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Man Shot Dead Inside Delhi Graveyard

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NEW DELHI: A man, who had gone to offer prayers at his daughter’s grave, was shot dead in a graveyard in New Delhi today, a police official said.

The incident occurred around 3:30pm when the man, identified as Mehfooz, had gone to the graveyard in east Delhi’s Welcome area.

“When Mehfooz was offering prayer at the grave of his daughter, a group of three to four unknown criminals started beating him. Later they fired at least half a dozen rounds on Mehfooz and fled the spot,” Deputy Commissioner of Police AK Thakur said.

A resident of Welcome, Mr Mehfooz was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

“Mehfooz also had a criminal background, as he was earlier involved in murder and attempt to murder cases. Prima facie it appears to be a case of personal animosity. We have registered a case of murder against unknown persons,” DCP Thakur added.

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Uncertainty over extension of lockdown continues, minister says decision will be taken in ‘national interest’

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The government on Sunday said the decision to extend the nationwide lockdown would be taken in the ‘national interest’ and would be declared at the right time.

The central government remained non-committal over the extension of the lockdown.

However, in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official has given a clear clue of the extension of the lockdown as the cases are dramatically on surge in the state.

“When we open the lockdown it will be after we have ensured that the state is corona free. If even one corona positive person is left, it will be very difficult to open the lockdown and that is why it may take time,” said Awanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier in the day, RK Tiwari, Chief Secretary told reporters, “There is still time for the lockdown and we will review the situation and then decide.” He said the surge in cases is due to the Tablighi Jamaat members in the state.

“There are 33 districts as of now that have reported Corona cases. The lockdown may be extended in at least a dozen district that are ‘Corona sensitive’. The lockdown could be lifted in other districts that have reported no cases but inter-city movement will be restricted,” a senior official was quoted as saying by IANS.

Meanwhile, sources said that the government could continue to lockdown in cities like Gautam Buddha Nagar, Noida, Ghaziabad, Agra, Lucknow that had emerged as hotspots for Corona cases.

Contrary to this, no indication was given to imposing lockdown on country-level.

“We are monitoring the world situation every minute. A decision will be taken in the national interest. A decision in this regard will be declared at the right time,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said after a meeting of the Union Cabinet via video link.

“There is an empowered group of officials that is assessing the situation,” he added.

However, in Uttar Pradesh too, the speculations over the lockdown cannot be said to be veiled-off completely. Yesterday news agency PTI had quoted CM Adityanath as saying, “The lockdown will be lifted on April 15. We have to ensure that the crowding doesn’t take place. After the lockdown is lifted and if crowding takes place, all our efforts will go in vain.”

The country is in a giant health crisis after the coronavirus pandemic entered through its borders. The virus which has its epicentre in China’s Wuhan as now took the entire globe in its grip.

In India, there are over 4000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported and 109 died due to it.

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PM Modi’s ‘9 pm for 9 minutes’ is huge success across India

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Just as the nation, on Sunday, observed “9 pm for 9 minutes” on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, many celebrities from different fields shared their moments of lighting up the dark, symbolically chasing away the deadly COVID-19 causing Coronavirus.

On Sunday at 9 pm for nine minutes, the common people and big shots of India alike stood up as one in lighting candles, diyas and torch lights to dispel the darkness and gloom brought by the outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus that has so far affected 1,225,360 people worldwide and caused 66,542 deaths while in India 3,577 cases have tested positive and 83 people succumbed to the virus.

At 9 pm India turned off its lights for 9 minutes and lit up candles and diyas as appealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chase away darkness and gloom brought by the outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the nation to switch off lights in their houses and come together and light light candles or diyas tonight at 9 pm. PM had claimed that the move is to dispel the darkness and gloom brought by the outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus.

In his 11-minute message to the people, the PM termed it as an attempt to show coronavirus, the strength of Indian unity and ‘light’.

“We must all go through this darkness together. Those who are most affected by this are the poor and marginalised. To overcome this darkness, we must all unite to spread the light. Make this darkness of Coronavirus meet the light we all spread,” the Prime Minister said as India completed the first ten days of the 21-day lockdown.

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PM Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi steals the ‘9 pm for 9 minutes’ show

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On the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, India observed “9 pm for 9 minutes” emblematically chasing away the deadly COVID-19 causing Coronavirus.

On Sunday at 9 pm for nine minutes, along with the citizens of India and celebrities, PM Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi too took part in the iconic event and gong by the looks of it, stood out of the rest.

Well, that is the mother!

She was arguably the most enthusiastic and effervescent participant in the “9 pm for 9 minutes” as she lit up an earthen lamp as a mark of her acknowledgement of the efforts and sacrifices being made by the Corona Warriors of India.

A few days back, Heeraben Modi, nearing 100, had donated Rs 25,000 from her savings for PM-CARES fund as a token of her gratitude towards the medical fraternity.

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