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COVID-19: PM Modi directs officials to ensure sufficient availability of PPEs, masks, ventilators NewIndianExpress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting of various empowered groups set up to respond to the coronavirus threat and directed officials to ensure sufficient availability of all essential medical equipment such as personal protective equipment, masks, gloves and ventilators.
PM shares Vajpayee's famous poem to remind people to light diyas on Sunday night Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared a video clip of BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee reciting his famous poem, to remind people to light up lamps on Sunday night to show the country's "collective resolve" to fight coronavirus.
US has now most confirmed coronavirus cases in world Money Control
Over 16,000 confirmed cases were reported in a single day in the US on Thursday as the total number of COVID-19 patients soared to 85,088, the highest for any country, according to data compiled by Worldometer. The United States surpassed China (81,285) and Italy (80,589) in terms of number of people infected with the novel coronavirus.
Repo rate cut by 75 bps to 4.4%, CRR by 100 bps to 3%, banks allowed 3-month moratorium on all loans: Shaktikanta Das Money Control
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das March 27 announced a massive 75 basis points cut in repo rates as a measure to counter the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The reverse repo rate has been cut by 90 basis points to 4 percent. Das said this has been done to make it unattractive for banks to passively deposit funds with the RBI and instead lend it to the productive sectors.
Coronavirus: All of India under lockdown for 3 weeks Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ramped up the fight against coronavirus by announcing that the entire country was being placed under lockdown he called it as good as curfew - for 21 days starting midnight in order to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission and save India from a massive outbreak that could overwhelm the healthcare system.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government wins confidence motion in Madhya Pradesh Ranjan, Hindustan Times
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who took oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister on Monday, won a confidence motion in the state assembly and thus proved the BJP government’s majority in the House. No one from the Opposition Congress was present in the House.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Anurag Dwary, NDTV
The BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh today, days after the Congress government of Kamal Nath fell after losing its majority. Shivraj Singh Chouhan took oath for the fourth time as Chief Minister.
Coronavirus lifetime challenge, needs to be tackled through new solutions: PM to Media NDTV
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said COVID-19 is a lifetime challenge, which is needed to be tackled through new and innovative solutions, while speaking to representatives of television news channels through a video-conference.
Coronavirus Outbreak: 22 states shutdown as total cases in India rise to 468 Firstpost
The number of deaths in India due to the novel coronavirus rose to nine on Monday with 468 testing positive as the Centre announced a lockdown in 22 states and Union Territories across the country and the Indian Council of Medical research recommended the use of an anti-malarial drug in cases of high risk.
Omar Abdullah released after nearly 8 months in detention as PSA charges revoked ahead of SC hearing News18
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was released on Tuesday after nearly eight months of detention. His release order was issued after charges under the Public Safety Act (PSA), slapped on him on February 5, were revoked.
Covid-19: Act fast, next few weeks crucial: PM Narendra Modi Neetu Chandra Sharma, Mint
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with the chief ministers of all states via video conferencing to discuss measures to combat Covid-19. Modi said the threat of the pandemic is common for all states and stressed the need for the Centre and states to work together.
Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur shut down in wake of coronavirus Krishna Thevar, Economic Times
The Maharashtra government on Friday announced more restrictions short of a shut down in the state. The measures included shutting down of all non essential services in the state including private offices. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray flanked by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta and State Health Minister Rajesh Tope in a televised address said that the government had appealed for people to stop over crowding in public spaces, trains and buses.
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath resigns ahead of trust vote Sangeeta Ojha, Mint
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today announced that he is tendering his resignation, hours ahead of the scheduled floor test. "I have decided to tender my resignation to the Governor today," he said while addressing a press conference in Bhopal. He accused the BJP of 'murdering democracy' and plotting to pull down his government.
PM calls for Janta Curfew, urges people to stay indoors Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a fervent appeal to all Indians to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting infected by coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a danger as grave as this. He called for 'Janta curfew' on March 22 from 7 am-9 pm, saying no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of house.
Madhya Pradesh speaker accepts 16 rebels' resignations ahead of floor test Suchandana Gupta, Times of India
Just before midnight on Thursday, and 17 hours before the floor test, Madhya Pradesh Speaker NP Prajapati accepted the resignations of 16 breakaway MLAs of the Jyotiriaditya Scindia faction.
Nirbhaya case live updates: All 4 convicts hanged, bodies shifted to hospital for postmortem Times of India
All four convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case - Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, and Mukesh Singh - were hanged at 5:30am in Tihar jail today. The hanging was carried out as per the schedule after a three-judge Supreme Court bench rejected the final plea by the convicts' lawyer AP Singh to stay their execution in a late-night hearing.
Former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi nominated to Rajya Sabha by President A Vaidyanathan, NDTV
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was nominated for Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, on Monday by President Ram Nath Kovind. The President's move is unprecedented - no Chief Justice has been nominated to the Upper House, usually dominated by celebrities and artistes, by the head of the state. And few members of the judiciary have crossed over to the space of legislature.
