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India records less than 20K Covid cases for 5th consecutive day

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After witnessing spike of over 16,000 cases for two consecutive days, India recorded 18,087 fresh cases of coronavirus infections and 264 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s overall tally to 1,03,74,932, while the death toll touched 1,50,114, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

India continued its streak of low daily new cases as the number of fresh infections remained below 20,000 for the fifth consecutive day.

Till now, 99,97,272 have recovered. Currently, there are 2,27,546 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 96.36 per cent while the fatality rate is 1.45 as per cent.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state till date. Over 84 per cent of the daily new cases are being reported by 10 states — Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

Mass vaccination drive is slated to begin soon, with the approval of two vaccines.

The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of the drive. It will be offered to one crore healthcare workers, along with 2 crore frontline and essential workers and 27 crore elderly, mostly above the age of 50 years with comorbidities.

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Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi caught in sex scandal

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A CD allegedly featuring Karnataka water resources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi seeking sexual favours was released to news channels on Tuesday.

In this regard a social activist, Dinesh Kallahalli lodged a complaint with the Bengaluru city police commissioner seeking protection for the victim.

After filing the complaint Kallahalli told reporters that this CD contained visuals of the minister allegedly seeking sexual favours from a victim. “Complaint is filed by me and not by the victim as she is fearing for her life,” he said.

Jarakiholi comes from one of the most powerful political families in the state and is a sugar baron from Belagavi district.

He is one of the 17 defectors from the Congress and the JDS whose defection resulted in the collapse of the Congress-JDS government in the state in 2019.

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NIA takes over railway station blast probe in poll-bound Bengal

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Almost 13 days after West Bengal Minister Jakir Hossain and several others were seriously injured in a bomb blast at Nimtita railway station in poll-bound West Bengal, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday took over the probe.

An NIA spokesperson here said that the anti-terror probe agency has taken over the probe into the incident of the blast at the Nimtita railway station.

At least 22 people including Hossain were injured in the bomb explosion at the Nimtita railway station on February 17.

The case was initially registered as an FIR under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and Explosive Substance Act against unknown miscreants at Azimganj Government Rail Police (GRP) police station in Murshidabad district on the statement of Mohammad Allarakha.

According to the police, a bomb was thrown on Hossain when he was waiting at a platform of the Nimtita railway station to board a Kolkata-bound train at around 10 p.m.

The minister and the two other injured persons were first taken to Jangipur sub-divisional Hospital, then to a hospital in Kolkata. Hossain reportedly sustained injuries on the left side of his body, mainly on his limbs.

A day after the incident of the bomb blast, West Bengal Chief Minister and the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee pointed out towards a “conspiracy” behind the bomb attack in Murshidabad district that left her Labour Minister seriously injured.

The West Bengal government on February 18 also handed over the investigation into the attack to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways had described the bomb blast at Nimtita railway station as an “unfortunate” incident and said the law and order is a state subject and the state police was responsible for the same.

Polling to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases, on March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29. Voting will take place on May 2.

The ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP are engaged in bitter war of words in the state.

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ED attaches Rs 1.54 cr assets of Kerala-based accountant

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday said that it has attached properties worth Rs 1.54 crore of a Kerala-based accountant who forged documents and swindled funds while working in Qatar’s Doha.

An ED official here said that the financial probe agency has attached fixed deposits and immovable properties in the form of land worth Rs 1.54 crore in Kerala belonging to Syamraj Nadarajan, an accountant, who forged documents and swindled funds equivalent to more than Rs 3 crore while he was working in Doha.

The official said that the agency started a probe on the basis of an FIR registered by Kerala Police against Nadarajan and others.

The official added that Nadarajan was working as an accountant in a private limited company at Doha dealing with the Customs Clearance Agency in connection the import goods to the company.

“During money laundering probe, the details of transactions of various bank accounts held by Nadarajan were collected, in which a huge volume of transactions (including foreign inward remittance) through these accounts,” the official said.

The official added that an amount of Rs 60 lakh was deposited in a FD account.

“He further utilised the money for the purchase of a property and to construct a house on that property by spending Rs 90 lakh,” the official added.

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