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On Apr 5, 9 pm, light candles, diya for 9 min to dispel darkness of Coronavirus: PM Modi to nation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to the citizens of the nation to switch off lights in their houses and light candles or diyas on April 5 at 9 pm for nine minutes 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.

“This Sunday, 5th April we have to challenge the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to introduce it to the power of light,” PM Modi said in an address to the nation.

“We have to take the Mahasankalp (the supreme oath) by 130 crore citizens to new heights. I want your 9 minutes at 9 pm on April 5,” he added.

PM Modi then asked Indians to switch off lights in their homes, reach out from their windows, gates or balconies and light a candle or diya for 9 minutes. Even torches and mobile phone lights would also do.

“Switch off every light in the house, reach to your main gate or balcony and light a candle, diya, torch or your mobile’s flash for 9 minutes,” the Prime Minister said.

He, however, stressed that no one should come out of their homes and maintain social distancing norms during the excercise.

“At no point of time in this exercise should we come out on the streets. Maintaining social distancing is the most important thing to do,” he said.

“There is no force in the world that is greater than the human spirit, PM Modi said as he concluded his address to the nation and reminded, “April 5 – At 9 pm – For 9 minutes – A gesture of unity and solidarity”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his address by congratulating the people of India for their “unprecedented discipline” during the first ten days of the 21-day Coronavirus lockdown.

He also said that Janata Curfew on March 22, was a success and had set an example for the world to follow. He claimed that various other countries were following the idea to thank health workers, other people involved in essential services during these hard times.

PM Modi had first declared last evening that he would share a video message this morning but did not specify the subject.

This is the third time the PM has addressed the nation since the Coronavirus pandemic became a cause for serious concern in India.

In his first address on March 19, PM Modi announced ‘Janata Curfew’ in the entire nation on March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm — a first step to avoid public gatherings and to prevent the spread of the deadly novel Coronavirus.

Then, in his second address on March evening, the Prime Minister announced the unprecedented 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

So far, India has more than 2,000 Coronavirus cases, including 56 deaths.

In the first video conference with all Chief Ministers amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the head of the states to be alert and stressed on the formulation of a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of population once the nationwide lockdown concludes.

“Our goal is to ensure minimum loss of life:,” said Modi during video interaction with the chief ministers on tackling COVID-19.

He said it “can’t be business as usual” after the lockdown and certain safeguards would have to be taken.

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2 private tutors held for sexually harassing minors

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Two private tutors were arrested on charges of causing sexual harassment to a minor boy and a minor girl in two separate incidents in Memari and Katwa areas in Burdwan (East) last night.

Sandip Mondal – a private tutor by profession hailing from Gangatikuri village in Ketugram Police Station area in Katwa was booked by the police last night after the parents of a 11 year-old boy student handed over a video footage that reportedly exposed Mondal’s dirty practice.

After the class V student of a local high school complained to his parents that Mondal was forcing him to ‘cooperate’ in filthy acts, the parents had set a cell phone at the study room that grabbed the video on 26 June and helped in exposing Mondal.

Yesterday, after the parents lodged a complaint, Mondal was booked by the police under the provisions of Pocso (Protection of Child from Sexual Offences) Act. Dalim Konda – another tutor from Mondalgram village in Memari was arrested by the police early this morning on charges of causing sexual assault on a minor girl.

Syed Nizamuddin Azad – the judge, Pocso Court in Burdwan today ordered judicial custody for the accused till next Sunday. Also, he ordered forensic examination of the accused.

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With 507 deaths in 24 hours India’s COVID-19 tally at 5.85 lakh, death toll climbs to 17,400

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India’s coronavirus tally rose to 5,85,493 on Wednesday which includes 2,20,114 active cases and 3,47,978 recovered cases according to data released by ministry of health. The death toll due to the virus reached 17,400.

The government on Monday announced the second phase of the country’s gradual emergence from restrictions in a set of elaborate guidelines for “Unlock2”. Around 90 per cent of total infections in India are from ten states – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka.

While containment zones – areas worst-hit by the pandemic – will continue to remain under strict curbs, more activities shall be opened outside these neighbourhoods.

Globally, 10,450,628 people have been infected with the virus while 5,10,632 have died due to it according to Johns Hopkins University.

The pandemic has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN says, warning the situation in the Americas is particularly dire.

In a fresh study, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that by the mid-year point, global working hours were down 14 percent compared to last December – equivalent to some 400 million full-time jobs.

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Delhi govt to open Plasma Bank in two days; CM Kejriwal urges Coronavirus survivors to donate

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the state government has decided to start a ‘Plasma Bank’ in the national capital for the treatment of Coronavirus patients.

The ‘Plasma Bank’ will start operation in the next two days, he said and urged recovered patients to donate their plasma.

The ‘Plasma Bank’ will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Delhi.

The chief minister informed that anyone who needs plasma will need recommendation from a doctor.

Plasma therapy was among the five weapons Kejriwal had recently mentioned to fight the deadly infection, while asserting that the treatment turned out to be a life-saver for people in the capital.

At the beginning of his media briefing on the Coronavirus situation in the national capital, Kejriwal paid tributes to Dr Aseem Gupta, who was working as an anaesthesia specialist in the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, died of COVID-19 on Sunday. He was 56.

“Dr Aseem Gupta, a senior doctor of LNJP Hospital passed away due to COVID-19 yesterday. We salute his spirit and sacrifice. His family will be given a compensation amount of Rs 1 Crore by our government,” chief minister Arvind Kejriwal declared.

Earlier today, the CM had offered condolences to the doctor’s family.

The senior doctor had tested positive on June 6, when he had mild symptoms and was shifted to a quarantine facility. His symptoms aggravated on June 7 and he was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the LNJP Hospital. He was then shifted to the Max Hospital in south Delhi on June 8 on his request. His condition deteriorated late on Saturday and he died few hours later.

On Saturday, raking up his slogan of “Corona harega aur Delhi jeetega”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asserted that his government has adopted ‘five weapons’ to fight the virus – ramping up bed capacity; testing and isolation, survey and screening, providing oximeter and oxygen concentrator and finally treatment with plasma therapy.

Meanwhile, the national capital is the second worst hit state with a total of 83,077 Coronavirus cases, including 2,623 deaths and 52,607 recoveries.

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