India has been seeing a steady decline in fresh infections with 1,65,553 more people testing positive in the 24 hours ending on Sunday (May 30, 2021), which is the lowest rise in daily cases in the last 45 days.
Even as the country’s daily positivity rate further declined to 8.36%, remaining below 10% for the fifth consecutive day, many states and union territories have extended the COVID-induced lockdown or restrictions. States and union territories had started imposing COVID-19 restrictions from mid-April in view of rising infections and the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
List of COVID-induced restrictions/lockdown imposed by states and union territories:
The Delhi government will start the process of unlock from Monday (May 31, 2021), while the lockdown has been extended till 5 am on June 7.
The guidelines instruct companies to resume business but strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions and stagger shifts is necessary. Two activities including construction work and factories in Delhi will start functioning from Monday.
The Haryana government on Sunday (May 30, 2021) said the lockdown has been extended by one week till June 7 in view of the COVID-19 situation in the state.
“We have decided to extend COVID lockdown till June 7. Shops can now operate from 9 am to 3 pm. Shopkeepers must follow odd-even formula. Educational institutions will remain closed till June 15. Night curfew will continue from 10 pm to 5 am,” said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday (May 29) announced one more week extension of the statewide lockdown till June 9, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state has been under lockdown since May 8 following the sharp rise in coronavirus cases. The government had earlier extended statewide lockdown twice–on May 16 and May 23–after reviewing the situation.
The state-wide lockdown without any relaxations has been extended, by one more week, till June 7 to help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced on Friday (May 28, 2021).
Chief Minister M K Stalin said that the decision was taken considering public good to rein in the pandemic spread. The Chief Minister further appealed to the people to cooperate with the government and stay indoors.
The Puducherry government on Saturday (May 29, 2021) extended the COVID-19 lockdown in the union territory till midnight of June 7. The decision was taken by the government in order to curtail the second wave of the virus in the Union Territory.
The union territory has been under lockdown since May 10, the COVID-19 restrictions were later extended on May 24 as well.
The Goa state government on Saturday (May 29) announced that it has extended the ongoing COVID-related curfew till June 7.
“Government of Goa has decided to extend the curfew till 7 am of 7th June 2021. The orders regarding the same shall be issued by respective District Collectors,” the Goa Chief Minister’s Office tweeted. On May 17, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had announced a state level curfew in Goa from May 9 to May 23, amid a steep surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. The curfew was later extended to May 31.
The Punjab government on Thursday (May 27, 2021) extended the coronavirus restrictions in the state till June 10 after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
The Amarinder Singh-led government had imposed extensive curbs, in addition to measures like a weekend lockdown and a night curfew to check the spread of COVID-19 infection. Earlier, the state government had extended the COVID-19 curbs till May 31.
The Mamata Banerjee-led government on Thursday (May 27, 2021) decided to extend the coronavirus lockdown further till June 15.
CM Banerjee, on April 30, had decided to impose an indefinite prohibition on several things, including shopping malls, markets, restaurants and bars, gyms, and swimming pools, with immediate effect.
Nagaland has extended the lockdown till June 11.
Meghalaya extended lockdown in the worst-affected East Khasi Hills district till June 7.
Mizoram has extended the lockdown, which was imposed in Aizawl and other district headquarters, till June 6.
Other states and union territories
Rajasthan has extended lockdown till June 8.
Maharashtra has extended the lockdown-like restrictions till June 15.
Madhya Pradesh has announced separate unlock guidelines for districts. Weekend lockdown to continue beyond May 31.
Gujarat has extended night curfew in 36 cities of the state till June 4. Educational institutions, auditoriums, theatres, malls, community halls, water parks, spas, gyms, gardens and swimming pools, will remain closed in the cities.
Himachal Pradesh government has extended the coronavirus curbs till June 7 with some relaxations.
‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Nirmal Singh had an interview with JK Channel executive Ashish Kohli. He talked about the All Party Meeting on 24th June in Delhi.
Q. Sir, what do you think would be the topics about J&K in the meeting?
On 5th August, 2019 a very big change happened for Jammu and Kashmir after 72 years. The meeting will surely involve discussions on post abolition of article 370, how J&K can achieve heights of progress and how people can participate in that through elections and delimitations especially the deprived people in J&K like POK people, Western Pakistani refugees, Kashmiri displaced, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Pahadis .
