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Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 949 fresh coronavirus cases, while six more patients succumbed to the infection in the state, the health department said. With these additions, the state's overall Covid-19 tally rose to 8,157,293, while the death toll increased to 148,485, the department said in a bulletin. The state had recorded 505 cases and zero fatalities on Monday. The bulletin said at present the XBB.1.16 variant of Omicron is the dominant strain in the state. The number of patients detected with this variant stood at 681, while four deaths linked to the strain have been reported in the state. The health bulletin said since January 1 this year, the state has recorded 68 Covid-19 deaths and 73.53 per cent of these fatalities have occurred in patients above 60 years of age. It said 57 of the deceased had comorbidities, while 9 per cent did not have any additional illness.

The Centre and the Gujarat government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that they may file a plea seeking a review of its March 27 order asking them to be ready with original files on the grant of remission to the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case. A bench of Justices K M Joseph and B V Nagarathna questioned the paroles granted to 11 convicts during their incarceration period and said the gravity of the offence could have been considered by the state.It said, "A pregnant woman was gang-raped and several people were killed. You cannot compare victim's case with standard section 302 (murder) cases. Like you cannot compare apples with oranges, similarly massacre cannot be compared with single murder. Crimes are generally committed against society and the community. Unequals cannot be treated equally." "The question is whether government applied its mind and what material formed the basis of its decision to grant remission," the bench said, adding, Today it is Bilkis but tomorrow it can be anyone. It may be you or me. If you do not show your reasons for grant of remission, then we will draw our own conclusions." The bench posted the batch of pleas challenging the remission to the convicts in Bilkis Bano case for final disposal on May 2 and asked all the convicts who have not been served notices to file their replies. It asked the Centre and the state to make its stand clear about filing of a review plea.

The meteorological department has issued an 'orange' alert with a warning of severe heatwave conditions for two days from Tuesday in Patna, Banka, Jamui, Nawada, Aurangabad, Supaul and several other districts of Bihar. Besides, a yellow' warning has also been sounded in Begusarai, Nalanda, Gaya, Arwal, Bhojpur, Rohtas, Buxar, Khagaria and Munger.

About 200 Apple fans hoping to be among the lucky few to enter the tech giant's first retail store in India gathered from early on Tuesday outside the shop in the commercial capital of Mumbai. People came from different parts of India to catch a glimpse of Chief Executive Tim Cook, who is set to inaugurate the 28,000-sq-foot (2,600-sq-m) store later in the day, and open it to the public

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Tuesday the Union government's application questioning jurisdiction and competence of the constitutional court to adjudicate on legalisation of same-sex marriage, which the Centre termed as a very sensitive socio-legal issue that fell under Parliament's exclusive law-making powers.

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A restaurant in Lucknow inaugurated by a cow

A restaurant in Lucknow, 'Organic Oasis' that offers food made out of organic farming produce, was inaugurated by a cow.
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Fire breaks out in Orion Business Park & adjacent Cine Wonder Mall in Thane, Maharashtra

Maharashtra: Fire breaks out in the buildings of Orion Business Park & adjacent Cine Wonder Mall in Kapurbawadi, Ghodbunder Road in Thane. Several fire tenders at the spot. Police, disaster management and fire brigade officers at the spot.
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Karnataka polls: BJP youth wing leader Arvind Chauhan resigns from party after denial of ticket

Arvind Chauhan, who was BJP Kalaburagi District Yuva Morcha General Secretary and former Zilla Panchayat member, has resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party after he was denied a BJP ticket from Chittapur assembly constituency.BJP has fielded Manikanta Rathod from the Chittapur constituency while Priyank M. Kharge, son of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge is the sitting MLA from the Chittapur constituency.BJP on Monday announced its third list of 10 candidates, earlier 1st and 2nd list of candidates was announced. Following the announcement, many party leaders resigned after their names remained missing from the list, including former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and former deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi.
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Maharashtra reports 949 fresh #COVID19 cases, 912 recoveries and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours

