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Apr 05, 2020
6:34PM

Nation to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to light up diyas, candles at 9 pm today in a collective spirit to defeat Coronavirus

@narendramodi
The nation is all set to join in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to switch off lights at 9 PM for 9 minutes and light up diyas, candles or mobile flashlights to display India's collective spirit to defeat Coronavirus. 

Earlier, in the day, Mr. Modi reminded people of the exercise, tweeting #9pm9minute.

On Friday, in a video message, the Prime Minister said, India will experience the power of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose the country is fighting for. He said, amidst the darkness spread by the Corona pandemic, the country must continuously progress towards light and hope. Mr. Modi added that no one is alone during this lockdown. Mr Modi said, the collective strength of 130 crore Indians is with each person.
 
The Prime Minister also urged the people to maintain social distancing, stay indoors and not form groups while lighting lamps. He said, one must never cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of social distancing.

Mr Modi also said, the way people expressed gratitude to those fighting against COVID-19 on 22nd of last month has become a model that is being emulated by other countries. He added that Janata Curfew and ringing of bells have made people of the country aware of their unity amid this challenging time.

Citizens are advised not to use alcohol based sanitizers while lighting diyas and candles at 9 PM as these are inflammable.

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