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Telugu anchor, actor TNR passes away due to COVID-19

Late Thummala Narsimha Reddy, popularly known as TNR also acted in few Telugu films as a character artist. He had worked as an assistant to writer and actor L.B. Sriram. He acted in movies like ‘Boni’, ‘Nene Raju Nene Mantri, ‘George Reddy’, ‘Subrahmanyapuram’ and ‘Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya.’   Well-known YouTube anchor, journalist and actor Thummala Narsimha Reddy on Monday passed away due to Covid-19. Popular as TNR, he breathed his last at a private hospital in Hyderabad, where he was admitted a couple of days ago. He had tested positive for Covid and was under home isolation. The family shifted him to a hospital after drop in his oxygen level. TNR was popular as YouTube anchor for his interviews with celebrities on the channel ‘Frankly Speaking’. He also acted in few Telugu films as character artist. He had worked as an assistant to…


States, UTs to get 46 lakh more vax doses in 3 days: Health Ministry

The Central government has so far provided more than 17,56,20,810 vaccine doses to States and Union Territories (UTs) “free of cost”, and has planned to provide additional over 46 lakh doses within next three days. A total of 46,61,960 Covid vaccine doses will be received in addition by the States and UTs within the next 3 days, Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. Of the over 17 crore vaccines so far delivered to the States and the UTs, the total consumption including wastages is 16,83,78,796 doses, according to the official data made available at 8 a.m. on Sunday. More than 72 lakh Covid vaccine doses (72,42,014) are still available with the States and UTs to be administered. States with negative balance are showing more consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have not reconciled the vaccine they have supplied to armed forces.https://d0c4d30478f8c3222d930a7f25672f65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Of…

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Ten states account for over 71 per cent of new COVID-19 cases

Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Delhi are among 10 states that account for 71.75 percent of the 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases registered in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. The other states in the list of 10 are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Haryana. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,578. It is followed by Karnataka with 47,563 while Kerala reported 41,971 new cases A total of more than 30.22 crore tests have been conducted so far across the country while the daily COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 21.64 percent, the ministry said. India’s total active caseload has reached 37,36,648 and now comprises 16.76 percent of the country’s total infections. A net increase of 13,202 cases has been recorded in the total active caseload in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil…


Himanta Biswa Sarma will be Assam’s New Chief Minister

Himanta Biswa Sarma will succeed Sarbananda Sonowal as the Chief Minister of Assam. At the legislature party meeting held in Guwahati today, Mr Sonowal had proposed the name of Mr Sarma after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his approval for Mr Sarma’s elevation, and it was seconded by the MLAs. The BJP won a second straight term in the recently concluded assembly polls in the state. The party won 60 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly while its alliance partners AGP got nine seats and UPPL six seats. In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP had projected Mr Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate and won, forming its first government in the northeast. This time, the party had maintained that it would decide who would be the next chief minister after the elections. Mr Sarma, who switched to the BJP from the Congress six…


New govt to be formed in West Bengal, state cabinet swearing in on May 10

After the formation of the new government in West Bengal, members of the state cabinet in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will be sworn in next Monday. It was previously decided that the members of the new cabinet would be sworn in at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Sunday, but in the end it was decided that the oath would take place on Monday. The oath taking ceremony will begin at 11 am on Monday. However, how many cabinet members will be sworn in on Monday, it is not known. According to sources, only cabinet ministers who will take charge as key members of the cabinet will be sworn in on Monday. The rest will be sworn in later. After taking oath, the first cabinet meeting of the new government has been called at three o’clock on Monday afternoon. However, the same policy will…


Star wrestler Sushil Kumar hiding in Uttarakhand, accused in killing of young wrestler Sagar Dhankhar

The police have now started clamping down on Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar in the Sagar Dhankhar murder case in Rohtak, Haryana.  However, as soon as the police raid started, Sushil ran away and is reportedly hiding in Uttarakhand. In such a situation, four teams of police have been looking for Sushil and his close friends Ajay, Mohit and Doli and are also taking help from Uttarakhand police for this.  It is known that emerging international wrestler Sagar Dhankar was killed at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi late on Tuesday night. This murder was carried out by about 20 people. In this regard, a murder case has been registered against star wrestler Sushil Kumar and his close associates.  The police say that raids are being conducted in search of Sushil and other accused. After studying CCTV footage in Chhatrasal, only 10 accused have been…


