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India’s COVID-19 case tally crosses 1.45 lakh-mark; death toll tops 4,100

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.45 lakh-mark on Tuesday, while the death toll has topped the 4,100-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,45,380 cases, which includes 80,722 active cases; 60,491 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 4,167 deaths.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,535 new COVID-19 cases and 146 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. However, the spike in India’s COVID-19 tally today is still less than yesterday’s, which was the highest boom in the number of cases in a while. Yesterday, the country witnessed a spike of about 6,977 cases, crowning significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally for the major part of the last week. The day before yesterday. i,e. Sunday, marked a spike of 6,767 cases, while Saturday had recorded a jump of 6,654 cases, all of them becoming the highest spikes for their own time.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India had crossed the 1.38 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 4,000-mark. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.60%, the Health Ministry informed.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 52,667 positive cases of infection and 1,695 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases is nearing the 32,000-mark and the death toll has crossed the 1,000-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 31,972 cases and 1,026 deaths. The city reported as many as 1,430 cases on Monday alone.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 17,082 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 14,468 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 14,053 with 6,771 patients recovered and 276 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 7,376 cases of which 4,056 have recovered and 167 patients are dead.

Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,859 positive cases so far of which 3,571 patients have recovered and 300 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 6,497 people have confirmed COVID-19, of which 3,660 recovered and 169 people succumbed to it.

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 897 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

Over the major part of the last week, the country marked significant and consecutive highest jumps in the COVID-19 tally.

Interestingly, even though the virus tally continues to spike, new guidelines issued by the central government pertaining to Lockdown 4.0 remain enforced. Several restrictions have been lifted, which includes permitting transport services, reopening of shops, and resuming online shopping. According to the central government’s most recent order, all activities, except the ones “specifically prohibited”, will be allowed in green, orange, red, and buffer zones, which continue to be classified by the States/UTs and district authorities.

Domestic flight services resumed in India on Monday, while international flights are to start soon as well, the central government has informed as part of its gradual reboot of air travel services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

It is now increasingly becoming likely that India, although well into the fourth phase of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-necessitated nationwide lockdown, is quickly becoming one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots in the world.

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Sex in the Time of Coronavirus

Dating and sex are hard in our current world, how do you go out or hook-up when you can’t leave the house? A lot of things are changing, and for a lot of people, this means that sex is going to look different than it did a month ago. Here are some ideas of things to do and ways to stay safe.

Solo sex! Now is a great time for masturbation. Not only is it safe (you can’t get sick from your partner if you don’t have one), but in this heightened time of anxiety, it can be a great way to destress. Looking for something to do while you’re stuck at home? Masturbate more! And as always, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands and any sex toys you use.

Sexting/phone-sex! I’ve been meaning to write a defense of sexting for ages, but it truly seems as though there’s no time like the present. When you’re engaging in social-distancing or self-isolating, sexting is a great way to keep things alive, or start something new. Sexting can be as casual or intense as you and your partner want it to be, and it’s a great way to communicate and improve your understanding of what you like. It can feel a bit silly and maybe even awkward at first, but listen to yourself and your partner–it can really be a great way to stay connected when you’re physically far apart. A note about sending pictures: always make sure that you’re staying safe. If it’s something you wouldn’t want the world to see, don’t send any photos that have your face or identifying marks in them.

The NYC Department of Health has released information on sex in the time of coronavirus. Stay safe and well!

If you’re new to masturbating, or would like to spice things up, you can check our recommended products or learn about vibrators in our How to Choose a Vibrator video series.

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India’s death toll tops 4,000-mark; case tally crosses 1.38 lakh; highest spike yet

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.38 lakh-mark on Monday, while the death toll has topped the 4,000-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,38,845 cases, which includes 77,103 active cases; 57,720 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 4,021 deaths.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,977 new COVID-19 cases and 154 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. In fact, this is the highest spike in India’s COVID-19 tally so far. The last highest jump was of a spike of about 6,767 cases yesterday and of 6,654 cases the day before that and even a jump of 6,088 cases the previous day, thereby marking significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally for the major part of the last week.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India had crossed the 1.3 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,800-mark as well. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.57%, the Health Ministry informed.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 50,231 positive cases of infection and 1,635 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 30,000-mark and the death toll is closing in on the 1,000-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 30,542 cases and 988 deaths. The city reported as many as 1,725 cases on Sunday alone.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 16,277 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 14,063 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 13,418 with 6,540 patients recovered and 261 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 7,100 cases of which 3,856 have recovered and 163 patients are dead.

Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,665 positive cases so far of which 3,408 patients have recovered and 290 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 6,268 people have confirmed COVID-19, of which 3,538 recovered and 161 people succumbed to it.

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 848 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

Over the major part of the last week, the country marked significant and consecutive highest jumps in the COVID-19 tally.

Interestingly, even though the virus tally continues to spike, new guidelines issued by the central government pertaining to Lockdown 4.0 remain enforced. Several restrictions have been lifted, which includes permitting transport services, reopening of shops, and resuming online shopping. According to the central government’s most recent order, all activities, except the ones “specifically prohibited”, will be allowed in green, orange, red, and buffer zones, which continue to be classified by the States/UTs and district authorities.

All domestic flights are also set to resume in India from today, while international flights are to start soon as well, the central government has informed as part of its gradual reboot of air travel services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

It is now increasingly becoming likely that India, although well into the fourth phase of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-necessitated nationwide lockdown, is quickly becoming one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots in the world.

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Alia Chhiba wishes her ‘big sis’ Suhana Khan as she turns 20, shares their unseen pictures | Hindi Movie News

Shah Rukh Khan and GauriKhan’s daughter Suhana Khan, who enjoys a massive fan following on social media, is celebrating her 20
th birthday today. She is one of the most adored star kids and often makes headlines with her appearance in the city.
As Suhana turned a year older today, her friends and cousins have started pouring in sweet birthday wishes for her. Her cousin Alia Chhiba has taken to her Instagram and wished her ‘big sis’ on her special day.

Alia shared a few pictures with Suhana from various occasions and wrote, “Happiest Birthday big sis, I love you the most.” In one of the pictures, Alia can be seen planting a kiss on Suhana’s cheek while in another picture they can be seen posing in the ethnic avatars at a wedding. Check out her post below:

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Yesterday, Suhana’s BFF Ananya Panday too wished her and shared a stunning picture on social media. In the picture, Ananya looks pretty in a green printed shirt-dress while Suhana was all-beautiful in a black outfit. The caption of the post read, “the two things I miss the most – the great outdoors and SUHANA!!! 🥺🥺🥺 happy 20th bday Sue 😨🥳 but u will be my little baby forever ❤️”

Currently, Suhana is at home with her family and trying to make the most of her free time amid the coronavirus lockdown. She is also taking online belly dance classes and she had shared a few glimpses on social media.

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Domestic flight services to resume from May 25; here’s what you’ll need for air travel

All domestic flights are set to resume in India from May 25, i.e. Monday, the central government has informed as part of its graudal reboot of air travel services in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak.

According to sources, the very first domestic flight will be at 4:30 AM on Monday. It will take off from the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. In the first phase, 28 domestic flights will take off from Delhi towards various destinations across India.

Passengers have been advised to bring their boarding passes along with them. It has also been made mandatory for the air travellers to download the Aarogya Setu mobile app in their cellphones, which will help authorities determine if the concerned passengers are coming from a COVID-19 hotspot or not. If they do not have the app on their phones, passengers will have to sign an undertaking declaring that they are free from COVID-19 infection. Air travel staff will also assist passengers in downloading the app on the spot, if it’s not present on their phones

A thermal gun will also be used to screen the passengers before entry into the flight.

Confirming the development,  Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, ”There’s no contradiction between domestic flights beginning from May 25 and lockdown in India being imposed till May 31.”

Puri further said that the government will try to start a good percentage of international passenger flights before August. The Minister also said that the Centre is planning to bring back Indian citizens from Sri Lanka either by ship or flights. Discussions are at an advanced stage, the Aviation Minister said.

He also recommended ”Aarogya Setu app for everyone” saying, ”it’s an excellent contact-tracing device.”

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Passengers from High-risk States to Go on Mandatory 7-day Institutional Quarantine in Karnataka

Police and health officials arrive for inspection after a senior citizen died of COVID-19 at Tipu Nagar in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Police and health officials arrive for inspection after a senior citizen died of COVID-19 at Tipu Nagar in Bengaluru. (PTI)

A COVID-19 test will be conducted between the fifth and seventh day of institutional quarantine. If the test results are negative, then the individual will be stamped and asked to undergo seven days of home quarantine. Returnees from all other states, will have to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

The BS Yediyurappa government has laid out a revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for travellers entering Karnataka by road, rail or air. Passengers travelling from high-risk states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will have to undergo compulsorily institutional quarantine for seven days.

A COVID-19 test will be conducted between the fifth and seventh day of institutional quarantine. If the test results are negative, then the individual will be stamped and asked to undergo seven days of home quarantine. Returnees from all other states, will have to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

Earlier, all those entering the state were compulsorily asked to undertake 14-day institutional quarantine either at paid facilities (Hotel/hostels) or government centres (choultrys/schools/exhibition halls). There was also a complete ban on travellers from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

The government has, however, made exceptions for certain pregnant women, children below 10 years of age, senior citizens above 80 and patients with terminal illness. People under these categories will be allowed an attendant during home quarantine after they test negative for coronavirus infection.

The state has also taken into account passengers who would travel for business purposes and whose trip might not be over five days. For them, submission of a negative COVID-19 test which was taken at least two days before the journey will be required. If the person does not produce such a certificate, then he/she must be sent to a paid institutional quarantine centre until they test negative.

Further, exemptions will be made for medical professionals, nurses, para-medical staff, sanitation personnel and ambulances traveling between states will be asked to home quarantine. Members of defence, para-military, railways, DRDO, ISRO, PSUs can stay in institutional quarantine for 14 days in dedicated guest houses, quarantine facility of the organisation.

All undertaking travel will have to compulsorily apply on the Seva Sindhu App. Even transit passengers will have to apply in the app giving details of arrival and destination state.

No restriction on inter-district travel in Karnataka between 7am and 7pm, beyond which travel for only essential services is allowed. There will be no district checkpost for health screening as was conducted earlier.

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With over 31 lakh returnees, states witness surge in coronavirus cases

As around 31 lakh stranded labourers already reached their native states with the help of more than 2,317 sharmik special trains since May 1, many states have witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases.

Going by the last one week figures, states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha and West Bengal are witnessing sudden surge in Covid-19 casess, which is a major challenge before these states in coming days.

After infamous tablighi episode, which witnessed a sudden spike in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Bihar and Assam in the first two weeks of April, now big reverse migration of present history through land and rail routes, are a new challenge for the Centre and states.

For states, arranging hundreds of camps, food and sanitation facilities, establishing quarantines centres at border areas and in villages, screening and testing of these migrants are not going be an easy task as lakhs of migrants laboures still waiting for their turns are likely to be back to the native place in the coming days. The figures are likely to increase from June 1 as Railway opened its more services with around 200 trains a day from different states.

Bihar, UP, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Rajasthan are the key states, where maximum sharmik special trains are reaching since May 1. The onus is now on these states to arrange 14 days of quarantine for the travellers and their strict monitoring. They will be discharged after following the complete health SOP. With poor health infrastructure at district level, bigger challenge for these states is to follow these SOP like enhancing the surveillance and their contract tracing. Facilities and infrastructure quality of many quarantine centres are also under question.

RAILWAYS OPERATION INTENSIFIED

As per latest railway figures, total around 2,317 shramik specials have already arrived at their destination with more than 31 lakh migrants labourers. Interestingly, earlier trains were being run by railways only after concurrence is given both by the state which is sending the passengers and the state which is receiving them. Now to avoid delay, MHA is coordinating with Ministry of Railways to carry on their operation to administrative delay in permission from states.

As per the latest data, Uttar Pradesh has received maximum 1054 trains, followed by Bihar with 562 trains, Madhya Pradesh (101 trains), Jharkhand (70 trains), Rajasthan (32 trains), West Bengal (27 trains) are the major receiving states. After showing initial reluctance, West Bengal also announced to allow around 105 special shramik train for the states.

STATES FACING THE HEAT

UTTAR PRADESH

On Thursday, states witnessed biggest surge with 340 fresh cases and total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 5,515 in Uttar Pradseh.

With 2 lakh migrants coming to the state every day and areas like Banda, Barabanki, Gorakhpur, Etah, Pratapgarh, Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Varansi, Firozabad seems badly affected, as most of the trains are terminating in these areas. These are just the train figures and if we check the arrival through bus since 30 April, 5,217 buses have been used to carry around 5 lakhs migrants to different districts from states like MP, Rajasthan, Haryana and others to Uttar Pradesh.

According to the figures, in just one week, the state figure went up from 4,057 to 5,515 now. The state government has urged the migrants entering the state to strictly follow home quarantine even as the “village/mohalla nigrani samitis” are keeping an eye on them. They have also been asked not to come in contact with elderly people, children and pregnant women. Around 1,350 migrants labours who arrived from different states have now tested positive till now in UP.

