CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury's elder son Ashish died of Covid-19 on Thursday. Ashish, who would have turned 35 on June 9, was admitted to Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital. Ashish breathed his last at 5.30 am following a two-week battle with coronavirus. PM Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on the 'tragic and untimely demise’. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of Ashish Yechury. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also condoled Ashish's demise. Ashish's demise comes amid the devastating second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 3 lakh fresh cases and over 2,000 deaths were reported in India on Wednesday.
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Maoists in Chhattisgarh have released CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, after keeping him in their custody for five days; The Supreme Court dismissed two separate pleas filed by the Maharashtra government and former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh challenging CBI probe against him; Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tested positive for the coronavirus disease. All this and more news at 9 PM.
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is attempting to break electoral tradition in the state and buck anti-incumbency in the assembly election. The opposition has targeted the Chief Minister and his government over issues like the gold smuggling case and the government’s handling of the Sabarimala issue. However, infighting within the chief opposition block and Vijayan’s reputation as a good administrator is likely to hold him in good stead. So can Vijayan retain the last Left bastion in the country? Or will UDF make a comeback in the state? Is the BJP a factor in the Kerala polls? Expert Pollster Yashwant Deshmukh answers all these questions in the latest episode of our election special show Poll Baazi.
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cast his vote at a polling booth in Pinarayi on April 06. A total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 957 candidates in the fray. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 02.
Situation in the country is getting worse day by day amid COVID second wave. Maharashtra reported 67,013 new COVID-19 cases, 62,298 recoveries and 568 deaths in the last 24 hours. While Kerala registered 26,995 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths on April 22. States like Karnataka reported 25,795 cases, Tamil Nadu reported 12,652, and Gujarat reports 13,105 fresh COVID cases in last 24 hours.
Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on April 21 informed that the case fatality rate has decline to 1.17 per cent from 1st January to 21 April and there are 5 states in the country which have more than 1 lakh cases which includes Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka Chhattisgarh and Kerala.
As COVID cases are on uphill across country, several states have announced night curfew and partial lockdown. Police officials were on strict vigil in Kochi amid 2-week night curfew in the state. The decision was taken by a core committee of COVID-19 management headed, by the Kerala Chief Secretary, on April 19. Restaurants have been directed to restrict in-house dining to the barest minimum and focus on home deliveries and take-aways, which shall not be permitted beyond 9 pm. Tamil Nadu government has also implemented a partial lockdown between 10 pm and 4 am and full lockdown on Sundays. Shopping malls, eateries, vegetable and fruit shops, and other commercial establishments can allow only 50 per cent customers only till 9 pm.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on April 4 held a roadshow in Kannur. Several people turned up in his support. Elections for 140-member Kerala Assembly will be held on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.