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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'

'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

Janta Curfew: Here's what will be shut on 22nd March

Calling for "resolve and restraint" to fight coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the entire country to observe 'Janta Curfew' on Sunday, I.e. 22 March.

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.

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

Centre allows employees due to vacate official flats to stay till May 31

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said it has received calls from allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodations (GPRA) that they were not able to vacate flats in light of government advisories on social distancing and the 21-day lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

NPR, first phase of Census postponed due to the 21-day lockdown

In a statement, the home ministry said Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted in two phases -- house listing and housing census during April-September and population enumeration during February 9 to 28. The updating of NPR was also proposed to be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the states and union territories, except Assam.

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

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

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.

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.

Shaheen Bagh protesters allege petrol bomb hurled

Protesters at Shaheen Bagh alleged that a petrol bomb was hurled nearby the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest site on March 22. One of the protester said they are following the ‘Janta Curfew’ very keenly but someone came thrown the petrol bomb, however no injuries has been reported in the incident so far. Protesters demanded strong action against the perpetrators. Prime Minister Narenra Modi has given a call for a 'janata curfew' on to tackle the increasing number of novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, on Monday, the Supreme Court will hear petitions seeking the removal of anti-CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh to prevent the spread of coronavirus, along with other pleas pending before it in the matter.Shaheen Bagh protesters allege petrol bomb hurled

'Janata Curfew' brings life to a standstill in Mumbai

Watch: 'Janata Curfew' brings life to a standstill in Mumbai, Road leading to Chowpatty, Girgaon and Marine Drive wear a deserted look 'Janata Curfew' brings life to a standstill in Mumbai

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

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'.

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.

PM Modi sets up task force to assess coronavirus impact on economy

The task force is expected to come out with concrete proposals very soon: V K Vijayakumar.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

Delhi's peak power demand reduces by up to 49% during lockdown

Delhi's peak power demand has reduced by up to 49 per cent with commercial and industrial activities virtually at a standstill due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, discom and power department officials 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gujarat suffers Rs 1,300 crore dent in stamp duty, registration fee earnings

Top government officials said the stamp duty and registration income for March 2019 was Rs 818 crore which it expected to rise to Rs 1,000 crore in March 2020.

586 COVID-19 hospitals with 1 lakh isolation beds, over 11K ICU beds across country: Health Ministry

Addressing a press briefing, Health Ministry's Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said the government has taken early preemptive action to identify COVID-19 hotspots in the country. In the absence of a lockdown and other containment measures, there would have been over 8.2 lakh coronavirus cases in the country till April 15, he said.

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.

PM Modi’s call to switch off lights results in 60% drop in TV viewership

As per BARC India viewership data, for the nine minutes during the peak primetime, the total viewership on Sunday was down by 60%, lowest at the time band since 2015. In fact, the decline in the viewership started at 8:53 pm, and came back to its normal trend only by 9:30 pm.

Millions of Indians respond to PM's appeal; light candles, diyas, turn on mobile phone torches

This is the second time Modi has sought to rally people amid the ongoing lockdown to combat the pandemic, which has claimed more than 65,600 lives globally and inflicted over 12 lakh people. As the clock struck 9pm, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies, flashing mobile lights while a few of them lit candles and diyas.

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.

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.

Food delivery companies share staff’s temperature readings

The move comes as these companies have started taking a series of measures to scale up hygiene practices with the coronavirus outbreak, and they look to win consumer trust.

Neutral on Titan, target price Rs 1,320: Motilal Oswal

The brokerage says while the rating on the stock is neutral, its longer term topline and earnings opportunity remains attractive.

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.

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.

COVID-19 war can't be won by clapping, lighting lamps: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the war against coronavirus cannot be won by clapping, clanging of plates or lighting of lamps.

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.

12 UP labourers stranded in Punjab amid lockdown seek help to reach home

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Lockdown: Online travel segment hit hard, digital payments biggest gainer, says report

As banks remain practically out of bounds for account holders due to the lockdown, there has been a massive rise in digital transactions, primarily bill payments and other financial payments.

PM Modi's letter to the people of India: A year after the start of his second term in office

From 2014 to 2019, India’s stature rose significantly. The dignity of the poor was enhanced. The nation achieved financial inclusion, free gas and electricity connections, total sanitation coverage, and made progress towards ensuring ‘housing for all’.

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.

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.

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.

How the Ministry of Defence is fighting Covid-19

Various wings of defence ministry are contributing in their best possible ways to tackle Covid-19 better.

From mouse to WiFi dongle, Covid-19 fuels demand for IT peripherals

The nationwide lockdown led to the rise of a new work culture - work from home (WFH) and with that the dash and scramble to get everything from a keyboard, to a mouse to a laptop. Unfortunately, supply is severely limited.

Decision to bring Indians stranded abroad will be taken after reviewing COVID-19 situation: Govt

A study by apex medical research body ICMR found that 40 people out of a total of 104 coronavirus patients with severe acute respiratory infection had contracted the infection without having any recent international travel history or contact with any confirmed cases of the disease.

How Indian bureaucracy is moving urgent files with ingenuity during the lockdown

The bureaucracy is shortening the circuitous route of files and crafting innovative methods to approve and disseminate decisions while also keeping an eye on possible loose ends to avoid uncomfortable questions from auditory and probing agency at a later date. The solutions include fast-tracking decisions through video conferences and sending files via WhatsApp for quick action.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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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