Covid-19 fallout: No more blankets and pillows available in trains?

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June 20, 2020

New Delhi, Jun 20: As part of measures to check the spread of covid-19, Indian Railways is likely to stop distributing blankets and pillows in trains to AC passengers in coming days and it will make arrangements for sale at stalls on platforms.

The railways already stopped distributing blankets and pillows in 15 pair Special Rajdhani trains and 100 pair of fixed timetabled special trains, which is being operted at present. The system of not distributing blanks and pillows may continue in future once train operations normalise, said the official.

Passengers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and pillows. However same will be made available for purchase at shops so that if passengers want they can buy it, said an official.

The railways also made arrangements to sell sanitisers, masks and gloves at shops. The national transporter also said sale price should not exceed maximum retail price.

As per the Railway Board circular to zonal railways, " Amongst the items which fulfill the needs of travelling public and in keeping with the emphasis for providing safe and hygine travel facilities to passengers, it must be ensured that take away bedrolls kits/items other COVID-19 related protective items such as masks, sanitiser, gloves etc are also made available for sale through multi purpose stalls."

All items should be in good quality and will be sold only at MRP rate, circular said. The railways has also permanently removed curtains inside the AC coaches.

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September 26,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 26: Karnataka Assembly has passed the amendment to the Land Reforms Act in the state on Saturday, according to the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Yediyurappa, in a tweet, said, "The Amendment to Karnataka Land Reforms Act passed in the Assembly today further empowers our farmers and strengthens their rights."

"While the Agricultural produce market committee (APMC) reforms ensured "My Produce, My Right", the land reforms ensures "My land, My Right" to all our Annadatas," it added.

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council sessions will commence on September 30.

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September 19,2020

New Delhi, Sep 19: After claiming that the government has no data on the deaths of migrant labourers amid the nationwide lockdown as well as doctors who lost their lives due to Covid-19, the Centre on Saturday said that it has no record of MSMEs that have faced closure in the wake of the pandemic.

Interestingly, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Pratap Chandra Sarangi also said that there is no data on the number of MSMEs closed down from FY 2014-15 to FY 2019-20.

On a question on the number of small and medium businesses closed from March to August 2020 due to the economic distress, the Minister said: “No such record is available.”

He, however, enumerated the steps taken by the government to support the MSMEs to revive, including the Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for MSMEs, Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loans for business, including MSMEs, and Rs 50,000 crore equity infusion through ‘MSME Fund of Funds’.

The Minister also mentioned the revised criteria for classification of MSMEs and new registration of MSMEs through ‘Udyam Registration’ for ease-of-doing business, among other initiatives.

As per the government data on MSMEs, over 90.58 lakh such units exist in the country.

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September 26,2020

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Mangaluru, Sep 26: A half decomposed body of a woman was found at a house at Belleri, near Konaje on the outskirts of the city.

The deceased has been identified as Kusuma (50). It is suspected that she was murdered three days ago. Her body was found lying on the floor today.

She used to stay alone at her home. Police are of the suspicion that the woman might have been raped before getting killed. 

A case has been registered at Konaje police station and investigations are on.

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