Corona Update (Afternoon News) – March 29, 2020

* COVID-19: Odisha Government to promote students of all classes except class 9, 10 & 12, without exams: School & Mass Education Minister Samir Das.

* Odisha Police registers 267 cases against people violating the lockdown & COVID-19 norms.

* Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan donates his one month’s salary to #PMReliefFund to help the underprivileged during #lockdown period. He also pledges to release Rs 1 crore from MPLADS to the PM-CARES Fund. 

* Odisha Govt to use schools, hostel buildings as shelters for migrant workers.

* Pvt Schools in Bhubaneswar started delivering online education amid lockdown.

* Free Cooked Food distribution to poor people begins in Odisha. Women SHGs are engaged in the work.

* Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi apologises for taking harsh steps to fight COVID-19.

* Bhushan Kumar’s #TSeries contributes Rs 12 crore; Randeep Hooda and his partner Jay Patel to contribute Rs. 1 crore for Covid-19 relief.

* 13 lakh Railway employees to donate one day’s salary equalling to Rs 151 cr to PM-CARES fund to fight COVID-19: Railways.

* COVID-19 Death Toll rises to 28 in India.

* Total number of Coronavirus cases in the country rises to 979 (including 86 cured/discharged and 25 deaths): Union Health Ministry.

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* JSW Group pledges Rs 100 crores as a direct contribution towards the PM Cares Fund to fight CoronaVirus Outbreak.

* Centre issues fresh advisory to states to strictly enforce the lockdown.

* COVID-19: CBSE employees to donate Rs 21 lakh for PM CARES Fund.

* Kotak Mahindra Bank & Managing Director Uday Kotak personally, commit immediate support of Rs 50 crore to #PMCARES fund (Rs 25crore each) in fight against Coronavirus Pandemic.

* Airport Authority of India (AAI) Employees contribute Rs 20 crore to PM-CARES Relief Fund to fight CoronaVirus.

* NATA exam 2020 postponed, registration deadline extended till April 15

* 40-year-old woman dies of COVID-19 in Mumbai; 7th Coronavirus death in Maharashtra. Total number of cases in the State rises to 193.

* Govt relaxes Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) withdrawal rules amid COVID-19.

* Churches cancel Sunday Mass in Puducherry in view of Coronavirus Pandemic.

* Dr. PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister forms 10 groups for tackling various emergencies.

* Total of 58 people have tested positive till now in Gujarat.

* Princess Maria Teresa of Spain becomes first royal to die from COVID-19.

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