Coronavirus: Two more positive cases reported from Karnataka; US begins vaccine trials Financial Express
Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across countries and take a toll on multiple economies. Accoring to the latest data from Ministry of Health, India has 125 positive cases  of which 17 are foreign nationals  and 2 deaths. Maharashtra has maximum 36 cases as per its data andKerala has 22.
Coronavirus outbreak: 2,157 persons put under surveillance in Jammu and Kashmir NewIndianExpress
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said 2,157 people -- travellers and persons in contact with suspected coronavirus cases -- have been put under surveillance in the union territory.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon directs CM Kamal Nath to seek trust vote on March 16 Pioneer
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon directed Chief Minister Kamal Nath late Saturday night to seek a trust vote in the Assembly soon after his (governor) address on March 16. A letter from the governor was sent to the chief minister in this regard around midnight, a Raj Bhawan source told PTI.
PM Modi participates in SAARC video conference to formulate joint strategy to combat coronavirus Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with leaders and representatives from SAARC nations participated in a video conference to chalk out a joint strategy to fight the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 5,000 people worldwide.
As coronavirus chaos spreads globally, Trump declares US emergency Money Control
President Donald Trump declared a US national emergency over the quickly spreading coronavirus on Friday, opening the door to more government aid to combat a pathogen that has infected more than 138,000 people worldwide and left over 5,000 dead.
Coronavirus: 68-year-old woman is India’s second casualty of pandemic Leroy Leo, Mint
A 68-year-old woman in West Delhi became the second person in India to succumb to the novel coronavirus infection, or Covid-19, six days after she was admitted at the city’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for showing symptoms of the disease.
Govt hikes excise duty on petrol, diesel by Rs 3 per litre India Today
Excise duty on petrol and diesel was on Saturday hiked by Rs 3 per litre as the government looked to mop up gains arising from fall in international oil prices. Special excise duty on petrol was hiked by Rs 2 to Rs 8 per litre in case of petrol and to Rs 4 in case of diesel, an official notification said.
Farooq Abdullah to be released after over 7 months in Detention Nazir Masoodi, NDTV
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah will be released after over seven months in custody under the Public Safety Act or PSA, a stringent law that allows detention without trial.
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  National
Four militants killed in encounter with security forces in J&K Pioneer
Four militants were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. The security forces on Saturday morning launched a cordon and search operation based on intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Hardmand Guri village in Kulgam, a police spokesperson said.
After PM’s call to switch off lights on April 5, energy authorities make plans T Ramakrishnan, Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for switching off electric lights at homes across the nation for nine minutes at 9 p.m. on April 5, as a mark of demonstrating a collective will to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, has prompted energy authorities to swing into action.
Coronavirus: 54-yr-old man with no travel history dies of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu Hindustan Times
Tamil Nadu health minister Dr C Vijaya Bhaskar said early on Wednesday a 54-year-old man, who had not travelled abroad, died in a hospital after contracting the coronavirus disease, Covid-19.
Janata Curfew: No Passenger Train to begin journey from midnight to 10pm on Sunday News18
No passenger train will originate from any railway station in the country from midnight to 10 pm on Sunday in view of the "Janta curfew" announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said on Friday. They added that mail and express trains will also stop services from 4 am on Sunday.
Coronavirus infections have not reached community level: Harsh Vardhan Hindu
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said coronavirus infections have not reached the “community level” and asserted the government is trying to use “good information” in the best manner to deal with the situation.
Justice delayed, but not denied: Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi NewIndianExpress
Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi, who has waited with baited breath for 7.5 years for her daughter's rapists to be hanged, heaved a breath of sigh on Friday. All the four convicts who committed the heinous crime - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh - were hanged to death on Friday 5.30 am at Tihar jail. 
Novel coronavirus cases climb to 195 in country Pioneer
The novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 195 on Friday after 22 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country, according to the Health Ministry data. The cases include 32 foreign nationals including 17 from Italy, 3 from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia and Singapore.
More COVID-19 cases, deaths reported in the rest of world than in China: WHO Pioneer
There have now been more COVID-19 cases and deaths in the rest of the world than in China, the World Health Organization said Monday. "More cases and deaths have now been reported in the rest of the world than in China," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, without providing the latest numbers.
Coronavirus outbreak: Fourth batch of 53 Indians evacuated from Iran, says Jaishankar NewIndianExpress
The fourth batch of 53 Indians returned to India from Iran on Monday, taking the total number of people evacuated from the coronavirus-hit country to 389. This comes a day after over 230 Indians were brought back from Iran to New Delhi and quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre in Jaisalmer, the third batch to be evacuated from that country.
Coronavirus: Pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib suspended Pioneer
Pilgrimage and registration for Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan will be suspended beginning Sunday midnight in view of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Home Ministry said.
Asked PM to pass oil price crash benefit to people, but 'genius' hiked fuel excise duty: Rahul Pioneer
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said he had asked the PM to to pass on the benefit of the global oil price crash to Indian consumers, but instead "our genius" hiked excise duty on fuel.
CJI rules out complete shutdown of SC amid COVID-19 threat Money Control
Chief Justice of India S A Bobde on Sunday made it clear that there cannot be a "complete shutdown" of courts due the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Jammu & Kashmir demography will not be changed, Amit Shah tells Altaf Bukhari Rahul Tripathi, Economic Times
Even as Union home minister Amit Shah assured of no alteration in demography of Jammu and Kashmir, the process to initiate political dialogue in the Valley started with the release of newly-formed Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari in September last year on health grounds.