BIHAR

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Bihar soared to 1,987 on Thursday when 211 people tested positive for the coronavirus.
Bigger issue is that since the arrival of lakhs of migrants labouers from different states, around 1,000 of them have tested positive till now. All the 38 districts in the state have reported Covid-19 cases and Patna, Munger, Rohtas, Jehanabad and Begusarai happen to be the worst affected, all of them having respective tallies in three digits. Now other districts reporting a significant number of cases were Samastipur (25), Katihar (19), Rohtas and Gopalganj (17 each), Gopalganj (16), Sheikhpura (13) and Buxar and East Champaran (11 each).

As per state govt assessment, more than 1,500 cases have been reported in the state since the beginning of this month, which has been attributed mainly to the large-scale influx of migrants. Out of around 1000 migrants have tested positive for Covid 19, the state health department said, adding that most infected returnees have come from Delhi (296), Maharashtra (253), Gujarat (180), Haryana (66), West Bengal (58) and Rajasthan (34). More than 7 lakh migrants are currently lodged at thousands of quarantine centres set up across the state at district, block and panchayat levels. 85 special trains, carrying close to 1.40 lakh migrants, reached Bihar on a day and another 1.43 lakh are scheduled to arrive on Friday by 87 Shramik Specials.

RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan government has so far sent about two lakh migrants to their home states and brought back its 6.75 lakh workers to the state. A total of 23.98 lakh people have registered themselves online with 10.82 lakh people applying for going out of the state and 12.27 lakh for coming back from other states.

Around 6.75 lakh workers and migrants have been brought to Rajasthan, of which 2,74,283 have entered from Sirohi border, 1,23,919 from Dungarpur border, 55,043 from Chittorgarh border, 51,891 from Jalore border and the rest from other districts.

In the last one week, 1,476 new coronavirus cases have been reported and most of these cases are in border areas like Dugarpur, Jhunjhunu, Chittorgath, Bikaner, Sirohi apart from other districts. Officials in Rajasthan also said that the majority of new cases were reported from the border districts of Gujarat, from where the migrant workers have returned. Thereafter, they have decided to seal those border. As per reports around 1,200 migrants who returned from different states tested positive till now.

ODISHA:

Odisha is another state, where figures seems almost settle till the first week of May but it started showing major jump after May 10. As per the state health dept, almost 90 percent cases out of 1,189 in Odisha surge due to migrant workers return to the state via Shramik Special Trains and buses. The state had 200 positive cases of Covid-19 before migrant workers return.

As per state data, 2,14,373 migrants has returned to the state till Thursday since May 3 so far. All these fresh cases are from Ganjam (52), Balasore (33), Jajpur (7), Sundargarh (7) and Keonjhar (2). As per state report, out of the seven positive cases in Jajpur district, five returned from West Bengal, whereas two returned from Maharastra. Out of the 33 positive cases in Balasore, 24 are Surat returnees, three West Bengal returnees, two Bangalore returnees, one from containment zone and three local primary contacts. All seven positive cases in Sundergarh are primary contacts in containment zone at Rourkela. Ganjam district alone has contributed around 200 new cases in recent days, most of them migrants who arrived from Surat in Gujarat. Of 86 cases, 46 are in Jajpur district (37 from West Bengal, one Telangana, two Tamil Nadu returneees and four UAE, one Chhattisgarh and one Haryana returnee, 11 in Cuttack (10 in quarantine centres, 4 West Bengal, 3 Gujarat, 1 Tamil Nadu and 2 Telangana returnees and 1 local case). Majority of positive cases are either from Gujarat’s Surat, Maharastra or West Bengal returnees.

MADHYA PRADESH

In Madhya Pradesh, around 4.82 migrants labourers reached to different districts in the state till now from May 1. Out of that, 3.38 lakh migrants came via buses and 1.44 lakh via shramik trains. Major inflow are from Gujarat (1.98 lakh), Rajasthan (1.5 lakh) and Maharashtra (10 lakhs). As per state data, 101 trains arrived in the state till now, out of that, 32 trains arrived from Maharashtra, 27 from Gujarat, 15 from Haryana, 7 from Telengana, 5 from Karnataka, 3 each from Tamil Nadu and Goa and 2 each from Kerela, Rajasthan and Delhi. Around 2,341 buses brought back around 1 lakhs migrants from different states. Though Madhya Pradesh is not providing migrants specific data, who have tested positive, but surge in district like Khandwa, Burhanpur, Dewas are the areas of concern for the states.

