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VIDEO: Rally – Delhi Against Jihadi Violence

Thousands of patriotic, nationalistic, peace-loving citizens of the city took out a massive rally in the heart of Delhi.

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Thousands of patriotic, nationalistic, peace-loving citizens of the city took out a massive rally in the heart of Delhi, including locations like Jantar Mantar, on Friday, February 29, 2020.

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COVID-19: 21,000 Relief Camps Set Up In States, UTs To Feed Migrants, Poor

The relief camps are providing shelter to the poor, destitute and stranded migrant workers.

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NEW DELHI: Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Punya Salila Shrivastav said, over 21 thousand relief camps set up in various States and Union Territories to provide shelter to over 6 lakh people during the lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, she said that facilities have been set up to feed over 23 lakh people and these are available to the poor, stranded migrant workers, quarantined workers and other needy persons.

She also said that the Government is using cluster containment strategies and doing rigorous contact tracing in COVID 19 hotspots to check the virus from further spreading.


She said the ministry was continuously monitoring the ongoing lockdown situation in coordination with the states and union territories and the situation till now has been satisfactory.

The essential supplies system is also running satisfactorily, she said, adding interstate cargo movement is also going on smoothly.

The announcement of a complete lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Tuesday had left thousands of migrants stranded. The lockdown over the deadly coronavirus brought economic activities to a grinding halt in the country in a bid to check the spread of the virus.


This forced labourers and daily wagers to leave large cities, and embark on a journey on foot to their native villages in the absence of any form of transport.

With the mass exodus threatening to derail the purpose of the lockdown, several states sprung into action and ensured that the Centre’s directives of providing food and shelter are complied with.

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COVID-19: Salaries Of Maharashtra State Employees To Be Disbursed In 2 Instalments

A government resolution clarifying the decision was issued this evening.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The Maharashtra government on March 31 clarified that it would disburse the salaries for the month of March of people’s representatives, government officers and employees in the next two instalments.

A government resolution clarifying the decision was issued this evening.

State deputy chief minister and finance minister, Ajit Pawar said that salaries of people’s representatives, government officers’ and employees have not been deducted but it will be disbursed in two instalments.


Employees of the rank of group ‘A’ and ‘B’ will be disbursed 50 per cent of their salaries for the month of March as a first instalment.

Whereas, group ‘C’ employees will be given 75 per cent of their salaries. Group ‘D’ and pensioners will get a full amount of their dues.

Pawar further clarified that different departments of the state government and local self bodies are working on war-footing to combat COVID-19 and therefore there is no question of deducting their salaries.


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COVID-19: Govt Targeting Cluster Containment, Rigorously Contact Tracing Hotspots

227 fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported in the past 24 hours.

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NEW DELHI: Government is using cluster containment strategies and doing rigorous contact tracing in COVID 19 hotspots to check the virus from further spreading. Briefing media in New Delhi on March 31, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Health Lav Aggarwal said that with over 1,200 cases of COVID-19, the number of hotspots in the country has increased.

Aggarwal said that 227 fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported in the past 24 hours in the country.

With this, the total number of cases has now gone up to 1251. Three deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, one each from Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.


He also informed that Government has formed an Empowered Committee led by Dr Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog and Professor K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister which will focus on Research and Development and coordinate with various scientific agencies, regulatory bodies and private industry to work on countering  COVID-19. He said that 101 people have been cured and discharged.

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar of Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that over 42 thousand samples have been tested so far. He said that 123 labs are functional and 49 private labs have been given clearance. He informed that 399 patients have been screened in private labs yesterday.

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar informed that ICMR is working with the Department of Bio Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the agenda of developing a vaccine for the COVID-19 disease.


Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Punya Salila Shrivastav said that over 21 thousand relief camps set up in various States and UTs which can shelter over 6 lakh people. She said that facilities have been set up to feed over 23 lakh people and these are available to the poor, stranded migrant workers, quarantined workers and other needy persons.

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