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India reports 12,286 new Covid-19 cases, 91 deaths in last 24 hrs
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India reports 12,286 new Covid-19 cases, 91 deaths in last 24 hrs

As many as 12,286 new COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday. With 12,464 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,07,98,921. The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,24,527, including 1,68,358 active cases and 1,57,248 deaths. As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,48,54,136 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19 The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed that a total of 21,76,18,057 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far including 7,59,283 samples that were tested yesterday.
Religious Freedom Bill to be presented in Gujarat Assembly during ongoing budget session
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Religious Freedom Bill to be presented in Gujarat Assembly during ongoing budget session

The Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) bill with amendments will be presented in the ongoing budget session of the state Assembly to control the menace of love jihad, said Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja on Monday. "We will be presenting the Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) bill with amendment in this budget session in Vidhan Sabha. The bill prohibits and provides for punishment for conversion by misrepresentation, undue influence, coercion, marriage, or any fraudulent means," Jadeja told reporters here. "The bill aims to control to menace of love jihad. It will punish all those who try to cheat Hindu girls by changing names," he added. Last month, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani while addressing a rally in Vadodra had said preparations have been made for a law...
Covid-19: Devotees offer prayers outside Siddhivinayak Temple on Ganesh Angarki Chaturthi
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Covid-19: Devotees offer prayers outside Siddhivinayak Temple on Ganesh Angarki Chaturthi

On the occasion of Ganesh Angarki Chaturthi, devotees offered prayers outside Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple in Mumbai on Tuesday. The Temple Trust has announced that offline darshan will not be permitted today and only those devotees with pre-issued QR codes will be allowed entry inside the temple. Last year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Siddhivinayak Temple was closed for devotees, it opened its doors for devotees after eight months in November 2020. After a spike of cases in the city, the Maharashtra government has warned of another lockdown if people do not adhere to the rules and guidelines laid down by the authorities. Meanwhile, Maharashtra has reported 6,397 new COVID-19 cases, 5,754 recoveries and 30 deaths in the last 24-hours, the State Health Department ...
PM Modi to inaugurate second edition of Maritime India Summit today
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PM Modi to inaugurate second edition of Maritime India Summit today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the second edition of Maritime India Summit (MIS) on Tuesday. "At 11 AM, 2nd March, the Maritime India Summit would be inaugurated. This Summit brings together key stakeholders from the maritime sector and will play a leading role in furthering the growth of India's maritime economy," the Prime Minister tweeted on Monday. The Summit will help in furthering the growth of India's maritime economy. Several countries are participating in the event including the CEOs and Ambassadors of several countries to boost investment in the Maritime sector in India. Over one lakh participants from 50 countries have registered online for MIS summit 2021 which is scheduled from March 2 to March 4. According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO),...
Harsh Vardhan praises PM Modi for leading by example, urges opposition to take Covid-19 vaccine
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Harsh Vardhan praises PM Modi for leading by example, urges opposition to take Covid-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lead by example as he took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine the day when the vaccination of people above 60 years began, said Union Health and Family Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Monday. He also urged opposition leaders to take the COVID-19 vaccine and help in ending the vaccine hesitancy. Union Minister said, "I have been saying from the beginning that both our vaccines are safe and perfect as far as immunogenicity is concerned. We are thankful to Prime Minister, he has always told us that you have to lead by example. He took the jab first when the vaccination of people above 60 years has begun." Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of Covaxin, a coronavirus vaccine developed in India by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and ...
Army pushes for expenditions to counter China’s expansionism
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Army pushes for expenditions to counter China’s expansionism

The Army is firmly pushing for mountaineering expeditions as well as research studies to publicise and consolidate India’s legitimate territorial claims in areas along the northern borders to counter the salami-slicing tactics of an expansionist China. For starters, the Army is launching a major skiing expedition from the crucial Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand, which will cover a distance of around 1,500km after being flagged off on March 3. “China’s blatantly expansionist policy to grab territory needs to be effectively countered. While the Army rebalances with additional forces and firepower to the northern borders, it’s also essential to show and mark our presence in ‘unheld’ areas through mountaineering and other expeditions there,” said a senior officer. ...
Arvind Kejriwal blames BJP for Republic Day violence
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Arvind Kejriwal blames BJP for Republic Day violence

Arvind Kejriwal made scathing attacks on the Centre and blamed it for orchestrating the violence on Republic Day at Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally. “The entire Red Fort incident was planned by them (BJP). Several people told me that they (protesters) were deliberately shown the wrong path as they did not know their way within Delhi. Those who hoisted the flags were their (BJP) workers. Our farmers can be anything but anti-nationals,” Kejriwal said. Responding to the allegations, Delhi BJP said the CM’s allegations were irresponsible and shameful. Kejriwal alleged that the farmers were continuously agitating because their farms would be taken over by capitalists. “Today, farmers are being tortured all over the country. Water cannons are being used on them and iron nails a...
Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi for being ‘true to his self’
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Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi for being ‘true to his self’

