LIVE: Mamata to sit on dharna against 'undemocratic' EC campaign ban

Haridwar is all set for the second royal bath of Maha Kumbh, which will be held today amid the alarming situation of coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand.

The Delhi High Court today will hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking directions to Centre and Delhi Government to remove the age limitations for deciding upon the beneficiaries of Covid-19 vaccination drive.

Election to three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala falling vacant next month will be held today. As per practice, votes will counted in the evening after conclusion of polling at 4 pm.

Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.


TMC writes to EC, seeks strict action against BJP leaders for 'inflammatory' remarks

The TMC on Monday urged the Election Commission to take strict action against BJP leaders who allegedly made inflammatory remarks over the Cooch Behar firing incident that claimed the lives of "four unarmed civilians", shortly before the poll panel barred party supremo Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours.
In a letter to West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab, the party said several BJP leaders, including party state Dilip Ghosh, were "instigating" violence with their warnings of more Cooch Behar-like episodes.
Amid the polling for the fourth phase of assembly elections on Saturday, four persons were killed in Sitalkuchi area of Cooch Behar when CISF personnel opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals who had "attempted to snatch their rifles".
Citing the first instance, the letter said, "On April 11, 2021, at a rally in Baranagar, Dilip Ghosh said people have seen what happened at Sitalkuchi and warned that if anyone oversteps boundary, the incident of Sitalkuchi will be repeated. An official complaint has already been lodged with the CEO."
The letter, signed by TMC MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O'Brien, also has mention of similar remarks made by BJP leaders Rahul Sinha and Sayantan Basu.

Rajasthan BJP demands deployment of additional central forces for bypolls

The BJP on Monday demanded the deployment of additional central forces in three assembly constituencies in Rajasthan where bypolls will be held on Saturday.
A delegation of the opposition party met the additional electoral officer Krishna Kunal and raised the demand, claiming there is a possibility of booth capturing and intimidation of voters by the ruling Congress in the state.
The bypolls to Sujangarh (Churu), Sahara (Bhilwara) and Rajsamand assembly seats will be held on April 17.
The BJP state media in-charge, Vimal Kataria, said that the demand for deploying additional central forces in all the three constituencies has been made.
Meanwhile, Rajsamand MP Diya Kumari accused the workers of NSUI, the Congress' students wing, of trying to forcibly enter her place of stay in Nathdwara to hold a "gherao".
She said the demonstration was not appropriate from a political perspective.
“For the last two years, I have travelled across the entire region of the constituency and have been easily accessible in all areas of work. Such kind of a demonstration is not justified even against those leaders who have not been present in the area for a long time,” she said in a statement.
In Jaipur, the party wrote to the additional chief electoral officer about the incident and demanded action against the accused.

EC working as BJP wing, black day for democracy: TMC

Shortly after the Election Commission on Monday barred West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC boss Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours, her party claimed that the poll panel was behaving like a "wing of the BJP" and its decision smacks of authoritarianism.
Derek O'Brien, the ruling party's Rajya Sabha MP, said it was a black day for India's democracy.
"EC stands for Extremely Compromised. April 12 BLACK DAY in our democracy," O'Brien tweeted.
"Always knew we were winning Bengal," he added. (PTI)

LIVE: Mamata to sit on dharna against 'undemocratic' EC campaign ban

'Factually incorrect': EC responds to Mamata's reply over her appeal for votes along communal lines

It is self-evident from the perusal of all reports that allegations mentioned in your hand-written note are factually incorrect, without any empirical evidence whatsoever and devoid of substance: ECI responds to CM Mamata Banerjee's reply over her appeal for votes along communal lines

LIVE: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee banned from campaigning for 24 hours

Sushil Chandra appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from April 13

Kumbh Mela: 3.1 million devotees take a dip in Ganga so far

TMC delegation meets EC over BJP leaders' remarks

LIVE: CCI approves acquisition of shareholding in Magma by Adar's Rising Sun

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition of shareholding in Magma Fincorp Limited by Rising Sun Holdings Private Limited and Mr Sanjay Chamria and Mr Mayank Poddar.
The proposed combination envisages acquisition of stake in Magma Fincorp Limited (Magma Fincorp) by Rising Sun Holdings Private Limited (Rising Sun) and Mr Sanjay Chamria and Mr Mayank Poddar.
Rising Sun is part of Mr Adar Poonawalla’s Rising Sun group of companies. It is present in the financial services sector through its subsidiary, Poonawalla Finance Private Limited, which is a systemically important non-deposit taking non-banking finance company (NBFC). Read full release here

LIVE: CBI summons Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday over corruption allegations

LIVE: CBI summons Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday over corruption allegations

LIVE: President Ram Nath Kovind discharged from AIIMS after surgery, says Spokesman

LIVE: President Ram Nath Kovind discharged from AIIMS after surgery, says Spokesman

Latest News: Oil rises but remains rangebound as Covid-19 cases soar

Oil prices rose on Monday on optimism over a rebound in the US economy as coronavirus vaccinations accelerated and on tensions in the Middle East, though rising Covid-19 cases elsewhere kept a lid on prices.

