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India, New Zealand to lock horns in ICC World Test Championship final: Check out the date, venue of the match

While today, off-spinner R. Ashwin and left-arm spinner Axar Patel bagged five-wicket hauls to bowl England out for 135 in their second innings to register the win inside three days of the five-day match. For England, the lone half-century came from Daniel Lawrence (50, 95 balls, 6x4s). The others just capitulated against the Indian spinners.Resuming on their overnight score of 294 for 7, the hosts added another 71 runs on Day 3. Washington Sundar and Axar Patel's 8th-wicket partnership helped to post 365 in their first innings.Meanwhile there have been speculations that IPL 2021 dates could be shifted. As per…

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Freedom House report misleading, incorrect and misplaced: India on ‘partly free’ status

New DelhiThe government on Friday strongly rebutted a Freedom House report downgrading India's status to a "partly free" country, calling it "misleading, incorrect and misplaced", and asserted that the country has well established democratic practices.While the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(MIB) stressed that the country treats all citizens equally without discrimination and that discussion, debate and dissent are part of Indian democracy, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) said India has robust institutions. The MEA also took a dig at the Democracy watchdog, saying india does not need "sermons", especially from those who cannot get their basics right.A new report by…

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25-year-old woman falls to death in Kolkata, family blame her in-laws’ for death

A 25-year-old woman, married into an affluent family of Kolkata, had died after falling from the third-floor terrace of her in-laws’ house in a posh locality last month. But, according to a report in India Today, her parents alleged that she was tortured by her husband and others which led to her death.According to the report, the incident took place on February 16. The 25-year-old woman's, Rashika Agarwal, family has alleged that the in-laws had taken Rs 7 crore dowry, apart from other expenses. Rashika was married to businessman Kushal Agarwal, who is the son of Naresh Agarwal. Naresh Agarwal…

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COVID-19 latest updates: India reports 17,407 new cases, 89 deaths in last 24 hours

The daily new cases of COVID-19 in India were recorded above 17,000 after a little over one month taking the total tally of cases to 1,11,56,923, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Thursday.A total of 17,407 infections were reported in a day. The death toll increased to 1,57,435 with 89 daily new fatalities, the Union Health Ministry data showed. The COVID-19 active caseload has increased to 1,73,413 which comprises 1.55 per cent of the total infections, the data stated.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,26,075 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery…

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Sri Lanka offers strategic deep-sea port to India and Japan

It's unclear how Tokyo and Delhi will divide their majority stake in the port.The government said the Indian High Commission in Colombo has "approved" Sri Lanka's latest offer.There was no immediate response from India's foreign ministry, and a government spokesman said Japan is yet to respond to the new proposal.Colombo is located in the Indian Ocean between the major hubs of Dubai and Singapore, meaning control of its ports is highly sought after. Two Chinese submarines berthed at the CICT -- which started operations in 2013 -- in 2014, sparking concerns in India.Since then, Sri Lanka has refused permission for…

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Unemployment high in India due to govt’s ‘ill-considered demonetisation decision’: Manmohan Singh attacks Centre

Attacking the Centre, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said unemployment is high in the country and its informal sector is in shambles following the "ill considered demonetisation decision" taken by the BJP-led government in 2016. He also criticised the central government for not holding regular consultations with the states.Inaugurating a development summit virtually organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies, an economic think tank aligned to the Congress ideology in poll-bound Kerala, Singh said temporary measures by the central government and the RBI to paper over the credit problem cannot blind us to the looming…

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COVID-19 vaccination update: More than 1.48 crore doses of the vaccine administered till March 2

With the increasing COVID-19 cases in India, the count of the vaccination doses has also has gone up. As per the Ministry of Health, more than 1.48 crores doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered till 1 pm today. Out of this, 2.08 lakh doses have been given to people who are 45 years to 59 years of age with comorbidities and people with above 60 years of age, said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.While on the CoWIN 2.0 app, "since yesterday (March 1), we have had 50 lakh registrations COVID-19 vaccination," said, RS Sharma, Chairman, Empowered Group on COVID…

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Corona scare: India records biggest single-day jump in 30 days

New DelhiIndia's COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,10,96,731 on Sunday with 16,752 new infections, the highest in the last 30 days, according to Union health ministry data.The country had recorded 18,855 new infections on January 29.The death toll mounted to 1,57,051 with 113 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.The active caseload further increased to 1,64,511. It constitutes 1.48 per cent of the total infections, it showed.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,75,169, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.10 per cent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent. State, districts…

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COVID-19: State, districts required to pre-register vaccination centres on Co-WIN2.0

States and districts will be required to pre-register COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) on the Co-WIN2.0 portal before the registration is opened for people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with co-morbidities so that the list of CVCs is available to the citizens, the Union Health Ministry said. The registration begins from March 1 at 9 am. The eligible beneficiaries can choose the centre of their choice and book an appointment based on the slots available.According to a guidance note on Co-WIN2.0 issued by the Health Ministry, states and UTs will decide the target number of doses to…

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PM Modi to address the nation through Mann Ki Baat at 11 am today

On February 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited people of the country to share their inspiring stories in the field of art, culture, and tourism."Through inspiring examples, January's #MannKiBaat highlighted diverse topics ranging from art, culture, tourism and agri innovation. Would love to hear more such motivating anecdotes for the programme in February, which will take place on the 28th," PM Modi tweeted and shared a link for the people inviting ideas for the next 'Mann Ki Baat'.Prime Minister Modi had also shared a toll-free number for people to record their message in either Hindi or English.In the last…

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