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Turn off lights on April 5 between 9pm and 9.09pm and light candles to show solidarity against coronavirus: PM Modi's message to India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the nation at 9 am, a day after he spoke to all the chief ministers via video conferencing.

We need to move from hopelessness to hope, the PM added. “On April 5, we will all come together to give COVID-19 a message. All of us must come together at 9 pm on April 5 for nine minutes to shut their lights and come to your balconies to light a candle, torch or mobile flashlight and leave the rest of the lights off. This is our message that we are fighting COVID-19,” PM Modi said, adding that this will proof to show that nobody is alone. He, however, cautioned Indians to maintain social distancing while the lit the lamps.

“It’s been nine days since the lockdwonand I hail the nation for the way they have adhered to the rules put by the government and stayed indoors,” the PM added.

Saying that this lockdown has set an example for other countries across the world. “The country has become one and can fight COVID-19,” he added.

“With crores of people staying indoors, one point that comes to mind is what will do alone? You probably ask yourself how you will manage alone like this? True, it’s a lockdown period, but we are not alone. We are all with each other,” the PM added.

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Earlier, during his interaction with the CMs, PM Modi said that the States, and the Centre must form common exit strategy once lockdown ends.

PM Modi also outlined that the common goal for the country is to ensure minimum loss of life. In the next few weeks, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the areas of focus. He highlighted the necessity of maintaining supply of essential medical products, availability of raw material for manufacture of medicines and medical equipment.

He said it is necessary to ensure availability of separate, dedicated hospital facilities for COVID-19 patients. To increase the availability of doctors, he asked the States to tap into the resource pool of AYUSH doctors, organize online training and utilize para-medical staff, NCC and NSS volunteers.

 
 
 



'What we expected from you today': P Chidambaram slams PM Modi for not addressing economic issues


On Friday, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said that rather than asking people to light candles and diyas Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have announced steps to tackle India's economic woes, including relief measures for poor people hit hard by the lockdown.

This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to light candles and diyas on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought by the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to Twitter, the former Union Minister wrote: "Dear Narendra Modi, We will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists."


P. Chidambaram

@PChidambaram_IN
Dear @narendramodi,
We will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists.

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While tagging Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chidambaram said "we expected from you today was FAP II, a generous livelihood support package for the poor."

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said, "Every working man and woman, from business person to daily wage earner, also expected you to announce steps to arrest the economic slide and re-start the engines of economic growth."


P. Chidambaram

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Every working man and woman, from business person to daily wage earner, also expected you to announce steps to arrest the economic slide and re-start the engines of economic growth.


P. Chidambaram

@PChidambaram_IN
The people are disappointed on both counts.

Symbolism is important, but serious thought to ideas and measures is equally important.@PMOIndia @nsitharamanoffc

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The senior Congress leader also said that serious thought to ideas and measures shoud be taken to tackle economic growth. "The people are disappointed on both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious thought to ideas and measures is equally important," he added.

Days after the stupendous success of the 'Janata curfew ', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to citizens to light candles and diyas on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought by the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus. He termed it as an attempt to show coronavirus, the strength of Indian unity and 'light'.




Latest coronavirus news: World Bank approves USD 1 billion emergency funds for India to fight COVID-19


Washington: The World Bank on Thursday approved $1-billion emergency financing for India to tackle the outbreak, which has claimed 53 lives and infected over 2,000 others in the country.

The World Bank's first set of aid projects, amounting to $1.9 billion, will assist 25 countries, and new operations are moving forward in over 40 nations using the fast-track process, the bank said.

The largest chunk of the emergency financial assistance has gone to India -- $1 billion.

"In India, USD 1 billion emergency financing will support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics; procure personal protective equipment; and set up new isolation wards," the World Bank said after its Board of Executive Directors approved the first set of emergency support operations for developing countries around the world, using a dedicated, fast-track facility for COVID-19 response.


In South Asia, the World Bank also approved $200 million for Pakistan, $100 million for Afghanistan, $7.3 million for Maldives and $128.6 million for Sri Lanka.

The World Bank said it is now working to grant up to $160 billion over the next 15 months to support measures to tackle the pandemic which will focus on the immediate health consequences and bolster economic recovery.

