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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.

Janata Curfew: Ground report from across India

India observes unprecedented shutdown 'Janta Curfew', called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today in a bid to slow the spread of novel coronavirus cases in the country. Over 324 people have been tested positive for Covid-19 in India so far.Janata Curfew: Ground report from across India

Janata curfew is the only way to halt the pandemic in its tracks

The coronavirus advisory talks about social distancing, handwashing and other such precautions as preventive measures. The reason is that coronavirus has an outer lining made of fat and soap breaks down fat.

With social distancing and janata curfew, cities observe cleaner skies

While Mumbai’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 63 on Sunday –– the lowest reading for 2020 –– New Delhi came in at 159, Pune at 58, and Ahmedabad at 106.

After Janata Curfew, India gets ready for long haul

Passenger trains, interstate buses and suburban and metro trains have been halted until March 31. State borders have been sealed. The number of districts under lockdown, initially fixed at 75 after a Centre-state videoconference earlier in the day, increased by late evening as more states announced closures.

Janata Curfew: Maha CM announces more prohibitory orders in wake of coronavirus

Maharashtra government on Sunday said Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits gathering of over five persons at public places, is being imposed in the state in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. Two Covid-19 patients have died in the state. Making the announcement, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the measure was being taken in urban areas across the state from Monday to ensure social distancing.Janata Curfew: Maha CM announces more prohibitory orders in wake of coronavirus

Tamil Nadu govt extends 'Janata curfew' till Monday morning

While the support of people, traders, industries and other sections of the society was visible on Sunday, the government acknowledged their "cooperation" and said the curfew scheduled to end at 9 pm on Sunday "will continue till 5 am tomorrow considering people's welfare."

Clapping doesn't kill virus: Shashi Tharoor on Modi's Janata Curfew

While calling for Janata Curfew, PM Modi had asked people to show solidarity with doctors, nurses, paramedics, municipal staff and airport workers by going out on their balconies or standing at their doors and windows at 5 pm on March 22 and clapping, banging on their plates or ringing bells.

'Janata curfew' should have come a week ago: Sanjay Raut

"The curfew should have been imposed a week ago. The government may have different views, but in my personal opinion, the decision of lockdown should have been announced earlier," senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. ​​

Goa beaches, streets empty as people support 'Janata curfew'

Except for the essential services, everything else including bus services, commercial establishments, restaurants, markets and places of worship were shut and people remained inside their homes. ​​

Coronavirus outbreak: Bengalureans clap, clang utensils to rehearse for 'Janata Curfew'

Residents of Bengaluru on March 21 rehearsed for 'Janta Curfew'. They clapped and beat utensils from their balconies to show their support for the 'Janta Curfew'. Prime Minister called upon the people to clap or beat utensils for five minutes at 5 pm on March 22, as PM Modi called for 'Janata Curfew' on March 22 between 7 am and 9 pm to beat coronavirus scare. Coronavirus outbreak: Bengalureans clap, clang utensils to rehearse for 'Janata Curfew'

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.

India to observe 'Janata curfew' on Sunday amid spurt in Coronavirus cases

The country will be observing an unprecedented shutdown today PM Modi's appeal for a 'Janata curfew'.

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.

Traders across India to down shutters in response to Janata Curfew: CAIT

In his address to the nation on Thursday, PM Modi made a fervent appeal to all Indians to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting infected by coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a danger as grave as this.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells lauds India's 'Janata curfew'

Prime Minister Modi on Thursday last urged the citizens to express their gratitude towards those who have been at the forefront of combating coronavirus, and extending essential services. The prime minister had asked the people to clap hands, beat plates or ring bells to express their gratitude.

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.

Varun Gandhi urges action against Pilibhit SP, DM for taking out procession during Janata curfew

"While many people, including myself, are in self-quarantine and India battles Covid-19 on a war footing, the conduct of the SP and DM of Pilibhit is callous and irresponsible. Times like these need mature conduct, like the PM advised. I urge action against those who violated the Janata Curfew," Gandhi posted on Twitter.

