Uttar Pradesh has so far 55 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday.
Arrangement should be made by such establishments to dole out the payments to their workers and labourers on March 30 and 31 or April 3 and 4, depending on their situation to make the payment, the order stated. Action would be ensured against the offender under Section 51 of the Act which provides for one year of imprisonment or financial penalty or both and two years of jail if violation of the order causes any loss to life or property.
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
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
Number of coronavirus cases in India is nearing 1,000, evoking fears of community transmission.
Forgive my censorious language in castigating the inadequacy of the government’s Rs 1.7 trillion relief package (0.8% of GDP) for those hit by the 21-day lockdown decreed to control the coronavirus. The govt’s measures are mostly in the right direction but hugely inadequate. Many listed reliefs were already part of ongoing welfare measures, so the additional fiscal stimulus may be barely Rs 1 trillion, under 0.5% of GDP.
Bernstein has downgraded rating of Bajaj Finance to ‘underperform’ with a target of Rs 1,740.
The pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis need short-term relief measures to combine with a long-term vision to rebuild
A Rs.1.7 lakh crore relief package, Rs 3.74 trillion infusions in the financial system and heartbreaking images of migrants trying to reach their home towns. All this and more in this week's wrap of India lockdown.India lockdown week one wrap: Here's all you should know
In a series of one-on-one calls with the heads of all major public sector banks (PSBs) and representatives of private banks, Sithraman said the banks were doing their best to ensure customer service without disruption, through social media on Saturday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 28 addressed the people of Delhi. He said, "I have asked MLAs to request migrant workers to not leave Delhi as we have made arrangements for all. I will appeal that initiative of lockdown taken by PM is necessary to contain this epidemic. If people will migrate then COVID-19 cases will rise." India lockdown: CM Kejriwal requests migrants not to leave Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 28 informed that his government has made preparations to feed almost 4 lakh marginalized people in the Union territory. “We have built the capacity to feed at least 4 lakh people from today onwards. We are also distributing food in over 500 schools and 238 night shelters.” He said that 568 schools have been converted into community kitchens to prepare food for the needy. Night shelters are also providing food and shelter to the poor people and flying squad also distributing food to hungry people by roaming around Delhi.Coronavirus lockdown: Delhi govt ready to feed 4 lakh poor people, informs CM Kejriwal
Migrant workers in very large numbers at Delhi's Anand Vihar bus terminal, to board buses to their respective home towns and villages. They have walked to the bus terminal on foot from different parts of the city. India lockdown: Migrant workers in very large numbers at Delhi's Anand Vihar bus terminal
"For all our optimism, the bitter truth is India's covid response needs to get better than just banking on a botched-up lockdown, less than 10 covid test per million & non-existent COVID treatment & care facilities for people needing such services. India deserves better," the former JD(U) leader said.
Employees, currently 42,000, are working 24x7 in both underground & opencast coal mines to produce and despatch enough coal to its linked power plants, so that there should be no disruption in electricity supply in the country at present necessary to combat the menace of COVID-19, WCL said in a press release. Coal Mining activity has been declared as Essential Service.
The government said it is working to ensure critical coal supplies during the lockdown on account of coronavirus outbreak. Coal stocks at power plants stand at 41.8 million tonnes (MT) equivalent to 24 days consumption as of March 26, 2020.
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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.
Uttar Pradesh DGP Hitesh Chandra Awasthi on March 28 said the authorities have done all preparations to send stranded passengers to their respective homes amid the nationwide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the UP government has arranged 1000 buses to transport these workers to their respective homes. Hundreds of migrant labourers and other people were seen at Charbagh bus station in Lucknow to get back to their homes in different parts of the state. Thousands of migrant workers are fleeing cities by walking on foot amid the coronavirus lockdown. Number of positive coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 873 which include 19 deaths. India lockdown: UP govt to transport migrant workers to their respective homes in 1000 buses
Several stakeholders have also been concerned about availability of 24X7 power at this point of time.
Two industry executives said union commerce minister Piyush Goyal had told all leading retail chains and e-commerce firms on Thursday’s video-conferencing meeting that they have to motivate their workforce to work so that consumers are not inconvenienced. Goyal has also apparently said that the companies cannot call back the labour that has gone back to their native places.
