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Latest News LIVE: Erstwhile Congress government in Pudhucherry did "petty politics" on implementing Central government schemes, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in poll-bound Puducherry's Karaikkal on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the people to start a 100-day 'Catch the Rain' campaign to conserve water ahead of the summer. Addressing the country in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', the Prime Minister said "this is the best time to think about water conservation in the summer months ahead".

India's Polar rocket PSLV C-51 carrying Amazonia-1 of Brazil and 18 other satellites took off from this spaceport on Sunday, in the first mission of the year for ISRO. At the end of a nearly 26-hour countdown, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 lifted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), over 100 km from Chennai, at around 10.24 am.

 
Meanwhile, the voting is underway for by-elections in five municipal corporation wards of Delhi. The MCD polls are underway in five wards -Ward No 32N, (Rohini-C), Ward No 62N, (Shalimar Bagh North) in North Delhi and Ward No 02-E (Trilokpuri), Ward No 08-E (Kalyanpuri) and Ward No 41-E (Chauhan Bangar) in East Delhi.

Polling is currently underway for civic polls on 88 seats in Gujarat's Vadodara district along with 34 zila panchayat seats and 168 taluka panchayat seats. Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. 


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Have information that 18 died in Myanmar crackdown: UN human rights office

The UN Human Rights Office says it has received credible information that a crackdown Sunday on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 wounded.
 

Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku, it said in a statement, referring to several cities in Myanmar. Tear gas was also reportedly used in various locations as well as flash-bang and stun grenades. Read more

Hand luggage-only fare: Up to 15% cheaper for flyers, airlines benefit too

Indian airlines are devising new fare structures where travelling without check-in baggage may turn out to be 10-15 per cent cheaper. Last week, aviation regulator DGCA allowed airlines to unbundle services including check-in baggage, meaning airlines can charge for them extra.
 
 
Currently, it is compulsory for airlines to provide at least 15 kg of luggage. Unbundling, or dividing the product or service into separate elements and selling them each at a different price, is a profit maximisation strategy mainly aimed at segmenting the market and attracting the price-sensitive customer. Read more

We have a clear stand that everyone must get justice: Maharashtra CM

Govt extends due date for filing GST annual returns for FY20 till Mar 31

Government has decided to further extend the due date for furnishing of GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C for the financial year 2019-20 to 31.03.2021 with the approval of Election Commission of India: Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, according to ANI

We are seeing petrol-diesel century now: Uddhav Thackeray

Congress was involved in scam of Rs 12 trn & DMK was in alliance all time: Amit Shah

Jaish-ul-Hind behind explosives-laden SUV near Ambani's house: Police

An organisation named Jaish-ul-Hind has claimed the responsibility of placing an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house in south Mumbai, police said on Sunday. A senior police official said that all possible angles were being investigated in this connection.
 

The outfit claimed the responsibility by posting a message on social messaging app Telegram, which went viral on social media and came to the notice of Mumbai police, the official said. Read more

Want Congress to be strong and unite to fight the divisive forces of the country: Farooq Abdullah

JNU issues notification for reopening of campus in phased manner

Vinesh Phogat wins gold medal in the women’s 53 kg beating 2017 World Champion

Mamata's new Bengal a mixed bag as 'paribartan' has come in bits and pieces

West Bengal has not been rebuilt. Kolkata has not transformed into London. But the “Paribartan” ushered in by Mamata Banerjee in 2011 goes deeper than the trident lights that adorn every nook and corner of the city.
 

The poll bugle has been sounded and parties are getting battle ready for an eight-phase election in West Bengal. Banerjee, who is seeking a third term, is banking on her welfare schemes and “development” work, aside of the “insider-outsider” plank, to do a hat-trick. It is widely known that the agitation over land acquisition catapulted Banerjee to the seat of power in Bengal. But that apart, she had also promised a new Bengal; the Trinamool Congress manifesto of 2011 had read: the task before the new government is to “rebuild West Bengal” to compete with the best and fulfill the aspirations of the people. At the end of 10 years, Banerjee’s achievements are a mixed bag. Read more

Maharashtra Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod linked to a woman's suicide resigns

Maharashtra minister Sanjay Rathod, facing flak from the opposition BJP after being linked to a woman's death, on Sunday resigned from the state cabinet, according to PTI. Rathod made the announcement after submitting his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the president of his Shiv Sena party. "There has been a lot of dirty politics over the issue of the woman's death," Rathod told reporters, adding he has quit the ministry so that the truth can come out.