BJP eyes 3 Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats as 4 Congress MLAs quit Times of India
In a major setback to Congress in Gujarat that could end its dream of winning two of the four Rajya Sabha seats from the state in the biennial elections, four of its MLAs has resigned, reducing the party's strength to 69 in the 182-member assembly.
India's confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 112 as Maharashtra's numbers surge Leroy Leo & Neetu Chandra Sharma, Mint
A sharp surge in cases in Maharashtra took the number of Covid-19 patients in India to 112 on Sunday from 93 reported the previous day.
Jyotiraditya Scindia files Rajya Sabha nomination as BJP candidate Hindustan Times
Jyotiraditya Scindia filed his Rajya Sabha nomination papers as a BJP candidate at the Madhya Pradesh assembly premises on Friday along with two other party nominees from the state, Sumer Singh Solanki and Ranjana Baghel.
Coronavirus: Air India cancels all flights to Kuwait, curtails services to France, Spain, Italy NewIndianExpress
Air India on Thursday decided to cancel all its flights to Kuwait till April 30 and curtail services to various other countries, including Spain, France and Sri Lanka.
Day after his BJP entry, MP Economic offences wing reopens Forgery Case against Jyotiraditya Scindia News18
The Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday decided to verify facts afresh in a complaint against former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and his family in which they are accused of falsifying a property document while selling land.
Coronavirus: First death confirmed in India BBC
The 76-year-old man, from the southern state of Karnataka, had returned from Saudi Arabia on 29 February after a month-long visit. The state's health minister said that the people who came in contact with the person were being traced and quarantined.
BJP releases list of nine Rajya Sabha candidates Economic Times
Of the 55 Rajya Sabha seats that will go for elections on March 26, the BJP on Wednesday released a list of nine candidates for eight states and left two seats for allies—one each in Maharashtra and Assam.
Jyotiraditya Scindia to file nomination papers for Rajya Sabha polls on Friday NewIndianExpress
Former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP on Wednesday, will file his nomination papers for the March 26 Rajya Sabha polls from Madhya Pradesh here on Friday, said a saffron party spokesman.
'IB report on transfer of judges should be made public': BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi NewIndianExpress
Without naming Justice S. Muralidhar, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said on the floor of Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) report on the transfer of judges should have been made public.
Coronavirus pandemic: India suspends all tourist visas till April 15, issues new advisory NewIndianExpress
India on Wednesday suspended all tourist visas till April 15 in a bid to contain spread of novel coronavirus, according to an official statement. The suspension will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13 at the port of departure.
Now Shivraj and Maharaj are together in BJP, says ex CM Chouhan NewIndianExpress
Welcoming Jyotiraditya Scindia into the BJP, senior party leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said he was the most popular Congress politician in Madhya Pradesh, which led the saffron outfit to coin a tagline targeting the erstwhile Gwalior royal in the 2018 state polls.
'Delhi violence appears to be pre-planned conspiracy': Amit Shah in Lok Sabha NewIndianExpress
Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed sorrow over the Delhi riots on Wednesday, while defending the Delhi Police's role in containing the violence.
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  The Courts
Centre moves SC for approval of formula to provide breather to telcos in payment of AGR dues Pioneer
The Centre moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking approval of its formula to allow telecom companies to pay their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues in annual instalments for over 20 years to avoid impact on the economy.
Coronavirus outbreak: SC to restrict hearings to urgent cases only Hindu
Notification says the functioning of the court on reopening on March 16 will be restricted to urgent matters and entry to courtrooms limited in the wake of the spread of COVID-19.
Delhi Court sentences Kuldeep Sengar to 10 years in prison for murder of Unnao rape victim's father NewIndianExpress
Delhi's Tis Hazari Court on Friday sentenced expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and six others to 10 years imprisonment for the death of Unnao rape survivor's father. Sengar is already serving life imprisonment for raping the minor.
Bhima Koregaon: SC extends interim protection from arrest granted to Navlakha, Teltumbde Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday extended till March 16 protection from arrest granted to civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde in the Bhima Koregaon case. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee said it would hear on March 16 the appeals filed by Navlakha and Teltumbde against the last month's order of the Bombay High Court rejecting their anticipatory bail pleas.
SC issues notice to J&K on plea challenging ex-CM Mehbooba Mufti's detention under PSA Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response of the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea challenging former J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's detention under the Public Safety Act.
Delhi violence: SC refuses to entertain pleas, terms violence 'unfortunate' Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Wednesday termed unfortunate the incidents of violence in Delhi but refused to entertain pleas on them. A bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said it will not expand the scope of petitions filed in connection with the protests at Shaheen Bagh by looking into the pleas on violence.
Bombay HC asks TRAI if it can put off new tariffs for tv viewers Money Control
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) if it can defer the implementation of its 2020 tariff order as the court is hearing pleas filed by producers, broadcasters and cable operators against the new regulations.