In India, Covid Crisis is the result of centre doing No Work in Last six Months: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday that the Covid crisis in the country was the result of the Centre “not doing any work” in the last six months as Union ministers and leaders were visiting Bengal daily to “capture” it. Banerjee was speaking in the assembly after TMC MLA Biman Bandyopadhyay was elected the Speaker for the third time. Warning of stern action against communal incitements, the chief minister claimed the BJP was provoking violence after failing to win the elections. “I can challenge that had the Election Commission not helped them directly, they (BJP) could not have won even 30 seats. In this election, rigging took place in some places under the watch of the poll panel,” Banerjee alleged, stressing the need to reform the EC. “Now, they (BJP) cannot accept the mandate of the people and are trying to…


Strict Covid restrictions In Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu amid southern surge

Kerala came under a complete lockdown and Tamil Nadu announced a two-week shutdown on Saturday, a day after Karnataka declared stringent restrictions from May 10 to May 24, as the devastating second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tightened grip on India’s southern states. Kerala decided to impose nine days of curbs as weekend restrictions and other measures taken earlier by the state failed to create a desired impact. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state was facing more challenges in the second wave. •Kerala recorded 41,971 fresh cases on Saturday, as its Covid-19 tally reached 18,66,827. The toll hit 5,746 with 64 new fatalities, while active cases stood at 4.17 lakh. •Only essential services are exempt during the shutdown in Kerala and people have been strictly warned against coming out in public places or travelling unnecessarily. All borders are under the strict surveillance of the…


Who’ll be the new CM of Assam? BJP MLAs Meet in Guwahati

The BJP Legislature Party in Assam will meet here on Sunday to elect the next Chief Minister of the state, a week after the ruling alliance won the assembly elections with a clear majority, a party spokesman said. The meeting is scheduled to begin from 11 am and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party General Secretary Arun Singh will be present as central observers. Baijayant Panda, BJP’s Assam in-charge will also be present on the occasion. Party’s state unit President Ranjeet Kumar Dass visited the legislative assembly this evening to review arrangements for the legislature party meeting. He, however, refused to divulge the details of the scheduled meeting. The party’s central leadership had summoned chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, both contenders for the top post, to New Delhi on Saturday for discussions on the formation of the next…


Pakistan violates ceasefire agreement; fires along IB in J-K’s Samba

Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by opening fire along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district on Monday, a senior BSF officer said. A BSF spokesman said this is the first-ever ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the IB after the two countries signed a fresh agreement to maintain calm along the border on February 25 this year. “Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing along IB at 0615 hours in Ramgarh sector”, Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal, told agencies.


Hardik Pandya to procure 200 oxygen concentrators in rural areas, urges fans to take Covid seriously

In the second wave of coronavirus, many people are losing their loved ones and in such a situation, many celebs are coming forward to help people. Sonu Sood is the first one to inspire everyone and now hands joining hand have made a big chain of help. Now, cricketer Hardik Pandya has also joined the chain and come forward to help the ones in need.https://f8c3588f421b4a7ddf83a02043b6359f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Hardik Pandya took to his Instagram and dropped an important message for his fans. It read, ‘As a country, we are currently facing some very tough times today, and we can only fight this battle if we fight it together. Out there, every bit of help could save a lot of precious lives. As a family, we have had a lot of discussions with our Mother on what we could do to help our fellow citizens in these troubled…


SC asks Centre to fulfill Delhi’s Oxygen demand by midnight

The Supreme Court has directed the Union government to make Delhi’s oxygen demand meet by the midnight of May 3. The order came hours after as many as five hospitals sent SOS messages regarding their decreasing Oxygen stock.  The Apex court also directed the centre to work with state governments to create a buffer stock of oxygen to be used for emergency purposes, and decentralise locations of these reserves. The court also kept a note of details regarding allocations, demand, projected demand, and actual daily dispatches of liquid medical oxygen and said it “accepts the submissions” by the solicitor general to ensure the national capital is supplied with oxygen adequately as per its “projected demands.” “We accept his submission and direct compliance within 2 days from the date of the hearing, that is, on or before midnight of 3 May 2021,” the order said.

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Tamil Nadu results: DMK-led alliance wrests power from AIADMK

With his party surging towards an emphatic victory, DMK president M K Stalin on Sunday evening thanked the people of the state while assuring them that he would truthfully work for the people. Tamil Nadu is set to break the trend of ruling parties returning to power with the Election Commission showing a massive lead for the DMK, which at 7.20 pm, was leading in 123 segments of the total 234 seats in the state and won two seats, which includes its allies who fought on the party’s rising sun symbol. DMK’s allies Congress was leading in 16, the CPI and CPI(M) two each and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi three. The ruling AIADMK was trailing with leads in 74 and won two seats.