The broader economic program will aim to shorten the time to recovery, create conditions for growth, support small and medium enterprises, and help protect the poor and vulnerable.

There will be a strong poverty focus in these operations, with an emphasis on policy-based financing, and protecting the poorest households and the environment, it said.

"The World Bank Group is taking broad, fast action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we already have health response operations moving forward in over 65 countries," said World Bank Group President David Malpass.

"We are working to strengthen (the) developing nations'' ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and shorten the time to economic and social recovery. The poorest and most vulnerable countries will likely be hit the hardest, and our teams around the world remain focused on country-level and regional solutions to address the ongoing crisis," Malpass said.

According to the bank, $100 million will support Afghanistan to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19 through enhanced detection, surveillance, and laboratory systems, as well as strengthen essential health care delivery and intensive care.

In Pakistan, $200 million will support preparedness and emergency response in the health sector and include social protection and education measures to help the poor and vulnerable cope with the immediate impacts of the pandemic, the bank said.

Responding to widespread supply chain disruptions, the World Bank is helping countries access critically needed medical supplies by reaching out to suppliers on behalf of the governments.

The World Bank is encouraging others to provide financial support to developing countries for the COVID-19 health response, said the media statement.




Here's how Maharashtra prevented a Nizamuddin-like situation by cancelling a religious event that would see 50,000 people gathering in Vasai


The Maharashtra state home department prevented a congregation similar to the one held in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, which has now become the hotspot for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 spread in India

State home minister Anil Deshmukh said that the two-day religious event was initially approved by the state, but subsequently cancelled the event.

The outfit, Shamim Education and Welfare Society, had formally sought permission from the department for organising a programme, Tablighi Ijtema, near Diwanman village in Vasai West on March 14 and March 15.

The society, while seeking permission, had conveyed to the department that around 50,000 devotees would attend the event in which the Quran was to be recited besides offering of namaz.

According to Deshmukh, permission was given on Feb 5, 2020 but as the number of COVID-19 people started testing positive, the home ministry swing into action and told the organisers to cancel the event on March 6, Deshmukh said.

Sources in the police department said the decision to cancel the permission was taken by Niket Kaushik, Inspector General of Police, Konkan Range along with Palghar superintendent of police Gaurav Singh on March 6.

"Cases of COVID-19 had started growing in the country, there was fear that the infection would spread more through such events, so we took this decision," said Kaushik

Deshmukh further underlined how the Home Ministry in Delhi could have shown such far sightedness and quicker reflexes. “It would have helped avert both the spread of infection and its massive humanitarian fallout.”

“Tablighi Jamaat's event held in Delhi's Nizamuddin last month has caused fear among people across the country as some devotees who attended the programme in the national capital were infected by coronavirus. The situation in Delhi could have been averted had the alertness as shown by the (Maharashtra) state home department was exhibited there,” Deshmukh said.




#BanTikTok India trends after month-old video by US Senator claims that China has all our data


A month-old video by Republican Senator Josh Hawley has been doing the rounds on social media, prompting the hashtag Ban TikTokIndia to trend on social media.

In the video, Senator Hawley has said that he plans on introducing a legislation to ban the popular Chinese social media app TikTok, which is owned by Bytdance, on all government devices.

The reason, he says, is because of an statement allegedly released by TikTok that says, “We collect information about the device you use to access the Platform, including the IP address, unique device identifiers, model of your device, your mobile carrier, time zone setting, screen resolution, operating system, app and file names and types, key-stroke patterns or rhythm patterns.”


Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन

@Geeta_Mohan
Nearly a month after Republican Senator @HawleyMO said he’s planning to introduce legislation to ban Chinese social media platform @tiktok_us on all govt devices, there is a growing demand to ban @TikTok_IN in India as well with hashtag #BanTikTokInIndia trending.@SenHawleyPress

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The video has since gone viral in India, with fears that Beijing will have all our data.


