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Wrap Up: News highlights of the day
- UK bans non-essential international travel till at least May 17
- Rajnath Singh to start his Bengal campaign on Friday
- Bharti Airtel and Qualcomm to collaborate for 5G in India
- Toolkit case: Session Court of Patiala House Court allows the bail plea of Disha Ravi
- Punjab CM orders curbs on indoor and outdoor gatherings from March 1
- President Ram Nath Kovind accepts the resignation of V Narayanasamy as Puducherry CM along with his Council of Ministers
- Night curfew imposed in Aurangabad city of Maharashtra till March 8
Kolkata Police arrest BJP leader Rakesh Singh and his both sons for obstructing and interfering in the Police investigation.
The BJP leader has been arrested from Burdwan while his sons have been arrested from his Kolkata residence.
Some Congress MLAs cycled to Odisha Assembly
The party moved a notice for discussion on fuel price hike & blamed both Centre, state govt for the rising prices.
Farmers will gherao Parliament if govt doesn't repeal agri laws: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait at Kisan Mahapanchayat in Sikar, Rajasthan
Election Commission to hold a meeting tomorrow to finalize the schedule for Assembly elections in 5 states.
Union Minister P Javadekar at UNSC open debate on Climate & Security:
"India is the only country on track among G20 nations to meet its climate change mitigation commitments. We're meeting our Paris Agreement's target & will exceed it. India currently has the fastest-growing solar energy programme."
Madhya Pradesh reported 248 new COVID-19 cases, 200 recoveries, and one death in the last 24 hours
- Total cases: 2,59,969
- Total recoveries: 2,53,963
- Death toll: 3,855
- Active cases: 2,151
Made in India vaccines arrive in Kyiv. Glad to facilitate Ukraine’s vaccination campaign
- S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister
Made in India COVID-19 vaccines were dispatched to Ghana from Mumbai, Maharashtra earlier today.
BJP leader Rakesh Singh arrested by Kolkata Police from Galsi in Purba Bardhaman district, say Kolkata Police
President Ram Nath Kovind to students of Central University of Gujarat:
"Work towards nation building so that country emerges as the best nation in the world by 2047 when it celebrates 100 years of Independence."
Toolkit case: Disha Ravi released from Delhi's Tihar jail, says a jail official
Rajasthan reported 76 new COVID-19 cases and 87 recoveries today, as per State Health Department
- Total cases: 3,19,702
- Total recoveries: 3,15,722
- Death toll: 2,785
- Active cases: 1,195
The fertility rate in Bihar has decreased to 3.2% and we want to bring it down further. Govt is taking several steps that will help reduce the fertility rate.
- Nitish Kumar, Bihar CM
Farmers block Jammu-Pathankot highway
Farmers blocked Jammu-Pathankot highway in Jammu for several hours in protest against the arrest of their leader, another man in connection with R-Day violence in Delhi: Officials
Night curfew imposed in Aurangabad city of Maharashtra till March 8 amid rising COVID-19 cases: Police
5 farmers from each UP village will fast for 8 hours daily, send messages to PM seeking withdrawal of farm laws & legal guarantee for MSP: Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan president V M Singh
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi targets LDF govt over its 'stand' on buffer zone around Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerala Forest Minister K Raju says decision on buffer zone is determined by Centre
39 students, 5 employees of hostel test coronavirus positive in Maharashtra's Latur city: official
Punjab govt orders curbs on indoor, outdoor gatherings from March 1
Authorises deputy commissioners to impose night-curfew in COVID-19 hotspots if needed.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he's hoping for global regulation on safety, privacy of data that will make sure that tech products, services are safe to use.
Shah on BJP winning Municipal corporation poll
Municipal corporation poll results show that Gujarat has again established itself as BJP's stronghold. BJP continues to carry out the 'vikas yatra' started in the leadership of Modi Ji. Today's results are one of the best results in Gujarat: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
President Ram Nath Kovind accepts the resignation of V Narayanasamy as Puducherry CM along with his Council of Ministers.
Thank you Gujarat! Results of municipal elections across the state clearly show the unwavering faith people have towards politics of development & good governance. Grateful to the people of the state for trusting BJP yet again. Always an honour to serve Gujarat.
- PM Narendra Modi
Maharashtra reports 6218 new COVID cases, 5869 recoveries and 51 deaths in the last 24 hours.
- Total cases 21,12,312
- Total recoveries 20,05,851
- Death toll 51,857
- Active cases 53,409
Surge in Covid cases
The surge in COVID cases in Ludhiana, SBS Nagar, SAS Nagar, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Bathinda. Positivity rate has gone up from 1% to 1.8-1.9%. Due to lack of compliance, the average positivity rate of SBS Nagar, Ludhiana, Bathinda's is more than the state average: Principal Secretary, Punjab
BJP has got an overwhelming majority in elections to all six municipal corporations in Gujarat. I thank the voters of all the six municipal corporations, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, state BJP chief CR Patil & party workers for this success.
