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PM Narendra Modi will interact with floor leaders of various political parties through video conferencing on April 8 to discuss issues related to coronavirus, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Saturday. The video conference is scheduled for 11 am. This comes as coronavirus cases in India crossed 3,000 and the death toll rose to 75.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:56 pm on 04 Apr
EC further postpones Rajya Sabha elections amid COVID-19 pandemic
short by Atul Mishra / on 04 Apr 2020,Saturday
The Election Commission said it is using its constitutional powers to defer Rajya Sabha polls to 18 seats beyond the terms of the retiring members, amid coronavirus pandemic. Rajya Sabha elections were scheduled to be held on March 26. While 17 Rajya Sabha members from six states are retiring on April 9, one from Meghalaya is retiring on April 12.
short by Atul Mishra / 10:34 am on 04 Apr
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Sunday criticised Rahul Gandhi after the latter took a dig at PM Narendra Modi's appeal to switch off electricity and light lamps. Calling Rahul's criticism a "vulgar attempt to create panic", Patra said, "Dear Rahulji...you should behave as a positive politician, not a Tablighi politician." Rahul had demanded safety equipment for healthcare, sanitation workers.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:40 pm on 06 Apr
Congress leader P Chidambaram has appreciated PM Narendra Modi's interaction with Opposition leaders, adding that India entered a "crucial two-week period today". He said he was sure all Opposition leaders "pledged support to government's efforts to battle spread of COVID-19". Congress pointed out shortcomings in government measures in spirit of "constructive criticism and cooperation", he added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 03:08 pm on 06 Apr
PM gave enough hints on extending lockdown: TMC MP on all-party meet
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that PM Narendra Modi, during an all-party meeting on Wednesday, dropped enough hints of extending the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bandyopadhyay added, "The PM said lifting the lockdown at one go is not advisable as several experts and states have suggested extending it. He said he will discuss the issue with the CMs".
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:13 am on 09 Apr
Hope people don't burn down own homes: Raut on PM's diya appeal
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 04 Apr 2020,Saturday
After PM Narendra Modi asked Indians to light a candle or diya for 9 minutes on April 5, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut tweeted, "When people were asked to clap, they crowded the roads....I just hope now they don't burn down their own houses." Raut added, "'diya to jalalenge' but please tell us what the government is doing to improve condition".
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:27 am on 04 Apr
An FIR was filed against BJP leader Manju Tiwari in Balrampur, UP after a video showed her engaging in celebratory firing on Sunday, when people lit lamps at 9 pm for 9 minutes on PM Modi's appeal. "I felt like it was Diwali and fired out of jubilation," said Tiwari. "I accept my mistake and apologise for it," she added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 05:41 pm on 06 Apr
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that PM Narendra Modi's call to citizens to light a candle or diya for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday is a "personal matter". "I will sleep if I want to sleep," she said. "He will speak his mind...I will speak mine...you think he has said something good, follow it," Mamata further said.
short by Atul Mishra / 11:19 am on 04 Apr
PM Narendra Modi addressed BJP workers on the party's 40th Foundation Day and made five appeals to them to support India's fight against coronavirus. He asked BJP workers to contribute to PM-CARES Fund, ensure food availability for poor, make face masks for five people, show gratitude to healthcare, sanitation workers, police, etc. and spread awareness about 'Aarogya Setu' app.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 06:28 pm on 06 Apr
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to PM Narendra Modi suggesting austerity measures to divert funds towards fight against coronavirus. In the letter she offered five "concrete suggestions" which include complete ban on media ads by government and suspension of the ₹20,000 crore Central Vista beautification plan. Sonia also suggested cancellation of all foreign visits of ministers.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 03:57 pm on 07 Apr
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi criticised PM Narendra Modi over his appeal to switch off electricity and light candles for nine minutes on April 5 to "challenge the darkness of coronavirus". "Don't reduce our lives to gimmicks of 9 mins [PM]," said Owaisi. "We wanted to know what relief poor will receive. Instead we got some new drama," he added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 10:37 pm on 03 Apr
No vision, just a feel-good moment: Tharoor on PM Modi's video message
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 03 Apr 2020,Friday
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday criticised PM Narendra Modi's appeal to switch off electric lights and light candles for nine minutes on April 5 amid coronavirus lockdown. Terming PM the "Pradhan Showman", Tharoor called his video message "just a feel-good moment curated by India's Photo-Op Prime Minister". There was no vision of the future in the message, he added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 05:56 pm on 03 Apr
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that India is "simply not testing enough to fight COVID-19 virus". Referring to PM Narendra Modi's appeal to people to light diyas, torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to challenge darkness of coronavirus, Gandhi said, "Making people clap and shining torches in sky isn't going to solve the problem."
