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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: Police5 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 SinghCongress 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: officialPunjab 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 21,12,312Total recoveries 20,05,851Death toll 51,857Active cases 53,409Surge 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

Melas cancelled

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

ANI reports

Supplies of Made in India vaccine commence today for Africa under COVAX facility: Anurag Srivastava, MEA SpokespersonAndhra Pradesh reports 70 new COVID-19 cases, 84 recoveries, and one death in the last 24 hours.Total cases: 8,89,409Total recoveries: 8,81,666Active cases: 575 Death toll: 7,168Rajasthan 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 deathsTotal cases: 6,38,173Total recoveries: 6,26,216Death toll: 10,903Active cases: 1,054
VK Paul on two variants in Maharashtra- N440 K variant and E484 K variantYes, these variants are there in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana: Dr VK PaulBased 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 Aayog187 individuals detected with UK strain, 6 people with South African strain and one with Brazilian strain till date: Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI AayogKarnataka 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: GovtTill 1 pm today, total vaccination stands at 1,17,64,788Among 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 MinistryEleven states/UTs, including Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi, Punjab, have administered 1st dose to less than 60 pc of healthcare workers: GovtGujarat: BJP registers victory at 68 seats, Congress wins 4 seats in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation election

Reports ANI

There are still 2 states that have 75% active cases -Kerala & MaharashtraKerala 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 MinistryDelhi court sends actor-activist Deep Sidhu, arrested in connection with Red Fort violence on Republic Day, to 14-day judicial custodyCumulative 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

Reports ANI

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 quarryingPunjab 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 caseSale 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

Kushinagar Airport gets necessary clearances from DGCA to become 3rd licensed international airport of UP. Will boo… https://t.co/VgXGnUFbgl

— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 1614077607000Kerala 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, GujaratMaharashtra: NCP wins mayoral election for Sangli Miraj Kupwad Municipal Corporation, which was ruled by BJPTerrorism continues to be one of the gravest threats to humankind

– S Jaishankar at high-level segment of 46th session of Human Rights Council

Malaysia says deported over 1,000 Myanmar nationals, despite court order halting repatriationToolkit case: Session Court of Patiala House Court allows the bail plea of Disha Ravi

Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana grants bail to her on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 100,000 with two surety in like amount.

Rupee rises 3 paise to settle at 72.46 (provisional) against US dollarToolkit case: Disha Ravi produced before Patiala House Court at the end of her one-day police custodySensex ends 7.09 pts higher at 49,751.41; Nifty advances 32.10 pts to 14,707.80UNICEF sends syringes to Maldives, Ivory Coast, for COVAX vaccine rollout

The U.N. children’s fund UNICEF said on Tuesday it had sent an initial 100,000 syringes for COVID-19 vaccines to the Maldives in preparation for first deliveries of Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots under the COVAX vaccine-sharing plan.

Union Home Ministry has decided to close DRDO established COVID-19 centre in Delhi Cantt in line with the decision taken in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla this monthSC adjourns hearing on CBI plea against discharge of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, 2 others in graft case related to awarding of contract to SNC-Lavalin when he was power ministerSouth Africa unemployment rate rose to 32.5% in Q4 2020: GovtKrishna Janmabhoomi – Shahi Idgah row: Court notice issued to mosque, Sunni board, after the Yadav community claimed the entire land

Krishna Janmabhoomi- Idgah row: Mathura Court issues notice to mosque committee, Sunni Waqf Board, temple trust on a civil suit on behalf of Yadav community claiming rights & ownership over the entire 13.37 acre land which includes both the temple, adjacent mosque, reports ET Bureau.

Govt has given the mandate of border management to ITBP. Disengagement is only between Armies (India and China). We will continue to conduct our short & long-range patrol. Patrolling will be strengthened, Army will be behind us

– ITBP DG SS Deswal

Goa chapter of Indian Medical Association urges state government to speed up COVID-19 vaccination drive in state to prevent second wave of infectionGujarat Local Body Election: So far, BJP has won 185 seats, Congress 22, AAP 8 and BSP 3

Reports Times Now

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