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THE WEEK morning brief: Bengaluru weekly curfew to start at night

The Week 2020-05-23 00:00:00
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao | Via Twitter

Bengaluru weekly curfew

The 'weekly curfew' as part of lockdown 4.0 will start in Bengaluru on Saturday night itself instead of Sunday morning, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said on Friday.

Gearing up for the 'Janata Curfew', Rao had a press conference on Friday to seek public cooperation. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had announced ahead of the fourth phase of the lockdown that every Sunday there will be lockdown across the state as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus. Rao, however, made it clear that it will start in Bengaluru from Saturday itself.

"There will be elaborate arrangements to strictly implement the Janata Curfew as the government has directed to make it successful," Bhaskar Rao said. Warning violators, the commissioner said they will be dealt with an iron hand and added that anyone found roaming aimlessly would face legal action.

Cong to air documentary on Rahul's interaction with migrants

The Congress has made a documentary on Rahul Gandhi's conversation with a group of migrants, which will be aired on Saturday. "A few days ago, I met a group of migrants walking hundreds of KM from their work site in Haryana to their village near Jhansi, UP. Tomorrow, 9 Am onwards, watch their incredible story of grit, determination & survival...," Rahul Gandhi tweeted late on Friday night.

Last week, Rahul Gandhi had interacted with a group of migrant labourers near the Sukhdev Vihar flyover in Delhi and asked them about their problems as they walked home amid the coronavirus lockdown. He sat on the pavement and gave the migrant workers a patient hearing and assured them of help.

Chhattisgarh to decide on quarantine for air passengers

The Chhattisgarh government is expected to decide on Saturday whether to make quarantine mandatory for passengers of domestic flights. Domestic flight services will start from Monday. While the Central government has said quarantine is not mandatory, Kerala and Assam have decided to implement it.

Moon sighting for Eid

Muslims are anticipating the sighting of the crescent moon on Saturday night to mark the celebration of the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan. If the crescent moon is sighted on Saturday night, Eid will be celebrated by Muslims on Sunday; if not, it will be celebrated on Monday. The official government holiday for Eid is on Monday.

Autorickshaw services to resume in TN

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday allowed auto and cycle-rickshaws to ply across the state, except in Chennai, from Saturday with conditions including a cap on passengers.

Vehicles in the Chennai city corporation police limit areas will not be allowed to ply, while those in containment zones also cannot run, a government release said. In rest of the areas in the state, both auto and cycle-rickshaws can ply from 7am to 7pm, it said. Besides the driver, there should be only one passenger in the vehicle, which should also be sprayed with disinfectants three times a day, the government said. Further, both occupants of the vehicle must wear face masks and hand sanitizers must be made available in the vehicle for the passengers, while the drivers should regularly wash their hands using soap.

Myanmar to respond to ICJ on Rohingya issue

Myanmar says it will submit a report due Saturday outlining its claims of compliance with an order from the International Court of Justice to protect members of its Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority.

The ICJ in January issued an order for Myanmar to implement provisional measures for the protection of the Rohingya. The court agreed last year to consider a case alleging that Myanmar committed genocide against the group, an accusation vigorously denied by the government. The court's proceedings are likely to continue for years.

Myanmar's military in August 2017 launched what it called a clearance campaign in Rakhine state in response to an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group. The campaign forced about 740,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh and led to accusations that security forces committed mass rapes and killings and burned thousands of homes.

Maharashtra MBA CET result to be out

The Maharashtra MBA CET results will be published at 11am on Saturday. The exam was conducted on March 14-15 and the results were due to be released on March 31. However, this was delayed by the COVID-19 lockdown. The MBA CET scores enable students to study management in state-run institutions in Maharashtra.

Students need to login to cetcell.mahacet.org and choose 'MAH-MBA/MMS CET-2020 result'. They need to fill in their roll number and date of birth to access the results.