Rathod, who holds the forest portfolio, was facing allegations of complicity in the death of Puja Chavan (23), a resident of Beed district, who was found dead in Pune on February 8, apparently after falling off from the building in which she lived. Talking to reporters after meeting the chief minister at his official residenceVarsha, Rathod said he had resigned to facilitate a free and fair probe. "Attempts were made to tarnish my image and destroy my reputation I had built after 30 years of socialwork. I was saying that let the probe happen before taking any decision. But the opposition threatened to disrupt the budget session," Rathod said, as PTI.

MCD bypolls: 32.25% voters turnout till 1:30 PM; 38.85% at Kalyanpuri

A turnout of over 32 per cent was registered in the first six hours of voting for the bypolls to five municipal wards in Delhi on Sunday, the first electoral exercise being conducted in the national capital amid the coronavirus pandemic., according to PTI The results of these bye-elections are likely to have an impact on the big-ticket 2022 Delhi civic polls.
 

Polling began at 7:30 AM amid tight security arrangements and it will end at 5:30 PM. By 1:30 PM, the overall turnout across the five wards was 32.25 per cent, with Kalyanpuri ward recording the maximum 38.85 per cent, as per data shared by a senior official of the State Election Commission in Delhi said, as per PTI. According to the State Election Commission, around 2.42 lakh people are eligible to cast their votes in two wards under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and three wards under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).
 

The main contenders are the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the BJP and the Congress. All of them have expressed confidence that they will emerge victorious in the bypolls, being held under strict COVID protocols.

Maharashtra Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod tenders his resignation

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rathod tenders his resignation as Maharashtra Minister, according to ANI

Snow avalanche occurred at Sonamarg today near Army convoy ground

Even Britishers did not have the courage to call our farmers anti-nationals: Kejriwal

Today, Bharatiya Janata Party's central government has filed cases against farmers for carrying out anti-national activities. Even Britishers did not have this courage. They call our farmers terrorists: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut, according to ANI

Farmers can't be anti-nationals, Red Fort incident planned by BJP: Kejriwal

BJP govt has left Britishers behind in oppressing farmers: Kejriwal

Even Britishers did not oppress our farmers to this extent, they did not fix nails on the ground. This government has left behind the Britishers: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut
 

Centre's three farm laws are death warrant for farmers, says Kejriwal in Meerut

Centre's three farm laws are death warrant for farmers. The government wants to take away their lands and give them to 3-4 capitalists. Farmers will become labourers in their own fields, that is why it's do or die situation for farmers: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut, according to ANI
 

Kumbh Mela 2021: Indian Raiways sets up centralised control room in Haridwar

A centralised hi-tech control room has been set up by Indian Raiways at Haridwar railway station ahead of Kumbh Mela 2021, informed Senior divisional commercial manager of Moradabad railway division on Saturday, according to ANI. "A centralised control room has been set up at Haridwar railway station ahead of Kumbh Mela 2021. All the nearby railway stations have been connected through CCTV, with their feed being streamed at this control room. A telephone line has also been set up at the centre," they said, ANI reported.


The preparations are underway for Kumbh Mela 2021 to be held from 1st to 30th April in Haridwar. The Uttarakhand government has decided to limit the Kumbh this year to 30 days due to pandemic. Officers in charge of the Kumbh Mela said that those who attend the religious congregation should do prior registration at a portal and should have a Covid-19 negative report, as per ANI.

IKEA to increase sourcing of toys from India for scale up ops: Official

Swedish furniture major IKEA, which has a range of over 1,000 products as part of its children's range, is looking to scale up sourcing of toys from India for its operations here, said a top company official.

 
Besides, IKEA India is also aiming to have around 12 per cent of sales from kids' range of products in the coming years. The company, which currently sources only cotton-based soft toys from India, is also exploring to expand in some other categories such as wooden toys, said IKEA India Country Commercial Manager Kavitha Rao. Read more

10 mn more free LPG connections in 2 yrs, easier access planned: Oil secy

The free LPG connection scheme is one structural reform of the Modi government that has been internationally acclaimed for ridding indoor household pollution and improving women's health.

