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34 contacts of man died of Covid-19 quarantined in Hyderabad

IANS Hyderabad Health authorities in Telangana on Friday identified and placed 34 persons under home quarantine. These people had come in contact with a man from Karnataka who died of coronavirus on Tuesday.  A day after it was confirmed that Mohammad Hussein Siddiqui (76), a resident of Kalaburgi in Karnataka died of COVID-19, the health department of Telangana said it …

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Case against 35 persons over showing black flags to Scindia

PTI Bhopal Police on Saturday registered a case against around 35 unidentified persons in connection with the incident in which BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was shown black flags in the city, an official said. Congress workers had waved black flags at Scindia in Kamla Park area of Bhopal, when he was on his way to the airport on Friday evening. …

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Cong slams govt over hike in excise duty on petroleum, diesel

PTI New Delhi The Congress on Saturday hit out at the government over the hike in excise duty on petrol and diesel and demanded that the benefit of reduced international crude oil prices should be passed on to the people. Congress’ senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said the government should reduce the rates of petrol, diesel, and LPG by at least …

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Over 700 under surveillance at firm of Delhi man who tested positive

PTI Noida (UP) More than 700 people working in a leather company in Greater Noida have been put under surveillance after a Delhi-based director of the firm tested positive for novel coronavirus, officials said on Friday. The 46-year-old man had recently travelled to Italy, Switzerland before returning to India, Gautam Buddh Nagar Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anurag Bhargava said. When …

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Pawar, Harivansh, Scindia in fray for RS polls

PTI New Delhi Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP’s newest recruit Jyotiraditya Scindia and Congress veteran Digvijay Singh are among those in the fray for elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats to be held on March 26 with a number of the contestants set to get elected unopposed. Friday was the last date of filing of …

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Farooq Abdullah gets freedom

PTI Srinagar After being in home detention for over seven months, Farooq Abdullah was released on Friday with the government revoking the draconian Public Safety Act against the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister. The 82-year-old National Conference leader was initially taken into preventive detention on August 5 last, the day the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that …

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India inching towards lockdown

PTI  New Delhi A 68-year-old woman in Delhi became the country’s second victim of coronavirus on Friday as several states went into battle mode to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres and colleges, and many public events, including the IPL, were postponed. The Union health ministry put the number of positive cases at 82, eight more since …

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Jaishankar defends decision to suspend all visas

IANS New Delhi Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Thursday defended the government’s decision to suspend all visas, except those of officials and diplomats, arguing that “exceptional situations require exceptional response”. In a statement in the Lok Sabha, the Minister though cautioned that it was important to resolve the problem and not spread panic.  The global spread of coronavirus, …

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Airtel acquires 10% stake in fitness content firm Spectacom

IANS New Delhi Bharti Airtel, on Thursday, acquired 10 per cent stake in a fitness startup, Spectacom Global Pvt Ltd. “The stake Airtel acquired in Spectacom is in early double digits,” the company said. Fighting hard to boost profits and revenues, the company has upped its efforts to offer more content in various domains and laiguages tagretting more subscribers to …

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