Akash Soni
@superrsoni
I hope you guys understand
TikTok is Chinese based product owned by ByteDance Ltd. . The truth about TIkTok is in this video
Please uninstall such app which can be threat to our privacy.#BanTikTokInIndia #BoycottTikTok

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Rajat Upadhyaya
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#BanTikTokInIndia did my part. Please do your bit & shownthe strength of 1.3 billion people

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Rajat Gaikwad
@RajatGaikwad007
#BanTikTokInIndia #BanTikTokInIndia

We should take note of this and uninstall TikTok.
I did it. Now it's your turn.
Show China what we Indians can do.

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Notably, in 2019 TikTok amassed a total of 740 million downloads in 2019, dethroning Facebook to become the second most downloaded app that year. India accounted for 277.6 million of these downloads.

However, TikTok isn’t the only social media app that tracks you. Facebook will only give you access to use the app if you agree to the terms and conditions. People normally willingly hand over their data for every like, every location check-in, friends/followers, all messages you send privately to friends/followers, as well as your search history. A Business Insider article even suggested that Facebook could monitor the user’s internet activity even when the person is not logged into the site.

And while #BanTikTokIndia is probably trending because of how the world is looking at China today, it’s fair to say that all social media apps have the same feature and we are guilty of voluntarily sharing our data.




Watch: In Indore, crowds get out of hand, pelt healthcare workers with stones, 2 doctors injured


The residents of a locality in Indore pelted stones at healthcare workers who went there to screen people in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. According to an NDTV report, two doctors were injured in the incident.

The locality where this incident took place was Tatpatti Bakhal in Indore. A case has been registered against the unidentified people. Moreover, 12 new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Indore, taking the total number of cases to 75 in the city. The total number of positive cases in Madhya Pradesh stands at 98.


ANI

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#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: Locals of Tatpatti Bakhal in Indore pelt stones at health workers who were there to screen people, in wake of #Coronavirus outbreak. A case has been registered.  (Note-Abusive language) (1.04.2020)

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Twelve more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Indore, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh to 98, a health official said on Thursday. None of the 12 new patients have any travel history.

Out of the total 98 coronavirus cases in the state, 75 have been reported from Indore, eight from Jabalpur, six from Ujjain, four from Bhopal, two each in Shivpuri and Gwalior and one from Khargone.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday said that there are 1,834 coronavirus positive cases in India, including 1,649 active cases, 144 cured/discharged/migrated people and 41 deaths.




Coronavirus in New Delhi: Healthcare staff at Hindu Rao hospital accuse NDMC authorities of threatening them for resigning


The drama over the resignation of doctors and nurses of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) amidst the coronavirus pandemic continues. After journalist Vidya Krishnan shared a circular confirming the same, she was cricised by Varsha Joshi, Commissioner North Delhi Municipal Corporation for not taking both sides of the story before tweeting.

However, the news was also shared by Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, Ex-President, RDA, AIIMS, New Delhi. National President, Progressive Medicos & Scientists Forum(PMSF). He alleged that the doctors and nurses were being threatened by the administration for disciplinary action. "On what basis do they take action? Doctors are under no obligation to work without protective equipments," he tweeted.


Harjit Singh Bhatti
@DrHarjitBhatti
Doctors & Nurses of Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi who submitted their resignation due to lack of PPEs & higher risk to their lives are threatened by admin for disciplinary action. On what basis do they take action? Doctors are under no obligation to work without protective equipments

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The tweet was subsequently shared by Congress spokesperson Ranjeet Singh Surejwala, who said, "Shocking and Unbelievable! Doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital run by North Delhi Municipal Corporation resigning in absance of Personal Protection Equipments! Is BJP run NDMC or Kejriwal Govt aware of this huge public health crisis?"


Randeep Singh Surjewala

@rssurjewala
Shocking and Unbelievable!

Doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital run by North Delhi Municipal Corporation resigning in absance of Personal Protection Equipments!

Is BJP run NDMC or Kejriwal Govt aware of this huge public health crisis?