 
And now, the government plans to give one crore more free LPG connections to the needy over the next two years and make it easier to access cooking gas to achieve near 100 per cent penetration of the clean fuel in the country.

 
Oil Secretary Tarun Kapoor said plans are in the works to provide LPG connection with bare-minimum identity documents and without insisting on residence proof of the place of availing the cooking gas. Read more

West Bengal polls: Left, Congress joint rally at Kolkata

For the first time, the CPM-led Left Front and the Congress are going to hold a joint rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground on Sunday, in a bid to display the strength of the Third Front ahead of the high-voltage West Bengal Assembly polls.
 
Hooghly's Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front (ISF) will also take part in the mega rally.
 
Thousands of Left and Congress supporters from various West Bengal districts started pouring into Kolkata by trains and busses since Saturday night. Camps were opened at Howrah and Sealdah railway station - two major railheads in eastern India. Both the parties took out numerous processions, ran extensive campaigns on social media asking people to attend the rally.

Petrol, diesel prices unchanged across metros, Rs 91.17 per litre in Delhi

Fuel prices, which have been soaring to unprecedented levels in the country of late, remained unchanged on Sunday. In the national capital, petrol was priced at Rs 91.17 per litre, same as on Saturday. Similarly, in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the fuel was sold for Rs 97.57, Rs 93.11 and Rs 91.35 a litre respectively.
 
Oil marketing companies pressed the pause button after raising the pump price of petrol and diesel by 24 paise and 15 paise per litre on Saturday.
 
In line with petrol, diesel prices also were unchanged on Sunday at Rs 81.47, Rs 88.60, Rs 86.45 and Rs 84.35 per litre, respectively in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. READ ON...

 

Amit Shah hits out at Rahul Gandhi for claiming there is no dedicated fisheries ministry

Amit Shah hits out at Rahul Gandhi for claiming there is no dedicated fisheries ministry; Says the Congress leader was on 'vacation' and the NDA had set it up in 2019

Congress collapsing across the country due to dynasty politics, claims Amit Shah in Karaikal public meeting

Congress collapsing across the country due to dynasty politics, claims Amit Shah in Karaikal public meeting

Department of Fisheries in existence since 2019: Amit Shah in Puducherry's Karaikal

Some days ago, Rahul Gandhi had asked why there is no fisheries department. I want to know from people whether they want a leader who doesn't know that Department of Fisheries has been in existence for two years (since 2019): Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Puducherry's Karaikal.

LIVE: Congress collapsing across country due to dynasty politics, claims Amit Shah

LIVE: Many Congress workers across the country are joining BJP, says Amit Shah

If you vote for NDA, we will reduce unemployment rate to less than 40%: Amit Shah in Karaikal

Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Puducherry to address a public meeting

PM Modi lauds 'huge contribution' of science towards Atmanirbhar Bharat

Advising youth of the country to read about Indian scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded the "huge contribution" of science towards Atmanirbhar Bharat.
 
In his monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat', PM Modi also shared examples of individuals who were striving for self-reliant India in the truest sense. He said that India has to launch Made in India's products in every field to raise the heads with pride.
 
"Today is National Science Day. It is dedicated to the discovery of the 'Raman Effect' by scientist Dr CV Raman. Our youth should read a lot about Indian scientists and understand the history of Indian science. The contribution of science is huge in Atmanirbhar Bharat. We need to take science forward with the mantra of 'Lab to Land'," he said. READ ON...

India proud to launch Brazil's Amazonia-1 satellite: ISRO chief K Sivan

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan on Sunday congratulate the Brazilian team on the occasion of the launching of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C51 carrying Brazil's Amazonia-1 satellite and 18 other satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
 
Sivan said that India and ISRO feel proud to launch Brazil's Amazonia-1 satellite.
 
"In this mission, India and ISRO, feel extremely proud, honoured and happy to launch the first satellite designed, integrated and operated by Brazil. I congratulate the Brazilian team for this achievement. The satellite is in very good health and I congratulate all for this and compliment the entire Brazilian team," Sivan said after the launch event. READ ON...

'Mann Ki Baat': PM Modi stresses on water conservation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the people to start a 100-day 'Catch the Rain' campaign to conserve water ahead of the summer. Addressing the country in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', the Prime Minister said "this is the best time to think about water conservation in the summer months ahead".
 