- BJP chief JP Nadda
Order for 27 armoured vehicles
Indian Army has placed an order for 27 armoured vehicles with an Indian company under emergency procurement procedures. The armoured vehicles would be used for deployment in the high altitude areas: Indian Army sources
Madhya Pradesh: At a meeting of the Hoshangabad District Crisis Management Group, it has been decided that 'Mahadev Mela' and 'Ram Ji Baba Mela' will not be organised, says the district administration.
We are happy. We believe in the system and the law: Disha Ravi's mother Manjula on bail to Disha in the toolkit case
Supplies of Made in India vaccine commence today for Africa under COVAX facility: Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson
Andhra Pradesh reports 70 new COVID-19 cases, 84 recoveries, and one death in the last 24 hours.
- Total cases: 8,89,409
- Total recoveries: 8,81,666
- Active cases: 575
- Death toll: 7,168
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot says he will present the Budget in the Assembly tomorrow.
Loan agreement for a $304 million project
Govt of India & Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank today signed a loan agreement for a $304 million Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement Project to improve reliability, capacity and security of the power transmission network in the State of Assam: Finance Ministry
Arvind Kejriwal to visit Gujarat
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit Gujarat and hold a roadshow there on 26th February. This comes in light of the party's performance in the Gujarat Municipal Election 2021.
Gujarat: AAP workers celebrate party's victory on 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation election.
BJP has won 93 seats in the election.
Delhi reported 145 new COVID-19 cases, 130 recoveries, and 2 deaths
- Total cases: 6,38,173
- Total recoveries: 6,26,216
- Death toll: 10,903
- Active cases: 1,054
VK Paul on two variants in Maharashtra- N440 K variant and E484 K variant
- Yes, these variants are there in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana: Dr VK Paul
- Based on info available to us, yes these variants are there but there's no reason today for us to believe, on basis of scientific info, that these are responsible for upsurge of outbreak that you see in some districts of Maharashtra & Kerala: Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog
187 individuals detected with UK strain, 6 people with South African strain and one with Brazilian strain till date: Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog
Karnataka has not prohibited inter-state travel b/w Karnataka & Kerala
As a precautionary measure, guidelines have been issued that travellers entering Karnataka from Kerala must mandatorily possess a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours: Karnataka Health Minis
Twelve states/UTs, including Rajasthan, UP, MP, Gujarat, administered 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine to over 75 pc of healthcare workers: Govt
Till 1 pm today, total vaccination stands at 1,17,64,788
- Among these, 68% healthcare workers have been administered 1st dose & 62% healthcare workers have been administered 2nd dose.
- A little over 41% of the frontline workers have been administered the 1st dose: Health Ministry
Eleven states/UTs, including Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi, Punjab, have administered 1st dose to less than 60 pc of healthcare workers: Govt
Gujarat: BJP registers victory at 68 seats, Congress wins 4 seats in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation election
There are still 2 states that have 75% active cases -Kerala & Maharashtra
- Kerala has 38% of the total active cases of the country while Maharashtra has 37% of the total active cases.
- Karnataka has 4% & Tamil Nadu has 2.78% active cases: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Health Ministry
Delhi court sends actor-activist Deep Sidhu, arrested in connection with Red Fort violence on Republic Day, to 14-day judicial custody
Cumulative positivity rate 5.19% and declining
The cumulative positivity rate is 5.19%. This is declining continuously. Positivity rate - cumulative as well as weekly & daily - is declining across the country: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health
If you look at the average of deaths taking place daily, it was 92 last week- trend of less than 100 deaths
- Health Ministry
Active cases continue to be less than 1.50 lakh
- Health Ministry
Over 1.17 cr vaccine doses administered across the country - 1.04 cr 1st doses & 12.61 lakh 2nd doses
- Health Ministry
Gujarat: BJP wins 93 seats, while Aam Aadmi Party bags 27 seats in Surat Municipal Corporation election; Congress draws a blank
Karnataka Mines Minister Murugesh Nirani says strict measures will be put in place so that only licence holder will be allowed to use explosives for quarrying
Punjab CM orders curbs on indoor and outdoor gatherings from March 1
Amid concern over rising COVID-19 cases, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh today ordered restriction on indoor gathering to 100 & outdoor to 200 persons from March 1, along with strict enforcement of mask/social distancing rules, with testing to be ramped to 30000 a day: Govt
Toolkit case: In the order copy, Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana states, "Considering the scanty & sketchy investigation, I do not find any palpable reason to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl who has absolutely no criminal antecedents".
Nagpur bench of Bombay HC grants interim bail on medical grounds to ailing poet-activist Varavara Rao in connection with 2016 Surjagarh iron-ore mine arson case
Sale of Coronil tablets of Patanjali won't be allowed in Maharashtra without proper certification
- Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
Kushinagar Airport gets necessary clearances from DGCA
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan writes to PM Modi regarding 'new restricts imposed by Govt of Karnataka on the entry of people coming from Kerala'.
"Imposing restrictions of inter-state movement of people by states is contrary to instructions of Govt of India," he writes.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Maharashtra: NCP wins mayoral election for Sangli Miraj Kupwad Municipal Corporation, which was ruled by BJP