Top news of the day: Narendra Modi hints at extension of lockdown; Centre says contributions to CM funds won’t qualify as CSR expenditure, and more

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The Prime Minister indicated, after a marathon four-hour video conference with Chief Ministers, that the country could see a 14-day extension of the lockdown as that was the common demand of a large number of States including West Bengal. The Central government will be announcing guidelines for the same in the next couple of days. | Modi ends ‘Work from Home’ for Ministers | Many Chief Ministers flag funds shortage

“‘The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund’ or ‘State Relief Fund for COVID-19’ is not included in Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013, and therefore any contribution to such funds shall not qualify as admissible CSR expenditure,” the Commerce Ministry has said. | Union Home Ministry writes to West Bengal officials about ‘violation’ of lockdown in State

The MSME sector, he said, employs nearly 11 crore people and is labour intensive. The flight of labour has been a worry. “We are however, preparing bridge plans for the sector including encouraging rural craft and providing funding for village- based industry,” the Union Minister for Micro, Medium and Smallscale Enterprises told The Hindu via videoconference from his Nagpur residence. | Livelihood of the poor is important too, says Chidambaram

In view of the increasing danger of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has also appealed to people to refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places. | How to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D during the lockdown

M.K. Raghavan seeks removal of travel ban as “airlines are willing to bring them back”. | More than 40 Indian-Americans die of COVID-19 in U.S.

Petition says judgment places unfair burden on them. | Cancel summer vacation to make up for time lost to COVID-19: Lawyers urge judges

“Countries that deny or unreasonably delay the acceptance of their citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents from the United States during the ongoing pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 create unacceptable public health risks for Americans. The United States must be able to effectuate the repatriation of foreign nationals who violate the laws of the United States,” the order says. | U.S. reports highest daily death toll as Easter weekend opens in lockdown

A staff member walks past a sketch of Chinese President Xi Jinping with a face mask on the wall of a closed ward inside the Leishenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan on April 11, 2020.A staff member walks past a sketch of Chinese President Xi Jinping with a face mask on the wall of a closed ward inside the Leishenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan on April 11, 2020.

A staff member walks past a sketch of Chinese President Xi Jinping with a face mask on the wall of a closed ward inside the Leishenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan on April 11, 2020.  
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Tough curbs imposed in China since January have reined in infections sharply since the height of the pandemic in February, although it has spread worldwide to infect 1.6 million people with 100,000 deaths. | Iran says virus deaths rise 125 to 4,357 | Spain’s daily toll falls again with 510 dead

Mr. Rajan, 57, who was the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor for three years until September 2016, is currently working as a professor at the University of Chicago. | India to stay global energy demand centre: Dharmendra Pradhan

Sifting truth from fake news depends on what you are looking at, the angle you are looking at it from, and how long a look you are prepared to take. | Return of the native

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