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Maharashtra extends lockdown in state till July 31

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  • In a press statement, Rajasthan government chief secretary D B Gupta said that, from now on, chief minister Ashok Gehlot would chair meetings to ensure time-bound implementation of all the ease of doing business measures. Gupta said the chief minister would personally monitor the progress on EoDB parameters achieved by various departments.

    Sources said RJD was likely to contest no less than 160-175 seats of the total 243 seats in the assembly. Unlike the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, RJD apparently wants to assert its position as the state’s main opposition party and ensure its high share of seats within the grand alliance.

    Lifting restrictions on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods, the order said based on public health and assessment of the prevalence of Covid-19 in various states, separate orders will be issued by Health and Family Welfare Department on inter state movement of people to Karnataka.

    "Uttar Pradesh has enough possibilities for creating employment for migrant workers who have returned to the state. I can assure that we will succeed in employing all of them," said Adityanath while launching an "Atmnirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan" through video conferencing.

    The 'restore old pension' campaign is being spearheaded by the National Movement for Old Pension Scheme (NMOPS), a federation with over 13 lakh government employees as its members.

    Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has ruled out imposing any more lockdowns or curfew in Karnataka. Instead, he will request Prime Minister Narendra Modi for more relaxations.

    His remarks come a day after Revenue Minister R Ashoka said Bengaluru is still 'safe' compared to the COVID-19 situation in other cities and states and had ruled out a fresh lockdown for now, putting to rest speculations that it was planning such a move in view of spike in cases.

    The exercise will involve trained medical teams going door-to-door to each family with infra-red thermometers and pulse oximeters to detect any symptoms linked to coronavirus and helping suspected patients undergo testing for Covid-19.

    ET’s enquiries have revealed that two dozen states had Rs 6,707 crore of unspent money as on March 31, 2019, from a cess collected from employers of construction workers registered with them. The cess was collected by states under two central laws that were enacted in 1996 for the welfare of construction workers.

    The UP government has released Rs 65 lakh as a grant for Swara Bhaskar-starrer 'Nil Batte Sanatta' movie, Rs 60 lakh for Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer ‘Babu Moshai Bandookbaaz’ and Rs 2 crore apiece for Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' and Sridevi starter 'Mom'.

    Legal experts ET spoke to said the state government cannot draw and spend money from the exchequer since both legislative houses — assembly and council — were adjourned sine die without adopting the Appropriation Bill that authorises expenditure of government funds.

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