Brent was up 86 cents, or 1.4 per cent, at $63.81 a barrel by 1121 GMT. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) U.S. crude rose 78 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $60.10. (Reuters)

Latest News: Byju's raises $455 mn led by Baron Funds as part of $1 bn round

Leading ed-tech company BYJU'S has raised $455 million from investors that include Baron Funds and Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin's B Capital Group, as part of a $1 billion 'Series F' round, the media reported on Monday.
Citing government filings by the company, Inc42 reported that existing investors like Silver Lake Management, Owl Ventures, and T. Rowe Price etc are also participating in the round.
The latest fund-raising comes after the BYJU'S announced to acquire Aakash Educational Services Ltd (AESL) through a strategic merger. The deal size is also pegged at close to $1 billion, according to a person familiar with the transaction. (IANS)

Rajasthan: Students of class 6 and 7 to be promoted without exams

Rajasthan: Board of Secondary Education has decided to promote students of Class 6 and 7 in the state without exams

I request EC to not be partial, says Mamata

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi Court reserves order on framing charges against Shashi Tharoor

Delhi Court reserves order on the issue of framing of charges against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the Sunanda Pushkar death case. The court sets April 29 for order or any clarification if required.

Maharashtra govt defers state board exams for class 10 and 12

NRC will have no impact on Gorkhas: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Monday that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will have no impact on the Gorkhas, and accused the ruling TMC in West Bengal of spreading lies to create fear among the people of the hills.
Shah, during an address after a roadshow in Kalimpong, said as long as the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is there at the Centre, no Gorkha will be harmed.
"NRC has not yet been implemented, but whenever it is done, not a single Gorkha will be asked to leave," the senior BJP leader said. (PTI)

People have decreed your game is up: Modi on Mamata's 'Khela Hobe' slogan

Citizenship and justice to refugees our public commitment, says Modi at rally

Perturbed with fear of losing, Mamata is crossing all lines, says PM Modi at rally

Watch: PM Modi addresses public meeting at Kalyani, West Bengal

Farmers' stir: Delhi Court reserves order on the bail plea of Deep Sidhu

Delhi Court reserves order on the bail plea of Deep Sidhu, arrested in connection with 26th January violence at Red Fort. The court sets April 15 for pronouncing the order or any clarification, if required, on the bail plea of Deep Sidhu, reports ANI

Not even one Gorkha will be ousted even if NRC is brought in: Amit Shah

Latest News: TVS Motor moped sales down in FY21

The total production and sales of moped for TVS Motor Company Ltd declined last fiscal slightly as compared to the previous fiscal.
The two and three wheeler maker TVS Motor is the only company that rolls out mopeds.
The company makes TVS XL model. (IANS)

CBSE Board Exam 2021: Rahul Gandhi comes in support of students

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to support the student’s request to cancel the CBSE Board Exam 2021 due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

J P Nadda to campaign for Tirupati bypoll today

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president J.P. Nadda will campaign at Naidupeta town in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district on Monday to propel the chances of the saffron party in the forthcoming Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll.
"After receiving a grand welcome by AP BJP at Tirupati, BJP president Nadda will travel to Tirumala hills to take holy darshan (visit) of swami Balaji," said BJP national secretary and AP co-incharge Sunil Deodhar.
Nadda will visit the temple at 2 p.m.
Deodhar said Nadda will address a BJP-Janasena rally at Naidupeta at 6 p.m., even as Coronavirus second wave is raging in the southern state.

PM Modi, Amit Shah to hold multiple rallies in poll-bound West Bengal today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address several public programs in poll-bound West Bengal on Monday.
At 12:00 noon, the Prime Minister will address an election rally at Talit Sai Centre in Purba Bardhaman district.
After that, he will also hold rallies in Kalyani University Grounds in Nadia district at 1.40 pm and the Barasat area of the North 24 Parganas district at 3.10 pm.
Besides Prime Minister Modi, Shah will hold a roadshow in Kalimpong district at 11:30 am. Read on...

People take a holy dip in Ganga river at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

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