We’ll also talk about the agendas of specific political parties since 72 years which are against the will of J&K public. If they keep extending these topics, they’ll get nothing in return.
Q. Mehbooba Mufti told to talk to Pakistan even when few days back a 25 year old was killed by terrorists. Why this sympathy for terrorism?
This is Jammu’s misfortune that this agenda kept on going for years in the region and did nothing for the public of Jammu as well as Kashmir except handing over guns to the youth. The youngsters now want to work, they want good education and employment but still some parties with the same agenda are destroying everything.
Q. Very few leaders from Jammu have been called for the meeting and some like Choudhary Lal Singh have shown resentment about that. Do you think Jammu’s voice will be raised?
Jammu has a population of around 1.3 crore and every person thinks he’s better than the other. But everyone cannot be called for the meeting. BJP has always raised it’s voice for Jammu region and Nationalist Forces and it will continue doing that. All of us have seen a demo on 5th August. See people attending the meeting will be the ones who will represent National thinking and others will come with same old agendas. So, the meeting will have good and mature discussions.
Q. Lot of talks about Jammu becoming a separate state. Your views on that?
At this moment I feel we need to think how post 5th August we have to do the consolidation, make popular Government, walk towards delimitation and end the imbalance prevailing right now. Rest, everyone has different opinions and different agendas. These things keep going and are discussed in democracy.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Jammu: Major accident reported as 3 vehicles collide
A major accident was reported at Gujjar Nagar near Jammu University, where a Haryana-based black-colored XUV bearing number HR51AP7191 collided with a truck. According to the car driver, another car was overtaking his car, and a truck parked on the roadside also started, due to which his car sandwiched between both vehicles. The driver has suffered minor injuries.
The front portion of the car has been wrecked. A JK Police team also reached the spot and is clearing the traffic. The truck was lifted from the road, and soon the car will also be lifted from the road.
Told PM that J-K people don’t accept ‘illegal’ abrogation of Article 370: Mehbooba Mufti
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that she has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the all-party meeting that people of Jammu and Kashmir do not accept the manner in which Article 370 was abrogated “unconstitutionally, illegally and immorally”.
Speaking to media persons after the three and half an hour long meeting, Mufti said, “People of Jammu and Kashmir are in a lot of difficulties after August 5, 2019. They are angry, upset and emotionally shattered. They feel humiliated. I told Prime Minister that people of Jammu and Kashmir do not accept the manner in which Article 370 was abrogated unconstitutionally, illegally and immorally.”
The PDP chief said that they will struggle peacefully even if it takes months or years.
“People of Jammu and Kashmir will struggle constitutionally, democratically, peacefully. Be it months or years, we will restore Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as it is a matter of our identity. We did not get it from Pakistan, it was given to us by our country, by Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel,” she said.
This was the first meeting between the Centre with the political leaders of the region after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
The PDP president said that she congratulated the Prime Minster over holding talks with Pakistan, which reduced infiltration in the union territory, and added that the government should instead talk about the halted trade.
“I congratulated him that they talked to Pakistan and it led to ceasefire, less infiltration. For peace of Jammu and Kashmir if they have to talk to Pakistan again, they should. They should also talk to Pakistan about trade with them that has halted, it is a source of employment for many,” she said.
The meeting began at around 3 pm and was attended by 14 prominent leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.
Among the leaders who are participated in the meeting were Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir; National Conference’s Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, J-K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari; BJP’s Ravinder Raina, Nirmal Singh, and Kavinder Gupta; CPI(M)’s M Y Tarigami; National Panthers Party’s Prof Bheem Singh; and Peoples Conference’s Sajad Gani Lone.
Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Home Secretary also attended the meeting.
- ‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh June 24, 2021
- Jammu: Major accident reported as 3 vehicles collide June 24, 2021
- Told PM that J-K people don’t accept ‘illegal’ abrogation of Article 370: Mehbooba Mufti June 24, 2021
- We do not accept abrogation of Article 370, will fight it in court: Omar Abdullah June 24, 2021
- Congress demands early statehood, assembly polls in J-K June 24, 2021
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