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Manohar Lal Khattar Takes Oath As Chief Minister Of Haryana

In the 90-member assembly, the BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 40 seats.



CHANDIGARH: Senior BJP leader Manohar Lal has been sworn-in as Chief Minister of Haryana. Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya administered him the oath of office and secrecy at a function at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh this afternoon.

Also Read: BJP, JJP Join Hands To Form Government In Haryana; Dushyant Chautala To Be Dy CM

This is the second consecutive term for Manohar Lal as Chief Minister.

Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister.

In the 90-member assembly, the BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 40 seats. JJP has won 10 seats and independent 7.

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COVID-19: Govt Grants More Relaxations For Agriculture And Allied Sectors

The govt has issued the 4th Addendum to its notification invoking the Disaster Management Act.



NEW DELHI: Center has granted a slew of exemptions and relaxations for Agriculture and Allied sectors in view of the 21-day lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

In order to ensure that the farmers do not suffer from any adverse fallout, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued the 4th Addendum to its notification invoking the Disaster Management Act.

According to the latest Addendum, shops of Agricultural machinery, its spare parts, including supply chain and repairs and shops for truck repairs on highways, preferably at fuel pumps, can remain open. This will facilitate the transportation of farm produce.

The tea industry, including plantations, can also function with a maximum of fifty per cent workers.

The Home Ministry has emphasized that the head of the organization or establishment will ensure the practice of social distancing norms and proper hygiene. The District authorities have been directed to ensure strict enforcement of the orders.

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COVID-19: Govt Releases First Installment Of Rs 11,092 Crore Under SDRF

601 fresh confirmed cases of COVID- 19 have been reported in India during the last 24 hours.



NEW DELHI: 601 fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported in the country during the last 24 hours taking the total number to 2902. Out of the total cases, 183  patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals while 68 patients have died.

Briefing media in New Delhi on April 4, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Aggarwal said that the cases reported in the country are much lesser than those detected in other countries.

Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, Punya Salila Srivastava said that the lockdown measures are being effectively implemented. She said that the availability of essential goods and items are satisfactory.

Elaborating further, she informed that the first instalment of 11,092 crore rupees under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) was released yesterday.

On cases related to Tablighi Jamaat workers, Srivastava said,  through a massive effort around 22,000 Tableeghi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been quarantined.

He said, 9 per cent cases are of the age group between 0 to 20 years while 42 per cent cases detected in the age group between 21 to 40 year and 33 per cent cases are related to patients between 41 to 60 year of age.

Persons above 60 years of age make 17 per cent of the total cases.

Aggarwal suggested to the high-risk people to follow the directive and guidelines issued by the government.

Aggarwal also informed that 1023 positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified from 17 states including Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Delhi, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam, Jharkhand and Karnataka which are linked to Tablighi Jamaat cluster.

Aggarwal said that out of the total COVID-19 cases reported so far in the country, 30 per cent of them are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat cluster.

He said that states are being provided with all kind of logistics including masks and PPEs. He said, to fight the menace of COVID-19, it is very important that the guidelines related to lockdown and social distancing, as well as the advisories of respiratory and hand hygiene measures, are followed at all level.

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COVID-19: #9baje9minute Won’t Cause Any Grid Instability – Govt Dispels Fears

All local bodies have been advised to keep the street lights on for public safety.



NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister has appealed to the people to voluntarily switch off their lights between 9:00 p.m to 9:09 pm on the 5th of April.

Union Ministry of Power in a statement here today has said that some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in the grid and fluctuation in voltage which may harm the electrical appliances.

Dispelling these apprehensions, Ministry of Power has said that they are misplaced.

The Ministry has emphasised that Indian electricity grid is robust and stable and adequate arrangements and protocols are in place to handle the variation in demand.

The Power Ministry further said that following may be noted:

The appeal of the Prime Minister is to simply switch off the lights in their homes from 9 pm to 9:09 pm on the 5th of April.

There is no call to switch off either street lights or appliances like Computers, TVs, Fans, Refrigerators and ACs in the homes.

Only lights should be switched off.

The lights in Hospitals and all other essential services like Public Utilities, Municipal Services, Offices, Police Stations, Manufacturing Facilities, etc will remain on.

The call given by PM is to just switch off lights in residences.

All local bodies have been advised to keep the street lights on for public safety.

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