nationwide lockdown

Auto majors Maruti Suzuki and Bajaj Auto skidded by 7.1 per cent and 6.9 per cent. The other prominent losers were Eicher Motors, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, UltraTech Cements and HDFC.

Meanwhile, Asian shares were up and oil prices hit a five-week peak as countries' efforts to re-open their economies raised hopes that the world could soon emerge from recession.

This year Army band did not participate in the religious ceremony at a time of opening the portals of the shrine due to lockdown restrictions.

It was decided that the Governments of Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will be requested for waiver of road tax for the buses carrying Odia workers from Gujurat.

In southern India though, the story is a little hazier. Satellite data show aerosol levels have not yet decreased to the same extent.

Earlier today in his address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi announced that the country will remain under lockdown till May 3 to contain COVID-19 cases.