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PM Narendra Modi to hold video conference with Chief Ministers on May 11

This will be the fifth interaction between PM Modi and the chief ministers since the COVID-19 outbreak began in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a video conference with Chief Ministers on May 11 at 3.00 pm.

Officials, including Union Home Minister, Health Minister, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Health Secretary and the DGP will also attend the video conference.

This will be the fifth interaction between PM Modi and the chief ministers since the COVID-19 outbreak began in India.

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During the last such interaction on April 27, a "graded" exit from the lockdown was evaluated.

India has been under a nationwide lockdown since March 25 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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First Published on May 10, 2020 02:47 pm
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