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Mama Ji Returns: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sworn In As MP CM For 4rth Term

Calling fighting the coronavirus as his top priority, Chouhan said, “We will defeat this disease.”



BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Exactly a week after the 15-month-long Kamal Nath government was reduced to a minority following the rebellion of 22 Congress MLAs, senior BJP leader and three-time former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as the CM of the state for the fourth time on Monday.

The 61-year-old was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for three terms between 2005 and 2018 before the BJP lost the 2018 assembly elections after voters gave a fractured mandate. The BJP had won 109 seats while the Congress won 114 and the latter formed the government with the support of four Independents, one SP and two BSP members.

The legislature party members — wearing masks due to coronavirus threat and sitting two chairs away from each other — unanimously elected Chouhan as their leader.

Due to the coronavirus situation, no BJP leader from Delhi travelled to Bhopal. The BJP’s central observers Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe joined the meeting via video conferencing from Delhi.

Senior BJP MLA and ex-leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava proposed the name of Chouhan as legislature party leader, which was endorsed by Vijay Shah, Meena Singh, Paras Jain and other MLAs.

After this process, Arun Singh announced Chouhan’s name as the leader of the BJP legislature party. Chouhan, who thanked the MLAs, accused the outgoing Congress dispensation of “ruining” the state, and said he would change the way of running the government from now.

Calling fighting the coronavirus as his top priority, Chouhan said, “We will defeat this disease.”

“We will improve our governance….the shortcomings so far will be removed,” he said.

He said he will go to Mantralaya (state secretariat) after taking the oath and sit till late night to review measures taken to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was another strong contender for the CM post but the BJP chose Chouhan for his experience and because his popularity was still intact.

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COVID-19: PM Modi Announces Platform For Donations, ‘PM-CARES Fund’

Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).



NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the constitution of the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund today. This will be a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister. Citizens and organisations can go to the website and donate to PM CARES Fund.

This fund will enable micro-donations allowing a large number of people will be able to contribute with the smallest of denominations.

Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, people from all walks of life have expressed their desire to donate to India’s war against COVID-19. He appealed to the people to contribute to the PM-CARES Fund.

PM Modi said that this will go a long way in creating a healthier India — before adding that this fund will also cater to similar distressing situations in the future too.

A PIB release read: “The Prime Minister’s office has been receiving spontaneous and innumerable requests for making generous donations to support the government in the wake of this emergency.”

Keeping in mind, the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected, a public charitable trust under the name of Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund)’ has been set up,” the release read.

The release also provided account details for those willing to donate as per their wish:

Name of the Account: PM CARES

Account Number : 2121PM20202

IFSC Code: SBIN0000691


Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch

UPI ID: [email protected]

Following modes of payments are available on the website

1. Debit Cards and Credit Cards
2. Internet Banking
3.UPI (BHIM, PhonePe, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, PayTM, Mobikwik, etc.)

The Fund Gets Off The Ground With Great Support From Known Names:

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COVID-19: SHAHEEN BAGH Flock, A Criminal Health Hazard, CLEARED

Police have detained 6 women and 3 men for violating Section 144 prohibitory orders.



NEW DELHI: The Shaheen Bagh protest site, where hundreds of Islamists, largely elderly women, were stationed for several months for the agitation against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), has been cleared by Delhi Police personnel. Police have detained 6 women and 3 men from Shaheen Bagh for violating Section 144 prohibitory orders after they showed resistance to police action.

The eviction of protesters comes two days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the national capital was going into a complete lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has already claimed over 13,000 lives worldwide and is keeping the Indian establishment and health professionals on their toes.

In a communication on Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Srivastava ordered that all border pickets in Delhi be sealed with “immediate effect”. All essential services will continue without any hinderance, he said.

On Sunday, police imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Delhi till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak, banning protests, and other gatherings. Section 144 of the CrPC bans assembly of four or more people in one place.

DCP South East said, “People at the protest site in Shaheen Bagh were requested today to clear the site as lockdown has been imposed. But after they refused, action was taken against violators as the assembly was unlawful. Protest site has been cleared. Some protesters have been detained.”


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League Editorial: Lockdown Enforcement Is Correct

PM Modi has said that people are not taking the issue of lockdown seriously.



After the historic success of Junta Curfew yesterday, India, early in the morning today, learnt about the displeasure of the prime minister about the irresponsible behaviour of people after the ‘test event’:

Soon came the news that the Union Government has asked States to strictly enforce the lockdown in the areas where it has been announced in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. It further stated that legal action will be taken against violators.

Also Read: League Editorial: Don’t Be A ‘Covidiot’

The Indian Centre for Medical Research (ICMR) has maintained that the virus is still in phase 2 of transmission, which means there is no evidence of local transmission yet.

As the cases climb, central and state governments have decided to lock down 80 districts from where COVID-19 cases have been reported to break the chain of transmission.

The Centre had on Sunday, March 22, asked State governments to issue directions to the districts that have positive cases to stop all services except the emergency services. Some of these cities are Delhi, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Jaipur, Chennai, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangaluru, Sri Nagar, Jammu, Ahemdabad, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Vijayawada.

All train services including sub-urban and metro services, and interstate passenger transports are suspended till March 31.

Adding another dimension to breaking the chain, the civil aviation ministry announced today (March 23) that no domestic commercial flight will operate in India from Wednesday onward.

Airlines will have to land all their domestic passenger flights at destinations by 11.59 pm on Tuesday.

Operations of domestic cargo flights will continue as normal.

Further, the union health ministry instructed airlines not to allow passengers with ‘home quarantined’ stamps on them to board any domestic flight.

All this is happening because people are just not willing to understand the gravity of the situation.

The self-destruct mode of a significant part of the society is now causing immense angst not just among the administration but also the aware and awaked citizens:

While the police, more or less, did NOT get down to that, it did begin a well-coordinated program to tackle the almost genetic instinct of Indians to go out to make the most of a situation:

Of course, there were more ‘textbook legal steps’ taken across the country than the above example:

By evening, governments across India were getting forced to take tough decisions:

With this, Maharashtra joined seven other states who were similarly forced to enforce state-wide lockdowns – Punjab, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Three other states — Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Chhattishgarh — have similarly announced partial lockdowns.

There is nothing to suggest that the whole of India would not be put under lockdown soon.

We believe it should be done. Today. Because only a combination of curfew and imposition of Section 144 can force people to stay back at home.

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 authorises the Executive Magistrate of any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of such ‘unlawful assembly’ can be booked for engaging in rioting.

Again, we should be thankful that the virus is still in phase 2 of transmission, which means there is no evidence of local transmission yet.

But unless we achieve lockdowns across the nation to break the chain of transmission, we might face some nasty times ahead.

The chain of transmission, unfortunately, is not going to break with voluntary lockdowns. The time for forceful enforcement is now.

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