Mamata seals Bengal sweep, says victory for people of the state

West Bengal Election Results 2021, WB Assembly Election Result 2021 Today Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi has congratulated Mamata Banerjee for TMC’s performance in the Assembly polls and said BJP will keep serving the people of Bengal West Bengal (WB) Election Results – Mamta Bannrjee is all set to return as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term, with the TMC leading in over 200 seats. Speaking to party workers from her Kalighat residence, Banerjee said “this is Bengal’s victory”. Speaking to the press later, she said, “This is a victory for the people of Bengal. I am proud to say that Bengal saved the country. The Election Commission behaved badly with us — they behaved like BJP spokesperson. BJP played dirty politics and lost the election.” She added, “Covid is my first priority. We will work on this immediately. We will not do…

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Mamata Loses Nandigram Seat To Suvendu Adhikari By 1953 Votes; CM Says Will Move Court & ECI For Recounting

Suvendu Adhikari Wins Nandigram Election Results 2021: After a day-long suspense and a nail-biting contest, the result of Nandigram battle is out and it is West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who has been defeated from the high-profile seat by her aide-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP. After reports emerged of Suvendu Adhikari trailing by 1.200 votes, the tide turned in favour of him in the evening as he trumped Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee by a margin of 1,953 votes. Even while addressing the media, Mamata Banerjee conceded defeat and said that she has accepted the verdict of people.  Chief Electoral Officer Arif Aftab told ABP Ananda that there could be recounting in Nandigram regarding which final decision would be taken by the Returning Officer. However, Banerjee alleged that manipulations were done in Nandigram counting. She said, “accept the verdict. But I will…


Ready To Lead Congress Again?” Rahul Gandhi Was Asked. His Response

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he favours internal elections within the party and it will be the workers who will decide who should lead the party and asserted that he will do whatever the party asks him to. In an exclusive interview with PTI, he said the organisational elections within the party would be held in time, but what is required now is saving lives and controlling the pandemic. There have been demands by the ”Group of 23” leaders for early organisational elections and a full-time Congress president. The group led by former Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, had written to interim president Sonia Gandhi in August last year raising their demands. “I have always favoured internal organisational elections within the Congress and these will be conducted in time,” he told PTI.

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Income Tax Compliance Deadlines Extended Amid New COVID-19 Wave

n order to provide relief to taxpayers amid the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, the government has extended various Income Tax compliance deadlines, under the Income Tax Act 1961. In a circular issued on Saturday, May 1, the Central Board of Direct Taxes or CBDT, stated that under its powers under Section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the organisation has provided certain relaxations with respect to Income-Tax compliances by taxpayers. According to the Income Tax Department (I-T), the various compliances as part of the notification, are as follows: The filing of the belated income tax return under sub-section (4) and revised return under sub-section (5) of Section 139 of the Income-tax Act,1961, for the assessment year 2020-21, which was required to be filed on or before March 31, 2021, can now be filed on or before May 31, 2021 The appeal to Commissioner (Appeals) under…


Record 3,689 Covid Deaths In India In 24 Hours, Daily Cases below four lakh

A day after India’s daily Covid cases passed the grim four lakh-mark in a first, the country saw the deadliest day of the pandemic with 3,689 deaths in last 24 hours. The Covid caseload surged to 1.95 crore this morning with 3.92 lakh new cases. Here is your ten-point cheat sheet on this big story: This is the fourth straight day that India has recorded over 3,000 deaths due to Covid. Hospitals are overburdened and shortage of medical oxygen has emerged as one of the top challenges. The country’s daily Covid cases passed the 1 lakh-mark about three weeks ago.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting this morning to review the measures being taken amid the unprecedented Covid surge. Last month, in an address to nation, he had said the second Covid wave has hit India “like a storm”. In April, India…

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Covid-19 pandemic won’t end without lockdown, warns coronavirus taskforce

