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Modi urges citizens to follow lockdown as coronavirus spreads

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April 27, 2020

Modi urges citizens to follow lockdown as coronavirus spreads
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Indians to comply with a nationwide lockdown and social distancing measures on Sunday, a day after some of the world's toughest restrictions were eased slightly while cases of COVID-19 continued to mount. In his radio address, "Man ki baat", Modi said the country was in the midst of a "war" and the country's 1.3 billion citizens should not be misled into believing the spread of the virus had been brought fully under control by more than a month of lockdown.

Kim Jong Un's doctor botched heart surgery as his hands were shaking, claims report
Several reports have emerged which claim that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his death bed after a heart operation went wrong because his doctor's hands were shaking while performing a stent insertion procedure, reports Daily Mirror. Reports regarding Kim Jong Un's health started floating on April 15 after it was discovered that Kim had not attended the birth anniversary of his grandfather Kim Il-sung. North Korea is yet to offer up any confirmation regarding reports of their Supreme Leader's ill health.

PM Modi to meet CMs today; lockdown extension, stimulus package on agenda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a crucial meet with chief ministers of all states and union territories via video-conferencing at 12 pm today. During the meeting, PM Modi will gather important inputs from various states to put out a comprehensive and holistic plan with regard to the exit strategy before the second phase of lockdown ends on Sunday (May 3).

Govt calls rogue IRS panel's super rich tax proposals 'irresponsible'
The government has not taken kindly to a report released by a body of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers, in which it has suggested among others a 40 per cent tax on super rich, to tackle with drastic fall in revenue owing to coronavirus outbreak in the country. Finance ministry sources have termed the report named as 'FORCE' as ill-conceived in the difficult time of coronavirus pandemic and the act of releasing the same in the media through IRS Association's Twitter handle and website as 'an irresponsible act' of few officers.

COVID-19 crisis can be called a wake-up call to strengthen social protection systems, says ILO
The International Labour Organisation has stressed the importance of social security schemes and protection systems saying this crisis could be a wake-up call for governments. At this point, countries which have more effective health and social systems in place can better protect their populations. Social protection must be seen as an investment and not as an additional cost, it said.

After Facebook-Reliance deal, JioMart goes live on WhatsApp
Days after social media giant Facebook and Reliance Jio signed a $5.7 billion deal, JioMart has gone live on WhatsApp. The services have gone live in some areas of Mumbai including Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan. It will be rolled out in several other cities shortly. Reliance has roped in lakhs of small scale businesses and Kirana stores for the services and it will allow the customers to place an order for essential stuff through WhatsApp. India currently has as much as 400 million WhatsApp users in India.

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