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Morning digest: Severe fund crunch likely to delay free school breakfast scheme, U.S. Congress passes $1.19 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, and more

G. Baskaran (left), Nilofer Kafeel (centre) and S. Valarmathi.  

New IT rules | Kerala High Court restrains Centre

The Kerala High Court on March 10 restrained the Centre from taking coercive action against Live Law Media Private Ltd., which owns a legal news portal, for any non-compliance with Part III of the new IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections | 3 Ministers, 44 AIADMK MLAs denied ticket

The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday finalised the distribution of constituencies to two of its allies, the BJP and the PMK, and released its second list of candidates for 171 seats.

Kerala Assembly Elections | 5 Ministers, Speaker, 33 MLAs dropped from CPI(M) list

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and six of his Cabinet colleagues have been fielded by the ruling CPI(M) for the April 6 State Assembly elections. There are 33 new faces on the candidate list.

West Bengal Assembly polls | Mamata Banerjee suffers leg injury while campaigning in Nandigram, alleges conspiracy

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday suffered injuries to her left leg while campaigning in Nandigram and was rushed to Kolkata for treatment.

Parliament proceedings | Severe fund crunch likely to delay free breakfast scheme

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education has recommended that all government schools start providing free breakfast in the coming academic year, as part of an expansion of the mid-day meal scheme envisaged by the National Education Policy. However, Education Ministry officials say a severe funding crunch is likely to delay the initiative.

Stick to code, Karnataka High Court tells media

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday ordered issue of notices to the Centre and the State governments and 70 media platforms on a petition filed by a lawyer and BJP member, seeking a direction to the authorities to take steps to safeguard the right to privacy of individuals and ensure that media outlets don’t invade the privacy of individuals by breaching law.

Coronavirus | U.S. Congress passes $1.19 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

In a massive and early victory for the Democrats, the House of Representatives approved 220-211 a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, voting almost entirely along party lines. The bill, having already passed the Senate, will be signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday.

India not part of Russian meet on Afghanistan

Close on the heels of U.S. plans for a United Nations regional conference on Afghanistan, Russia has announced it will hold a conference of special envoys from the U.S., China, and Pakistan, along with representatives of the Afghanistan government, Taliban and other senior Afghan leaders next week.

Coronavirus | Brazil registers daily record for COVID-19 deaths

Brazil has registered arecord for daily COVID-19 fatalities, with 2,286 people dead from the virus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry on Wednesday.

20 years on, V.V.S. Laxman recalls the stunning triumph over the Aussies at Eden Gardens

When Thursday dawns, it will mark the 20th anniversary of the magic of Eden! And it looks as though just yesterday V.V.S. Laxman was essaying his silken drives against Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in that Test for the ages, one which perhaps scripted India’s greatest triumph in cricket’s longest format.


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