Justice Murlidhar's transfer to Punjab and Haryana High Court notified Hindu
The Law Ministry late on Wednesday notified the transfer of Justice S. Murlidhar from Delhi High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his signatures to the order. On February 12, the Supreme Court Collegium, which includes the court’s seniormost judges and is led by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, had recommended Justice Muralidhar’s transfer.
Aircel Maxis case: Court allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad Pioneer
A Delhi court Tuesday allowed Karti Chidambaram, accused in Aircel-Maxis cases along with his father and former finance minister P Chidambaram, to travel abroad to attend tennis tournaments in the UK and France and attend business meetings.
Delhi Court directs CBI to hand over certain documents from charge sheet in INX Media case Economic Times
A Delhi court on Tuesday directed the CBI to hand over to P Chidambaram and his son Karti certain documents filed along with the charge sheet in the INX Media corruption case. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar issued the direction to CBI during the hearing of the INX Media corruption case. The court was also hearing the money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate.
RFL case: Delhi court dismisses bail plea of ex-Fortis Healthcare promoter Malvinder Pioneer
A Delhi court Monday dismissed the bail plea of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Malvinder Singh, arrested for alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Ltd. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur rejected the bail application on the ground that Malvinder was required to be kept in judicial custody for proper investigation in the case.
Protest but don't block roads, SC tells Shaheen Bagh protesters Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the fundamental right of mothers, children and ordinary people of Shaheen Bagh and Delhi to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) even as it expressed concern over their blocking public areas like roads to voice their discontent.
SC takes strong note of non-compliance of its order asking telcos to pay Rs 1.47 lakh cr Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the managing directors and directors of telcos and other firms to explain why contempt action be not taken against them for non-compliance of its order to pay adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of Rs 1.47 lakh crore to the Department of Telecommunications.
SC refuses interim relief to Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant interim bail to former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, sentenced to life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, and said it will hear his bail plea in summer vacations.
SC speeds up process of hearing pleas against death sentences Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
Against the backdrop of the growing demand for speedy decisions in cases involving heinous crimes, the Supreme Court on friday framed a set of guidelines that mandate apex cout benches to hear appeals challenging decisions of high courts benches to hear appeals challenging decisions of high courts confirming award of death sentences in six months.
Supreme Court upholds SC/ST Act amendment that bans pre-arrest bail Murali Krishnan, Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the validity of the 2018 amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (SC/ST Act) which had among other things reintroduced the bar on anticipatory bail to those accused under the Act. The judgment was delivered by a bench of justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran and Ravinda Bhat.
Sabarimala case: SC to frame issues on gender discrimination Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court is scheduled to frame issues for deliberation regarding discrimination against women in various religions and at religious places, including Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, on Monday.
SC allows mining company to transport validly mined iron ore in Goa Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed mining firms to transport validly mined iron ore from mines in Goa if they have paid royalty to government authorities. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde delivered the judgment on a plea by mining firm Chowgule and Company Private Limited.
SC dismisses curative plea of Nirbhaya case convict Pioneer
The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed the curative petition of one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. A bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan also rejected convict Akshay Kumar Singh's plea seeking stay of his execution.
Sabarimala 9-judge bench to sit on Feb 3 Hindustan Times
The nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court constituted to hear legal questions relating to entry of women into the Sabarimala temple and other gender-related questions in other religions will sit on February 3 to finalise these after the lawyers tasked with doing this couldn’t arrive at a consensus.
Delhi court sends Sharjeel Imam to 5-day police custody Pioneer
A court here sent Sharjeel Imam, arrested on sedition charges, to five days of police custody on Wednesday, his lawyer said. Imam was produced at the residence of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purushottam Pathak in the evening amidst high security, said advocate Mishika Singh, appearing for the JNU research scholar in the matter.
14 sentenced to life in Gujarat Ode killings case get interim bail from SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim bail to 14 persons sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 23 people in a Gujarat riots case of 2002, provided they keep aside six hours a week to engage themselves in “spiritual and social service”.
Supreme Court refuses to stay Citizenship Amendment Act without hearing government Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, is “uppermost in everybody's minds”, but refused to stay the law without hearing the government first.
Govt to take management control of Unitech, Supreme Court agrees Mint
The Supreme Court today Monday accepted the proposal of the Centre to take over the management control of embattled realty firm Unitech Limited. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud gave two months to the new board of Unitech to prepare the resolution framework of the company and sought its report.
Why only ‘babus’ picked for CIC, 4 aides posts: SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre as to why only retired or sitting bureaucrats were being shortlisted by the search committee for appointment as information commissioners.
  Business
Railways gear up to resume services from April 15 NewIndianExpress
The Indian Railways, which had announced closure of all passenger, mail and express train services from March 24 to April 14 in a bid to stop the chain of transmission of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), has started preparation to resume all its services from April 15, sources said on Saturday.
'India may post lowest growth in post-reform period in FY21' Economic Times
Indian economy, which was already in slowdown phase for last six quarters, could register the lowest growth in the post-reform period in 2020-21 despite strong monetary and fiscal stimulus measures, an eminent economist said on Friday.