"Rain begins in many parts of India in May-June. Can we run a 100-day campaign to clear the water reservoirs to conserve water? Jal Shakti Ministry will soon begin a similar campaign 'Catch the Rain'. The key mantra of the campaign is catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls," the Prime Minister said.

Centre to launch campaign to promote water conservation: PM Modi

Centre to launch campaign to promote water conservation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: We don't have to let our guard down against Covid-19, says PM Modi

Now that economy opening up, we do not have to let our guard down against Covid-19. Nation will progress fast if your healthy, happy and abiding: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Added new mantras in 'Exam Warrior' book for students: PM Modi

This year, I have added new mantras in the 'Exam Warrior' book that will not only help my student friends but also teachers and parents: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' does not just remain economic programme, but becomes national spirit: PM Modi

When people feel proud of indigenous products then 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' does not just remain economic programme, but becomes national spirit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: Tamil literature is beautiful, says PM Modi

Silu Nayak from Odisha mentored many for service of the nation: PM Modi in Mann ki Baat

I request students to adopt smart ways to revise and remember: PM Modi

Many people from across India are contributing to 'Atmanirbhar Bharat': PM Modi

Many people from across the country are contributing to 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'. Like, Pramodji, from Bettiah, who was working in a LED blub factory in Delhi, understood the process of blub production and started a small LED blubs manufacturing unit at this native place: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

58 species are winter migrants from different parts of the world: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

58 species are winter migrants from different parts of the world: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: Aatmanirbhar Bharat not merely a Government efforts, says PM Modi

We must understand our responsibility towards water conservation: PM Modi

We must understand our responsibility towards water conservation. In a few days, the Jal Shakti Ministry will launch a campaign 'Catch the Rain'. Its slogan is 'Catch the Rain, where it falls, when it falls': Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: 'Contribution of science is huge in 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', says PM Modi

The contribution of science is huge in 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'. We need to take science forward with the mantra of 'Lab to Land'. For example, Ladakh's Urgain Phuntsog is working with innovation techniques to organically grow 20 different crops in cyclic pattern: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

'Aatmanibhar Bharat Abhiyan' is not only a government policy, it is a national spirit: PM Modi

'Aatmanibhar Bharat Abhiyan' is not only a government policy, it is a national spirit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: 'Aatmanibhar Bharat Abhiyan' means taking pride in nation's innovations, says Modi

'Aatmanibhar Bharat Abhiyan' means taking pride in nation's innovations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: 'Let us make science more popular across India', says PM Modi

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: PM Modi conveys greetings on National Science Day, and recalls works of Dr C V Raman

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: PM Modi talks about water tree plantation and rainwater conservation

Jagdish Ji from Bageshwar in Uttrakahand started planting thousands of trees with the help of villagers. The tree plantation helped in conserving rain water in dry areas : PM Narendra Modi in 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: Water is, in a way, more important than Paras, says PM Modi

Water is, in a way, more important than Paras. It is said that iron is converted into gold by the touch of Paras. Similarly, touch of water is necessary for life and development: PM Narendra Modi in 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: PM Modi talks about water conservation

There will be no day in India when there is no water festival in some corner of the country. During the Magh days, people leave their homes and families and go to Kalpavas: PM Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat.

We are witnessing the Kumbh in Haridwar in the Magha month: PM Modi in 'Mann Ki Baat'

Many civilizations started around rivers. For us, water is life and a source of faith. We are witnessing the Kumbh in Haridwar in the Magha month: PM Modi in 'Mann Ki Baat'

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: Water has been crucial for the development of humankind for centuries, says PM Modi

LIVE updates: PM Narendra Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' to begin shortly

ISRO launches PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites from Sriharikota

Voting underway for Delhi MCD by-polls in five wards

The voting is underway on Sunday for by-elections in five municipal corporation wards of the national capital. The MCD polls are underway in five wards -Ward No 32N, (Rohini-C), Ward No 62N, (Shalimar Bagh North) in North Delhi and Ward No 02-E (Trilokpuri), Ward No 08-E (Kalyanpuri) and Ward No 41-E (Chauhan Bangar) in East Delhi.
 
Dewan Singh, one of the voters at Trilokpuri told ANI, "The main issue in our area is the water problem. Nobody is paying heed to our problems even after we complained several times to the authorities. We hope that after the polls, our problems will be solved."

