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'Janta Curfew' beginning of long battle: PM Narendra Modi

"Janta Curfew is beginning of a long battle. Today countrymen have told that we are capable, and once we decide we can take on any challenge together," he said.

Janta curfew: Mumbai locks itself up to fight COVID-19

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and other suburban train stations, which remain chock-a-block during normal times with thousands of commuters jostling to get inside the overcrowded trains, presented an uncommon sight of being empty as people stayed indoors to support the curfew.

Covid-19: Nationwide 'Janta curfew' begins on PM Modi's appeal

Nationwide Janata curfew scheduled from 7am today till 9pm in the evening in order to minimise further spreading of the deadly coronavirus. This came in the wake of growing cases of coronavirus in the country which is 315 till now. PM Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, called for Janata Curfew on March 22 and urged people to avoid panic-buying.Covid-19: Nationwide 'Janta curfew' begins on PM Modi's appeal

Watch: Political reaction on PM's calls for 'Janta Curfew'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to citizens to follow "Janta curfew" on March 22 in the view of novel coronavirus outbreak. The Prime Minister also requested senior citizens to remain indoors for the next few weeks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced setting up of a 'Covid-19 Economic Response Task Force' to decide on relief package for sectors hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Here is how politicians react on PM's calls for 'Janta Curfew'. Watch: Political reaction on PM's calls for 'Janta Curfew'

PM Modi's 21-day 'complete lockdown' address most watched event on TV

As per data from TV viewership monitoring agency BARC India, the PM’s address was viewed live by 197 million people, across 201 TV channels. The 8 pm speech was views for a record 3.891 billion minutes. In comparison, the last IPL final was viewed by 133 million viewers.

Railways to curtail close to 4,000 train services on account of Janta Curfew

As of now, Railways has cancelled 245 trains in order to restrict unnecessary travel due to the outbreak.

Cooking, reading, listening to nature: Twitterati share moments at home during 'Janta Curfew'

Proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, the "self-imposed curfew" inspired people to stay indoors from 7am till 9pm and spend some quality time with their families.

'Janta Curfew': Police offer flowers to people out on roads in Delhi, request them to stay indoors

The Delhi Police took to Twitter and made public announcements to create awareness about the 'Janta Curfew' and urged people not to leave their homes unless really necessary. ​​

Tamil Nadu comes to standstill as people observe 'Janta Curfew'; govt extends it till Monday morning

Although some vehicular movement was seen on major roads of the state, these were largely private vehicles and their numbers were miniscule.

PM Modi's call for 'Janta' curfew need of hour: Home Minister Amit Shah

The Prime Minister on Thursday called for 'Janta curfew' on March 22 from 7 am-9 pm, saying no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of house. He also said that at 5 pm on March 22, we should thank people like doctors, medical personnel, cleaning staff, for their service during the coronavirus outbreak.

Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh bat for 'Janta curfew', Yogeshwar Dutt & other sports stars laud PM Modi's call

Ravi Shastri and wrestler Babita Phogat were all-praises for the PM.

Narendra Modi on coronavirus: PM calls for 'Janta Curfew' on March 22, urges people to stay indoors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to citizens to follow "Janta curfew" on March 22 in the view of novel coronavirus outbreak. The Prime Minister also requested senior citizens to remain indoors for the next few weeks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced setting up of a 'Covid-19 Economic Response Task Force' to decide on relief package for sectors hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Modi also said that people should not create panic buying essential commodities. The total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in India stands at 167, including 25 foreigners. Four deaths (one each) have been reported in Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra.Narendra Modi on coronavirus: PM calls for 'Janta Curfew' on March 22, urges people to stay indoors

Shops selling essentials, medicines will remain open throughout 21-day lockdown: Govt

He said there were sufficient legal provisions available to deal with black marketeers and hoarders. He was referring to the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

PIB fact checkers dispel myths, verify 2,000 WhatsApps messages

Ninety per cent of the messages are to do with “how clapping kills the coronavirus”, and “how gargling with vinegar is a definite cure for it” and “if the nation is going to go into an emergency”, and if the virus will meet its end on Sunday as the moon goes to a new phase –– all these have been called out by the unit, officials said.

Lok Sabha members clap for people at forefront of fight against coronavirus

Before the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Om Birla mentioned about the 'janta curfew' on Sunday and that people of the country were together irrespective of whether they were rich or poor.

Lockdown is no excuse to ditch exercise: How top bosses kept fit during Janata Curfew

These leading personalities are not using the lockdown as an excuse to slack off.

COVID-19: UN expresses solidarity with India, WHO terms lockdown 'comprehensive and robust'

In an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus in India, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday announced a nationwide lockdown for three weeks. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India jumped to 562 on Wednesday with nine COVID-19 deaths reported so far, according to Health Ministry data.