short by Sakshita Khosla / 08:26 pm on 04 Apr
BJP suspends leader who fired gunshots to mark PM's 'light diyas' appeal
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 06 Apr 2020,Monday
Manju Tiwari, president of Balrampur (UP) unit of BJP Mahila Morcha was suspended by the party for indiscipline, after she fired gunshots to mark PM Narendra Modi's appeal to light lamps to show solidarity against COVID-19. A video showing Tiwari engaging in celebratory firing surfaced on social media. Tiwari was booked under sections of IPC and Arms Act.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 09:10 pm on 06 Apr
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Saturday said that he has written to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking for a disaster fund for the national capital amid coronavirus spread. "Centre released ₹17,000 crore to the states to fight corona(virus), but didn't give even a single rupee to Delhi," said Sisodia. "Such discrimination is unfortunate," he added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 10:25 pm on 05 Apr
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Monday wrote an open letter to PM Narendra Modi criticising him for what he called an "ill-planned 21-day lockdown" to control coronavirus spread. "My biggest fear is that the same mistake of demonetisation is being repeated at a much bigger scale," said Haasan. The lockdown is leading to loss of life and livelihood, he added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 08:39 pm on 06 Apr
Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Sunday said that PM Narendra Modi and the Centre made a "grave mistake" by announcing the lockdown without notifying the states. Moily said, "States could have made more preparation. This was just imposed like a shock." He added that the Centre should now tell its plan after the lockdown period ends to avoid "chaos".
short by Apaar Sharma / 06:29 pm on 05 Apr
BJP President JP Nadda has asked the party workers to give up one meal to show solidarity with people facing hardships during the ongoing lockdown to mark the organisation's 40th foundation day on Monday. Nadda added, "In the next one week, put a system in place where we can provide two homemade face covers to each person at our booth."
short by Apaar Sharma / 11:08 pm on 06 Apr
Mehbooba Mufti shifted to her residence, to remain under detention
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, who is presently detained under Public Safety Act, was shifted to her residence, Fairview Gupkar Road, in Srinagar on Tuesday. The government has accorded the status of subsidiary jail to her residence, where she'll continue to remain under detention. Mufti was put under preventive custody in August 2019 and booked under PSA in February 2020.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:59 pm on 07 Apr
PM Modi chairs meeting of Council of Ministers via video link
short by Apaar Sharma / on 06 Apr 2020,Monday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a meeting of Council of Ministers via video conferencing. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were also in attendance at the meeting. This came shortly after the Prime Minister gave an address on the occasion of the 40th foundation day of the Bharatiya Janata Party earlier in the day.
short by Apaar Sharma / 03:42 pm on 06 Apr
Exclusion of AIMIM from PM Modi's COVID-19 meeting an insult: Owaisi
short by Apaar Sharma / on 05 Apr 2020,Sunday
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that his party being "denied" participation in the proposed interaction with PM Narendra Modi on COVID-19 was an insult to the people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad. This comes after Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi issued a release saying that PM Modi would interact with leaders of political parties with more than five MPs.
short by Apaar Sharma / 09:48 pm on 05 Apr
Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale urged Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to completely lockdown Mumbai's Dharavi in order to prevent it from becoming a COVID-19 hotspot. "The spread of COVID-19 can be very fast there due to the congestion," he said. Mumbai Police is making a good effort but no one is listening as they are less in number, Shewale added.
short by Jigyasu / 09:38 am on 08 Apr
Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Monday urged Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa over a telephonic conversation to announce a special package to help farmers, agriculture labourers and the working class affected by the lockdown. Yediyurappa responded that he will formulate a programme keeping in mind the suggestions, the CMO said. Over 150 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the state so far.
short by Jigyasu / 04:07 pm on 06 Apr
Who gave permission for Nizamuddin Tablighi event?: Sharad Pawar
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 06 Apr 2020,Monday
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday asked who gave permission for the Tablighi Jamaat's March event at Nizamuddin in Delhi which is linked to a large number of coronavirus cases in India. Pawar pointed out that Maharashtra government earlier denied permission for a similar event. He also criticised 'media hype' of the Nizamuddin event, saying it targeted one community.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 03:40 pm on 06 Apr
Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor has urged PM Narendra Modi to reconsider the central government's decision to suspend Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds for two years. Tharoor added that by removing the resources at MPs disposal, it would "centralise" the allocation of funds, which can lead to delays in the devolution of funds.
short by Atul Mishra / 09:08 am on 07 Apr
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