Janata curfew: Delhi Police officers give flowers to motorists and urge them to stay home

Janata curfew: Delhi Police officers give flowers to motorists and urge them to stay home. Details by TIMES NOW's Priyank.Janata curfew: Delhi Police officers give flowers to motorists and urge them to stay home

PM Narendra Modi forms economic response task force, calls for 'Janata Curfew'

In 30-minute address to nation, PM Narendra Modi calls on citizens to be prepared to combat challenges posed by viral outbreak, emphasises need for ‘social distancing’ and asks businesses to act with empathy towards workers. He said the Janata Curfew will be observed on March 22 between 7 am and 9 pm, comparing it to blackouts during wartime.

Married in the nick of time: When Medusa Beverages boss postponed his wedding party to observe Janata Curfew

Avneet Singh opted for an intimate Gurudwara ceremony instead.

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.

When Mohandas Pai praised 'great industrialist' Mukesh Ambani during Janata Curfew

Ambani's special tribute to health service providers caught Pai's attention.

Janata Curfew row: Amitabh Bachchan claims vibrations from clapping destroy virus, Twitter schools him

The actor deleted his tweet after it got backlash from Twitterati.

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.

Unmake (Covid-19) in India: The fight throughout

The ‘heavy-handed’ pre-emptive approach was right there from the start, when India became among the first few to officially curtail travel to and from China. An upset China officially protested through diplomatic channels, even pressuring New Delhi to reverse its decision. India later faced similar pressure from Seoul when it placed travel restrictions.

Coronavirus: SC orders closure of lawyers' chambers, only one court to function virtually

The top court said that by Tuesday evening, all lawyers' chambers in and around the apex court premises would be sealed.

India reports seventh death due to novel coronavirus

India's casualty count went up amid fears that the virus may have entered stage 3 of local transmission. The govt announced measures like curbing movement by halting passenger train traffic till March 31 to stop the virus from spreading.​​​

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.

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.

India's effort to combat coronavirus cannot be compared with China: MoS Home

The Indian government has called for "Janata curfew" on March 22, requesting citizens to remain at home for a day in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly disease

Karnataka: Real estate projects get deadline extension

All RERA registered projects whose completion date (including revised completion date) expires on or after March 15, the authority has extended the deadline by three months.

Bells and claps on Janata Curfew: Bachchans, DeepVeer, Akshay express gratitude to essential service providers amid COVID-19 outbreak

Te film industry supported PM Modi's call for a Janata Curfew on Sunday.

Peak power demand down 26 pc to 120 GW in a week

The peak demand met was down mainly due to lower demand from industry and state power distribution companies (discoms) across the country due to the lockdown. The power demand met further fell sharply by over 7 GW to 120.31 GW on Thursday indicating continuous slump in demand.

Social distancing a luxury that workers on Rs 152 a day can’t afford

Urban poor have limited access to health care, no medical insurance and no financial safety net.

People valued soldiers in fight against coronavirus: PM

"Each of you is a valued soldier in this battle against COVID-19. Your being alert and cautious can help lakhs of other lives," he wrote on Twitter, sharing videos of people having meal at home. He also pitched for use of digital payments to prevent the spread of the virus. "This is the time to ensure social distancing. Digital payments help you do that," he said.

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.

Modi’s ‘stay at home’ call may deepen India’s economic slowdown

Shrinking output may limit growth in an economy that’s already set to expand at an 11-year low of 5% .

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.

US business advocacy group says disruption in India's BPO would impact FDI

A disruption in India's BPO industry, which provides critical customer and technical support to US' health and emergency services, would have a negative impact on FDI, an India-centric US business advocacy group has said.

In coming days, you will see a scaling up of testing capacity for Covid-19 across the country: Union health minister

Every effort is being made to augment the availability of ventilators by another 48,000 in the coming weeks, about which we are very hopeful that we shall be able to achieve. Total 164.45 lakh PPEs have been ordered or pledged against a projected requirement of 153 lakh in a 3-month period ending June 2020,” says Dr. Harsh Vardhan in interview with ET.