No final decision on resumption of services yet: Railways as zones prepare restoration plans Economic Times
Railways on Saturday said no final decision has been taken yet on restoration of train services and that a call on it would be taken in a few days.
RBI offers Rs 11,772 crore to banks through repo auction Money Control
The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday offered Rs 11,772 crore to banks through a 12-day variable rate repo auction. Before the auction, the RBI enhanced the amount of auction to Rs 50,000 crore from Rs 25,000 crore, announced earlier.
Moody's slashes India GDP growth in 2020 to 2.5% Money Control
Moody's Investors Service on Friday slashed its estimate of India's GDP growth during 2020 calendar year to 2.5 percent, from an earlier estimate of 5.3 percent and said the coronavirus pandemic will cause unprecedented shock to the global economy.
Sensex up 1,000 points, Nifty reclaims 9,000 mark ahead of RBI Governor's presser News18
Indian benchmark indices opened in green with Nifty above 9,000 level and Sensex up by 3.60% on Friday, hours ahead of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das's press conference.
Gold prices today fall after rising about ₹4,000 per 10 gram in 4 days Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Gold prices in India fell today, tracking a decline in global rates and an appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar. April gold futures on MCX were down 0.8% to ?43,195 per 10 gram, after they rose 3% or about ?1,300 per 10 gram in the previous session. June gold futures were today down 0.5% to ?43,420.
Reliance to pay twice to those employees who earn below ₹30,000 Anulekha Ray, Mint
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced a slew of measures to fight against deadly coronavirus infection spread across the country. Those who earn below ?30,000 per month, will get their salaries twice a month in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
Facebook wanted to buy 10% of Reliance Jio: Report Gopal Sathe, NDTV
Facebook was reportedly in talks with Reliance Jio to purchase 10% of the Indian telco, according to a report in the Financial Times. According to the paper, this 10% stake was being valued in billions of dollars. The report also added that aside from the social media giant, Reliance Jio was also in separate talks with Google.
Flipkart suspends services due to lockdown Money Control
Walmart Inc's Flipkart has suspended services, a notice on the Indian e-commerce firm's website said on Wednesday, as India began a 21-day lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
ITR, GST filing, Aadhaar-PAN linking deadlines extended: Nirmala Sitharaman Nikhil Agarwal, Mint
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced various statutory and regulatory compliance relief measures amid a complete shutdown almost all over the country to control the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus or Covid-19 infection.
Gold price hits Rs 42,000 per 10 gram, silver up by Rs 3,475 per kg Sandeep Sinha, Money Control
The price of gold jumped Rs 1,528 to touch Rs 42,247 per 10 gram in Mumbai bullion market on a weaker dollar, but the gains were capped by a stronger rupee. The major gold trading centres have been shut due to the lockdown announced by state governments to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease with only online sales taking place.
RBI to inject Rs 30k cr more via bond buys to boost liquidity Economic Times
India’s central bank Friday walked the talk on doing whatever it takes to contain the economic impact of covid-19 by injecting more liquidity just days after Governor Shaktikanta Das cemented Mint Road’s credentials as a responsive regulator, assuring the man on the street about the safety of his savings at Yes Bank.
Yes Bank PMLA case: Anil Ambani questioned by ED for 9 hours, called again on March 30 Pioneer
The ED on Thursday questioned Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani for about nine hours in connection with a money laundering probe against Yes Bank promoter Rana Kapoor and others, officials said. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asked the businessman to appear before it again on March 30.
Gold prices today fall sharply again, down for seventh day in eight Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Gold prices saw a sharp fall today in Indian markets, continuing their recent weakness. On MCX, April gold futures fell 1.4% or about ?554 to ?39,169 per 10 gram, their seventh day of decline in eight. Silver however edged higher with futures on MCX rising 0.21% to ?33,978 per kg.
Telecom sector moving towards duopoly, say brokerages Nishant Kumar, Money Control
Shares of telecom player Bharti Infratel cracked up to 19 percent in morning trade on BSE on March 19, a day after the Supreme Court of India refused to offer any further relief to the telecom companies with regards to the AGR dues.
Yes Bank co-founder Kapoor's ED remand extended till March 20 Pioneer
A special court here on Monday Extended till March 20, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor, arrested on money laundering charges. The former MD and CEO of the private lender was arrested by the ED here on March 8 under provisions of the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) as he was allegedly not cooperating in the probe related to the crisis at Yes Bank which has been placed under moratorium by the RBI.
RBI hints at rate cut in April 3 policy meet, announces more liquidity measures Pioneer
The Reserve Bank on Monday hinted at a rate cut at the next Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meet on April 3 and announced more liquidity enhancing measures.
Yes Bank: ED summons top corporate honchos for questioning this week Pioneer
The ED has summoned top corporate honchos, including Essel Group promoter Subhash Chandra, Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and Indiabulls chairman Sameer Gehlaut, to appear before it this week in connection with its money laundering probe against Yes Bank promoter Rana Kapoor and others, officials said on Monday.
We have deep pockets and completely back IndusInd Bank: Ashok Hinduja Saloni Shukla, Economic Times
It is clear that since the IL&FS issue there has been a significant slowdown in the financial space, we went through a period of liquidity crunch for NBFCs, there has been bad news on the economic growth front as well and corporates have stopped expansion. This whole situation has given rise to punters who are using a few people for speculation, but it’s hard to catch them.
