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Covid-19 Highlights: India switches off lights; diyas, candles lit at PM's call

People across India on Sunday switched off lights in their homes and instead lit earthen lamps, candles for nine minutes at 9 PM in response to prime minister Modi's call to mark fight against coronavirus.

By Susmita Pakrasi | Updated: Apr 06, 2020 00:28 IST
Covid-19 Highlights: India switches off lights; diyas, candles lit at PM's call
A housing complex lit up by earthen lamps, Delhi, Apr 5, 2020.(Amal KS /HT Photo)

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 3,577 by Sunday evening. Of these, there were 3,219 active cases, 83 deaths, 274 cured / discharged and one migrated case, according to the health ministry.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call, people across the country switched off lights in their homes at 9 pm for nine minutes and lit earthen lamps, candles or switched on the torches and mobile phone lights in a show of solidarity in fight against the coronavirus pandemic.


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10:27 PM IST

Nine-minute lights-out event didn't impact on electricity grid functioning: Power Minister

Nine-minute lights-out event went smoothly; no impact on electricity grid functioning: Power Minister R K Singh

10:15 PM IST

All students from Class 1 to 8 in Haryana to be promoted without exams: CM Khattar

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says all students from classes 1 to 8 will be promoted without having to appear for exams as schools are closed due to lockdown: PTI

10:14 PM IST

75-year-old woman from Pathankot died of Covid-19, Punjab toll rises to 7: Officials

75-year-old woman from Pathankot died of coronavirus at an Amritsar hospital, taking the death toll in Punjab to 7, says officials:PTI

09:55 PM IST

President Kovind, first lady joins nation, light diya

President Ram Nath Kovind with the First Lady and members of his family joined citizens in demonstrating collective solidarity and positivity by lighting candles at 9 PM. He expressed his gratitude towards every Indian for showing resolve in fight against COVID19: President’s Secretariat

09:50 PM IST

'Power demand went down from 117 GW to 85.3 GW during the lights off: Power Minister

Minister of Power (Independent Charge) R K Singh, along with Power Secretary and other senior officers are monitored the power grid operations from National Power Monitoring Centre in Shram Shakti Bhawan on Sunday evening when people across India switched off the lights in their homes at PM Modi's call. The minister said there was huge response to Prime Minister's call as power demand went down from 117 GW to 85.3 GW within a span of 4-5 minutes. This was handled very very well by engineers across all levels.

Congratulating the engineers, the minister said a ramp up was also done very smoothly as Demand/supply is back to 110 GW.

09:39 PM IST

PM Modi lights diya at his residence

PM Narendra Modi lights a lamp after turning off all lights at his residence. I

09:38 PM IST

PM Modi's mother lights earthen lamp at 9PM

PM Modi's mother, Heeraben, also lighted an earthen lamp after turning off all lights at her residence.

09:26 PM IST

Delhi, Noida cops switch on mobile torches in solidarity with country

Delhi and Noida police personnel at the Delhi-Noida border near Mayur Kunj in New Delhi flashed the lights of their mobile phones for nine minutes at 9 pm to show solidarity with the rest of the country

09:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla lights diays

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla lighted earthern lamps along with family.

09:20 PM IST

Crackers being burst as lights are switched off

People also burst crackers during the 9 minutes that they turned off lights and lit earthen lamps

09:17 PM IST

BJP President JP Nadda lights diyas

BJP President JP Nadda turned off all the lights of his residence and lighted earthen lamps at 9 PM.

09:09 PM IST

UP CM Yogi lights diyas to form 'Om' in response to PM's call

UP CM Yogi Adityanath lights earthen lamps to form an 'Om', at his residence. PM Modi had appealed to the nation to switch off all lights of houses today at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, 'diya', or flashlight, to mark India's fight against coronavirus: ANI

09:05 PM IST

India switches off lights to ‘challenge Covid-19 darkness’ at PM Modi’s call

India switches off lights to ‘challenge Covid-19 darkness’ at PM Modi’s call

08:41 PM IST

Sec 144 extended for 9 days in Gautam Budh Nagar district

Gautam Buddh Nagar police extends for another nine days restrictions imposed in the district under Section 144 of CrPC in view of the nationwide lockdown which will continue till April 14.

08:15 PM IST

Death toll in Maharashtra due to Covid-19 climbs to 45

The death toll in Maharashtra, due to coronavirus has gone up to 45 after 13 new deaths were reported today - eight in Mumbai, three in Pune and one each in Kalyan, Dombivali and Aurangabad: Maharashtra Health Department

First published: Apr 05, 2020 05:16 IST