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped effusive praise on Ghulam Nabi Azad, the senior Congress leader returned the favour on Sunday. Addressing a gathering in Jammu, Azad said he appreciates the fact that the Prime Minister, who comes from humble beginnings, never tired to hide his true self "I like lot of things about many leaders. I'm from a village and feel proud of it ... even our PM hails from village and used to sell tea. We're political rivals but I appreciate that he doesn't hide his true self. Those who do, are living in bubble," Azad said. The Congress leader further said that despite travelling the world and staying at 5-star or 7-star hotels, he feels special joy when he spends time with people from his village. Earlier this month, the Prime Minister gave a...
Second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive begins
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Second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive begins

The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups began on Monday with the Union Health Ministry calling out eligible people to get an appointment at respective hospitals in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first ones to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday as vaccination opened for the general population, beginning with people above 60 and those with co-morbidities above 45. Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT (information technology) applications such as Arogya Setu, etc. The Central government released a new framework for Co-WIN2.0 on Sunday. According to the new framework, the schedule of vaccinatio...
Former Kerala High Court Judge PN Ravindran joins BJP
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Former Kerala High Court Judge PN Ravindran joins BJP

Former Kerala High Court Judge P N Ravindran on Sunday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Kochi. During the BJP state president K Surendran's 'Vijaya Yathra' at Thripunithura in Kochi, Sitharaman welcomed Ravindran into the party. Earlier in the day, Sitharaman had lashed out at the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala over the state budget and accused it of giving all the budget money to the Kerala infrastructure investment fund board (KIIFB). The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly is scheduled to be held in a single phase on April 6. A total of 2,67,88,268 electors will elect the candidates in Kerala for the 15th Legislative Assembly. For Assembly poll 2021, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been e...
India reports 15,510 new Covid-19 cases, 106 deaths
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India reports 15,510 new Covid-19 cases, 106 deaths

As many as 15,510 new COVID-19 cases and 106 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Monday. With this, the total number of cases reported in the country now stands at 1,10,96,731, including 1,68,627 active cases and 1,07,86,457 recoveires. The death toll now stands at 1,57,157. As many as 1,43,01,266 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took the first dose of Covaxin, India's homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research, addressing hesitancy over the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the ICMR, a total of 21,68,58,774 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to February 28. Of these, 6,27,668 ...
Vice Admiral AB Singh takes charge of Eastern Naval Command
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Vice Admiral AB Singh takes charge of Eastern Naval Command

Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh on Monday took charge as the new Flag Officer Commanding -in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at the headquarters in Visakhapatnam. As per a statement, Vice Adm AB Singh took charge as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) from Vice Adm Atul Kumar Jain, who has been transferred to New Delhi to assume charge as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC). A parade comprising of Ceremonial Guards and platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships, submarines, and establishments honored the new ENC at the Naval Base. The Parade was attended by all Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of the naval establishments.
PM Modi went to AIIMS and got vaccinated in the morning
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PM Modi went to AIIMS and got vaccinated in the morning

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the Covid shot this morning at Delhi's AIIMS hospital, becoming the first beneficiary in the second phase of the nationwide vaccination against the coronavirus. PM Modi was administered the home-grown Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as India today began vaccinating people over 60 and those over 45 who have illnesses. "Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19," PM Modi tweeted, sharing an image of himself taking first dose of the vaccine. PM Modi also appealed to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. "Together, let us make India COVID-19 free," he said. The PM's vaccination was replete with symbols from st...
Kumbh 2021: Northern Railways prepares for surge in passengers at Haridwar
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Kumbh 2021: Northern Railways prepares for surge in passengers at Haridwar

With passenger traffic at Hardiwar station expected to go up from March 11, the Northern Railways has built four different colour-coded enclosures for passengers to book tickets to various destinations. "There might be a surge in passengers coming to Haridwar from March 11. We have put four colour-coded enclosures based on the passenger's destination at Haridwar station. We have made reserved ticket windows inside enclosures," said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Northern Railway Uttarakhand. A centralised hi-tech control room has also been set up by Indian Railways at Haridwar railway station ahead of Kumbh 2021. The preparations are underway for Kumbh to be held from 1st to 30th April in Haridwar. The Uttarakhand government has decided to limit the Kumbh this year to 30 d...
Antigua revokes citizenship of Mehul Choksi
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Antigua revokes citizenship of Mehul Choksi

Antigua and Barbuda has cancelled the citizenship of Mehul Choksi granted under the Caribbean nation’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in November 2017 even as his partner-in-crime in the ₹13,500-crore fraud case, Nirav Modi, suffered a legal setback after a UK court ordered his extradition last week, people familiar with the matter said. “Antigua cancelled his citizenship sometime last year after which he has approached a civil court in St John’s. We believe he will lose his appeal as he is fighting the Antiguan government on a well-established investment scheme, which he misused to take refuge in the island nation after cheating Indian banks,” said the CBI officer cited above. They added that as soon as Choksi exhausts his appeal against revocation of citizenship, his ext...