Covid-19: Congress CMs blame Centre for not giving any financial assistance to states
Thursday, 23 April 2020 The chief ministers of Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry, demanded a financial package for the states to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. CM Ashok Gehlot said unless Centre comes forward to financially help states, "fight against Covid-19 will get weakened". CM Amarinder Singh claimed that resources of Rs 4,400 cr of GST have not yet been released.
There is a fresh flashpoint in the already strained ties between the Centre and the West Bengal government. The TMC govt in Bengal has slammed the Modi government for deploying Inter Ministerial Central teams in some districts of the state to assess and recommend steps to tackle the COVID-19 crisis....
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on July 13 chaired a meeting with the officials of Team 11. The meeting was held to review the COVID-19 situation in the state. Team 11 was formed by the UP government to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. There are over 12,000 active cases of COVID-19 in UP.
Amid the ongoing alleged tussle between Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Transport Minister Pratap Khachariyawas targeted the Modi government over the current political situation in the state. Cabinet Minister Khachariyawas said, "The beginning of the end of BJP govt at the Centre will start from Rajasthan. People of Rajasthan want government led by CM Ashok Gehlot to complete its full term. 115 MLAs were with us last night, now 109 are with us. We're winning the number game."
Police is keeping an eye on vehicles entering Punjab amid COVID crisis as state government has made it mandatory for people to register themselves online before they enter. Travellers' online registration is being checked at Zirakpur, Mohali district. Decision was taken after 14-day home quarantine norm for domestic entrants was eliminated. Advisory has been issued to self-register, either through COVA app or through a weblink, before embarking on the journey. Move's objective is to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers due to crowding at the border checkpoints.
The migrant labourers are returning back to big cities in search of work after nearly three months of lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Shailesh, who is coming back from Uttar Pradesh's Farrukhabad said, "I got the job, they asked to come here." Uma Devi, who came back form Sikandrabad said, "The bus full of commuters no one is following social distancing, what can we do this is the duty of bus conductor and driver." However, another migrant worker, who is going to Punjab in the search of work from Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj said, "There were not many people in the bus."
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on June 29 replied to Home Minister Amit Shah's acceptance of Congress' Rahul Gandhi's parliament debate challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said that the party is confident that Gandhi will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion. "Parliament is a forum for debate so let there be a debate. We are quite confident that Rahul Ji will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion," said Singh. Congress had earlier challenged PM Modi to speak in Parliament on Ladakh stand off with China.
An elderly woman, living with her two grandchildren at a rented house in Ludhiana and facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, had urged Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for financial assistance. Now the CM has directed Ludhiana administration to help the family going through financial crisis. Singh has directed authorities to pay her pending and advance house rent for a year and provide free treatment for tuberculosis.
The bus terminal wore deserted look amid weekend lockdown in Punjab's Amritsar on June 13. Punjab imposed a stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays to keep the coronavirus count in check. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approved new guidelines of state government on June 12. The guidelines permitted restaurants for takeaway and home delivery and liquor shops to remain open till 08:00 pm on all days, including Saturdays and Sundays.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on July 13, the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and In-charge of Congress party in Chattisgarh, PL Punia spoke on Rajasthan political crisis. He said, "Sachin Pilot is now in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Everyone knows BJP's attitude towards Congress party. We don't need a certificate from BJP. In Congress Party, all leaders and workers are respected." Later, PL Punia tweets clarification on his statement, 'Sachin Pilot is now in BJP'. He added, "It is clear in the video that question was asked about Scindia ji and my reply was about Sh Scindia and by slip of tongue I took Sachin Pilots' name instead of Scindia. Mistake is regretted."
Artists dressed up as 'Yamraj' and 'Chitragupt' to create awareness on wearing masks and maintain social-distancing in Chhattisgarh's Raipur on July 11. This initiative had been taken up by Raipur Smart City Limited, Traffic Police and Municipal Corporation.
At least three people died on spot and one got injured after a tractor they were travelling in turned turtle in Geedam area of Dantewada. The injured has been taken to a hospital. The driver of the tractor is missing.
District administration sets up a health call centre, with an aim to promote institutional deliveries in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada. Callers inquire about the health of pregnant women in Hindi, Gondi and Halbi languages. According to Dantewada Collector Deepak Soni, "Pregnant women are called to inquire about their health, starting one week before their estimated time of delivery and advice them to get admitted to pre-birth waiting rooms at hospitals before 3-4 days. Currently, 5 women are working at the centre."
While addressing a joint press conference in Rajasthan's Jaipur on July 13, the member of Congress Working Committee (CWC), Randeep Singh Surjewala spoke on Rajasthan political crisis. He said, "If anyone, be at any post or profile, has any problem, they must come forward and mention the issue on the party forum. If anyone is upset in family, they should find a solution by sitting with members of the family. On behalf of Congress leadership, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, I convey that doors of Congress party are always open for Sachin ji or any member," Randeep Singh Surjewala added. "I appeal to all Congress MLAs that people have voted for Congress to lead a stable government in the state, so all MLAs should take part in the Congress Legislative Party meeting today and make our govt in the state stronger," he further stated.
Informing about the weather update, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, IMD (Chennai) Dr S Balachandran, said moderate rainfall is expected in next 48 hours in Tamil Nadu. "During last 24 hours, fairly widespread rainfall occurred over Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry region. Next 48 hours over Tamil Nadu light to moderate rainfall is expected. "While, North Tamil Nadu and some interior districts of TN will receive heavy rains," he added.
Twins in Puducherry have become the world's youngest black belt holders in their early age of 6 and 9. Sensei K.Sri Viskakan and Sensei K.Sri Harini got their name written in Karate Wonder Book of Records. Till date, together the twins have collected more than 200 medals, trophies and certificates from various competitions organized at state, national and international level. Both the kids have been trained with various martial arts including Krate, Ninja-Do, Taekwando, Kick Boxing, Muay, Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Silambam and also Yogo.
Chief Minister V Narayanasamy flagged off a Shramik special train carrying around 1,119 people on Jun 04 from Puducherry. The train flagged off by Narayanasamy is carrying workers from three states, Jharkhand, Assam, and West Bengal. Health Minister M Kandasamy, District Collector, Chief of Police, among other officials were also present at the railway station. Indian Railways had operationalized 4197 "Shramik Special" trains till June 03 across the country and transported more than 58 lakhs passengers to their homes. Subsequent to the Ministry of Home Affairs order regarding the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places by special trains, Indian Railways is operating "Shramik Special" trains from May 1, 2020.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Centre has accepted Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi's suggestion to develop an app related to Covid-19. Sushil Modi requested to develop an app..
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