Pl intervene @ArvindKejriwal , @drharshvardhan https://twitter.com/drharjitbhatti/status/1245400161636847616 …

Harjit Singh Bhatti
@DrHarjitBhatti
Doctors & Nurses of Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi who submitted their resignation due to lack of PPEs & higher risk to their lives are threatened by admin for disciplinary action. On what basis do they take action? Doctors are under no obligation to work without protective equipments

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One doctor, Nishant Sagar, tweeted the following, "Been working as assistant professor at NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, not received salary since the day I joined ( almost 3 months). Doctors are at forefront in this trying time & are at utmost risk. Least the govt could do is give salary on time. (sic)"


nishant sagar
@saganishant88
@suraiya95  been working as assistant professor at NDMC medical college and hindu rao hospital,  not received salary since the day I joined ( almost 3 months). Doctors are at forefront in this trying time & are at utmost risk. Least the govt could do is give salary on time.

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Earlier, Varsha Joshi, the Jt Municipal Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation asked journalists to look at both sides of the story before drawing any colnclusion. "(1) This order was issued against directions of DHA and without the knowledge of Additional Commissioner abd Commissioner. Disciplinary action will be taken for this disobedience.

"(2) From my side, ANY unwilling worker is MORE than welcome to resign. Especially in a pandemic.

"(3) Only a couple of contract doctors have expressed a desire to leave. Their applications will be processed tomorrow itself. Plainly, their contract WILL NOT BE RENEWED IN FUTURE.

"(4) The only remotely covid related activity presently going on in HRH is screening, for which more than enough PPE kits are available. More PPE kits are being procured directly from the manufacturers. We will evidently never undertake any activity which risks our staff.

"5) The gentleman who originally tweeted the order, Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary, is no longer with HRH and has no locus standi in this matter except a desire to create unrest. Action will be initiated against him under appropriate provisions of law in view of Epidemic Diseases Act.

"(6) HRH has a long history of political gameplaying which came to almost a standstill over the past one year. Plainly there are forces interested in starting off again. I will not tolerate this. HRH doctors always and will continue to proudly serve the city and the nation.

I would request Vidya ji to take views from both sides before tweeting sensational news items at a time when the entire world is fighting a difficult war. Everyone needs to be on the same side here. Or we all lose. Thank you and Good Night."




Dear Gautam Gambhir, get over your insecurity, ESPNCricInfo didn't say Dhoni's shot won the World Cup


On Thursday morning, former India opener and now BJP MP Gautam Gambhir hit out at cricket site ESPNCricinfo for their tweet on the 2011 World Cup.


Gautam Gambhir

@GautamGambhir
Just a reminder @ESPNcricinfo: #worldcup2011 was won by entire India, entire Indian team & all support staff. High time you hit your obsession for a SIX.

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For those who choose to remember, Gambhir was the top scorer in that match with a gritty 97, after India lost Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virat Kohli. Gambhir, as always, curbed his naturally aggressive instincts and made his runs off 122 balls with 9 hits to the boundary. At the end, when you look back, he played a reckless shot to get himself bowled by rushing down the track, getting outside leg stump and going for the slog.


Gautam Gambhir

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Just a reminder @ESPNcricinfo: #worldcup2011 was won by entire India, entire Indian team & all support staff. High time you hit your obsession for a SIX.

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Sagar
@sagarcasm
True. But they never said this shot won us the worldcup. They are only saying this shot took Indians into jubilation. Relax kijiye cricket ke Advaniji.

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In an earlier interview, Gambhir had subtly blamed Dhoni for his dismissal. Dhoni had reportedly reminded Gambhir that he required three runs to get to his century, which distracted him and subsequently led to his dismissal.

But this is about Gambhir's tweet. While he is right about the fact that the entire team won, everyone will remember three things in that match - the team lifting Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders, Yuvraj Singh breaking down after the win, and MS Dhoni's six. Some people remember Gambhir's 97. Fewer remember that Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene scored a century in that match.


Cricketopia
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#OnThisDay in 2011

Dhoni finishes off in style.

Where were you at this moment?

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While statistics are vital in sport, moments is what makes us love the game. Will people remember Kris Srikkanth for making 38 runs, which happened to be the highest score for both sides during the 1983 World Cup? Or will they remember Kapil Dev running like a gazelle to catch a mistimed pullshot hit by Viv Richards? Will they remember that Australia won the 1987 World Cup by seven runs, or will they still talk about Mike Gatting's reverse sweep?