PM Modi urges countrymen to dispel the darkness spread by coronavirus by lighting a candle on April 5

India may call for staggered exit from the lockdown that is scheduled to end on April 14.

Sibal says there are two Indias, one at home doing yoga, other fighting for survival

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday took a dig at the government, saying there were two India's with one at home doing yoga, watching Ramayan and playing antakshari, and the other trying to reach home and fighting for survival.

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa’s exit window helped migrant workers leave Bengaluru

March 25 was the festival day of Ugadi, which marks the new year in most parts of Karnataka. It was a scene of chaos at major highways on the evening of March 24 as people took whatever transport was available to leave the city. Many of them were migrant workers as the tech capital gets a large number of them from the backward North Karnataka region.

A day’s relaxation in lockdown helps Karnataka

Two days after the Janata Curfew on March 22, as police tightened their grip on people’s movements, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa gave a one-time relaxation for people to leave Bengaluru for their native places.

Karnataka Dy CM predicts a lakh virus cases in state in coming months

As the number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka jumped to 41 pushing the state to the third position in the number of cases in India, deputy chief minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan painted a grim picture of what could be in store for the state.

PM lines up videoconference from home to tackle pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has asked people to stay at home to save themselves and their loved ones from Covid-19, is emulating the same by staying put at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg (LKM) residence for the past few days.

Covid-19: Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur announces lockdown

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while stating that there is no case of COVID-19 in Assam, said anyone found violating the lockdown order will be imprisoned for six months for the first offence and for up to two years for the second under different provisions of the Indian Penal code (IPC).

India will be under complete lockdown for 21 days: Narendra Modi

There will be a complete bar on people from stepping outsides their homes, Modi said.

Covid-19 impact: Fearful vegetable mandis threaten to shut shop

In Mumbai and Pune, traders have issued statements that they will shutter their shops on Wednesday, while Nashik merchants said they would do the same. In Delhi’s Azadpur market, supplies poured in normally, but purchase by retailers was down 60-80%. However, government officials have ruled out closure of grain and vegetable markets.

Karnataka may see curfew-like lock down from tomorrow

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that the government will take a call on the total shut down after discussing with the leaders of opposition parties today evening. The state government is likely to issue an order to shut down even essential services like grocery shops, cab and auto rickshaw services by tonight.

Making arrangements for free tests, treatment for corona cases: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

"The number of persons infected with coronavirus was 27 in the state. Eleven people out of them have become completely healthy. The rest of them are stable and their condition is improving rapidly. In order to prevent the increase in the number of coronavirus-infested people, we have to be prepared for campaigns like janata curfew," said the chief minister.

Government decides to shut down 75 coronavirus-hit districts

Decisions were taken at a high level meeting attended by chief secretaries of all States and the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

India's Gate shut for coronavirus, cities hit lockdown button

As India'a tally reached 360, with seven deaths, Delhi announced a complete lockdown. Many states announced an extension of curfew-like restrictions & major auto makers suspended production in plants around the country.

One fresh case of coronavirus in Telangana; total rises to 22

"A 24-year old man, resident of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, with travel history of arrival from London via Dubai has been found positive for COVID-19. He is stable and presently admitted at a designated hospital in Telangana," a media bulletin on COVID-19 said.

India's coronavirus count crosses 300-mark; ICMR widens testing net

ICMR has widened the scope of testing to include some asymptomatic individuals as well.

Coronavirus Scare: Govt expands testing criteria

India has allowed private diagnostic laboratories to conduct Covid-19 tests and has expanded the testing criteria to include asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case and hospitalised patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

Shivraj Singh Chouhan frontrunner for CM; rebels set to return to Bhopal and join BJP

The MLAs who rebelled against their Congress leadership and brought down the Kamal Nath government would be travelling back from Bengaluru to Bhopal possibly today and join the BJP in the presence of former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

COVID-19 causing financial stress to poor, ration per person increased: Arvind Kejriwal

Urging people to stay indoors, Kejriwal said the government had not imposed a lockdown in Delhi for now, but would have to do it if the need arises in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus cases rise to 283 in India; sees highest rise in a day

The country is also set to observe a janata curfew from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched for social distancing, asking people, barring those in essential services, not to get out of their homes.