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Bilkis Bano case hearing in SC

Supreme Court questions governments for not showing to it the files of the remission. Supreme Court observed that the crime was “horrendous”. Centre, Gujarat government tells SC that they may file a review of March 27 order whereby Court sought original files on remission to 11 convicts in Bilkis Bano case. Next nearing on May 2 regarding pleas filed against remission granted to 11 convicts.
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Karnataka elections 2023

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says, "...The politics of Congress in Karnataka is a politics of either lying or making a promise and vanishing from the scene or just completely coming and stirring the pot...Rahul Gandhi is what Rahul Gandhi is. I think he will come in, make a few speeches and go out. On 13th May, the mandate will be decisively for BJP."
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Delhi excise policy case: Manish Sisodia brought to court to attend proceedings

Former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was brought to the Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday to attend proceedings in connection with alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped liquor policy. The court is scheduled to hear rebuttal arguments of Sisodia's lawyer in his bail plea. On Monday, Special Judge MK Nagpal extended Sisodia's judicial custody in the CBI case till April 27 and in the ED case till April 29. The AAP leader was produced physically before the court from Tihar, after the end of his judicial custody.
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President Droupadi Murmu arrives in Shimla on 4-day visit

President Droupadi Murmu arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit during which the 'Rashtrapati Niwas' in Mashobra, one of the presidential retreats, will be opened for the public. During her stay here, Murmu will interact with trainees at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts and also grace the 26th Convocation of Himachal Pradesh University as chief guest on April 19.
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EAM Jaishankar meets Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, on the second day of the latter's visit, on Tuesday. Manturov, who is also the country's minister for Industry and Trade, arrived in the national capital on Monday. This is the second meeting of EAM Jaishankar with the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, during the course of his India visit.
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Srinagar-bound SpiceJet flight returns to Delhi airport due to false warning in cockpit

A Delhi-Srinagar SpiceJet flight returned to the IGI airport here on Tuesday due to a false warning in the cockpit, the airline said on Tuesday.
"On April 18, SpiceJet B737 aircraft operating flight SG-8373 (Delhi-Srinagar) returned back to Delhi as the AFT cargo fire light illuminated in the cockpit," the airline said in a statement.
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SC adjourns pleas against scrapping of 4% OBC quota for Muslims by Karnataka govt

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing for April 25 of the petitions challenging the scrapping of the four per cent (Other backward Classes) OBC quota for Muslims in Karnataka. The Karnataka government sought an adjournment and assured a bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna that no fresh appointments or admissions would be made based on Karnataka's order scrapping the reservation for Muslims till the next date of hearing.
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Anti-CAA stir: SC grants bail to independent Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi in NIA case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to independent Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi in connection with a case related to anti-CAA protests and suspected Maoist links.

A bench of Justices V Ramasubramanian and Pankaj Mithal, however, affirmed a Gauhati High Court order which had set aside Gogoi's discharge in the case.

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Delhi HC refuses to entertain plea seeking direction on Uniform Judicial Code

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea seeking direction to the Law Commission to prepare a report on the Uniform Judicial Code (UJC), in order to make legal terms, abbreviations, case registration processes, and other aspects of the legal system similar across the country.

A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Yashwant Varma asked Upadhyay to seek clarification in respect of an order passed by the Supreme Court which had dismissed a similar plea moved by him as withdrawn.

"Learned counsel for the petitioner prays for liberty to withdraw the petition. Dismissed as withdrawn," the Supreme Court had said in its order.

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CBI serves fresh notice to TMC gen secy Abhishek Banerjee

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Administration extends internet suspension period by another 24 hours in Sambalpur

The Sambalpur district administration on Tuesday further extended the suspension of internet services for another 24 hours while the curfew relaxation hours have been increased, an official said.

The internet services would remain suspended till 10 am of Wednesday.

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First Published: Apr 18 2023 | 8:48 AM IST

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