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Live News Updates: Kumbh Mela 2021 to be held from 1st to 30th April, says Uttarakhand Chief Secy

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8 hurt in shooting near Philadelphia transit station: Police

  • At least eight people were wounded by gunfire Wednesday near a transit station in north Philadelphia, and one was critically injured, police said.
  • Police reported two firearms recovered and one person in custody. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said it’s unclear whether the firearms confiscated were used in what she called a “very brazen” shooting.
  • The identity of the person in custody wasn’t immediately released, and Outlaw said the extent of that person’s involvement, if any, wasn’t yet known. But she said investigators “know that there was a car involved and there could be other people.”
  • Outlaw asked any witnesses to call police with information.

Kumbh Mela 2021 to be held from 1st to 30th April this year: U’khand Chief Secy

The fair to be held for 30 days only in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Government to issue a notification by the end of March: Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash

Fuel prices in Delhi

Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi stand at Rs 89.88/litre (increase by 34 paise) and Rs 80.27/litre (increase by 32 paise), respectively.

Quad’s 3rd ministerial meeting today

  • The third Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad meeting will be held on February 18 to exchange views on regional and global issues especially practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
  • According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the third India-Australia-Japan-USA ministerial meeting will have the participation of the respective Foreign Ministers.

24 foreign envoys to visit Jammu today

  • A group of 24 diplomats from foreign missions, including the European Union, who arrived in Srinagar yesterday, will visit Jammu on the second day of their tour on Thursday.
  • On Wednesday, the delegation had interacted with representatives of civil society and the government in Srinagar.
  • Foreign diplomats from Chile, Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Bangladesh, Malawi, Eritrea, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and the European Union are on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

UN says 130 countries haven’t received single COVID-19 vaccine dose

  • United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday (local time) slammed the “wildly uneven and unfair” distribution of coronavirus vaccines and said that only 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations and demanding a global effort to get all people in every nation inoculated as soon as possible.
  • According to a report by Al Jazeera, Guterres, while addressing a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council, said 130 countries have not received a single dose of vaccine. “At this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community,” he said.
  • The UN chief called for an urgent ‘Global Vaccination Plan’ to bring together those with the power to ensure fair vaccine distribution – scientists, vaccine producers and those who can fund the effort – to ensure all people in every nation get inoculated as soon as possible, Al Jazeera reported.

Number of people injured by earthquake in Iran rises to 25

  • The number of people, who have been injured by the recent earthquake in Iran, has increased to 25, the head of the country’s emergency medical services said.
  • On late Wednesday, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. The epicenter was located 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) from the city of Sisakht.

UP Assembly’s budget session to begin today

  • The Budget session for 2021-22 of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will commence on Thursday with an address by Governor Anandiben Patel to a joint sitting of both houses.
  • An all-party meeting was also called by Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit on Wednesday ahead of the budget presentation. He sought cooperation from the leaders for the smooth running of the budget session.

Punjab CM hails Congress’ victory in municipal polls

  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday hailed the Congress party’s spectacular victory in the state municipal polls as not just a validation of his government’s “development-oriented policies and programmes but also a total rejection of the anti-people actions” of the major opposition parties- Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP.
  • Congratulating Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, as well as all MLAs, members and workers of the party, for the sweeping victory in the civic polls, the results of which were declared on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said the people of the state had clearly and unequivocally denounced the divisive, undemocratic, unconstitutional and regressive agendas of the three parties.

India issues new SOPs for travellers from UK, S Africa, Brazil

  • All international travellers coming/transiting from flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East will be required to declare their travel history of past 14 days, the Central government said in its standard operating procedure (SOP) on Wednesday.
  • According to the guidelines issued by the Centre for international arrivals, from February 23, the passengers will have to submit a self-declaration form (SDF) for COVID on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.

Former Congress MP Satish Sharma dies at 73

  • Former union minister and Congress leader Captain Satish Sharma passed away in Goa on Wednesday. He was 73.
  • Sharma was Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas from 1993 to 1996.
  • He first became a member of Rajya Sabha in June 1986 and was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Amethi in 1991.
  • Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala condoled Sharma’s demise and said that he epitomised dedication and loyalty.

Bengal minister injured in bomb attack in railway station

  • West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain was seriously injured after unidentified attackers hurled a crude bomb at him in Nimtita railway station in Murshidabad district on Wednesday night, police said.
  • At least two other persons, who were with the Trinamool Congress MLA of Jangipur, were also injured in the incident which occurred ahead of the assembly election in West Bengal due in April-May this year.
  • Senior minister and TMC leader Malay Ghatak held “political rivals of the party” responsible for the attack, while Sabhadhipati of Murshidabad Zilla Parishad Mosharaf Hossain, who was expelled from the TMC earlier in the day, claimed that it is the result of the party’s internal feud.

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