Top news of the day: Kerala, T.N., Puducherry to go to polls on April 6; three-phase polling for Assam, eight-phase elections for Bengal, and more

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora (centre) with Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra (left) and Rajiv Kumar arrive at a press conference in New Delhi on February 26, 2021 to announce the Assembly election dates for four States and the Union Territory of Puducherry.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Kerala, T.N., Puducherry to go to polls on April 6; 3-phase polling for Assam, 8-phase elections for Bengal

Elections to Assemblies of four States and the Union Territory of Puducherry will begin on March 27 with West Bengal having the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29. Assam Assembly polls will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, while polling for the Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Assembly elections will take place in a single phase on April 6. Elections for the West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time, beginning with polling for 30 seats on March 27, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said while announcing the poll schedule. The votes will be counted on May 2.

Labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur granted bail

“The court has granted bail to Nodeep Kaur. While granting, the court observed that Section 307 [attempt to murder] is debatable at this stage of the case,” Ms. Kaur’s counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema told The Hindu.

Coronavirus | Union Home Ministry extends COVID-19 guidelines till March 31

It asks States to expedite vaccination programme to break chain of transmission.

Data | India unlikely to meet its target of 400 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by July

On the other hand, the U.S. is well ahead of its target.

5 Congress MLAs suspended for manhandling Himachal Pradesh Governor

The Opposition members tried to stop the Governor in front of the Speaker’s chamber when he was going towards his cavalcade, accompanied by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Mr. Parmar, after addressing the Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session. The Congress members alleged that contents of the address were “a bundle of lies”.

37 years after British diplomat Percy Norris was shot dead in Mumbai, family still seeking answers

The family of a high-profile British diplomat who was assassinated in Mumbai 37 years ago has said it will “welcome” a reinvestigation of the case by British and Indian authorities. Madeleine and Martin Norris, children of slain Deputy High Commissioner Percy Norris, insist that the case has not been investigated thoroughly.

India, China Foreign Ministers to establish hotline

China’s Foreign Minister talks to Jaishankar over phone.

India to supply four more mobile harbour cranes to Iran’s Chabahar port

In January, India supplied a consignment of two mobile harbour cranes to the Chabahar port having a total contract value of over $25 million.

Ties with Saudis at stake as U.S. set to release findings on Jamal Khashoggi killing

The United States has pledged to tell the world its conclusions on what role Saudi Arabia’s crown prince played in the brutal killing and dismembering of a U.S.-based journalist, but as important is what comes next — what the Biden administration plans to do about it.

Eight core industries’ output up 0.1% in January

Coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, and cement recorded negative growth in January.

India still needs effective public sector banks, insurers: Modi

Mr. Modi was addressing a webinar on effective implementation of Budget provisions regarding financial services.

Twitter plans to double revenue by 2023, teases new ‘super follow’ feature

To encourage audience-building, Twitter will let users subscribe to accounts and pay for content through a “super follow” feature.

Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket

The all-rounder from Baroda played 57 ODIs and scored 810 runs at a strike-rate of 113.60 with two hundreds and three fifties. He also featured in 22 T20Is where he made 236 at a strike-rate of 146.58.

Hima Das inducted as DSP in Assam, says will continue her athletics career

The star sprinter was inducted as Deputy Superintendent of Assam Police in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and described the moment as a childhood dream coming true.

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