PSLV-C51 carrying 19 satellites lifts-off from Sriharikota

India's Polar rocket PSLV C-51 carrying Amazonia-1 of Brazil and 18 other satellites blasted off from this spaceport on Sunday, in the first mission of the year for ISRO.
 
At the end of a nearly -26hour countdown, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 lifted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), over 100 km from Chennai, at around 10.24 am.
 
Amazonia-1, the primary satellite, is expected to be injected into orbit about 18 minutes after lift-off while the18 co-passenger payloads, including one from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI), also engraved with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would be launched over the next two hours.

Isro's Amazonia-1 rocket onboard PSLV-C51 lifts off successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre

BJP begins selection process for candidates in poll-bound states, UT

Ahead of Assembly elections in four poll-bound states and a Union Territory beginning from March end, the BJP has kick-started its process to identify and select potential candidates.
 
All the party units in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry have started directing their district level groups to prepare a list of potential candidates for the polls.
 
The party has asked observers in these states and the UT to find out and prepare a list of candidates from grassroots workers to office-bearers who have reach in the public, based on demography of the concerned constituency and its voter composition. READ ON...

Countdown begins for one of PSLV rocket's longest missions, ISRO says

The countdown for India's one of the longest rocketing by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket carrying 19 satellites began at 8.54 a.m. on Saturday, said a top official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
 
The Indian rocket numbered PSLV-C51 carrying the 637-kg Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites (including 13 from USA) is scheduled to lift-off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 10.24 a.m. on Sunday.
 
"The countdown for the rocket's flight started at 8.54 a.m for the launch at 10.24 a.m tomorrow (Sunday)," K.Sivan, ISRO Chairman told IANS. READ MORE...

Woman stabbed to death in Delhi's Adarsh Nagar

A 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a snatcher for resisting a robbery bid in the Adarsh Nagar area of the national capital, Delhi Police said. According to the police, the woman was stabbed to death in north-west Delhi's Adarsh Nagar while trying to resist a snatching bid. She was coming home from a market and was holding her child when the incident occurred.
 
An FIR has been registered, but no arrest has been made till now. Further investigation of the case is underway, the police said.
 
This is the second stabbing incident in the last two days. A 17-year-old boy was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre on Friday after being beaten up and stabbed by three boys in the Kalkaji area when he objected to them following his sister and passing indecent remarks. Five persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Rakesh Tikait to tour 5 states in March to drum up support for farm protest

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait will be touring five states in March to drum up support for the ongoing farmers' protest against Centre's new agriculture laws, a Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) office-bearer said on Saturday.
 
Tikait, the national spokesperson of the BKU and a prominent face of the farmers' protest, will begin the tour from March 1, the office-bearer said.
 
"Farmers' meetings will be held in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, while two meetings will also be held in Uttar Pradesh in March," BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik said. READ ON...

Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: PMK to contest on 23 seats in alliance with AIADMK

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has allocated 23 seats to Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) to contest Tamil Nadu Assembly polls 2021.
 
The announcement of the seat-sharing came after a discussion between AIADMK and PMK leaders at Chennai's Leela Palace hotel on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam attended the meeting from the AIADMK side and Anbumani Ramadoss, GK Mani participated in the meeting from PMK's side.
 
"'Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) to contest 23 seats in alliance with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)," AIADMK tweeted on Saturday after the meeting.

Voting underway for civic bodies in Gujarat's Vadodara

Polling is currently underway for civic polls on 88 seats in Gujarat's Vadodara district along with 34 zila panchayat seats and 168 taluka panchayat seats. Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.
 
This comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in the local body polls in six districts earlier this week, nearly wiping out the Congress.
 
Other districts in the state, including 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats, are also going to polls today. According to District Collector Shalini Agarwal, several returning officers and assistant returning officers have been deployed for the same.

Voting underway for Delhi MCD by-poll in Rohini municipal ward

Voting underway for Delhi MCD by-polls in five wards

Khap panchayat in Haryana to increase milk price to protest against farm laws

Khap panchayat in Hisar on Saturday decided to increase the rate of milk against farm laws and rising fuel prices.
 
"We have decided to give milk at the price of Rs 100/litre. We urge dairy farmers to sell milk at the same price to government cooperative societies," said the Panchayat spokesperson.
 