Gold price falls below Rs 40,000 mark; silver tumbles Rs 6,445 per kg Sandeep Sinha, Money Control
Gold prices extended fall for the fifth consecutive day to Rs 39,995 per 10 gram in the Mumbai bullion market on profit booking as investors prefer to sit on cash. The yellow metal also came under pressure owing to the unwinding of long positions after a hike in margin calls forced traders to reduce their positions and cover losses in other asset classes.
Corona scare: FPIs press panic button, withdraw Rs 37,976 cr from Indian mkts Pioneer
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have withdrawn a whopping Rs 37,976 crore on a net basis from the Indian markets in March so far amid the coronavirus pandemic triggering fears of a global recession. Overseas investors pulled out a net sum of Rs 24,776.36 crore from equities and Rs 13,199.54 crore from the debt segment between Mar 2-13, depositories data showed.
RBI issues new rules for Debit/ credit cards Siasat
The new rules for debit and credit cards to increase security and reduce frauds kick in from Monday. In January, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had issued new rules to improve user convenience and increase the security of card transactions. These rules will help in curbing the misuse of debit and credit cards.
Yes Bank crisis: ED summons Anil Ambani in connection with probe against Rana Kapoor Business Today
Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the probe against Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor. With an exposure of Rs 14,000 crore, Reliance Group is one of the largest borrowers of the bank.
SBI Cards shares edge closer to issue price after weak listing Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
SBI Cards made a weak debut on exchanges today with shares opening at ?661 on NSE, about 12% discount as compared to its issue price of ?755, amid a selloff in broader markets. But later SBI Cards shares pared most of its losses and were trading flat at ?750.
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13 Jamaat attendees in Haryana, three in Punjab test positive for COVID-19 NewIndianExpress
Thirteen people tested positive for COVID-19 from Palwal in Haryana with three more cases recorded from Punjab's Mansa district with all of them have attended a religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in Delhi.
COVID-19: 51-year-old Tablighi Jamaat attendee dies in Tamil Nadu; second death in state NewIndianExpress
As India enters day 10 of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the number of cases from each state are seeing an increase daily. With a whopping 102 positive cases in a single day, Tamil Nadu is second on India's COVID-19 chart with the total positive cases reaching 411. The highest cases reported are from Maharashtra with the number reaching almost 500.
Maharashtra coronavirus cases jump to 537; Mumbai reports 28 new Covid-19 cases Sangeeta Ojha, Mint
-Coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra are increasing much faster than before. Today 47 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Maharashtra, news agencies reported. Out of 47, 28 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Mumbai, 15 in Thane district, 2 in Pune and 1 each in Amravati and Pimpri Chinchwad. With today's 47 cases reported, the total number of cases in the state has escalated to 537.
Pune start-up makes affordable, accessible Covid-19 test kit Geeta Nair, Financial Express
The first consignment of home-grown Covid-19 testing kits from Pune-based MyLab Discovery Solutions is all set to be dispatched to government hospitals across the country from Wednesday. Mylab co-founder and executive director Shailendra Kawade said they will start with around 15,000 units per day and go up to 25,000 in two to three days.
Coronavirus cases cross 100-mark in Maharashtra, Mumbai reports 17 new cases Mint
After four fresh cases were reported today morning, the total number of coronavirus patients in Maharashtra rose to 101. The most urbanized state in India is also the worst hit by coronavirus pandemic. The number of coronavirus cases across the state jumped from 64 to 101 in a span of 72 hours.
Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh: New case in Noida; Yogi Adityanath govt announces Rs 1000 each for workers Financial Express
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that Rs 1000 each will be provided to 15 lakh daily wage labourers and 20.23 lakh construction workers in the state to help them meet their daily needs in the wake of novel Coronavirus outbreak in Uttar Pradesh. As many as 23 people, including popular Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the state. Out of the total cases, nine people have recovered.
Restaurants told to shut, non-essential govt services next: Kejriwal on Covid-19 Hindustan Times
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced fresh restrictions on gatherings and ordered restaurants to shut dine-in options to prevent the highly-contagious coronavirus infection from spreading.
WB to have Rs 200 cr fund to tackle coronavirus, closure of schools extended till Apr 15 Pioneer
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced the state government will create a Rs 200 crore fund to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, and extended the closure of all educational institutions till April 15. She also asked cinema theatres to remain shut till March 31.
Three more fresh cases in Kerala, number goes up to 24 Pioneer
Three more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala on Monday, taking the number of cases to 24, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. While two people tested positive in Malappuram, one positive case was from Kasaragod district, Vijiyan told reporters after presiding over a meeting to review the virus situation and an all party meeting here.
No plan to lock down any city: Maha CM on coronavirus scare Pioneer
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said the state government has no plans to enforce a lockdown of any city in view of the coronavirus situation, but asked people to avoid thronging temples, mosques, churches and other public spaces.
