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RBI keeps repo, reverse repo rates unchanged; real GDP growth projected at 7.8%

New Delhi: The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to keep the policy repo and reverse repo rates unchanged. While the repo rate continues to be 4 per cent, the reverse repo rate is 3.35 per cent. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced the decisions of the MPC on...

Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections: Phase 1 voting begins

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh kicked off election season with the first phase of the state Assembly polls on Thursday. Voters were seen lining up outside polling booths since morning. The first phase covers 58 constituencies across 11 districts. By 9 am, the voter turnout was nearly 8 per cent. Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party alleged that poor...

Covid-19: India records 67,084 fresh cases, 1,241 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi: The country recorded 67,084 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday morning. A total of 1,241 patients succumbed to the infection during this period. The overall death toll has reached 5,06,520. The daily positivity rate was 4.44 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was 6.58...

Congress promises to waive farm loans in UP within 10 days of coming to power

Lucknow: The Congress party’s pre-poll promises to the people of Uttar Pradesh now include an assurance to waive farm loans within 10 days of coming to power. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra released the third manifesto of the party for the UP Assembly elections that are scheduled to begin from Thursday. The party had...

Karnataka HC refers hijab case to larger bench

Bengaluru: The single-judge bench of Karnataka High Court on Wednesday referred the case regarding the ongoing hijab controversy to a larger bench. Earlier in the day, several Muslim women had taken out a massive protest rally against the Karnataka government’s ban on headscarves at educational institutes. They demanded that the ban be withdrawn. The court...

Anna Hazare to go on indefinite strike from Feb 14 against Maharashtra’s wine sale policy

Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare has decided to take forward his fight against the Maharashtra government’s decision to allow sale of wine at supermarkets and walk-in stores. He announced on Wednesday that he would go on an indefinite strike  starting February 14. It may be recalled that the Maharashtra Cabinet had cleared a proposal on...

Covid-19 cases, deaths in India rise; 71k test positive, 1,217 succumb to infection in 24 hours

New Delhi: The country witnessed an increase in number of Covid-19 cases as well as deaths in last 24 hours. A total of 71,365 persons tested positive for the infection, the health ministry said on Wednesday morning. As many as 1,217 patients succumbed to the infection during this period. There were 67,597  cases and 1,188...

Sri Lanka navy captures Indian vessels, 11 fishermen

Colombo: The Sri Lankan navy captured as many as 11 fishermen, along with their trawlers, after they allegedly ventured in the Lankan waters. As per a statement by the Sri Lankan navy, they had taken “hold” of 3 Indian trawlers that were “poaching” in their territory. The statement said that on the night of February...

Praveen Kumar Sobti, aka Bheem of BR Chopra’s Mahabharat, passes away

New Delhi: Praveen Kumar Sobti, the actor best known for his role as Bheem in BR Chopra’s magnum opus Mahabharat, passed away in Delhi on Tuesday. He was 74. He will be cremated at a crematorium ground in Punjabi Bagh. According to reports, Pravin Kumar Sobti had been ailing for some time. He had also...

Tripura MLAs Sudip Roy Barman, Ashish Kumar Saha join Congress day after leaving BJP

New Delhi/Agartala: In a setback to the BJP in Tripura, two of its MLAs who had quit the party on Monday joined the Congress on Tuesday morning. The duo, Sudip Roy Barman and Ashish Kumar Saha, had resigned from the party as well as their posts as MLAs in the Tripura Assembly. After joining Congress,...

Covid-19: India records 67,597 cases, 1,188 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi: The country recorded 67,597 fresh cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday morning. The daily death toll rose to 1,188 during this period. The overall death toll has reached 5,04,062. The daily positivity rate has declined to 5.02 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate has reached...

Attack on Owaisi: Amit Shah gives statement in Parliament

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah issued a statement in the Parliament on Monday regarding the recent attack on AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s vehicle. Owaisi, an MP from Hyderabad, had a narrow escape when three gunshots were fired at his car in Hapur in Uttar Pradesh on February 3. He was returning to Delhi...