Many people were sitting in agitation against the rising fuel prices coupled with their angst against the recently passed farm laws. Amid surging fuel prices in the country, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on February 21 termed "less fuel production by manufacturing countries to gain more profit" as one of the reasons behind the price hike. READ ON...

LIVE: Polling underway for civic election in Gujarat

Farmers worried as numbers fall at protest sites

More than three months have passed since the farmers agitation began. At present the number of people at the Ghazipur Border appears to be thinning, particularly in the last one month, IANS reported.
 
In fact this has been the case at the sites of protest on Delhi's borders ever since the violence on Republic Day, January 26. At the Ghazipur Border in particular, the numbers have reduced signficantly compared to the same date last month.
 
According to the farmers on the border, the number of agitators at the protest sites keeps changing since the farmers keep coming and going, particularly in the harvest season.

Gujarat local bodies polls on Sunday, 30.4 million people to vote

Polling for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat will take place on Sunday while counting of votes will be held on March 2, the State Election Commission said.
 
The SEC officials said voting for 8,473 seats, comprising 2,720 in 680 wards in municipalities, 980 in district panchayats and 4,773 in taluka panchayats, will take place across 36,008 booths.
 
Some 3.04 crore people in the state are eligible to vote for these polls, and over 44,000 police personnel, including state reserve police units, 12, CAPF companies and 54,000 homeguards, will be in place to ensure incident-free voting.

Stage set for bypolls in five municipal wards in Delhi on Sunday

The stage is set for bypolls in five municipal wards in Delhi on Sunday with all three main contenders -- the Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and the Congress -- exuding confidence of emerging victorious. The bypolls are being seen as the semifinal ahead of the civic body elections for 272 wards of three municipal corporations in early 2022.
 
According to the State Election Commission, around 2.42 lakh people are eligible to cast their votes in these municipal wards -- Rohini-C, Shalimar Bagh (North), Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri and Chauan Banger.
 
Voting will be held from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. The results will be announced on March 3, officials said, adding that there are 327 polling stations. Twenty-six candidates are contesting the elections.

J P Nadda on two-day visit to Varanasi from Sunday

BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda will be on a two-day visit to Varanasi from Sunday where he will participate in various programmes of the party and meet BJP MPs and MLAs also.
 
Sharing details about the schedule of the BJP chief, party national media in-charge Anil Baluni said that Nadda will reach Varanasi Airport at 11 a.m. on February 28. He will address the meeting of BJP executive, district president and in-charge of Harhua, Gokuldham at 12 noon and at 2 p.m. he will hold a meeting with MP and MLA of Kashi.
 
At 4.45 p.m., he will inaugurate BJP's new regional office and Prayagraj Metropolitan Office in Rohania and at 7 p.m. he will interact with social leaders of Varanasi at Chaudhary Lawn, Naria, BHU. The next day, Nadda will offer prayers to Baba Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav at 9 a.m. after which he will hold a review meeting at the booth at 10 a.m. and will take stock of the party activities.

Amit Shah to address public meetings in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry today

Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address public meetings in poll-bound Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Sunday. Party leaders said Shah will also take organisational meetings in both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
 
Shah will leave for Tamil Nadu on Saturday and is scheduled to hold a public meeting in Karaikal in Puducherry on Sunday morning, followed by a 'Vijay Sankalp Rally' in Janakipuram in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu, according to the schedule released by his office.
 
Besides this, Shah will also hold organisational meetings of the party's units of the state and the Union Territory. The BJP is contesting assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in alliance with ruling AIADMK.

LIVE updates: PM Modi to address nation through Mann Ki Baat at 11 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 2021's second Mann Ki Baat on Sunday at 11 AM. "Tune in tomorrow at 11 AM. #MannKiBaat," tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. On February 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited people of the country to share their inspiring stories in the field of art, culture, and tourism.
 
"Through inspiring examples, January's #MannKiBaat highlighted diverse topics ranging from art, culture, tourism and agri innovation. Would love to hear more such motivating anecdotes for the programme in February, which will take place on the 28th," PM Modi tweeted and shared a link for the people inviting ideas for the next 'Mann Ki Baat'.
 
Prime Minister Modi had also shared a toll-free number for people to record their message in either Hindi or English.


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