India has no plans to extend a 21-day lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government said on Monday, as it struggled to keep essential supplies flowing and prevent tens of thousands of out-of-work people fleeing to the countryside. Defying the lockdown, hundreds of thousands of workers who live on daily wages left big cities like Delhi and Mumbai on foot for their homes in the countryside.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days. He appealed for people not to panic – but crowds quickly mobbed stores in the capital, Delhi, and other cities.
India has executed the four men who were convicted of the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on bus in Delhi in 2012, a case which shocked the world and brought India’s problem with sexual violence against women into the spotlight. It was the first time in five years that capital punishment has been carried out in India and hundreds gathered outside the prison gates, shouting “death to rapists”.
At least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in New Delhi apparently sparked by President Donald Trump’s first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals were overflowed with dozens of injured people, authorities said Wednesday. Police characterized the situation as tense but under control. Schools remained closed, and a ban on assembly continued.
At least seven people were killed and around 150 were injured in clashes between opposing groups in the Indian capital, a police official told Reuters on Tuesday, the deadliest riots in the city since protests against a new citizenship law began over two months ago. The clashes erupted in a northeastern district of the city between thousands of people demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cemented a budding friendship on Monday with a joint rally in India attended by more than 110,000 people. The two men held hands and heaped praise on each other in front of a noisy, enthusiastic crowd in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Modi’s home state, in what’s claimed to be the largest cricket stadium in the world.
The party of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has suffered a stunning defeat in New Delhi’s legislative assembly elections. Voters resoundingly backed the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or “common man’s” party, which took 62 out of the 70 seats. The country’s main opposition Congress party, which headed the city’s government between 1998 and 2013, failed to win a single seat in the capital.
A suspected Hindu nationalist went live on Facebook to warn he was taking his “final journey”, minutes before opening fire on university students protesting against India’s new citizenship law. One student was reportedly shot in the hand before police arrested the alleged gunman, who timed his attack on Thursday to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 by a Hindu radical.
Students have protested in cities across India after a masked mob stormed a high-profile university in Delhi and attacked students and teachers with weapons including sledgehammers, iron rods and bricks, injuring more than 30. Opposition parties and injured students blamed Sunday night’s violence on a student organization linked to the prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
India’s capital Delhi has recorded its chilliest day in more than a century amid a severe cold wave across the northern part of the country. Thick fog blanketed the city on Monday as the maximum day temperature dropped to 9.4C and pollution levels peaked. Delhi started tracking temperatures in 1901 and the earlier record was set at 9.8C on 2 January 2013.