunities in areas witnessing return of large numbers of migrant workers from cities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown.
Today is the second successive Sunday of implementation of 'intense lockdown without any relaxations' across the state and such curbs will be observed on two more Sundays this month.
Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that health department had sought extension of total lockdown in Guwahati by one week.
Huge traffic seen at Vikas Marg near ITO after the government lifted restrictions on inter-state and intra state movements during coronavirus lockdown, in New Delhi.
Only milk shops, pharmacies, doctor's clinics and emergency services are to be allowed. The announcement comes after a meeting chaired by Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar with senior government officials in Pune.
The quantity of smuggled gold into India has been increasing since 2013, in part due to a 10% import tax, that was later raised to 12.5% in 2019.
Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the UT, weekend lockdown has been imposed in Jammu to curb the spread of the dreadful virus. The state has reported over 290 deaths till now due to COVID-19. Over 7260 active cases have witnessed in the state till date. The state administration has imposed lockdown till July 28 across the Kashmir valley except Bandipore district to stem the spread of COVID-19.Jammu goes under complete weekend lockdown to curb COVID-19 spread
The news report claimed that the railways made a profit of Rs 428 crore by running Shramik special trains during the lockdown that transported migrants to their native places.
Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state, Uttar Pradesh has decided to observe complete lockdown during weekend to curb the spread of the dreadful virus. Less traffic was witnessed during the weekend lockdown. Uttar Pradesh has recorded over 21,000 active cases and over 1,200 deaths due to COVID-19 till now.Coronavirus outbreak: Roads wear deserted look during weekend lockdown in UP
Besides, the government also decided to increase vigil in border districts, claiming the spike in coronavirus cases has been caused due to entry of people from adjoining states. Mostly border districts are affected (now )as we have successfully controlled the COVID-19 spread in cities like Indore and Ujjain.
Covid-19 cases rising due to aggressive testing and casual attitude of people: Health minister Harsh Vardhan
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has attributed the record daily spike in new Covid-19 cases in India to “aggressive testing” and “casual attitude” of the people.
"The BJP government has been attacking the informal sector over the past 6 years. I am giving you three massive examples right now- Demonetisation, wrong GST and Lockdown," he said in a new video series on the economy.
The West Bengal government has decided to expand the areas under lockdown and impose tougher restrictions from July 9 to stem the relentless spike in COVID-19 cases. The containment zones and buffer zones around them will be clubbed together and constitute a "broad-based" containment zone where total lockdown will be imposed from 5 pm on Thursday.
They attributed the downturn in spending on celebs to the lockdown, backlash against Chinese brands and their endorsements by extension and the controversy that’s erupted over the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
After the Centre's Unlock 4 guidelines, the Haryana government on Sunday withdrew its order to keep markets in urban areas closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Migrant labourers of Bihar returning to other states like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra have now become a poll issue for the state's opposition parties.
‘While the pandemic is still there, we have seen a huge re-bounce.’
The lockdown in both Bengaluru urban and rural, which was put in place following a sharp rise in Covid cases, was in effect since 8 pm on July 14. The govt had announced yesterday that it would not be extended. The announcement came after chief BS Yediyurappa held extensive meetings with Covid task force members and a number of ministers.
Even as the nationwide ‘Lockdown 4’ was partially relaxed to become ‘Unlock 1’, the steeply rising number of Covid-19-positive cases in several parts of the country has led to localised reimposition of curfew, with state authorities restricting or banning inter-region or inter-city travel.
Addressing shareholders during the company’s 109th annual general meeting held virtually, Mr Puri said other than the hotel business, other businesses were recovering but were again impacted by the localized lockdowns.
Karnataka went into a lockdown again on Sunday to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has been surging over a month across the state since unlock 1.0 began on June 1.
Manufacturers are implementing measures such as temperature checks, mandatory wearing of masks, smaller shift groups and social distancing, industrial associations said.
Covid cases have surged in Bengaluru in the past 10 days and the health infrastructure has come under strain. As of July 4, the city has 7,250 patients under treatment.
The notification lifting the shutdown in seven cities was issued after Chief Secretary A K Tripathy on Friday announced that the state government will provide free transport and accommodation to students appearing in the JEE (Mains) and NEET.
Bengaluru, July 21 (ANI): While addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on July 21, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa announced that lockdown will not be extended in the state “as economy is also important”. He said, “There will be no lockdown from tomorrow, people need to get back to work, economy is also very important. We have to fight COVID-19 while maintaining stable economy.” “Lockdown is not the solution, now restrictions will be placed only in containment zones,” Karnataka CM added. “People who came from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu added to the COVID-19 cases in Karnataka. Experts have suggested a 5T strategy - Trace, Track, Test, Treat and Technology,” BS Yediyurappa further stated. There are over 42222 active cases in Karnataka. ‘No lockdown in Karnataka from July 22’: CM Yediyurappa
The chief minister has asked citizens to resume their activities from Wednesday, but with adequate precautions such as wearing masks and keeping a social distance. Those not wearing masks in public places will pay a fine, the chief minister warned. He, however, said the government will strictly enforce lockdown in containment zones.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa held a round of meeting with task force members and zonal ministers on Monday to discuss on Covid-19 containment measures to be taken in Bengaluru.
While the economy grapples with the fallout of Covid-19 and the harshest lockdown in the world, the Ambani raised more than $20 billion of investment for Jio Platforms — signing deals with blockbuster investors, including Facebook, Google, private equity firms like Silver Lake, and Abu Dhabi’s two largest sovereign investment arms, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Mubadala.
With no reduction in the COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation has been shut down till midnight of July 28. The capital region has recorded a height in corona positive cases, thus implemented a strict lockdown decision to avoid further consequences. Kerala has reported 12,480 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which 7067 are active. Bulk of the cases has come from capital Thiruvananthapuram. Covid-19 in Kerala: Thiruvanathapuram under strict lockdown till July 28
Government offices, shops, commercial establishments, institutions, markets and factories will remain closed except where a specific exemption is granted, the notification said. It also said that all activities, congregations, movement of people and goods, passenger vehicles will remain prohibited or restricted except for exemptions granted by authorities.
Sales through the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) fell about 50% in the four months from April due to localised lockdowns and restrictions on the operations of the retail platform for defence personnel.
When the nationwide lockdown was enforced in India, people across the country lost access to their usual supplies of provisions and vegetables, leading to many people finding creative solutions. In pic - Theyiesinuo Keditsu, 39, harvests local chives that were already growing before she moved into the house where her parents lived, in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. A novice gardener, Keditsu says she wishes she knew more about indigenous Naga plants. 'What I've realized is, most of our indigenous plants are quite hardy. I haven't had to put in quite an effort and they've just grown,' she said.
An e-pass is supposed to be issued by the district police department. However, the system has caused huge problems for citizens as they have to wait for several days and even for weeks. This has resulted in the emergence of touts in several districts, who sell e-passes for anywhere from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.
At the review meet, the chief minister also directed officials of the health department to make sure that private hospitals do not deny admission to COVID-19 patients.
The unlock 4 guideline MHA which is applicable from Tuesday, says “State/UT governments shall not impose any local lockdown, outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the central government”.