Morning Digest: Heavy security for today’s Phase I polling in West Bengal and Assam; In Bangladesh, Modi calls for joint fight against terror, and more

A police officer checks his name on a list in an electronic voting machines distribution centre on the eve of the Assam Assembly state elections in Majuli, India, Friday, March 26, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

Heavy security for Phase I polling in West Bengal and Assam on Saturday

30 Assembly seats across 5 districts of West Bengal and 47 of Assam's 126 constituencies go to polls on March 27.

India, Bangladesh must fight terror together: PM Modi

Contemporary Bangladesh was created with the blood of freedom-loving people, and of the Indian soldiers who were martyred in the War of Liberation of 1971, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dhaka on Friday.

Biden to host virtual Climate Summit for world leaders in April

U.S. President Joe Biden will host a virtual 'Leaders Summit on Climate’ on April 22 and 23, with 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

No direct link between vaccination and adverse events deaths, says task force member

There is no direct causal relation established between deaths and COVID-19 vaccination with adverse events reported being well within the anticipated numbers, said the expert group investigating the adverse events following immunisation (AEFI).

Amid massive case surge, Maharashtra announces night curfew from Sunday

In view of the spiralling number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday instructed authorities to impose a night curfew across the entire State beginning Sunday night (March 28).

Assam Assembly elections | Will anti-CAA stir prove storm in a teacup?

Phase 1 of elections on Saturday to the 126-member Assam Assembly is expected to test the impact of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act movement and the loyalty of “tea tribes” or Adivasi voters.

Almost 40% of RTI rejections last year did not invoke valid reason: analysis

The Centre has only rejected 4.3% of all Right to Information (RTI) requests in 2019-20, the lowest ever rate, according to the Central Information Commission’s annual report.

Data | West Bengal phase one polls: a demographic breakdown of the constituencies

In phase one of the Assembly election, 30 seats in West Bengal will go to the polls on March 27. Over 90% of the people in these seats are from rural areas. The share of ST population in these seats is nearly three times that of the State’s overall share. About 20% of households in phase 1 depend on cultivation for their primary income.

Dollar smuggling cases: Pinarayi Vijayan govt. for probe against Central agencies

The Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, decided to go for a judicial probe after Ministers are learnt to have averred that the probes were being diverted for political gains of the ruling front at the Centre and scuttling development initiatives.

Bill against ‘love jihad’ likely in Gujarat

The Gujarat Government is likely to introduce a Bill seeking to penalise forcible or fraudulent religious conversion by marriage in the State Assembly next week.

Sonia Gandhi recalls Indira Gandhi’s role in 1971 war

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday sent a video message to Bangladesh on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the country’s independence and birth centenary celebrations of Banga Bandhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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