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    Lockdown: Lecturer turns farm labourer to support family

    Navnath Gore (32), a resident of Nigdi, a small village in Jat tehsil of Sangli district, received the Sahitya Akademi's Yuva Puraskar for young writers in 2018, but that is hardly a consolation for a man who has fallen on hard times due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

    Lockdown not an attack on coronavirus, but on poor: Rahul Gandhi

    "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.

    Lockdown, visa expiry hold up return of Sindhi men from Pakistan

    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.

    Rajya Sabha: Opposition slams government on lockdown, Covid deaths

    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.

    States should rethink the utility of mini-lockdowns, assess economic disruption, says PM Modi

    He also called on the chief ministers of Maharashtra, UP, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to make special efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 in the 60 worst-affected districts of the country.

    West Bengal comes to grinding halt on first total lockdown of September

    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.

    Anand Sharma questions Harsh Vardhan’s claims that lockdown prevented 78K deaths

    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

    Only country not reaping lockdown strategy benefit appears to be India: Chidambaram

    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.

    Early lockdown prevented 14-29 lakh Covid cases, up to 78,000 deaths in India: Harsh Vardhan

    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).

    Strict lockdown enforced across West Bengal, violators taken to task

    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.

    Tamil Nadu extends Covid-19 lockdown till September 30 with relaxations

    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

    No central data on death, injury to people during lockdown enforcement: Govt in Rajya Sabha

    "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.

    Lockdown in Bihar extended till September 6

    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.

    14-29 lakh COVID-19 cases, 37-78k deaths prevented by lockdown: Govt

    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.

    College students' mental health worst-hit by the coronavirus-induced lockdown: Study

    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.

    Debit card spend beats credit card in 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.

    Lockdown forces shift from credit to debit cards

    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.

    The lockdown killed my father: Farmer suicides add to India’s virus misery

    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.

    Lockdown is nothing but a temporary solution: Meghalaya CM Sangma

    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.

    Complete lockdown in West Bengal on September 7, 11 and 12, says Chief Secretary

    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.

    Track star Hima Das found a new hobby in the lockdown

    Das says she’s been capturing pictures around the NIS campus, hostel area and the race track.

    Yuvraj Singh learnt mopping, sweeping techniques from Jasprit Bumrah in the lockdown

    A fan of jalebis, the cricketer wants to have his own restaurant one day.

    Lockdown dates changed in West Bengal for the second time

    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.

    Haryana lifts weekend restrictions, malls to now close on Monday and Tuesday

    “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.

    J-K: Open-air community classes in Yusmarg to compensate academic loss amid lockdown

    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

    Centre is a ‘no data govt’: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raises questions on jobs, migrant workers

    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

    Lockdown in Maharashtra to be lifted in stepwise manner, says Chief Minister Thackeray

    Till Saturday, the state reported 5,84,754 COVID-19 cases and 19,749 deaths due to the disease, as per official figures.

    31 farmer bodies in Punjab cut across party lines to call for lockdown

    A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of 31 farmer organisations held at Moga in which it was decided to make the occasion historic by not taking the support of any political party, farmer leaders said.

    Lockdown in top 20 cities impacted Bajaj Finance: Sanjiv Bajaj

    ‘We may not be the cheapest but we are quick, we are fair, we are transparent not only in policy issuances but in claim handling.’

    Milk Mantra co-founder used the lockdown to spend ‘quantity’ time with children

    Rashima Misra bonded with her children aged 8 and 11 by painting furniture, reading and doing chores.

    View: Informal labour & capital are likely to bear bigger Covid shocks

    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.

    Oil rises on expectations demand can survive new lockdowns

    U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for October, due to expire on Tuesday, rose 58 cents, or 1.5%, to $39.89. The more active November contract was up 57 cents, or 1.4%, to $40.11.

    Lenders are seeing retail loan demand revival as lockdowns ease

    Although not back to the pre-COVID-19 levels seen in January and February 2020, inquiry volumes have started to recover from their troughs in April and May 2020, and in July and August 2020 were similar to levels seen during the same period in 2018m, a report by Transunion Cibil, said.

    Localised lockdowns, nationwide implications

    Re-impositions have a knock-on effect, disrupting networks nationwide, say experts.

    Sensex drops 300 points amid surging Covid cases, lockdown fears

    “Doubts about the timing of a global economic recovery emerged, following talks of further restrictions to contain a resurgence in virus infections around the world, especially in Europe. This uncertainty hit the Indian markets also,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.

    EC team tells officials to aim for higher turnout in Bihar, enroll all migrants

    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.

    Wall Street ends lower on lockdown fears, likely delay of stimulus

    The Dow shed as much as 900 points and the CBOE Market Volatility index, Wall Street's fear gauge, shot up to its highest level in nearly two weeks. The S&P 500 ended down less than 9% from its record high on Sept. 2 after paring losses that had pushed the benchmark almost into corrective territory.

    Asian stocks fall on concerns about fresh lockdowns, banking sector

    Emerging market stocks lost 1.64%. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed 1.26% lower. In Asia, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.5% while South Korea's Kospi fell 0.9%. Japan is closed for a public holiday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index futures were down 0.36%.

    Wall Street ends lower on lockdown fears, likely delay of stimulus

    All the major S&P indexes were down, with energy leading declines as oil prices slid on the possible return of Libyan production and rising coronavirus cases.

