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Rajasthan govt imposes night curfew in 9 cities to contain spread of COVID-19 infection


To curb the pace of COVID infection, the Rajasthan government has decided to impose night curfew in 9 cities including Jaipur from tonight.

The night curfew will be between 8 PM and 6 AM and remain in force till 30th of this month. The cities include Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Abu Road.

Markets and commercial establishments will be closed at 7 PM. Night curfew has also been imposed in Udaipur from 6 PM. Markets and establishments will be closed at 5 PM in the city. These orders will remain in force till 30 April.

Over 76 per cent Polling recorded in 4th phase of assembly polls in West Bengal


Election Commission has said that 76.16 per cent polling has been recorded till 5 PM in the 4th Phase of Assembly polls held in West Bengal today. The Commission said polling was conducted in 15 thousand 940 Polling Stations spread across 44 Assembly Constituencies today. It said, based on report received from Special Observers on the reported incident of violence at one Polling Station, No. 126 under Sitalkuchi Assembly Constituency in Cooch Behar, the Poll Body has adjourned the Poll. The Commission said, peaceful and orderly voting took place on 15 thousand 939 booths except one booth where re-polling has been ordered.

As a major push for conducting free and fair elections, live monitoring and webcasting of more than 50 per cent of Polling Stations including critical and vulnerable polling booths was put in place to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere in polling areas.

The Election Commission expressed gratitude to all stakeholders specially the voters for their enthusiastic and fearless participation in the election process today. The Commission particularly thanks Divyangs, senior citizens, service voters for taking part in elections honoring COVID protocol norms.

Complete lockdown enforced in 8 districts of Chhattisgarh


The cases of corona infection are on sharp rise in Chhattisgarh. In view of the increasing corona infection in the state, orders have been issued to impose complete lockdown in Dhamtari, Raigarh, and Korba districts also. Earlier, the orders for imposing lockdown have already been issued in eight districts of the State, including Raipur. With this, total of 11 districts will be under lockdown.

Lockdown started in Rajnandgaon, Bemetara and Balod districts from this evening. Whereas, Jashpur, Koriya and Balodabazar districts will be under lockdown from Sunday. Lockdown is already effective in the state capital district of Raipur and neighbouring Durg district.

Lockdown will be imposed in Dhamtari and Korba district from April 12 and in Raigarh district from April 14.

Guidelines have also been issued to limit timings of commercial activities in the urban areas of Mahasamund district of the state. Meanwhile, Night curfew has also been imposed in the tribal Bastar district of the state.

India conveys concern to US over warship carrying out navigation ops off Lakshadweep


India on Friday conveyed its concerns to the US after a Navy ship of that country carried out a freedom of navigation patrols in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coast of Lakshadweep islands. The External Affairs Ministry said that New Delhi has conveyed its concerns regarding to the US through diplomatic channels.

The Ministry said, India’s stated position on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is that the Convention does not authorise other States to carry out in the EEZ and on the continental shelf, military exercises or manoeuvres, in particular those involving the use of weapons, without the consent of the coastal state. It added that the USS John Paul Jones was continuously monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits.

Volcano erupts on Caribbean island of St. Vincent


An explosive volcanic eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke and forced thousands of people out of their homes. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged more than 16,000 residents in “red zones” to evacuate on Thursday. St Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organisation said that, the volcano has spewed dark ash plumes 6 km into the air. Ash fall has been recorded as far from the volcano as Argyle International Airport some 20 km away.

The first sign that an eruption was imminent came on Thursday evening, when a lava dome became visible on La Soufrière. La Soufrière, which has been dormant for decades, first started showing volcanic activity in December, but that increased this week.

Thailand closes entertainment outlets in 41 provinces


Thailand has decided to close all entertainment places in 41 provinces, including Bangkok, for at least two weeks as Covid-19 cases linked to them spread rapidly across the country. According to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), new cases linked to pubs, bars and clubs in Thong Lor area of the capital. CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin told to media that, the closure imposed from yesterday after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signed the order.

The closure decision comes just before the long Songkran holidays next week, when millions of people will hit the roads for vacations or family reunions. Among the 41 provinces where all entertainment venues will be closed are Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Songkhla, Surat Thani and Yala.

India, China agree to jointly maintain stability on ground, avoid any new incidents


India and China have agreed on the need to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols. They also agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground, avoid any new incidents and jointly maintain peace in the border areas. During the 11th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point yesterday, the two sides had a detailed exchange of views for the resolution of the remaining issues related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control, LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

During the meeting, it was highlighted that completion of disengagement in other areas would pave the way for two sides to consider de-escalation of forces and ensure full restoration of peace and tranquility and enable progress in bilateral relations. India and China agreed that it is important to take guidance from the consensus of their leaders, continue their communication and dialogue and work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.

EC asks political parties to observe Covid guidelines during election campaigns


Election Commission has asked political parties to observe COVID-19 guidelines in all seriousness saying in cases of breach, it will not hesitate in banning public meetings and rallies of the defaulting leaders.

The Commission has taken a serious view of the laxity in maintaining norms, particularly not wearing masks and not keeping social distance by political leaders on stage in the ongoing elections.

In a letter to leaders of all national and state political parties, the Commission said the instances of election campaigns came to its notice where norms of social distancing, wearing masks and others have flouted. The poll panel said, by doing so the political parties and candidates are exposing themselves as well as the public to the grave danger of infection.

It added that political leaders, campaigners and candidates are expected to be torchbearers for the campaign against COVID-19 and they should not only follow the guidelines but also exhort people attending elections events to follow COVID protocols.

Reiterating its earlier guidelines, the Commission has sought cooperation from the political parties and candidates for the strictest observance of COVID protocols. It has urged the leaders to demonstrate by personal examples and nudge all supporters at the beginning of the rallies and meetings to wear masks, use sanitisers and also put in place crowd control measures.

Homeopathy playing important role in health care requirement in the country: Health Minister

Vinit Wahi / NEW DELHI

UNION Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan has said that Homoeopathy is playing an important role in fulfilling the health care requirement in the country with its integration with modern medicines.

Addressing a conference on Homoeopathy-Roadmap for Integrative Medicine in New Delhi today, the Minister expressed satisfaction that widely popular Homoeopathy is progressing on the basis of systematic and comprehensive research as a system of medicine. He said, Ayush system of medicines were used in Covid-19 in an integrative manner in designated Covid treatment centers which showed the impressive result.

He said, National Health Policy of India recognizes the need to nurture Ayush system of medicines through the development of infrastructural facilities, improving quality control of drugs and capacity building of institutions.

Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy under the Ministry of AYUSH is organizing a two days conference on Homoeopathy. The event is being organized on the occasion of World Homoeopathy Day to commemorate birth anniversary of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homoeopathy.