KARNATAKA

Karnataka continued to witness a substantial rise in infection in the last two days with 143 new cases on Thursday and 105 on Friday. If we look at the statistics, the state had reported around 848 case till May 10. Now, the state witnessed sudden jump to almost double in the last ten days and its goes up to total 1,710 cases.

According to the state health ministry, influx of migrants from Maharashtra is the reason behind this jump. According to report till Wednesday, it shows that 50 of the new cases are those who returned from Maharashtra in the last few days. The new cases confirmed include 21 from Hassan, 10 from Bidar, 8 from Mandya, 7 from Kalaburagi, 6 from Udupi, 4 each from Bengaluru Urban and Tumkur, and one each from Yadgir, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada districts. Mandya, Kalburgi, Devengir are registering maximum number of cases in the last few days.

JHARKHAND

One-third of the 187 positive cases spread over one dozen districts have been reported in the last few days in Jharkhand. With the arrival of around 70 sharmik trains in the last few days, the numbers jumped from 157 (on May 10) to 303 now. This sudden surge caused after migrant workers began to reach their home state. Few of the migrants who recently reached districts like Garwa, Bokaro, Koderma, Palamu have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Most of these migrants are coming from Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

TOUGH DAYS AHEAD FOR STATES

With more train services set to start from June 1, a bigger challenge =lied ahead for the states to handle the mass influx. Ramping up the health infrastructure, managing quarantine centres, pool testing, contact tracing and cluster surveillance are the key challenges before these states.

As per the states and railway ministry assessment, more than 50 lakh migrants labourers are still in ques and waiting for their turn to board the trains to their states. As per Delhi government’s assessment, over four lakh migrants stranded in Delhi have registered on Delhi government’s website to go back to their hometowns in different states. The Delhi government has asked for 262 more trains to send these migrants to states like Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Similarly, 15 lakhs migrants in Maharashtra, 15 lakhs in Punjab and 8 lakhs in Haryana, who have registered themselves in these states, are still in the que to return to their states.

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PM Modi’s economic package ‘cruel joke on country’: Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of the economic package to deal with the COVID-19 crisis as a “cruel joke on the country” as 22 opposition parties accused the Central Government of “unabashedly usurping” powers of states and abandoning any pretence of being democratic.

Besides Congress chief, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC head Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and DMK leader M K Stalin were those who attended the meeting.

Addressing the leaders, Gandhi said the government is uncertain about the criteria for enforcing the lockdown with no exit strategy and has “cruelly ignored” scores of migrant workers and the 13 crore families in the bottom half of the population.

“The government has abandoned any pretence of being democratic and all power is now concentrated in only one office — the PMO,” she said.

“The prime minister’s announcement of a grand Rs 20 lakh crore package on May 12 and the finance minister spelling out its details over the next five days have turned out to be a cruel joke on the country,” she added.

During the meeting, held via video conference, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said there would be economic devastation if the poor were not helped urgently with cash and free rations.

AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Mallikarjun Kharge were other senior Congress leaders who attended the meeting.

Other opposition leaders present in the video conference were JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda, besides CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, Sharad Yadav (LJD), Omar Abdullah (NC), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Jitan Ram Manjhi (HAM), Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP), Jose K Mani (KC-M), Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF), Jayant Chaudhary (RLD).

The opposition parties also issued a joint statement, saying that the Centre has failed in discharging its responsibilities in a timely, effective and sensitive manner during the pandemic.

The economy has collapsed and all sections of society face acute distress, with livelihoods having been destroyed and many lives lost, they said.

Grand announcements have been made by the government but they have not done anything meaningful to alleviate the sufferings of people and address the pressing concerns of farmers, migrants and other workers, the statement said.

“In fact, the Union government has unabashedly usurped powers vested in the States undermining the constitutionally guaranteed federal democracy,” it said, adding this is not the time for the Centre to indulge in “showmanship or one-upmanship”, but this is the time for a gigantic and collective endeavour.

“It is important that the government reaches out and engages in a dialogue with all political parties in a systematic manner, listen seriously to the suggestions that we have to make, activate Parliamentary institutions like Standing Committees and be genuine in helping the states financially and otherwise,” the parties said in the statement.

They also demanded a direct cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month to families outside the Income tax bracket for 6 months, an immediate cash assistance of Rs 10,000 along with free ration and free transportation for migrant workers to their native places.

