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Coronavirus Latest Updates: Total lockdown in India from midnight for next 3 weeks, says PM Modi
By: FE Online |
Updated:Mar 24, 2020 8:29:25 pm
Coronavirus Lockdown News: This is the second time within a week that Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation amid concerns of rising cases of Coronavirus.
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Prime Minister addressed the nation for the second time in withing a week addressing concerns over Coronavirus. (PTI Image)
Coronavirus in India Latest News: Prime Minister is addressing the nation live to share some vital aspects relating to the menace of Coronavirus or COVID19.

With lockdown in around 550 districts, India is hoping to break the chain of Coronavirus spread which has infected hundreds of people so far. The total number of Coronavirus positive cases in India reached 519 on Tuesday. This includes 39 discharged people and 9 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Around 30 states/UTs have been placed under complete lockdown. After break on passenger trains across India, Aviation Ministry said that all domestic flights will also be grounded from Wednesday midnight. PM Narendra Modi has appealed citizens to take the lockdown seriously and said it is a lifetime challenge that the world is facing.
Delhi CM Kejriwal also announced a partial curfew in Delhi while Punjab has announced a complete curfew in the state. The number of cases in Maharashtra and Kerala have gone past 100. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have also seen a rise in cases so far.
During the period of lockdown, goods services will keep on running. Metro and suburban train services have also been restricted in many cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. During the lockdown, state administrations have been advised to keep the essential services running. Hospitals, medical stores grocery and vegetable shops are asked to function normally.
Financial Express Online brings to you latest news and updates on Coronavirus lockdown, LIVE. Stay tuned:



20:29 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Rs 15,000 crore for health infrastructure
The government has earmarked Rs 15,000 crore for developing health infrastructure to fight the Corona menace, says PM Modi.

20:27 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: No shortage of essential items
The government will ensure that there will be no shortage of essential items during the lockdown days, says PM Modi

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20:25 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Time to strengthen our resolve, says PM Modi
Today India is at the stage where our actions today, will decide that to what extent we can bring down the impact of this disaster. This is the time to strengthen our resolve again and again, says PM Narendra Modi.

20:18 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Will have to pay heavy cost if we fail now, says PM Modi
If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days of nationwide complete lockdown, we will be pushed back 21 years. You have to remember that a Coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn't show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home, says PM Modi.

20:14 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Total lockdown for 3 weeks, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a complete natiowide lockdown for next 21 days. 'Every state, every city, every village need to follow the lockdown. We need three weeks to break the chain,' says PM Modi.

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20:09 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Social distancing only way to fight COVID19, says PM Modi
We need to break the chain of Coronavirus and social distancing is key to defeat the disease, says PM Modi.

20:05 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: PM Modi thanks people for janata curfew
I thank people of the country for making 'janata curfew' call a success. Even developed nations are struggling to fight the menace, says PM Modi

19:37 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday, reports AFP. | READ MOREHERE

19:26 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Total cases rise to 519 in India
The total number of Coronavirus positive cases in India reached 519 on Tuesday. This includes 39 discharged people and 9 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

19:18 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 22 private lab chains registered with ICMR for tests
At least 22 private laboratory chains having around 15,500 collection centres spread all over the country have been registered with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) till Tuesday for conducting COVID-19 tests, PTI reported health ministry officials, as saying. | READ MORE HERE

19:11 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 14 new cases, total now reaches 105 in Kerala
Kerala reported 14 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. With this the number of those undergoing treatment has now reached 105, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.

18:58 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Sec 144 in Delhi, inter-state borders sealed
Delhi has sealed all its inter-state borders in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. "We have strictly enforced Section 144 in Delhi & all the inter-state borders have been sealed. Vehicles in NCR area that are transporting essential goods and commodities don't need any passes. People related to the essential commodities and services don't need pass for movement within Delhi, they can show their IDs for movement. People working in e-commerce, media and medical services just need their IDs," MS Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO said.

18:54 (IST)24 MAR 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Death toll rises by 514 to 2,696
The number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Spain rose by nearly 20 per cent to 39,673 on Tuesday. In the last 24 hours, the death toll in the country touched 2,696. | READ MORE HERE

Coronavirus Latest Updates: Total lockdown in India from midnight for next 3 weeks, says PM Modi


IRCTC to automatically refund all tickets
March 24, 2020 18:48

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has asked people not to cancel the tickets they have booked online for those trains that have been cancelled and assured them that they will get full refund automatically.

