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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit Chennai ahead of the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and launch several development works in the state. The Prime Minister will also visit Kerala were the assembly polls are slated to be held in April and May this year.

Here are the highlights of February 14:

16:08 pm: He (Badruddin Ajmal, AIUDF MP) is bringing money from the fundamentalist organisation in the name of social service. Not as an individual but as a symbol of certain people they are our enemy, says Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma

I'm happy if they've called me so. I'm extremist in protecting Indian and Assamese culture. If anyone has given me the title, convey my regards to them, he added.

14:27 pm: Uttarakhand Glacial Burst | 4 bodies retrieved from the Tapovan tunnel. Also, 2 bodies found in Raini village in the morning, taking today's body count to 6. Out of 204 missing people, 44 have been found. 160 people are still missing, says Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar

13:49 pm: BREAKING: Explosive material recovered from Jammu bus stand, reports ANI.

13:13 pm: India’s COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.31 per cent is amongst the highest in the world. Over 1.06 crore people have recovered/ discharged so far. The difference between recovered and active cases has grown to 1,04,74,164 today: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India has been recording a steady decline in the number of daily new deaths since October 1, 2020. India's Case Fatality Rate today stands below 1.5 (1.43 per cent), one of the lowest in the world: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

13:03 pm: The Central Government has accepted the long-standing demand of Devendrakulla Vellalar community to be known by their heritage name and not by the 6-7 names listed in Schedule to the Constitution: PM Modi in Chennai

12:51 pm: One of the two defence corridors is in Tamil Nadu. It has already received an investment commitment of over Rs 8100 crore. Today, I am proud to dedicate to the nation the indigenously designed and manufactured Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A): PM Modi in Chennai

12:47 pm: Two years ago, the Pulwama attack happened on this day. We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack. We are proud of our security forces. Their bravery will continue to inspire generations: PM Modi in Chennai

12:46 pm: The electrification of several projects will be a great boon for the delta districts. One of the major things this 228-km line will help is the faster movement of food grains: PM Modi in Chennai

12:46 pm: In this year's budget, over Rs 63,000 crore has been set aside for a 119 km of Phase-II of the project. This is one of the largest projects sanctioned for any city in one go. The focus on urban transport will boost ease of living here: PM Modi in Chennai

12:46 pm: We're inaugurating the 9 km stretch of the Chennai metro Phase-I project. This project has been completed on schedule despite the global pandemic. The civil construction activities were done by Indian contractors. This is in line with the boost to Aatmanirbhar Bharat: PM Modi in Chennai

12:42 pm: I want to appreciate the farmers of Tamil Nadu for record food grain production and good use of water resources. We have to do whatever we can do to conserve water. Always remember the mantra of 'Per drop, more crop': PM Modi in Chennai

12:38 pm: Chennai is full of energy and enthusiasm. It is a city of knowledge and creativity. From here, we begin key infrastructure projects. These projects are symbols of innovation and indigenous development, says PM Modi in Chennai.

12:33 pm: 

12:01 pm: Cheteshwar Pujara was hit on his right hand while batting on Day 1 of the second Test against England. He felt some pain later. He will not be fielding today, Board of Cricket Control in India.

11:23 am: Uttarakhand Glacial Outburst | Cases of 29 missing people have been registered at Joshimath Police Station till now. DNA samples of 55 family members have been taken for assistance in identification. Relief and rescue operation continues: Chamoli Police

11:11 am: Two years of Pulwama attack:

10:39 am: Police have announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to arrest of 26th January Delhi violence accused Lakhbir Singh alias Lakha Sidhana. Teams of Delhi Police Crime Branch and Special Cell are conducting search operations in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi-NCR, reports ANI.

10:25 am: Delhi Police Cyber Cell arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru on 13th February for her alleged role in spreading 'toolkit' related to farmers protest, reports ANI.

9:53 am: India reports 12,194 new COVID-19 cases, 11,106 discharges, and 92 deaths in the last 24 hours, says Union Health Ministry

Total cases: 1,09,04,940

Total discharges: 1,06,11,731

Death toll: 1,55,642

Active cases: 1,37,567

Total Vaccination: 82,63,858

9:30 am: Pulwama Attack | I bow down to the brave martyrs who lost their lives in the gruesome Pulwama attack on this day in 2019. India will never forget their exceptional courage and supreme sacrifice: Amit Shah

9:25 am: Pulwama Attack | India will never forget their service to the nation and their supreme sacrifice: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays homage to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the 2019 Pulwama terror attack.

9:05 am: Farmers' Protest | Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait will join seven 'mahapanchayats' in three states from today in protest against the three contentious farm laws that were passed by the Parliament last year.

9:00 am: The Indian Railways will today restart Tejas train operations.

8:55 am: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will today kick-off the party's poll campaign in Assam.

8:50 am: Uttarakhand Glacial Burst | Total 40 bodies recovered, 164 people missing so far, says state government.

8:45 am: Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices at Rs 88.73 per litre (increase by Rs 0.29) and Rs 79.06 per litre (increase by Rs 0.32) respectively today.

8:40 am: Mumbai's air quality improves to 'poor' from 'very poor' category; air quality continues to remain in 'very poor category in Delhi, says System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research.

8:35 am: The Prime Minister will also visit Kerala launch several development works in the state today.

8:30 am: PM Modi to visit Chennai ahead of the much-awaited Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021 today.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma