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Will India Announce Lockdown? PM Modi to Meet CMs of States Tomorrow to Review COVID Situation

Regarding imposing lockdown, PM Modi will consult all chief ministers before taking any such decision.

Looking at the rising cases of coronavirus across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the chief minister of states on Tuesday via video-conferencing. During the day-long meeting with the chief ministers, PM Modi will review the CIVUD situation and as per their suggestions, he will take possible decision.

As a number of states have partially announced lockdown by imposing night curfews and Section 144, it is possible that PM Modi might announce another lockdown in states where the cases are rising in rapid rate. However, the Centre would give states the power to decide on the announcement of lockdown.

The development comes as the country has crossed 91 lakh mark in coronavirus cases in the past one week.

The health ministry earlier in the day had said that India has been registering less than 50,000 COVID-19 cases daily since November 8 which assumes significance as several countries in the Western Hemisphere are witnessing a surge in cases at the onset of winter.

The situation is becoming serious as a total of 44,059 people were found infected with COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours with 10 nstates and UTs contributing to 78.74 per cent of the new infections.

Delhi reported 6,746 cases in a day followed by Maharashtra recording 5,753 new cases while Kerala reported 5,254 daily cases.

Of the 511 case fatalities reported in a span of 24 hours, 74.95 per cent are concentrated in ten states and UTs.

Delhi, with 121 reported deaths, contributes 23.68 per cent to the new fatalities, the ministry said,

Maharashtra saw a fatality count of 50 while West Bengal followed closely with 49 new fatalities.

India’s present active caseload (4,43,486) comprises 4.85 per cent of the total cases, and has been sustained below the 5 per cent mark.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate continues to be above 93 per cent as 93.68 per cent of all cases have recovered as of date with 41,024 new recoveries being registered in a day.

Expressing concern over the rising cases of coronavirus, the Supreme Court earlier in the day asked the Centre and all states to file within two days status reports detailing the steps taken to deal with the situation.

The apex court also said that there is spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and authorities have to take steps and prepare for the worst for December

“Things have worsened in Delhi especially in November. You file a status report on what steps have been taken,” a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who was appearing for Delhi government.

The top court said all efforts shall be made by the Centre and the states to mitigate the situation and to deal with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Observing that there is a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country especially in Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat, the bench noted the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had taken a meeting on November 15 and steps are being taken to deal with the situation in the national capital.

Resource: India.com

Delhi Assembly Election: What is at stake for Arvind Kejriwal, PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi?

Around 1.5 crore voters of Delhi will elect their next government on February 8. The incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hopes to return to power on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s appeal and performance of the government. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) banks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity to stage a comeback after 22 years. And, the Congress wishes to make an impact in the Delhi Assembly election that keeps the BJP out of power even if it means a second chance to its tormentor Arvind Kejriwal.

The AAP is in the fray with the slogan of “Kejriwal once more” in Delhi. The Delhi Assembly election is aa question of existence for the Aam Aadmi Party and relevance of Brand Kejriwal. Delhi is the only state where the AAP is in power.

To lose Delhi Assembly election, Kejriwal’s AAP will have to perform at nearly half of its 2015 show. Back then the party had won 67 of 70 seats. It lost one in the bypoll later. This time around, Kerjiwal has set a target of “67 paar” (winning more than 67 seats). This seems too ambitious given there is no palpable pro-incumbency wave in Delhi.

If the AAP loses power in Delhi Assembly election, this will push Kejriwal to the margins of Indian politics. Kejriwal faces the risk of being consigned to political dustbin as one-time-wonder if he fails to bring the AAP back to power in Delhi.

The only state outside Delhi where the AAP has some presence of note is Punjab, where infighting is troubling the party leadership in Delhi. It has 19 MLAs in Punjab and just one Lok Sabha MP. In 2014, it had four Lok Sabha MPs from Punjab.

A loss for Kejriwal or his party in Delhi Assembly election might actually be an epitaph for the AAP as far as any national role in politics is concerned.

BJP

Delhi has been a sour grape for the BJP, which has dominated the Lok Sabha elections here but falters in assembly polls. Despite a whirlwind of Modi wave in 2013-19, the BJP failed to win 2013 Delhi Assembly election, when it emerged as the single-largest party, and 2015 Delhi polls, when it finished a distant second with only three MLAs in the 70-member house. The rest were all AAP members.

The BJP depends heavily on PM Modi to return to power in the national capital. But this time, the BJP has mixed Modi mascot with local politics. It is focusing on local issues to counter the Kejriwal government’s claim of achievements. The BJP-led central government is playing the perfect political role.

The Centre announced regularization of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies, where Kejriwal had promised in 2015 to provide piped water. The Centre’s move just on the eve of Delhi Assembly election seems to be a copy of the Congress’s 2008 move, when then ruling party at the Centre had distributed ownership certificates to residents of unauthorised colonies. The Congress had retained power then. The BJP hopes to make a comeback.

But ultimately, it is the image of PM Modi that is at the stake for the BJP, which has declared that it will contest the Delhi Assembly election in his name. The BJP goes into the Delhi polls without a declared chief ministerial candidate. This has prompted the AAP to throw a jab at the BJP with a poser: Kejrival versus who? This has been the BJP’s election tactic, Modi vs who?

The BJP had projected VK Malhotra as CM candidate in 2008, Harsh Vardhan in 2013 and Kiran Bedi in 2015. They all failed to end BJP’s exile from power in Delhi. If the BJP fails to end its exile in Delhi, Brand Modi will be hit adversely, particularly at a time when Modi government’s pet exercises – revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Citizenship Amendment Act and pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) – are being met with stiff resistance on the streets.

CONGRESS

Though Sonia Gandhi is the Congress president but Delhi Assembly election will be a test for Rahul Gandhi, who had invested lot of time and energy in fixing (or, fanning, according to some) the party’s problems.

The Congress goes into the Delhi Assembly election with an unenviable track record. The Congress did not win a single seat in Delhi in 2014 Lok Sabha election, 2015 Delhi Assembly election and 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Ajay Maken was his choice for the Delhi Congress’s leadership after 2015 electoral loss. Following differences over alliance with the AAP for 2019 Lok Sabha election, he had resigned in January last year. Rahul Gandhi brought trusted Sheila Dikshit to keep the house in order. A three-time Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit did try to salvage the Congress in the national capital.

The Congress pushed the AAP to third place in five of seven Lok Sabha seats. The Congress too improved its vote share in Delhi over 22 per cent, bettering the votes polled by the AAP by some 18 percentage point. But Sheila Dikshit death last year, many believe in the party, has affected the Congress’s prospects in Delhi Assembly election.

Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra and campaign committee chairman Kirti Azad – the former BJP MP – have expressed confidence of coming back to power in Delhi. But it appears to be a tall claim. Since both Chopra and Azad are said to be Rahul Gandhi’s choice for the positions they hold in Delhi Congress, another electoral drubbing would mark a serious dent on his political image.

On the brighter side, the Congress has only to gain in Delhi Assembly election. A smart election strategy may help the Congress exploit double anti-incumbency in Delhi – against the Modi government as well as the Kejriwal government. It depends on how well the Congress responds on the ground and how strongly the BJP and the AAP hold on to their strengths in building narrative for Delhi Assembly election.

Yoga Day Live Updates: 40,000 join PM Modi in Ranchi, 300 camps in Delhi, President Kovind dresses up in comfy t-shirt, tracks

International Yoga Day 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kick-started the celebration of fifth International Yoga Day in Ranchi, which is hosting the main event this year. According to a government statement, over 40,000 yoga enthusiasts are practicing yoga with PM Modi in Ranchi today.

Several leaders of PM Modi-led BJP have also joined the event across the country. In Delhi, the BJP is hosting around 300 yoga sessions, in which about 10 lakh people are expected to participate, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said.

Here are some updates on International Day of Yoga:

12:20p.m: People perform yoga in front of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. Visit Link:

12:15p.m: UNGA reverberates with chants of ‘Om’ to mark International Yoga Day.

12:10p.m: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar shares his mother’s picture doing yoga. Akshay writes, “…post her knee surgery at the age of 75, my mother started doing yoga and now it is part of daily routine… .”

10:10a.m: Railway minister Piyush Goyal celebrating Yoga day said, “let us all pledge to make it a part of our daily lives for overall well-being, and to make India fit and healthy.”

10:05am: External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar shared picture of MEA India office, where 250 diplomats from 56 countries practiced Yoga on Friday.

Delhi to Mumbai in just 10 hours by train, Delhi to Howrah in 12 hours

There is good news for those who frequently travel between Delhi to Mumbai, and Delhi to Howrah as the Indian Railways has planned to embark on an ambitious project to reduce the travel time considerable for these locations. Soon, you will be able to reach Mumbai from Delhi in just 10 hours by train. The distance between Delhi to Howrah will be covered in 12 hours.

According to media reports, the Indian Railways plans to achieve a speed of 160 kmph on these routes by 2023, which means a reduction of travel time by five hours on Delhi and Mumbai route. This also means five-and-half-hours of journey time saved between the national capital and Kolkata.
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The railways has finalised this proposal as a part of its 100-day agenda under the Narendra Modi government’s second edition say media reports. The railways has estimated to spend around Rs 13,500 crore in shoring.

These two routes are very busy and there is an immediate need to shore up the track infrastructure. These two tracks account for nearly 30 per cent of passenger and 20 per cent of total freight traffic. As per the media reports, the ministry has sent the proposal to the PMO in this regard.