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Will lock down Delhi if required: Kejriwal

Pension for elderly, widows, specially-abled being doubled in view of coronavirus outbreak, said CM.

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  • 72 lakh people in Delhi to get ration from fair price shops. Ration per person being increased by 50%, will be provided free, says Delhi CM
  • 50% buses won’t ply on Delhi roads during Janta curfew, says Kejriwal

To contain coronavirus outbreak, no gathering with more than five people will be allowed, said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday at a press conference.

As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that all press conferences of the Delhi government will be conducted digitally.

“All Delhi government press conferences will be conducted digitally now. It’s very important that all journalists, who are at the forefront of our battle against Corona, also protect themselves as they are in a high exposure environment,” Kejriwal tweeted.

50% buses won’t ply on Delhi roads during Janta curfew, said the CM. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged citizens to follow the concept of ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm. He said that no one apart from those involved with essential services is supposed to venture out of their homes.

“Extremely concerned about daily wagers, labourers amid coronavirus crisis; don’t want anyone to sleep on an empty stomach,” said Kejriwal.

Pension for elderly, widows, specially-abled being doubled in view of coronavirus outbreak, said CM.

“Food to be provided for homeless in Delhi’s night shelters. 72 lakh people in Delhi get ration from fair price shops. Ration per person being increased by 50 pc, will be provided free,” Kejriwal further said.

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One dead as major fire breaks out at Delhi Gate

Daryagang police station staff also reached the spot. The police is trying to establish the identity of the person who died in the accident.

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New Delhi, July 13 : One person died after a major fire broke out at Delhi Gate here in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse off the fire.

“We received a call at 12:04 a.m. that fire broke out near BSNL building at Delhi gate. Immediately the fire tenders were rushed to the spot,” a fire official said.

Daryagang police station staff also reached the spot. The police is trying to establish the identity of the person who died in the accident.

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Sachin Pilot’s office sealed in Jaipur

Pilot is in Delhi and has triggered a political storm by declaring that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan is in crisis as a total of 30 MLAs are supporting his camp.

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Jaipur, July 13 : Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s office here has been reportedly sealed on Sunday after two employees of the department tested positive for Covid-19.

The Panchayati Raj and Rural Development headquarters being headed by Pilot will remain sealed on July 13 and 14, said officials, adding that the staff shall remain available on phone.

Pilot is in Delhi and has triggered a political storm by declaring that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan is in crisis as a total of 30 MLAs are supporting his camp.

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Assam flood situation worsens; 13 lakh affected, toll at 44

In all, at least 8.03 lakh domestic animals and over 4.24 lakh poultry were affected due to the current wave of floods.

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Guwahati, July 12 : The flood situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday with two more persons losing their lives in the deluge in Nagaon district, taking the death toll to 44 in the state, while the situation deteriorated across 24 of the 33 districts, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said.

The flood waters have submerged 2,015 villages affecting 13 lakh people and 82,546 hectares of crop area across the state.

The district administrations have set up 224 relief camps and distribution centres in 16 districts, where 21,071 people have taken shelter, the ASDMA officials said.

Besides several other rivers, the mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark in Dibrugarh, Neamatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town, an ASDMA bulletin said.

The ASDMA officials said that in the current wave of floods over the past four weeks, at least 27 persons have died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state’s death toll to 44, while 26 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.

Though the 24 of the state’s 33 districts are affected by the floods, the worst affected 16 districts are Dhemaji, Udalguri, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Chirang, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Dibrugarh,West Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in 18 districts, the ASDMA officials said adding that around 810 houses were fully or partially damaged due to the floods.

In all, at least 8.03 lakh domestic animals and over 4.24 lakh poultry were affected due to the current wave of floods.

The National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force personnel, along with the local administration, are continuously working to rescue the affected people and render relief services, including distribution of relief material to the marooned villagers.

Meanwhile, with several rivers in many northeastern states are in spate due to constant monsoon rain, huge low-lying areas in the other states wof the region were inundated on Sunday even as the Meteorological Department forecast more downpours in the next couple of days.

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