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PM Modi celebrates Dev Diwali in Varanasi; slams Opposition for misleading farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Dev Diwali in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Monday. PM Modi inaugurated a six-lane highway, took a cruise ride in river Ganga, lit the customary first earthen lamp and enjoyed a spectacular laser show on ghats of the historic city. The prime minister, however, didn’t forget to tear into the opposition over farmers’ protests while also reaching out to the agitators.
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Govt issues fresh guidelines, marketplaces to remain shut in containment zones. Check full list

The government on Monday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for markets in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The document released by the government outlines various precautionary measures in addition to specific measures to be taken at marketplaces. The guidelines will be applicable in both retail and wholesale markets. Market places in containment zones shall remain closed, the Union Ministry of Health said. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open-up, it mentioned.
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PM Modi reaches out to protesting farmers, cautions them against falling prey to ‘propaganda’

Amid a raging stir spearheaded by farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought to dispel “rumours” and clarified that the new agricultural reforms offer farmers fresh options and legal protection. In a bid to reach out to the protesting farmers, Modi, who was speaking at an event in Varanasi, cautioned them against falling prey to any “propaganda”. 
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Hope GDP will be positive in next quarter: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said he hopes the GDP will be back to positive territory in the next quarter, after two consecutive quarters of contraction. Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked hard for the economic recovery and had also announced a package after the crisis due to coronavirus, Shah said after inaugurating two road over-bridges in Ahmedabad through virtual mode.