    World’s biggest lockdown chokes Indian gold smuggling routes

    Illegal shipments of gold to India are estimated to have slowed to a trickle of about 2 tons a month, and may total about 25 tons this year.

    Mandi alternatives: How agri-tech startups beat the lockdown blues

    While the farmers’ union protests against the Centre’s agriculture reform ordinances, now bills, the alternative path for farm produce that these legislations seek to open up — outside the mandi chain — has been evident for the past six months.

    UK health minister says a second national lockdown is possible

    "If everybody follows the rules then we can avoid further national lockdowns, but we, of course, have to be prepared to take action if that's what's necessary," Hancock told the BBC.

    No e-pass required within districts in TN: Palaniswami announces as part of easing lockdown

    A state government statement said all shops, malls, temples and clubs would function from September 1.However, theatres, schools and colleges will remain closed.

    Weekend lockdown observed in many cities across India to control COVID-19 spread

    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

    Unlock 4: Metro trains, political meets allowed; States to consult with Centre on local lockdowns

    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.

    COVID-19: London lockdown 'likely' amid second wave fears

    Another lockdown in London looks "increasingly likely" amid fears that the UK is heading towards a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

    India's largest crocodile park strapped for cash after coronavirus lockdowns

    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.

    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

    Union Health Ministry announces guidelines for teaching activities in classrooms from Sept 21

    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.

    Noteban, 'faulty' implementation of GST, lockdown 'destroyed' India's economic structure: Rahul

    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.

    If people avoid wearing mask, govt has no other option but to clamp lockdown: Assam Chief secy

    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.”

    Stricter lockdown on weekends in Uttar Pradesh

    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.

    Lockdown and slump: For India, it is all pain and no gain

    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.

    Are local lockdowns slowing the spread of coronavirus? Here's what the data says

    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.

    Carbon emissions for 2020 to come down by 8 per cent due to lockdown: Environment Ministry

    "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.

    Mayawati requests Centre, states to waive school fees of children

    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."

    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

    Rahul Gandhi targets Government on 'well planned fight' against Covid

    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

    Delhi Metro to don old avatar, in new-normal limits as it starts reverting to pre-Covid era

    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.

    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.

    Pondy may soon have two-day lockdown every week: Malladi Krishna Rao, Health Minister

    "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.

    No extension of lockdown in Bengaluru: BBMP Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad

    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.

    Virus lockdowns give major boost to ecommerce

    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.

    Kashmir's open-air classes are winning hearts amid Covid lockdown

    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.

    India's economic activity almost at pre-lockdown levels but Covid looms: Nomura

    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.

    Over 5,000 flats delivered by Noida developers post lockdown : NAREDCO

    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.

    Skyrocketing coronavirus cases in India could eclipse the outbreak in America

    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.

    Covid-19 lockdown impact: Domestic discord grows amid work-from-home

    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.

    Retail inflation to come down with easing of lockdowns, says Chief Economic Adviser

    ​​ 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.

    Tamil Nadu continued to report under 6,000 cases on Monday

    Tamil Nadu’s capital has been the worst affected district in the state since March with the formation of several Covid-19 clusters.

    Lockdown threatens to undo a hard-won success for India's employment woes

    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.

    Industrialists, workers worried over lack of clarity on lockdown

    Yediyurappa had, last week, had appealed to people not to leave Bengaluru as doing so would take the epidemic to the hinterlands of Karnataka.

    There is no need for another nationwide lockdown: Experts

    “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.

    UPSC holds NDA entrance exams with coronavirus prevention measures in place

    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.

    TV advertisement volumes surge as the festive season kicks in and lockdown eases

    “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).

    Extended lockdowns offer diminishing returns

    ​​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.

    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

    Covid-19: Maharashtra lockdown extended till August 31

    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.

    Coronavirus crisis is shattering India's big and bright dreams

    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.

    Lockdown 5.0: A lockdown that seeks to unlock

    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.

    Sunday lockdown brings Tamil Nadu to a standstill

    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.

    32 lakh households provided with piped water post lockdown: Union minister

    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.

    Lockdown in Guwahati extended till July 19

    Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that health department had sought extension of total lockdown in Guwahati by one week.

    Maharashtra mission falters as lockdowns start again

    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.

    Enrollment surges 2000% in government's e-skilling plan during lockdown

    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).

    How the lockdown is helping curb gold smuggling

    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.

    COVID-19: 'Complete lockdown' on Sundays in Madhya Pradesh

    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.

    Jammu goes under complete weekend lockdown to curb COVID-19 spread

    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

    Rahul Gandhi accuses government of benefitting by making profits during lockdown

    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.

    Coronavirus outbreak: Roads wear deserted look during weekend lockdown in UP

    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

    Tougher lockdown to be imposed in Bengal from July 9

    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.

    View: Lucky draw of random lockdowns

    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.

    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.

    Deserted scenes as Karnataka imposes total lockdown on Sundays

    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.

    Thousands leave Bengaluru fearing fresh lockdown

    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.

    Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi government of destroying informal economy, enslaving it

    "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.

    Coronavirus Pandemic: Celebrities lose screen space to lockdown

    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.

    Bengaluru lockdown lifted: New guidelines, night curfew timings, weekend restrictions

    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.

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