Covid-19: Government asks public, private hospitals to set aside beds as cases rise

Centre asked all hospitals to mobilise additional manpower to step up combat readiness to take on virus.

Maharashtra shutdown: Uddhav Thackeray orders workplace closure

“We have decided to shut down all non-essential services in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region as well as Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nagpur till the end of this month,” Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a televised address on Friday. Grocery stores, milk booths and banks will be among those exempt.

COVID-19: Total 236 coronavirus cases in India, says ICMR

"A total of 15,404 samples from 14,514 individuals have been tested for SARS-CoV2 as on 20th March 2020 6 PM. A total of 236 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases," Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Masses suspended in churches, Archbishop of Bombay tells High Court

A lawyer had written to the high court, claiming that despite warnings and requests by the authorities that public gatherings should be avoided for containing the epidemic, people were attending masses in the city's churches.

12 fresh positive coronavirus cases in Kerala, over 44K under surveillance

Twelve fresh cases of coronavirus were reported in Kerala on Friday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 37, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. While five cases were confirmed in Ernakulam, six were reported in Kasaragod and one case in Palakkad district, Vijayan told reporters after a COVID-19 review meeting here.

Three fresh COVID-19 cases in Telangana; number mounts to 19

The three include an 18-year-old woman, a city resident who returned from London, a media bulletin on COVID-19 said. The woman has been referred from a private hospital and she is presently admitted to the state-run TB and Chest Hospital in the city. The patient is stable, the bulletin said.

Janata Curfew: Darjeeling remains a ghost town

Darjeeling municipality councillor Subhomoy Chatterjee was arrested by the police last in connection with an old case.

GJM climbs down; not to use force to enforce indefinite bandh

In a climbdown, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, spearheading an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills for the last 10 days to demand Gorkhaland state, today said it would not use force to enforce the shutdown.

Top GJM leaders arrested, Darjeeling bandh declared illegal

Two top GJM leaders were arrested on Saturday on the eighth day of the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills taking the total number of those booked to 150.

Calcutta High Court: Why GJM would not be asked to pay for damages in Darjeeling

The division bench expressed displeasure over the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's violation of its order of August seven.

Life paralysed in Darjeeling, 30 more arrested in crackdown

Life remained paralysed in the Darjeeling hills as there was no transport on the roads and markets were closed on the first day of the two-day "Janata Curfew".

Kamtapuris unite in cry for statehood, line up agitation after the Pujas

Mamata Banerjee’s government is likely to face yet another excited demand for separate statehood — this time from the Kamtapuris.

Covid-19: Railways puts brake on 709 trains on Saturday

The Indian Railways has already announced the suspension of train services of over 3,700 passenger locomotives and long-distance mail and express trains, which were scheduled to start their journeys on Sunday due to call of 'Janata Curfew'.

Covid-19 Impact: Social media activity in the country grew 50X in early March, says Nielsen

With limited activity out of home, Indians are reportedly reading, contributing and influencing on social media. According to Nielsen, the total volume of Covid-19 related conversations reached 22.3 million on March 24 in the country.

Delhi Metro services closed till Mar 31 due to coronavirus outbreak: DMRC

In a statement on Sunday, it said, "As per the latest decision, in order to fight the coronavirus outbreak, it has been decided that metro services will remain completely closed till March 31."

Tech Mahindra to shut all offices, manage critical services from home

Most Tech Mahindra employees had started working from home in view of the Covid-19 outbreak and the consequent nationwide lockdown, but staff supporting critical and essential services had to be present in its offices. Soin said Tech Mahindra was working to ensure that the transition to work from home would be smooth.