Amid the huge increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, a report said that several members of the national workforce on the coronavirus pandemic have recommended a national lockdown to break the chain of transmission of the virus. The Taskforce has members from major health institutions in the country including AIIMS and Indian Council of Medical Research discussing the recent unprecedented surge in corona virus cases.  In these discussions, some members of the Taskforce have reported that the double mutant strain in circulation is more contagious and possibly lethal. At the same time, the entire health infrastructure is threatened by the increasing burden of caseload. Ideas and suggestions for a national lockdown have become as important as those of Doctor VK Paul. Chairman of the Taskforce (National Expert Group on Immunization) named NEGVAC – The panel overseeing the COVID-19 management strategy in the country…

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Assembly Election Result 2021: Who will wear the crown? Results of 5 states including West Bengal today

After voting for the Assembly Elections 2021 in five states, now everyone’s eye is counting the votes. Today, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry assembly elections will count the votes and the election results will also come. The Election Commission has announced a three-pronged plan to address the threat of coronavirus during the counting of votes. Order more counting halls, ban public ceremonies outside the centers and allow entry of candidates or polling agents only if they are fully vaccinated or have RT-PCR negative reports. The Election Commission issued a statement saying that on the basis of broad guidelines, a comprehensive Covid-19 related comprehensive plan for counting system at the state level will be prepared, local arrangements will be taken into consideration. Political situation of West Bengal The main contest in this election in West Bengal is being seen between the ruling…


Zomato to launch Rs 8,250 crores IPO

Zomato is set to launch its initial public offering in the upcoming weeks. The food delivery startup has filed preliminary papers with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regarding its IPO. Zomato has filed the draft red herring prospectus for a $1.1 billion initial public offering   Key things to know about Zomato IPO: The startup would be offering equity shares amounting to Rs 8,250 crore. Out of the equity shares on offer, a fresh issue of Rs 7,500 crore would be launched. The offer for sale would comprise of shares amounting to Rs 750 crores. Info Edge, the biggest backer of the company holds a stake of 18 percent in the food-delivery startup. Info Edge informed Sebi that its Board of Directors approved the participation in the Zomato offer for sale. Info Edge Ltd, which is the parent firm of…

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Varun Dhawan shares strong message amid covid-19 surge: ‘WE are in this together’

Delhi: Actor Varun Dhawan on Saturday took to his official Instagram handle and shared a note, hoping that when the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is over, people will remember that everyone ‘fought for air’ and not over anything else.”If we all survive, as I hope we shall, remember that when it came down to it, we didn’t fight for land or weapons or house or jewellery. We didn’t fight for concert tickets or fancy designations or religions or politics. We didn’t fight for shares in a company or a seat at the table. We didn’t fight for business class tickets or the keys to a house by the beach. When all this is over, remember, that we fought for air,” he shared in an Instagram post.


Third phase of coronavirus vaccination starts, 18+ may get vaccine

The third phase of coronavirus vaccination is going to start across the country today ie May 1. All people above 18 years of age can get the coronavirus vaccine applied in this phase.  For this, all people have to register first. For this, the process of registration is going on from April 28. However, due to the lack of coronavirus vaccine, many states are facing a crisis over vaccination of 18+ people. Many states have raised their hands on the vaccination of 18+ people since yesterday citing lack of vaccine. It includes Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha, Jammu Kashmir and Bihar among many other states.  Due to lack of vaccine, people between the ages of 18 and 45 in these states will have to wait for the vaccine. However, most states of the country will vaccinate people above their 18 years…


Registration for all adults to receive covid vaccine begins today on CoWin app

As India looks forward to expand its nationwide inoculation programme, Registration  for everyone above 18 years will start from 4 p.m. Wednesday. On April 19, the Union Government announced that in the third phase of the vaccination that is scheduled to begin from May 1, everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get a vaccine against Covid-19. In the morning, Aarogya Setu, Government’s mobile application for contact tracing and Adissemination of medical advisories to contain spread of Covid, tweeted: “Registration for 18 plus to begin on http://cowin.gov.in, Aarogya Setu App and UMANG App at 4 PM on 28th April. Appointments at State Government centers and Private centers depending on how many vaccination centers are ready on 1st May for Vaccination of 18 plus.” Government has already clarified that there will be no walk-in allowed for beneficiaries in the third phase. “Only…


No crowd celebration after results: EC

The Election Commission of India has banned all victory processions on the day of — or even after — counting of votes (May 2) polled to the five states in the past few weeks amid a COVID-19 surge. Legislative assembly polls were scheduled in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, and Puducherry in eight phases, beginning March 27 and ending April 29. “Not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorised representative receive the certificate of election from the Returning Officer concerned,” an Election Commission notification said today. Coming amid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the poll panel had laid down protocol for the contesting parties and leaders to follow to minimise the spread of infections. The rules were, however, mostly observed only in the breach by most political outfits and their contestants, with huge…


