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West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra.(HT PHOTO.)

Amit Shah got his numbers wrong in 11 states: Amit Mitra

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 04:17 AM IST
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra said, "This 200 seats was said by Mr Amit Shah. Now what is his track record -- In 11 states, he got his number wrong. In 13 states, the BJP underperformed since 2019."
Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in West Bengal on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in West Bengal on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Fate of 45 Bengal seats to be sealed in Phase 5

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 04:10 AM IST
21 of the seats have been reserved for Schedule Castes; 13 in North Bengal.
Joe Biden spoke at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, a day after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Corp.(Bloomberg)
Joe Biden spoke at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, a day after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Corp.(Bloomberg)

Joe Biden calls spate of mass shootings a ‘National Embarrassment’

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:01 AM IST
The president said action is needed and that the number of mass shootings has humiliated the US in the eyes of the world.
Until genome sequencing is sharply stepped up, we won’t know how far the Sars-Cov-2 variants have spread beyond Maharashtra and Punjab (PTI)
Until genome sequencing is sharply stepped up, we won’t know how far the Sars-Cov-2 variants have spread beyond Maharashtra and Punjab (PTI)

Variants not leading to false negative test results, says Centre

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:41 AM IST
The government said the kits used for RT-PCR tests check for more than two genes, which makes them less likely to miss a sample if it contains a variant with mutations that change the signature of genes.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addresses while issuing the joint statement with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addresses while issuing the joint statement with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

Jaishankar, Afghan NSA slam Pak’s ‘negative role’

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:35 AM IST
Without naming Pakistan, both Jaishankar and Mohib referred to the negative role of a “neighbour” of Afghanistan, while participating in a virtual discussion at the Raisina Dialogue.
A surging second wave threatens to overwhelm the health infrastructure in most large Indian cities — most, reports suggest, have already been overwhelmed.(PTI representative image)
A surging second wave threatens to overwhelm the health infrastructure in most large Indian cities — most, reports suggest, have already been overwhelmed.(PTI representative image)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:28 AM IST
Scientists and pharma companies did try to find a small molecule cure or preventive for Covid-19, an antiviral which can, preferably, be taken orally — but they did not have much luck.
Commuters stand outside the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station during rain on Friday.(PTI)
Commuters stand outside the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station during rain on Friday.(PTI)

After 2 years of rain aplenty, IMD predicts normal monsoon this year

By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 03:14 AM IST
India recorded above-average monsoon rains for two consecutive years, and a normal season this year will significantly help the agriculture sector in particular, and the economy in general, following a year when the pandemic has stressed earnings.
India dropped 10 places in the Democracy Index’s global ranking to 51st place(PTI)
India dropped 10 places in the Democracy Index’s global ranking to 51st place(PTI)

Govt seeks details of parameters to improve ranking on global Democracy Index

By Anisha Dutta
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 02:56 AM IST
The move to monitor indices and work on improving rankings precedes the release of the global index.
The Jagannath Temple will remain closed for Public Darshan on all Saturdays and Sundays as a measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease and in order to sanitize the premises. (HT PHOTO.)
The Jagannath Temple will remain closed for Public Darshan on all Saturdays and Sundays as a measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease and in order to sanitize the premises. (HT PHOTO.)

Visitors to Puri’s Jagannath Temple need to show Covid-19 negative report to enter

By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 02:54 AM IST
On Thursday, 10 members of the servitor families, five temple employees and 10 staff of the Sri Jagannath Temple shoe stand were found infected with Covid-19.
A patrol team at the Baramaniramjote border post area spotted the two Chinese nationals when they were trying to illegally enter West Bengal by crossing the Indo-Nepal border. (GETTY IMAGES.)
A patrol team at the Baramaniramjote border post area spotted the two Chinese nationals when they were trying to illegally enter West Bengal by crossing the Indo-Nepal border. (GETTY IMAGES.)

Two Chinese nationals held at Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 02:27 AM IST
The Indo-Nepal border area comes under the jurisdiction of the Naxalbari police station. The border has been sealed because of the assembly polls to be held in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts on Saturday.
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