The BJP hit back at the Congress, saying that the party was playing “cynical” politics over the COVID-19 crisis as Sonia Gandhi and her “family” have “indulged in drama” at the time of a national catastrophe.

In a statement after the opposition meeting, BJP spokesperson and MP GVL Narsimha Rao said it is the Congress president and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who have “played cruel jokes and cynical politics on migrant workers.”

“They did nothing for migrant workers except the mother-daughter duo making some grand announcements. Except indulging in drama and petty politics at a time of national crisis, Sonia and her family did nothing to contribute to nation’s united fight against the pandemic,” Rao said.

“Never before have a principal opposition party indulged in such cynical politics and the Congress will pay a political price for playing negative politics,” the Rajya Sabha MP claimed.

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Mumbai: Civic body allows online sale, home delivery of liquor

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |

Published: May 23, 2020 2:28:31 am

coronavirus, maharashtra lockdown, maharashtra liquor sale, maharashtra online liquor sale, maharashtra home delivery liquor sale, bmc, bmc commissioner, indian express newsLiquor shopowners said that they would utilise their own staffers for home delivery to cut costs. (Representational Photo)

Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal on Friday allowed online sale of liquor through home delivery in the city from Saturday. However, the service – to be allowed from 10 am to 6 pm – will not be allowed in containment zones.

Officials said the shops selling liquor can use e-commerce platforms for home delivery. Customers, however, would be able to avail the services only from Sunday at the earliest, as liquor retailers have to take permissions from the Mumbai collector and excise department for the same.

Also, delivery will be allowed only for liquor permit holders. Those who do not have permits need to register on the website of the excise department and get a permit number, which has to be mentioned while placing orders.

BMC’s order stated that excluding the containment zones, shops selling liquor in sealed bottles will be permitted to operate via home delivery. The shops have been asked to strictly follow government guidelines. “Under no circumstances, over the counter sales of liquor can be permitted,” the order stated.

Liquor shopowners said that they would utilise their own staffers for home delivery to cut costs. Association of Progressive Retail Liquor Vendors said shopowners would paste WhatsApp numbers outside their shops, at which customers can place orders. Customers will pay after delivery by cash, debit or credit card as the delivery personnel will be given POS machines.

“Since BMC has given its nod, we will approach the collector’s office and the excise department to complete formalities. We will use our staff for delivery. We hope that by Sunday, delivery will start. Also, we are not planning to take help of e-commerce services, as profits will be meager that way,” said Arvind Miskin, the association president.

The designated delivery personnel have to be daily screened for Covid-19 symptoms. While shops will provide all details to the excise department of those who would go for home delivery, the staffers would also be provided with identity cards so that they are stopped by the police on the road. The delivery persons should also be given hand sanitizers, mask and gloves, the order added.

State Excise Commissioner Kanitlal Umap could not be reached for a comment.

On May 14, the government had allowed online sale of liquor in the state. However, Mumbai and some other Covid-19 hotspot cities were excluded from the order. The last time Mumbai had allowed liquor shops to open, they had to be shut within 24 hours due to large crowds thronging shops and violating social distancing norms.

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Good news for tipplers in Mumbai, BMC allows home delivery of liquor

In good news to tipplers in Mumbai, the BMC has allowed home delivery of liquor via e-commerce platforms in the city as coronavirus-enforced lockdown guidelines have been relaxed by the municipal authorities.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued guidelines for sale of liquor in the city except in COVID-19 containment zones.

The sale will be limited to home delivery and over-the-counter sale of liquor will not be allowed yet, it said.

“E-commerce platforms may be utilised by the liquor shops permitted to do home delivery,” the BMC said in an order.

Sale of liquor was banned among other non-essential things as the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25. The lockdown was further extended thrice till May 31.

As the sale of liquor started in different parts of the country after the relaxation in guidelines on May 4, huge crowds were seen at liquor shops, including in Mumbai following which the civic body withdrew the relaxation.

While the online sale and home delivery of liquor started in various parts of the same was not permitted in Mumbai.

However, with the new order, tipplers in Mumbai will be able to enjoy drinks in the comfort of their homes.

Mumbai is the worst-affected city in the country with 34,107 positive cases and 1,027 deaths so far. On Friday alone, 1,751 new cases and 27 deaths were recorded in the state capital.

Maharashtra has so far recorded 44,582 COVID-19 cases and 1,517 deaths.

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