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In its order allowing opening of shops, the government said that in rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls are allowed to open. Meanwhile, in urban areas, all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops and shops in residential complexes are allowed to open. Shops in markets/market complexes and shopping malls are not allowed to open in urban areas.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday transferred ₹1,000 each into the bank accounts of 4.8 lakh daily wage workers, including street vendors and auto drivers, as "maintenance allowance" amid the nationwide lockdown.
Uttar Pradesh's Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi has said the 100% lockdown in the hotspots of the state's 15 districts has been imposed till the morning of April 15. The 100% lockdown has been imposed in hotspots in 15 districts with six or more coronavirus cases.
The Supreme Court has directed the government to make coronavirus testing free of cost in both government and private laboratories. It added that tests relating to coronavirus must be carried out in NABL-accredited labs or any agencies approved by WHO or ICMR.
Amid concerns that power grid will fail if all lights are switched off at once over PM Narendra Modi's request to light candle or diya, the government said, "No need to worry, adequate protocols/arrangements are in place to handle the variation in demand." "There is no call to switch off either street lights or appliances at home," government added.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal on Tuesday said that 227 new cases of coronavirus and three deaths have been reported in India in last 24 hours. He added the increase in cases is because of "lack of support by people in some locations".
The government has ordered rescheduling all ongoing CBSE, NIOS and university exams after March 31. It has also ordered rescheduling of JEE Mains exam, saying that the new date will be announced on March 31 after reassessment of the situation.
Government tenders worth ₹30,000 crore were cancelled over discriminatory practices to promote 'Made in India' goods, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Secretary, Guruprasad Mohapatra, said on Monday.
The government is looking to sell a 5% stake in SAIL, expecting to bring in about ₹1,000 crore, and is planning roadshows in Hong Kong and Singapore.
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