PM Address to the Indian Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi bt his 30-minutes television address, which began at 8 pm, addressed the nation on Thursday on the coronavirus outbreak, where he made requests to the people of the country in tackling the virus. India reported its fourth coronavirus death on Thursday as the total number of cases of COVID-19 rose to 173.
- Every citizen should be alert and conscious. Don’t step out of your home unless extremely important.
All senior citizens in our family should not get out of houses.
I request you to follow ‘Janta Curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22 in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
I want that on March 22 we thank all those people who are serving others in this moment of crisis. At 5 pm, stand at the door or in the balcony for five minutes to thank them – by clapping.
Avoid going for routine check-ups, and if your scheduled surgery is not critical, postpone it.
I request the Covid-19 Economic Task Force, headed by the Finance Minister, to take important decisions.
Traders and people belonging to the higher income groups should not cut salaries of those who work for them in this moment of crisis
Please refrain from panic buying and stockpiling essentials. I assure you that there won’t be any shortage of essential items.
Please stay away from rumours and hearsay.
MP Floor test- The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N P Prajapati to convene a special session on Friday for conducting the floor test which must conclude by 5 pm. A bench, headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, ordered video recording and possible live streaming of the Assembly proceedings when the Kamal Nath-led Congress government undertakes the floor test. Another Justice Hemant Gupta, directed the police chiefs of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to provide security to the 16 rebel Congress MLAs if they choose to appear in assembly for trust vote.
China: For the first time after the deadly coronavirus broke out about three months ago in Wuhan, China on Thursday said that no new domestic cases of the COVID-19 were confirmed, including in the virus’ epicentre, even as eight more fatalities have been reported, taking the death toll in the country to 3,245.
Gogoi in RS: Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, son of Ex-Chief Minister of Assam(Congress) Kesab Chandra Gogoi, on Thursday took oath as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha. Gogoi, 65, who retired as the Chief Justice of India in November last year after a tenure of 13 months, took oath in English in the name of God.
Nirbhya Case: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain the plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, challenging the Delhi high court order which rejected his claim that he was not in the city when at the time of crime on December 16, 2012. On the other and Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) are scheduled to be hanged on Friday at 5.30 AM.
India Banned International flights
India on Thursday banned international flights and asked states to ensure private companies work from home, issuing stringent news guideline to stem the coronavirus that has infected more than 170 people till date. No international commercial passenger flights will be allowed to land in India from March 22 for a week.
US Visa Banned: The United States is suspending all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services as of Wednesday in most countries worldwide due to coronavirus outbreak, a spokeswoman for the State Department said. The spokeswoman did not mention which or how many countries are halting services.
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Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
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