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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Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan cleared that there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in the country. He said, "Issue is about better planning and not the shortage of doses". "Till now we've provided 13,10,90,000 doses to states and union territories. On one hand, we have states like Kerala where there is zero wastage (of vaccine) and on the other hand, we have several other states where there still is 8-9% of wastage. As per data till 11 am today, unutilised doses available with states/UTs is over 1,67,20,000. This month - till April end - 2,01,22,960 doses will be provided to states/UTs. This clearly shows that issue is about better planning and not the shortage of doses," he added.
An LDF supporter arrived at a polling booth in Pinarayi in Kannur to cast his vote. He donned red hoodies and red colour traditional dhoti. He shaved CPI (M) party logo on his head. Total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide fate of 957 candidates. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 02.
Sabarimala temple is now opened for monthly pooja and Vishnu festival from Apr 10. Devotees with RTPCR COVID negative certificate within 48 hours or completed two dozes of vaccination will be allowed from Apr 11 through online registration. The temple will be closed on Apr 18. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will visit Sabarimala Temple on Apr 11. He will return on Apr 12.
Clash broke out between BJP and TMC workers during a roadshow of party state president Dilip Ghosh's in West Bengal's Bardhaman on April 13. Party workers of BJP, TMC pelted stones at each other. TMC Party office was also vandalised. Police rushed to the spot and handled the situation. The fifth and sixth phases of the ongoing Assembly elections in the state will take place on April 17 and April 22. Counting of votes will take place on May 02.
Poll strategist and TMC advisor Prashant Kishor's chat with a few journalists about the electoral battle in West Bengal has sparked a storm. The Bharatiya Janata Party released snippets of the conversation which was conducted on the Clubhouse app. BJP claimed that Kishor admitted that in TMC's internal surveys, the saffron party is winning. The election strategist hit back, asking BJP to release the full conversation, and reiterating that the party won't even cross the 100-mark in polls. So which side is accurately describing the ground situation? Watch CVoter founder and psephologist Yashwant Deshmukh decode dynamics of the Bengal battle.
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United Democratic Front (UDF) will file a complaint with the Election Commission over alleged issue of duplication in the voter's list, informed party candidate from Vattiyoorkavu constituency, Veena S Nair. She said, "As we are approaching Assembly elections, we have come to understand that thousands of bogus votes have been created...UDF will file a complaint with the Election Commission today on the issue of duplication in the voter's list. The people of Kerala wish for a change in Government." Kerala will go to polls on April 06 and results will be declared on May 02.
Indian National Congress leader Lathika Subhash tonsured her head in protest against the party. The chief of the Kerala Mahila Congress unit quit from her post over denial of ticket from Ettumannur seat in the upcoming Assembly elections. Subhash said that she will not join any other party. Kerala will vote on April 6 to choose its next government. Three sides - CPM-led LDF, Congress-led UDF, and BJP - are in the fray. Watch the full video for more.
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