"Papa, please come home soon", two-year-old daughter of tile mason Tinku Singh, who is stuck in Punjab's Rupnagar district amid the country-wide lockdown, tells him on every call.
Some of the important measures demanded from the government to help the startups include rental subsidy for workspaces used by start-ups which are regulated/owned/managed by government agencies; blanket suspension of all deadlines including tax payment deadlines and filing deadlines until at least four weeks post lifting of all city lockdown.
A survey by HelpAge India estimates that about 6% of senior citizens in India live alone. Loneliness among elders, is a problem that cuts across classes and is a challenge in cities as well. He estimates that 10-20% of senior citizens in India are suffering from loneliness, a condition likely to be exacerbated by the current curbs on movement and contact due to the pandemic.
The finance ministry has clarified that the Coronavirus can be classified as a natural calamity and the Force Majeure clause may be invoked. As per the finance ministry, a ‘force majeure’ means extraordinary events or circumstances beyond human control such as an event described as an Act of God (like a natural calamity).
Tech companies are helping institutions smoothen their sudden transition to an online-only teaching format.
The nationwide lockdown has rendered them unemployed and subsequently, they are desperate to return to their native places despite being informed about the danger the country faces due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The order by Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava comes in the wake of reports that newspaper agents and distributors were being stopped amid the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Punya Salila Srivastava said the central government has also asked the states and UTs to set up camps for migrant workers fleeing cities and carry out their health check-ups. The states and UTs were also told to communicate about the availability of free food and accommodation to migrant workers.
Shares had already tumbled nearly 50 per cent to Rs 2546.45 on March 27 against its all-time high of Rs 4,932.20 .
The new coordination team is in addition to the group of ministers chaired by health minister Harsh Vardhan, the economic task force led by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and an empowered committee for scientific response co-chaired by Niti-Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul and principal scientific advisor K VijayRaghavan.
Paris police authorities on Friday released aerial footage showing empty streets in the French capital, as the country entered its 11th day of lockdown to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. The footage from last week shows landmarks and tourist hotspots in Paris completely empty, with only a few cars on the streets.Drone video shows empty Paris streets amid coronavirus lockdown
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to migrant workers leaving the national capital to stay back, even as he said that his government has arranged for buses to transport them.
Debt-ridden Vodafone Idea has proposed that the minimum price of data should be fixed at Rs 35 per GB, Bharti Airtel has proposed minimum price of Rs 30 per GB for low data users and Reliance Jio wants it to be hiked gradually to Rs 20 per GB.
If food requirements of migrant workers are not met, then 'food riot' may be a real possibility.
The government has notified procurement agencies like Food Corporation of India, Nafed and other state agencies that buy foodgrains and pulses from farmers at minimum support price under goods and services exempted under the Disaster Management Act to ensure smooth procurement operations ahead of the fresh harvest season.
Following Modi govt's footsteps, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) joined in Friday with a host of measures aimed at minimising the economic damage from coronavirus spread. All this and more in today's wrap.India lockdown day 03 wrap: Here's all you should know
The government on March 4 had notified the amalgamation schemes for 10 state owned banks into four as part of its consolidation plan to create bigger size stronger banks in the public sector. Bank officers' unions, however, earlier this week wrote to the prime minister seeking to defer the merger schemes of lenders due to the lockdown triggered by coronavirus outbreak.
India will have to achieve herd immunity to be able to fully counter covid, Swaminathan Aiyar has said.
The merger process of Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank could face a slight delay in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, an official of the Kolkata-based lender said on Saturday.
Stocks at power plants have touched 42.5 million tonnes, enough for generating power for 25 days, while at pitheads its is 64.5 million tonnes, good for almost 38 days.
At Hero Motocorp chief Pawan Munjal has done several townhalls addressing its 4,000 employees reassuring the workforce there will be no salary cuts, an issue that is topmost on the minds. Munjal makes his Town Hall meetings interactive and he takes candid questions from employees.
During an interaction with the government, industry members were told that workers who have returned home shouldn’t be called back, to reduce the probability of disease transmission, but that consumers shouldn’t suffer because of backend labour shortage.
Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate (DM) B N Singh said the order comes into effect immediately. In his order, the DM said it had come to light that in the present situation of a complete lockdown, several landlords were forcing migrant workers to pay the house rent, leaving them with no other choice but to vacate the place.
National carrier Air India and its regional arm Alliance Air are operating a host of cargo charter flights mostly with medical equipment and medicines on several routes on Saturday, an Air India spokesperson said.
Domestic steel demand is likely to see a sharp dive in the first quarter of the coming fiscal due to stalled factories and production cutbacks across major user industries like auto and construction, Icra said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a countrywide lockdown for three weeks, restricting a population of over 1.3 billion indoors, in an effort to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected over 870 people, including 19 deaths, in India.
On Saturday morning, senior police officers reached the Charbagh bus station in Lucknow to ensure that those arriving there were provided with food and water.
The large-scale disruptions highlight the implementation woes faced in ensuring the supply of essential goods to 1.3 billion people during the nationwide shutdown. India has reported 724 cases of infection so far, and 17 deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a three-week lockdown in the country as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus that has claimed over 26,000 lives globally.
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das predicted a big global recession and said India will not be immune. It all depends how India responds to the situation, he said. Global slowdown could make things difficult for India too, despite some help from falling crude prices, Das said, adding food prices may soften even further on record crop production.
In a meeting held on Saturday NHAI has asked toll operators to make food arrangements for migrant workers. The move will also benefit truck drivers transporting essential commodities, who are facing issues as food outlets along National highways remain shut.
India got its first glimpse of the covid-19 virus under a microscope. It's round like other coronaviruses, about 70 to 80 nanometre (a human hair is about 80,000 nanometre) and has a cobbled surface structure.
The Calcutta High Court on Saturday directed the Centre to immediately file a report on the supply of essential goods to Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the 21-day lockdown prompted by the coronavirus outbreak.
As nationwide lockdown enters the second day, railways, with its widest network in the country, plays a key role in keeping the emergency supply chain alive. Watch how the world's biggest rail network is helping India fight Covid19 pandemic.India lockdown: Here's how railways helping support emergency lifeline
Even though the Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have been insisting that there is "no solid evidence" of community transmission so far, the government has started scaling up health infrastructure to deal with any situation.
National electricity demand fell to 2.78 billion units on March 25, the first day of the three-week total shutdown called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on Tuesday. That was nearly 20% below the average of 3.45 billion units per day in the first three weeks of March, a Reuters analysis of government data showed.
Here's how ministers and bureaucrats are keeping the wheels of governance turning in a nation interrupted.
Europe has suffered the brunt of the coronavirus crisis in recent weeks, with millions across the continent on lockdown and the streets of Paris, Rome and Madrid eerily empty. In Britain, the men leading the country's fight against the coronavirus -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Health Secretary Matt Hancock -- have both tested positive for COVID-19.
The 'Flying Sikh' urged people to stay indoors during the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Even as many branches are not able to operate because of a staff shortage, banks are warning of large crowds in branches as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) account beneficiaries, unfamiliar with debit cards, approach branches for withdrawal.
The cosmetic brand vowed to keep providing sanitisers for as long as it was needed.
The directive comes in the wake of farmers facing problems in harvesting their rabi crops and bringing them to the mandis in the wake of a nationwide lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus. Harvesting of rabi (winter) crops such as wheat, mustard, corn and pulses has begun in some places and will pick up in the coming months.
Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal appreciated industry’s efforts of ramping up the capacity of essential commodities, particularly the ventilators.
In the wake of the lockdown to the combat the coronavirus threat, thousands of migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states have started returning back to their home states. Huge number of people seen walking on foot toward their homes in different districts of Uttar Pradesh, at Ghazipur near Delhi-UP border in absence of transport services due to Coronvirus Lockdown.Coronvirus outbreak: Huge crowd seen walking near Delhi-UP border amid lockdown
Many social media users had demanded the airing of "Ramayan", directed by Ramanand Sagar, and Mahabharat, directed by BR Chopra, during the 21-day nationwide lockdown and two days ago, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar said they were working on it.
The technologies being used against the pandemic are raising questions about excessive surveillance.