There are so many moments that make us remember cricket matches. The recent super over in the 2019 World Cup final; Ben Stokes roaring after single-handedly winning a Test match for England at Headingly; Pakistan's Javed Miandad jumping up and down to make fun of Kiran More during the 1992 World Cup; the underarm ball bowled by Trevor Chappell during an ODI against New Zealand; Yuvraj hitting Stuart Broad for 36 runs in an over; Sreesanth catching Misbah ul Haq of the bowling of Joginder Sharma during the finals of the inaugural World T20; and even the 'ball of the century' that Shane Warn bowled to Mike Gatting.

It's not even cricket, the world of sport is like this. When Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic win a Grand Slam, fans will remember the final moments, the joys, and the heartbreaks. Nobody will come up to you 10 years later and say Federer won 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 9-7. They may come and discuss the last set just for memories, like they did when Goran Ivanisevic won that fairytale Wimbledon, or when John Isner won that marathon first round match on Court Number 1, but those moments are few and far between

If you were to come and say you remember everything about the match, I'd say you're either a cricket statistician or you are lying, because when we sit around to discuss sport, we discuss the moment. MS Dhoni's six was a moment. Gautam Gambir's 97 - however crucial it was to the match - was just part of the scorecard.




Coronavirus outbreak: Five more die due to COVID-19 in Mumbai, death toll in Maharashtra rises to 16


Mumbai: The number of corona fatalities in the state rose to 16, with the death of five patients, including three females, in the city on Wednesday. Three more deaths have been reported in the city but these were yet to be confirmed by the state health department.

The number of positive cases in Maharashtra is currently 33, of which 30 are from Mumbai, two from Pune and one from Buldana, taking the total number to 335.

“All these deaths were reported in Mumbai; however, none of these patients had any history of international travel. All were contact traced and tested positive for corona,” said an official.

In the last three days, three senior citizens have died at Wockhardt Hospital, with the state health department confirming the death of a 73-year-old woman so far. Another 84-year-old woman who died on March 29 at Hiranandani Hospital, was confirmed as having tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

According to the public health department, 245 positive corona cases have been reported in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), of which 190 are from Mumbai and 55 from Navi Mumbai.

“The new patients who tested positive for corona did not have any travel history. All of them are close contacts of infected corona patients,” said an health official

Orthopaedic doctor from Seven Hill hospital has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for which he has been isolated at the same hospital. Following this, the hospital has also collected swab samples from 40 people who were in close contact with the doctor.

 
 

Meanwhile, Dr Mohan Joshi, dean of Sion hospital and in-charge of the isolation facility has been diagnosed with diarrhoea with fever and was admitted at the hospital where he was put on salin. Later, he was given discharge

Meanwhile two new patients have been admitted to Bombay Hospital on Wednesday. One 28-year-old man who had visited Turkey two months back has been identified with coronavirus. Another 53-year-old female with no travel history has been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to doctors, her husband had a recent travel history to London but has been found negative of the virus in his swab test.

So far, 705 patients have been hospitalised across the state. Of 7,126 laboratory samples, 6,456 were negative and 335 positive for coronavirus until Wednesday. Forty-one patients have been discharged till date after full recovery, while 24,818 people are in home quarantine and 1,828 people are in institutional quarantine.

 
 
 



Step up testing those who attended Tablighi Jamaat meet and have arrived in Mumbai, Pune, rest of Maha: PM Modi tells Uddhav


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called up Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and urged him to step up tracing, testing and treating those arrived in Mumbai and rest of state after attending Tablighi Jamaat meet to avoid Coronavirus spread and transmission.

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope has directed the department personnel to find out who have returned to the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat function in Delhi.

The number of cases as at 10 am on Tuesday was 230, which increased by 82 to 302. This rise took place in the last four days, confirmed the state public health department.

Of the 82 confirmed cases, 59 are from Mumbai, 13 from Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 3 in Ahmednagar and two in Buldana. Tope said he has directed the department authorities and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to trace people, as it should be done on a massive scale.

On Wednesday, Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram said that over 130 people from Pune attended Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi.

The Pune district collector also said that all 60 have been put under quarantine in connection and authorities are tracing others. "The total number of people from Pune who attended the event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi is more than 130. Many of them are either not in Pune or are untraceable. The search for them is underway," Naval Kishore Ram said.

 
 
 



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