Coronavirus cases in Gujarat rise to 30, CM urges people to stay indoors

With this, Ahmedabad now has total 13 cases, Vadodara-six, Surat and Gandhinagar-four each, and Kutch and Rajkot-one each, the health department said. So far, one coronavirus patient has died in the state. The death of a 67-year-old man was reported from Surat on Sunday.

Government seeks ground report from district collectors

The questionnaire asks the officers to list out what they thought was the “most serious gap in combating Covid-19 ”, and what is “the one thing that the government of India should do to better combat Covid-19”. It also seeks other suggestions on the issue, and their opinion on whether “to be effective, a lockdown needs to be enforced/made mandatory” or not.

LIC declares relaxation for premium payments

"In view of prevailing extraordinary circumstances in the country on account of Covid-19, LIC will give relaxation to its policyholders in payment of premiums due on inforce policies up to April 15, 2020, wherever customers are unable to deposit online or otherwise," the life insurer said in a statement.

Covid 19: Ola and Uber suspend operations temporarily in lockdown cities

With the death toll due to Covid 19 increasing and the government deciding to impose lockdown in 75 affected areas in the country, cab aggregators have decided to not ply their vehicles on the roads.

Metro services shut across India till March 31

"In view of the current global pandemic of this Corona Virus & for containing its further spread through inter-personal proximity, it has been decided to close down metro rail services on all operational networks across the country till 31 March 2020," Mishra tweeted.

Covid-19: Bengaluru and eight other Karnataka districts to be shut down from Monday

The government said that buses, trains and metros will not operate in these districts. However, auto rickshaws and cabs will continue to ply. There will be a ban on commercial activities, but shops selling essentials like grocery, medicine, vegetables will remain open. The shutdown will be in force till March 31, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

Rajnath Singh appeals to people to make 'Janata curfew' huge success

The minister said by staying at home and following the prescribed precautions, people can interrupt the spread of the infectious virus. He said there was no need to panic and the government was taking all necessary graded measures as required to fight the pandemic.

Coronavirus: All passenger trains, metro, inter-state bus services suspended till Mar 31, complete lockdown in 75 districts

Inter-state buses, passenger trains & metro have been suspended while 75 districts have been locked down.

Covid-19: Mumbai Metro One to suspend operations on Sunday

The Mumbai Metro One, which runs between Ghatkopar and Versova, is widely used by Mumbaikars to cut travel time between western and central suburbs.

Join 'Janata curfew' to make fight against coronavirus a success: PM Modi to people

Modi had proposed a 'Janata curfew' on Sunday between 7 am and 9 pm as part of social distancing to check the spread of the deadly virus.

States to earmark hospitals to exclusively treat COVID-19 patients: Health Ministry

At a press conference here, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director Balram Bhargava said a lockdown was the most essential aspect to the break the chain of transmission as of now.

Metro services will be closed on Sunday in view of Janata curfew: DMRC

In view of the 'Janata curfew' to be observed on March 22, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to keep its services closed, the DMRC said in a statement on Friday. "The move is aimed at encouraging public to stay indoors and maintain social distancing, which is essential in the fight against COVID-19," it said.

Covid-19: SpiceJet nullifies notice period of pilots who have resigned

Other Indian carriers have taken stern measures. GoAir yesterday told employees that its top leadership would take a 50% pay cut. It has offered a leave without pay scheme to its pilots and is terminating contracts of expensive expatriate pilots. IndiGo has announced a top down 5%-25% pay cut across its staff.

Government mulls curbing train travel as Covid-19 cases rise, 13,000 trains may be affected

3,500 to 4,000 train services were already affected on Sunday amid the janta curfew imposed nationwide.

COVID-19: Meghalaya observes one-day shutdown

​​Life came to a standstill as markets, offices, commercial establishments remained shut and public transport stayed off the roads. The call for a 24-hour statewide shutdown was given by chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday.

Sounds of bells, conches fill the air as grateful country appreciates essential service providers; PM say long battle ahead

The air reverberated with a medley of sounds on Sunday evening as people across the country rang bells, blew conches and clapped to express appreciation for medical and other staff who are on the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Cinema operators seek exemption on taxes, loan moratorium for one year

Cinema exhibitors have also asked for a waiver of the minimum demand charges on electricity by several discoms, said Multiplex Association of India (MAI) in a statement.

IndiGo, GoAir to cancel close to 1,000 flights on Sunday

"On Sunday 22nd March, in line with the Janta curfew announced by the Prime Minister on 19th March, the airline will be operating approximately 60 per cent of its normal domestic schedule, in order to accommodate those with urgent travel requirements on that day," the airline said.