India's nationwide lockdown is broadly compared to that of China's sledgehammer clampdown of over 56 million residents of cental Hubei province and its capital Wuhan since January 23, which reported over 68,000 cases of the country's total 81,340 COVID-19 infections and 3,292 deaths as of Thursday.
Among the four cases, three are staff members of a private hospital in Bhilwara, where some doctors and nurses had tested positive earlier, whereas another is a resident of Ajmer district, they said.
Rajit Kapur-starrer detective drama 'Byomkesh Bakshi' is also returning to DD National.
"The first flight on Friday morning has already delivered 1.4 tonnes of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) kits from Delhi to Aizawl, Kolkata and Hyderabad while another such movement of ICMR kits is in progress from Mumbai to Pune, Bengaluru & Thiruvananthapuram," Puri wrote on Twitter.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday appealed to migrant workers to not leave the national capital in the wake of the 21-day lockdown as the Delhi government has made sufficient arrangements for them.
"We have started distributing food in schools so that we can provide food to those people who are facing problem. The Chief Minister's message is that nobody should stay hungry. Currently, food is being distributed at 325 such centres and tomorrow it will increase to 560," Sisodia told media.
The auto component industry is staring at production loss of Rs 1000-1200 crore per day due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
China has said the domestic passenger flights will resume operations in the coronavirus epicentre Hubei province, except for its capital Wuhan, from Sunday as part of a plan to ease lockdown in the region after it reported zero COVID-19 cases for several days.
ANMI wrote to Sebi on March 25, asking it to close down the markets during the lockdown.
The actor said that he is donating the amount from his savings.
The death toll from coronavirus in Spain surged over 5,600 on Saturday after a record 832 people died in 24 hours, and the number of infections soared over 72,000, the government said.
IndiGo and GoAir have also offered their aircraft and crew and staff members to the government for any mission required to contain the spread of coronavirus.
"Due to the lockdown, consumers are unable to pay their dues to the distribution companies. This has affected the liquidity position of the Discoms thereby impairing their ability to pay to the generating and transmission companies," the statement said.
The merger of UBI and OBC into PNB will lead to the creation of the country's second largest lender after State Bank of India, an official said. "Under the given conditions, the effective functioning of the merged entity will be a big challenge. The government has not given any direction so far in this regard," the UBI official told.
India's response to COVID-19 has been "pre-emptive, pro-active and graded", the govt said.
The former J&K CM said it was important to establish a routine and stick to it.
In Haryana, preparations are being made to delay wheat procurement to April 20 and the state has prepared a staggered procurement schedule. “The aim is to make crop arrival steady and cut gluts in mandis,” said a Haryana government official.
Storages at refineries are overflowing with refined products as motorists go off the roads, planes disappear from the skies and factories shut, forcing refiners to cut utilisation. Indian Oil has cut run rate by 30%. Other refiners too have sharply slowed, forcing some to look for new places to store their products.
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.
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.
In an advisory to all states and Union territories, the home ministry said they should also make arrangements for uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to hotels, working women hostels so that they continue to live in existing facilities.
While Ramayan will be telecast twice from Saturday onward, the scheduling of Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi is still being worked out. Mahabharat, Chanakya and Upanishad Ganga will be telecast on DD Bharati.
Telecom operators have requested the Department of Telecom(DoT) for additional spectrum allocation to meet the rising load on networks due to the ongoing lockdown mandating people to stay at home.
"Today, in the hour of crisis, our brothers and sisters should at least get respect and support. The government should take concrete steps as soon as possible so that it does not become a major tragedy," Gandhi said on Twitter.
In a telephonic conversation, Modi said prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code and social distancing should be rigidly enforced. The Prime Minister sought to know from the Chief Minister about the coronavirus preventive measures undertaken by various government departments in the state, an official release said.
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Invoking prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, the district development commissioner said there would be no inward and outward movement of any person from these villages and the people would stay at their homes to ensure complete lockdown. He said there would be no vehicular movement on the Rajouri-Bhimber Gali road.
This move may well be due to the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus infection spread and the situation arising from it.
As rabi harvesting likely to pick up in the coming days, the government's agri-research body ICAR on Saturday asked farmers to follow social distancing and safety precaution while handling farm machines and labour in the field.
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