Rising awareness among respondents about quarantine helped implementation of lockdown: IIT Kharagpur study

The study was conducted at IIT Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management, Dept. of Civil Engineering. It covered 400-plus cities in 28 states and 4 UTs of India upto March 22. The work will help formulate potential strategic interventions and policy measures for combating any future events of similar nature.

Sebi urged to declare capital markets as ‘essential services’

Sebi and exchanges have permitted trading via terminals from various locations.

PM asks India to light candles, diyas on April 5. And Twitter, as always, is divided

The microblogging platform saw a range of reactions.

After 'amavasya' tweet, Bachchan claims coronavirus spreads through flies, gets flak from netizens & Health Ministry

Health Ministry was quick to refute Bachchan's claim.

Power demand down 22 pc at 127.96 GW

In actual terms, the power demand has come down by about 35 GW on Wednesday in a week's time. The peak demand met was down mainly due to lower industry and state power distribution utilities demand across the county as industrial and commercial establishments are completely shut under the lockdown. In view of COVID-19 outbreak, the government has imposed lockdown for 21-days.

Stock market to stay open despite 21-day India lockdown

“We will remain open,” a NSE spokesperson told ETMarkets.com.

India's power demand falls over 25 pc to 125.81 GW on April 2

In actual terms, the demand fell around 43 GW on Thursday compared to the same day a year ago. However, the data showed that peak power demand met has stabilised around 120 GW after March 22. The government has imposed 3-week lockdown to fight the pandemic from March 24.

Vedanta Sesa Goa extends plant shutdown for 3 more days

"In pursuance of the fresh directive of the Government of Goa for extending the janata curfew for 3 more days and extending the furnaces shutdown for longer period, necessary job for taking proper furnace shutdown will be taken tonight so that furnace shutdown can be extended for 3 more days", the company said.

ANMI requests Sebi to classify stock brokers as essential services

Sebi and exchanges have permitted trading via terminals from various locations.

Peak power demand falls 28 per cent to 117 GW in since March 20

According to the NLDC data, the peak demand met was 163.72 GW on March 20, which came down to 161.74 GW on March 21. This dropped sharply to 135.20 GW on March 22 due a call for 'Janata Curfew' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Buy TCI Express, target price Rs 850: ICICI Direct

Segments expected to be impacted the most due to the current coronavirus crisis include the MSME sector which constitutes ~50% of the TCI Express pie.

Sports stars step up to fight Covid-19: Gambhir pledges Rs 50 lakh, Punia donates 6 months' salary

Gambhir also called for jail terms for those who do not follow the lockdown.

Railway stops movement of over 12k passenger train services till March 31st

All train services in the country barring goods trains have been barred from operating till March 31st.

Sensex erases early gains, drops 350 points on virus fears

India VIX gained 0.94 per cent to trade around 12-year record levels of 72.

Indian Railways comes to a screeching halt; passenger operations discontinued till March 31st

The Indian Railways operates 13,500 passenger and mail or long-distance trains every day. All services, including suburban trains, have been discontinued till this month-end, the railways ministry said in an order on Sunday.

FMCG companies slash sanitiser, face mask prices by up to 70%

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on Saturday issued a notification to cap the retail price of 3-ply masks at Rs 10 per piece, 2-ply masks at Rs 8 a piece and hand sanitisers at not more than Rs 100 per 200 ml, with lower or higher volume packs priced proportionately. The order is effective till June 30.

What changed for D-Street while you were sleeping

Here’s breaking down the pre-market actions.

Coronavirus effect: State curbs choke ecommerce supplies

The action against grocery e-tailers such as Grofers, BigBasket and e-pharmacy player 1mg and their on-ground staff, apart from larger firms Flipkart and Amazon, comes despite ecommerce being exempt from Section 144-type restrictions that have been imposed by several states in the country. The egrocer cancelled or rescheduled as many as 170,000 orders on Sunday.

Bimal Gurung: Darjeeling Gorkha leader who is taking on Mamata Banerjee

GJM chief has no expectations from the ‘double-faced’ CM, rubbishes reports of Maoist link.

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