Delhi lockdown: Anti-CAA protesters removed from Shaheen Bagh, other places

ET spoke to the women protesters who said that the police came around 7 am when hardly 25 protesters were there. Salma Ahmed, one of the protesters, said the pressure to end the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been building up over the last few days and the number of protesters had reduced significantly ever since the lockdown was announced in the city on Monday.

If PM Modi wants social distancing to fight coronavirus, why Parliament working, asks Shiv Sena

Modi has called for "resolve and restraint" to fight coronavirus and asked the entire country to observe 'Janta curfew' on Sunday. He also asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said that thousands of MPs, officials and members of the staff come together in Parliament.

Chouhan frontrunner as BJP moves to form govt in Madhya Pradesh

BJP legislators in Madhya Pradesh celebrated the fall of the Kamal Nath government on Friday with sweets and bursting of firecrackers at the party headquarters here, but cancelled a dinner party at Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Very tough financing situation coming up for banks, NBFCs: Saurabh Mukherjea

Big opportunity awaits India on the other side of crisis, says Founder, Marcellus Investment.

Containing coronavirus spread comes with economic tradeoffs, says IMF blog

Success in containing the virus comes at the price of slowing economic activity, the IMF said in a blog.

Haryana imposes section 144 to tackle coronavirus

This and several other decisions were taken in a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today to review the steps being taken to check the spread of COVID-19, here today. Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Dushyant Chautala and Health Minister Mr Anil Vij were also present in the meeting.

India observes Janata curfew, millions stay indoors

As the 14-hour 'Janata curfew' got underway at 7 am, people kept themselves indoors as part of the social distancing exercise to help stop the spread of the virus. All markets and establishments except those dealing in essential goods and services are closed for the day. The 'Janata curfew' will end at 9 pm.

Army’s desert quarantine largest in India, may get bigger

India’s largest military quarantine facility at Jaisalmer has been put on standby.

India's coronavirus count till now: New cases, deaths, clampdowns and other emergency measures

The number of coronavirus infected in India has crossed the 300 mark after a spike in cases over the past six days. In view of this rising threat, more and more state governments have brought in stringent measures to check the spread of the disease, with many of them imposing curfew-like situation in places that have been hit hard.

In times of self-isolation, take inspiration from fitness routines of Jacqueline Fernandez and Sara Ali Khan

Social distancing has shutdown many exercise venues, but your favourite celebs can inspire you.

Now, Karni Sena demands 'janta curfew' on 'Padmaavat'

The organisation said that it had asked distributors not to purchase rights of the movie.

People will impose 'janta curfew' in halls if 'Padmaavat' screened: Karni Sena

I met the UP chief minister Adityanath today and demanded a ban on the film Padmaavat, Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi told reporters after a 20-minute meeting with Adityanath.

'Padmaavat' row: No protests in Rajasthan, says Police

The Sanjay Leela Bansali-directed period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh was released across the country yesterday amid tight security.

Historians, Royals on Karni Sena panel for 'Padmaavat'; fringe groups demand ordinance to ban the film

SC refused to modify its order that had cleared the movie's nationwide release following which Rajput groups turned to the Centre demanding an ordinance "within 24 hours" in view of "public sentiments".

Protest against 'Padmaavat' will continue: Karni Sena leaders

The clarification from the two leaders came a day after news reports said the Mumbai branch of 'Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena' had withdrawn their protest against the film.

Padmaavat row: SC is supreme but people's court above SC, says Karni Sena Chief

Lokendra Singh Kalvi said he was confident that the movie will still not be released in Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh despite the SC's directions.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung hits back at Mamata on deadline, threatens janta curfew

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung threatened a 'janta curfew' if a deadline by Mamata Bannerjee was not withdrawn.

Political drama keeps Darjeeling off the travel plan this festive season

The ongoing political tussle spells doom for the tourism the tourism sector, especially ahead of the festive tourism window.

Makers of Padmaavat likely to postpone Rajasthan release

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the producers of the period drama, had already deferred the December 1 release of the movie, which is now set to hit the screens on Wednesday.

Karni Sena open to watching 'Padmaavat' ahead of release; protests across several states

The film, slated to be released on January 25, has been been facing protests by Karni Sena and other fringe groups over allegations that historical facts were distorted in the flick.

GJM takes softer stand point on its separate statehood movement in Darjeeling

Following rigid position taken by WB administration, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha(GJM) in Darjeeling has also taken a softer path.

Darjeeling hills movement takes new shape

Darjeeling hill movement has taken a new shape today. Instead of being a call by a single party Gorkha Janamukti Morcha(GJM), now the movement has become a wider platform issue.

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