Earlier, the railways had extended to three months the time to cancel counter tickets till June 21.

The railway subsidiary, IRCTC, said in a statement that doubts have been raised regarding cancellation of e-tickets subsequent to the halting of railway passenger trains.

'No cancellation required on the part of user. If user cancels his ticket, there are chances he may get less refund. Hence, passengers are advised not to cancel e- tickets on their own for those trains which have been cancelled by railways,' it said.

'Refund amount will be credited to the user account used for booking of e-tickets automatically. No charges are deducted by the railways in case of train cancellation,' the statement added.

The railways has cancelled all trains till March 31 in view of coronavirus outbreak. -- PTI

IRCTC to automatically refund all tickets


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BRO opens strategic Manali-Leh road before schedule amid COVID-19 pandemic

The work on 475 km Manali-Leh axis commenced on 19 Feb 2020, with an aim to simultaneously commence snow clearance on important passes.

Published: 19th May 2020 01:09 AM | Last Updated: 19th May 2020 01:09 AM

NEW DELHI: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has opened the strategically important Manali to Leh road on Monday, before the scheduled time.

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) said, “On 18 May 2020, Mr Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP, flagged in the first convoy of vehicles at Sarchu (boundary between Ladakh & Himachal Pradesh) carrying essential supplies, thus officially opening the Manali- Leh Axis this year.”

“BRO teams from Project Himank (Ladakh) and Project Deepak (Himachal Pradesh) successfully completed their tasks and the Manali – Leh axis was opened to traffic, three weeks ahead of schedule,” added BRO.

The work on 475 km Manali – Leh axis commenced on 19 Feb 2020, with an aim to simultaneously commence snow clearance on important passes.

This route is dotted with five important high altitudes passes namely Rohtang (14,216 ft), Baralachla (16,047 ft), Tanglangla (17,582 ft), Lachungla (16,616 ft) and Nakeela (16,170 ft). Rohtang pass is also significant for Lahaul Valley of the Himachal Pradesh.

This linking provided immediate relief to villages of Karnak, Samad, Sumdon and Ankung in particular and people of Lahual Spiti and Leh in general.

The strategically important Manali – Leh highway remains closed for about six months every winter and Ladakh remains cut off from rest of the country which makes the region dependent on supplies through the aerial route.

Ladakh is linked by only two land routes with the rest of India and these are Srinagar-Leh road and Manali-Leh road passing through Sarchu. Ladakh is strategically important as it shares disputed borders with Pakistan and China with areas like Kargil, Siachen, Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) falling in this area.

In its effort to link Ladakh ahead of the schedule BRO had opened 434 km long Srinagar – Leh Road by 15 Mar 2020.

Due to the high altitude and difficult terrain window for work in this area is short. A plan was made and latest hi-tech machinery was swiftly inducted and BRO teams worked relentlessly day and night, even during the COVID-19 Pandemic with adequate precautions.

The plan to open the road ahead of schedule started in January when a high level meeting was chaired by Dr. Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary on 27 Jan 2020 where the need for early opening of roads to Leh was emphasized. This began with detailed coordination between officials of BRO, UT Governments of Ladakh and J&K and State Government of Himachal Pradesh. Also, Lt Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur chaired a meeting at HQ Directorate General Border Roads in New Delhi on 20 Feb 2020 and called upon Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DGBR, to expedite the opening of roads to Leh.

On 11 May 2020, Mr Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member of Parliament, approached Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DGBR, to expedite the snow clearance and facilitate return of people stranded in Kullu and Manali to Ladakh and also for the movement of essential supplies and relief material in the wake of COVID-19 as people/ essential supplies otherwise have to travel through Red Zones of Srinagar & Jammu. Only limited number of people could move due to massive screening requirements at these places.

MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal conveyed his gratitude to Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DGBR and applauded the tremendous efforts put in by BRO.

BRO this year has carried out Snow Clearance on 149 roads of length - 3965 Km with a view to ensure that lines of communication in remote high altitude areas remain open.