Oxygen Plants In Every District”: Modi Tweets On Centre’s Move Amid Covid

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has taken an important decision “to boost oxygen availability to hospitals and help people” across the country as India fights a deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical Oxygen generation plants will be set up in every district using the PM-Cares Fund. The move comes as the country battles a frightening surge in Covid cases. This morning, India reported nearly 3.5 lakh fresh infections and over 2,700 deaths in a new record high. 551 oxygen plants will be set up as a part of this move in government hospitals, an official statement read. “Oxygen plants in every district to ensure adequate oxygen availability… An important decision that will boost oxygen availability to hospitals and help people across the nation. (sic),” PM Modi said in a tweet.

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Delhi Lockdown Extended for 7 days

CM Kejriwal describes situation as critical The ongoing lockdown in Delhi has been extended by another week, with the national capital still showing a high positivity rate despite a marginal drop in the daily coronavirus figures. Making the announcement at noon, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “Coronavirus still continues to wreak havoc in the city. Public opinion is that lockdown should increase. So the lockdown is being extended for one week”. Mr Kejriwal, however, said the Delhi government will give concessions to courier service and self-employed people providing services — including electricians, plumbers and water purifier repairs — who would need an e-pass. Children’s bookstores and electric fan shops are also exempted. There is 36 per cent to 37 per cent positivity rate, which was not there before, the Chief Minister said. On Thursday, the city had recorded a positivity rate of 36.24…


Tamil Nadu To Shut Cinemas, Places Of Worship, Bars From April 26

Cinemas, places of worship, malls, bars and salons must be shut effective April 26, the Tamil Nadu government announced on Saturday reintroducing more curbs following surging COVID-19 cases. People from abroad and other states shall be allowed entry to Tamil Nadu only if they have registered in the portal http://eregister.tnega.org and information on registration should be produced to authorities on arrival. Those from neighbouring union territory of Puducherry are exempted from the e-registration norm, the government said in an official release. Recreation clubs, all types of bars, auditoriums, big format shops, shopping complexes and malls shall not be allowed to operate, the government said. In all corporation and municipal areas, beauty parlours spas and salons are not allowed and only takeaway services should be offered in restaurants, hotels and tea shops. “In all places of worship, there will be no permission for the general public to…


COVID-19 vaccine to be supplied free of cost in govt health facilities: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that COVID-19 vaccine will be supplied free of cost in all government healthcare facilities. He also said that vaccination of people in the age group 18-45 will be undertaken from May 1. At present, those above 45 years and above are eligible for the inoculation. Keeping in view the limited supplies of vaccine expected initially, the chief minister constituted an expert group, comprising eminent virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang, Dr Jacob John, Professor of Community Health at CMC Vellore and Dr Rajesh Kumar, former Head School of Public Health PGIMER in Chandigarh to suggest a detailed strategy of prioritisation in the 18-45 age group. He tasked the expert group with chalking out a vaccination strategy and submit a detailed plan to the state government within a week to meet the challenge in midst of the unprecedented COVID-19…


Oxygen tank leaks at Nashik hospital in Maharashtra, 22 dead

At least 22 Covid patients have died in a hospital in India after they lost oxygen supply due to a leak. The incident occurred on Wednesday while an oxygen tanker was refilling a storage tank at the Zakir Hussain hospital in Nashik city. It’s unclear how the accident happened and why it interrupted supply to patients. But officials said there was no oxygen flowing to ventilators for about 30 minutes, leading to the deaths. “We will enquire into the matter and take action,” the city’s municipal commissioner Kailash Jadhav said. The hospital had called in tankers after it had begun to run out of oxygen. Hospitals across the country are struggling to keep oxygen supply going amid soaring demand. “We want strict action against the culprits,” Amol Vyavhare, whose grandmother was one of the patients who died due to a lack of oxygen, told…


Andhra Pradesh plans closure of all temples to curb spread of Covid-19

The state government plans to close all archaeologically significant museums, forts and monuments shortly. There are nearly 1,074 major temples in the state including the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams located in Tirupati, as also about 2,000 medium temples and hundreds of small temples. The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to close all major, medium and small temples for some time to check the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.

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