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A medic collects swab sample for Covid-19 testing of a passenger at satellite bus stand (Photo: PTI)

Maharashtra on Saturday recorded 850 fresh coronavirus cases and four fatalities, the health department said. With new additions, the state's Covid-19 tally rose to 81,61,349 and the death toll to 1,48,502, as per a health department bulletin. The state had recorded 993 cases and five fatalities on Friday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday vacated his official bunglow on 12, Tughlaq Lane in Delhi on the last day of the deadline after his disqualification as a Lok Sabha Member following his conviction in a 2019 criminal defamatory case. The Congress leader was staying at the house since 2005.

Even as the hunt to nab absconding Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh continues, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that there is no Khalistan wave in Punjab and the Centre is keeping a close watch on the situation. The Home Minister pointed out that Punjab government had done good work and that the Centre had cooperated.

The Kerala unit of BJP has received a letter claiming life threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his scheduled two-day visit to the state. According to a report, the letter that arrived at the BJP headquarters here on April 17, has been handed over to the Kerala Police. 

India has recorded 12,193 fresh COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, with the number of active cases of the infection going up to 67,556, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

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Indians, as well as people from other nations, arrived safely from Sudan: Saudi Arabia govt

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Defence ministers of Russia, China likely to attend SCO meet in India next week

Chinese Defence Minister Li Shangfu and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu are expected to attend a key meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to be hosted by India next week under its presidency of the grouping, people familiar with the development said on Saturday.

There is no confirmation yet on in-person participation of Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif in the SCO defence ministerial meeting scheduled for April 27 and 28, they said, adding he is likely to join the deliberations virtually.

The people said defence ministers of China, Russia and other SCO member countries except Pakistan have confirmed their in-person attendance.

10:00 PM

Covid-19: Himachal reports 103 new cases, two deaths in last 24 hrs

Himachal Pradesh reported 103 fresh Covid-19 cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, the Department of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

"One death each has been reported from Kangra and Una districts," the press release said.

A total of 99 COVID patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

8:52 PM

Rahul Gandhi to embark on two-day visit to Karnataka on Sunday

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will arrive in poll-bound Karnataka on a two-day visit starting Sunday, where he will attend a series of events including visit to temples, interaction with people and address public, Congress party said on Saturday.

According to his schedule, Gandhi will reach Hubballi at 10.30 AM and then he will fly to Kudala Sangama in Bagalkote by helicopter.

Kudala Sangama is an important pilgrimage of Lingayat sect, one the major dominant communities of Karnataka. The place has the Aikya Mantapa of the founder of the 12th century AD social reformer and the founder of Lingayat sect Basaveshwara.

8:09 PM

Saket court firing: Accused sent to one-day police remand

The accused in the recent firing incident in Delhi's Saket court premises has been sent to one day of police remand by the court, the police said on Saturday.

According to the police, the accused Kameshwar Singh was produced in the Saket court by the Crime Branch team on Saturday and the court has sent him to one day of police remand. Singh will again be produced before the court on Monday.

Police had asked the court for two days of police custody in order to recover the revolver used in the firing.

"We have to find out the source of revolver and weapon, apart from this we also have to know whether anyone else is involved in this incident along with Kameshwar", the Investigating Officer (IO) said.

7:36 PM

Maharashtra reports 850 new Covid cases, four deaths today

7:30 PM

India conducts successful trial of BMD interceptor missile

India has successfully conducted a maiden flight trial of a sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the coast of Odisha.

The missile test was conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy on Friday.

"The purpose of the trial was to engage and neutralise a hostile ballistic missile threat thereby elevating India into the elite club of nations having Naval BMD capability," the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and industry involved in the successful demonstration of ship-based ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities.

7:21 PM

No heatwave conditions over most of India for 5 days: IMD

The India Meteorological Department on Saturday said most parts of India will have a sigh of relief for the next five days from the searing heatwave conditions that had rattled people this week.

It said a cyclonic circulation lies over northwest Madhya Pradesh and another over interior Tamil Nadu. A trough of relatively low pressure runs from northwest Madhya Pradesh to south Tamil Nadu across Telangana. Private forecaster Skymet Weather added another trough extends from northeast Bihar to Odisha via Jharkhand.

Weather experts say a trough usually brings cloudy conditions and rain, leading to a drop in temperatures.

7:13 PM

Atiq Ahmad lawyer booked for criminal conspiracy in Umesh Pal murder case

Gangster-politician Atiq Ahmad's lawyer Khan Shoulat Hanif has been booked for criminal conspiracy in the Umesh Pal murder case, an official said on Saturday.

Speaking to PTI, Deputy Commissioner of Police (City) Deepak Bhukar said Hanif's name was added under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code to the FIR registered at Dhoomanganj police station in the Umesh Pal murder case.

"We came to know that Hanif shared pictures of Umesh Pal with Ahmad's son Asad days before he was attacked," Bhukar told PTI.

Asad, the third of Ahmad's five sons, was killed in a police encounter in Jhansi on April 13.

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DRDO, Navy conduct a maiden flight trial of a sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile

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AAP leader Priyanka Kakkar appointed party's national chief spokesperson

The AAP appointed senior leader Priyanka Kakkar as its new national chief spokesperson on Saturday, party officials said.

The decision was taken during a meeting of senior party leaders.

AAP national general secretary (Organisation) Sandeep Pathak handed over a certificate of appointment to Kakkar.

Kakkar has been associated with the AAP since 2013.

6:13 PM

Fresh violence in West Bengal's North Dinajpur over teenager's rape, murder

Fresh violence broke out here on Saturday after local citizens protested the alleged rape and killing of a teenage girl a day before, said police officials.

Tear gas and force were used to disperse an unruly mob in Kaliaganj in West Bengal's North Dinajpur which clashed with the police deployed in the area very near the border with Bangladesh.

Several shops and e-rickshaws were burnt by the mob which demanded the arrest of the culprits, before the situation was brought under control. Earlier in the day, BJP and ABVP organised protests against the rape and killing in various places in the state.

5:37 PM

India, Bhutan reaffirm long-standing bilateral ties to build stronger friendship

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel, embarked on a three-day visit to India in early April. His visit presented an opportunity for both nations to reflect on their long-standing bilateral ties and further reinforce their friendship. The joint statement issued after the visit underlined the extensive cooperation between India and Bhutan in different sectors, reported The Bhutan Live.
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336 border villages in Arunachal Pradesh to get 4G connectivity, 254 mobile towers set up

Around 336 villages in border areas of Arunachal Pradesh will be provided with 4G mobile telephony connectivity with the government launching 254 network towers on Saturday.

The government has approved the construction of 2,605 4G mobile towers for providing connectivity to more than 3,721 villages in Arunachal Pradesh with a total outlay of Rs 2,675 crore.

"Today's launch has happened mostly in border areas. By and large, most of the villages will be in border areas. Our district headquarters like Itanagar are already connected. The target is to reach out to unconnected and unreached locations," Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said after a ceremony to dedicate the initial set of 254 mobile towers.

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First Published: Apr 22 2023 | 9:54 AM IST

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