Closer to lockdown: Gatherings of over 50 banned in Delhi amid virus spread Business Standard
With coronavirus cases swelling in the country, a Group of Ministers (GoM) on Monday proposed various measures, including the closure of all educational institutions, gymnasiums, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools, and theatres across the country. The government also banned the entry of passengers from countries in the European Union, Turkey, and the UK from March 18 till March 31.
Coronavirus scare: Noida administration orders closure of all cinema halls, gyms till March 31 NewIndianExpress
The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration on Sunday ordered closure of all cinema halls and gymnasiums across Noida and Greater Noida till March 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The order will be effective immediately, it said.
Four militants killed in encounter in Anantnag Pioneer
Security forces on Sunday killed four militants in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The forces cordoned off the area on Sunday morning and launched a search operation after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there.
Palm reader told me SP will win 350 seats in 2022 UP elections: Akhilesh Yadav Pioneer
SP president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said a palm reader had recently predicted that he will win 350 of the 403 seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and asserted that if voted to power, his government will hold a caste-wise census.
Coronavirus: Bengaluru malls, pubs, theatres closed for a week from March 14 Tanu Kulkarni, Hindu
Chief Minister B.S Yediyurappa said a coordination committee has been formed to look into the detection of COVID-19 positive cases across Karnataka. To curb the spread of COVID-19, all malls, cinema halls, pubs, exhibitions and summer camps in Bengaluru will be closed for a period of one week starting from March 14, 2020.
1433 people put under surveillance for coronavirus in J&K: Government NewIndianExpress
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday said 1,433 travellers and persons in contact with suspected coronavirus cases have been put under surveillance in the Union Territory, which has reported one positive case so far.
Google India employee tests positive for coronavirus in Bengaluru Anulekha Ray, Mint
Google India employee from Bengaluru has been diagnosed with coronavirus infection, taking the total number of cases in the country to nearly 80. "We can confirm that an employee from our Bengaluru office has been diagnosed with COVID-19" the company said in a statement. "They were in one of our Bangalore offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms," Google added.
11 arrested in Mizoram for spreading misinformation on coronavirus NewIndianExpress
At least 11 people, including a few women, have been arrested for allegedly spreading fake news on the social media that a novel coronavirus-infected person was detected in the state, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
Three Jaish-e-Mohammad associates arrested in Kashmir NewIndianExpress
Three associates of militants belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit have been arrested in central Budgam district in Jammu & Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.
Coronavirus: All educational institutes in Jammu and Kashmir shut till March 31 NewIndianExpress
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered closure of all educational institutes across the union territory till March 31 as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus scare. Cinema halls in all the 10 districts of Jammu division will also remain closed till March 31, officials said.
11 dead, 4 injured as car, tractor collide on highway in Bihar Hindustan Times
At least 11 people died and four others sustained injuries in a collision between a car and a tractor here on NH-28 in Kanti Police Station area of Muzaffarpur, police said on Saturday. The identities of the deceased are yet to be known. The injured are undergoing treatment at a hospital.
Delhi violence: Man who opened fire at police arrested from UP Sangeeta Ojha, Mint
The infamous gunman of Delhi violence Shahrukh has been arrested by the Delhi Police crime branch from Uttar Pradesh, News Agency ANI reported. Shahrukh had pointed a pistol at Delhi Police Constable during the recent violence in northeast Delhi on February 24.
Congress in firefighting mission as 8 Madhya Pradesh alliance MLAs land in Manesar hotel Prasenjit Mund & Suchandana Gupta, Times of India
Madhya Pradesh politics went into turmoil on Tuesday with post-midnight reports of eight Congress-alliance MLAs being cooped up in a hotel in Manesar after allegedly being taken there by BJP.
Punjab to reduce govt employees' retirement age to 58 years, give free education Mint
Reducing government employees' retirement age from 60 to 58, free education for all students up to Class 12 and a debt waiver for landless farmers were some of the major announcements made by Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal in the 2020-21 budget on Friday.
Azam Khan, wife, son sent to judicial custody Economic Times
Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his legislator wife Tanzin Fatima and MLA son Abdullah Azam were on Wednesday sent to judicial custody for allegedly faking Abdullah's birth certificate. "They have been sent to judicial custody till March 2," Rampur Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Mishra told.
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Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists Pioneer
The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone.
China urges G20 nations to cut tariffs, facilitate unfettered flow of trade to combat COVID-19 crisis Ananya Das, Zee News
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday urged the G20 member nations to take collective actions for cutting tariffs, removing barriers and facilitating the unfettered flow of trade amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools shut, Unicef working with Indian govt for alternative ways of learning Hindustan Times
Unicef is working with the Indian government towards providing alternative ways of learning to about 200 million children currently enrolled in government schools, who are missing out on learning as at least 1.5 million schools across India remain closed in the wake of nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.
G20 pledges $5 trillion to defend global economy against COVID-19 Aljazeera
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic".
North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul Pioneer
North Korea on Saturday fired two projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, Seoul's military said. The projectiles were fired from North Pyongan province into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, without providing further details.
China's coronavirus cases fall, with most infections coming from abroad Ryan Woo, Mint
Mainland China reported a drop in new coronavirus cases on Sunday, but major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai continued to wrestle with cases of infections from travellers arriving from abroad.
