Cannot afford to fail, it is now or never situation: LT. Governor tells Kejriwal

delhi-cmNew Delhi, Mar 31: The inability to ensure a lockdown in Delhi could lead to widespread infection and loss of lives, Lt. Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal said in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Modi mobilises ambassadors across the world to fight COVID-19

MeaNew Delhi, Mar 31: The Ministry of External Affairs said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reacted early to fight the outbreak of coronavirus. The MEA said that the early reaction was to reduce the risk of importing the infection and thereafter prevent a large outbreak.

In the meantime, the Prime Minister has spoken to almost all serving Indian ambassadors across the world and appreciate their efforts. Modi also tried to understand how bilateral relations could be leveraged to source equipments and technology to fight the pandemic.

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J&K to release 21 persons detained under PSA

j-kNew Delhi, Mar 31: The detention of 21 persons under the Public Safety Act in Jammu and Kashmir was revoked by the administration. All 31 are in different jails across the Union Territory.

Sources confirmed to OneIndia that all these detainees would be released over the next couple of days. 17 are from Kashmir, while the rest are from the Jammu region. All the 14 detainees from the Jammu region are from the Poonch district. 5 are from Baramulla, four each from Anantnag and Budgam, two from Bandipore and one each from Kupwara and Pulwama.

227 cases, 5 deaths in 24 hours: Govt identifies 10 coronavirus hotspots

covid-delhiNew Delhi, Mar 31: The number of COVID-19 cases in India has touched 1,251. 101 have recovered while 32 have died.

During the 21 day lockdown, the government has stepped up measures to curtail the outbreak of the virus. The government has identified the hotspots where unusual transmission of the coronavirus has taken place.

Fake: Govt is not extending the lockdown beyond 21 days

lockdown-1New Delhi, Mar 30: The Government has rubbished reports that the lockdown in India would be extended beyond 21 days. Referring to a report that the Modi government would extend the lockdown beyond 21 days, Prasar Bharti News Services said that report is fake. We got in touch with the Cabinet Secretary on this news article.

The Cabinet Secretary expressed surprise and said that there is no such plan to extend the lockdown.

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Using coronavirus, Pakistan rakes up Kashmir issue at UN

Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Shah Mahmood Qureshi

New Delhi, Mar 30: Pakistan has yet again raked up the Kashmir issue and this time the country has linked it to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office made public the letter written by its foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to the UN Secretary General and the president of the security council. In the letter he describes as dire humanitarian situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Centre initiates action against officers overseeing movement of migrants in Delhi

migrant-exodusNew Delhi, Mar 30: The Centre has suspended two senior officers of the Delhi government for alleged dereliction of duty during the coronavirus lockdown. The Centre has also initiated disciplinary proceedings against the two other officers.

A Home Ministry source tells OneIndia that the action was taken due to the exodus of migrant workers in Delhi over the past few days. The suspended bureaucrats are Additional Chief Secretary (Transport), Renu Sharma and Principal Secretary (Finance) Rajeev Verma. Meanwhile disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Satyagopal and the SDM of Seelampur.

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Prior to lockdown, an advisory that was marked ‘urgent’

lockdown2New Delhi, Mar 29: It was marked urgent. This was the assessment by experts that was conveyed to the government, following which the decision on a lockdown was taken.

It needs an immediate response as people returning to India carrying the infection would come in contact with others, the experts also said.

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China offers to build hospitals to control coronavirus outbreak in India

china-1New Delhi, Mar 29: Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, China has offered to build makeshift hospitals in India. The make-shift hospitals would be like the ones that were built at Wuhan, where the virus was reported first.

An article in the Global Times says that the country’s companies may help build make-shift hospitals in India. Beijing is in touch with New Delhi to coordinate a response to the pandemic.

Kabul: The ISIS-ISI bonhomie was spoken about in this 2019 IB report

isis-kabul-attackNew Delhi, Mar 28: A December 2019 Intelligence Bureau report had said that the ISI and ISIS would come together to target Indian missions in Afghanistan. The report gains significance in the wake of the Gurdwara attack in Kabul that claimed 25 lives.

The report in 2019 had said that the ISI would task operatives of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba to help the ISIS to carry out attacks. In the Kabul attack, the name of Mawlawai Aslam Farooqi, a Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative has cropped up. He was tasked by the ISI and investigations so far have shown that he had led the strike.