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Screengrab from PM Narendra Modi's video message, calling for people to light diyas and candles in the face of Covid-19 | ANI

Poems, songs and advice to light ‘diya of reason’ — responses to PM Modi’s video message

PM Modi gave a call to light diyas and candles for at 9pm on 5 April in the face of the Covid-19 battle, and many politicians and celebrities responded to him.
Policemen hold up people flouting the lockdown at City Chowk in Jammu, on 30 March 2020 | PTI

J&K Police to trawl social media posts slamming domicile law, act if there’s ‘instigation’

Jammu & Kashmir Police says the measure is an attempt to pre-empt people from instigating others to cause a social disturbance in the region over the domicile law.

Twins born during lockdown in Raipur named ‘Corona’ and ‘Covid’

The parents said that their children's names would remind them about all the hardships they conquered amid the countrywide coronavirus lockdown.
Residents of Tatpatti Bakhal in Indore apologise to a team of doctors, a day after health workers were attacked by a mob, on 2 April 2020

Indore doctor returns for coronavirus screening day after mob attack, says I’m not afraid

Dr Trupti Katdare, who was injured in the incident, told ThePrint the local residents were not at fault and some anti-social elements had tried to mislead them.
Modi is facing a backlash from within his party for insisting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should stay. | Photo: PTI

Arvind Kejriwal confused migrants to trigger exodus from Delhi: Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi

In an interview, Sushil Kumar Modi defended the Bihar govt on charges of poor infrastructure, delayed decisions, and absence of Nitish Kumar from public eye.
Supreme Court

Supreme Court dismisses plea for using hotels as shelters for unemployed migrant workers

A top court bench observed that the court cannot force the government to listen to all the ideas as people may come up with millions of ideas.

This man is cycling 2,100 km from Mumbai to Jammu and Kashmir to see his ailing father

With no transport facilites available due to the lockdown, Arif decided to undertake the journey to see his father, who had a massive stroke Thursday, on cycle.
The Brijesh Banger Memorial Hospital in Bhilwara, which accounts for 19 of the distruct's 26 Covid-19 cases

No new Covid-19 case in 4 days, Bhilwara could offer lessons in fight against pandemic

Bhilwara had emerged as one of the key hotspots in the country but strict lockdown measures and ample testing have so far helped contain the spread.
World Bank headquaters in Washington | Commons

World Bank approves $1 billion emergency funding for India to tackle coronavirus

In South Asia, the World Bank also approved $200 million for Pakistan, $100 million for Afghanistan and $128.6 million for Sri Lanka.
Quarantine centre at Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama | Photo: Facebook

Quarantined in Kashmir, Jamia student booked after he posted photos of ‘unhygienic’ centre

Pulwama police says the Jamia PhD scholar was involved in a scuffle after which the FIR was registered.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.