Over 6,000 Dead Globally From Coronavirus; Italy Worst Hit After China NDTV
A spike in deaths from the coronavirus in Spain has pushed the global toll past 6,000, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources. The worldwide death toll rose to 6,036, with 159,844 infections after 105 died in Spain.
Pentagon confirms strikes against Iran-backed militia group facilities in Iraq Hindustan Times
The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed that the United States had carried out strikes against five Iran-backed militia weapons storage facilities in Iraq, a day after a deadly rocket attack killed two American and one British service member.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus Hindustan Times
The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said late Thursday. “Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.
US reports 2nd death from coronavirus, new cases detected in several states India Today
Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus a man in his 70s from a nursing facility near Seattle where dozens of people were sick and had been tested for the virus.
‘May never be excited again about a crowd’: US President Trump on India visit Hindustan Times
Days after his visit to India, US President Donald Trump has not stopped praising India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the massive crowds that turned up to welcome him. Donald Trump, while addressing a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, talked about the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, where tens of thousands of people turned up to hear him speak along with Prime Minister Modi.
Experts question delayed action as death toll in China's coronavirus climbs to over 2780 Economic Times
Forty four more people have died of the novel coronavirus in China, taking the death toll in the outbreak to 2,788, Chinese health officials said on Friday, amid growing criticism from experts and the public that the epidemic would have been less severe if the authorities acted when the first confirmed case was reported in December.
South Korea reports 334 additional coronavirus cases, raising total to 1,595: Report Money Control
South Korea reported 334 additional cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, raising the total tally to 1,595, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said. The figure is the largest reported additional cases in the country since its first case was confirmed on January 20.
Malaysian PM Mahathir submits resignation Hindu
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, at 94 the world's oldest leader, submitted his resignation to the king on Monday, his office said, after a bid by his political partners to bring down the government.
Coronavirus: South Korea declares highest alert as infections surge BBC
South Korea has raised its coronavirus alert to the "highest level" as confirmed case numbers keep rising. President Moon Jae-in said the country faced "a grave turning point", and the next few days would be crucial in the battle to contain the outbreak. Six people have died from the virus in South Korea and more than 600 have been infected.
Pakistan retained on grey list of FATF Suhasini Haidar, Hindu
Pakistan has been retained on the “grey list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for another four months, with a stern warning from the global watchdog that met in Paris (February 19-21) to complete the 27-point action plan it has been given by June 2020 or face being put on the “black list”.
Death toll in China's coronavirus climbs to 2,118 Economic Times
The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in China has climbed to 2,118 with the death of 114 more people, while the overall confirmed cases increased to 74,576, Chinese officials said on Thursday. China's National Health Commission (NHC) said the new confirmed cases declined to 394, registering the biggest drop since December when the first case was reported in Wuhan city in the central Hubei Province.
China's Coronavirus Death Count Surges To 2,000 NDTV
The death count from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 2,000 on Wednesday after 132 more people died in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicentre of the outbreak. In its daily update, the province's health commission also reported 1,693 new cases of people infected with the virus.
Masood Azhar, claimed to be missing, hiding in bomb-proof house in Pak: Intel Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times
Indian counterterror agencies have confirmed information that Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and the man on top of India’s “most wanted” list, is living under the highest security in a virtually bomb-proof house behind the terror group’s Bahawalpur headquarters at Markaz-e-Usman-o-Ali, Railway Link Road, in Pakistan, intelligence officials familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.
US blacklists Sri Lankan Army Chief citing killings and abuses Hindu
The United States has blacklisted Sri Lanka's Army Chief, Shavendra Silva, for human rights violations including extrajudicial killings during the last phase of the country's civil war in 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on February 14.
Chinese factories shut by coronavirus, 13.7% of India’s imports at risk Vineet Sachdev, Hindustan Times
As China continues to reel under the impact of Coronavirus -- confirmed cases are climbing towards 60,000, according to Bloomberg -- its economy has taken a massive hit. Retail car sales fell 22% to 1.71 million units, the biggest-ever drop for the month of January, Bloomberg reported, adding that according to the China Passenger Car Association, February sales could drop 30%.
US willing to meet India’s energy demand; trade talks continue: White House Hindustan Times
The US can supply energy to India as much as it wants as there is a much greater potential between the two countries in the key sector, a top White House official has said ahead of President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the country.
Trump says looking forward to visiting India Pioneer
US President Donald Trump has said that he is looking forward to his first visit to India later this month and indicated that the two countries may sign a trade deal. At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump is slated to travel to India on February 24 and 25. In addition to New Delhi, he will stop in Ahmedabad in Gujarat to address a joint public meeting with Modi at a stadium.
Coronavirus may have infected 500,000 in Wuhan by peak in cocoming weeks Times of India
The new coronavirus might have infected at least 500,000 people in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the global outbreak, by the time it peaks in coming weeks.
Al Qaeda’s Yemen leader killed in counterterrorism operation says Donald Trump Hindustan Times
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States killed al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Qassim al-Raymi in a counterterrorism operation in Yemen. “Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces,” Trump said in a statement.
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