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Here are the highlights of March 14:

16:07 pm: We were in talks with RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha for quite some time. When I discussed it with my party members, they expressed their joy on his thought of merging the party with ours: Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader

15:38 pm: Upendra Kushwaha has been appointed as Chairman of National Parliamentary Board of JD(U), with immediate effect: Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister and JD(U) leader after merger of Upendra Kushwaha led-RLSP with JD(U)

14:15 pm: I want to congratulate the state government for building toilets in the houses, across the state. I have been told that all the districts of Assam are now open defecation free: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Biswanath constituency

13:20 pm: One naxal killed yesterday when an IED that was being planted by naxals, in Mirtur Police station limits along Bechapal-Hurepal road in Bijapur dist, got activated & exploded. Body of the naxal - Commander Sunil Padam - was later recovered: IG Bastar P Sundarraj

12:57 pm: There is no announcement of summer vacation and promotion without examinations for school students: S Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Minister

12:38 pm: As on day 57 of vaccination drive (13th March), 15,19,952 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 12,32,131 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 24,086 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 2,87,821 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine: Health Ministry

11:38 am: The matter where gelatin sticks were found in a Scorpio vehicle outside Mukesh Ambani's residence and Mansukh Hiren murder case are being investigated by NIA and ATS. Action will be taken based on the truth that comes out of it, says Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

10:58 am: COVID-19 vaccination drive is being conducted in full swing. We need 81 lakh first dose of the vaccine and we have received 18,84,000 against it, so far. The union Health Minister has promised to provide the remaining shots very soon, says Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

10:38 am: Case registered at Magadi Road Police Station in Bengaluru against a person who was caught trying to circulate pirated version of Roberrt film, says DCP West Bengaluru.

10:17 am: Tamil Nadu: Death toll in the incident of fire at a firecrackers factory near Sivakasi of Virudhunagar district rises to 3. The fire had broken out last evening.

10:16 am: Due to interconnection work of 1200mm (pipe) water supply affected in North East and East Delhi (Laxmi Nagar, Chitra Vihar, East Azad Nagar, Gazipur, Dallupura, Trilokpuri, New Kondli, Shahdara, Mandawali, Patparganj, Mayur Vihar phase 12, Pandav Nagar). Effort on for resumption: Delhi Jal Board

9:58 am: India reports 25,320 new COVID-19 cases, 16,637 recoveries, and 161 deaths in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry

Total cases: 1,13,59,048

Total recoveries: 1,09,89,897

Active cases: 2,10,544

Death toll: 1,58,607

Total vaccination: 2,97,38,409

9:05 am: A total of 22,67,03,641 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 13th March 2021. Of these, 8,64,368 samples were tested yesterday, says Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

8:48 am: Based on a proactive operation by Army intelligence agencies, a case of possible malpractice in selection procedures at a Services Selection Centre has come to light. Since the scope of investigation involves multiple agencies, Indian Army has decided to hand over the case to CBI

Indian Army has zero-tolerance towards corrupt practices in the recruitment process for selection of suitable candidates for Indian Army: Indian Army officials

8:12 am: A fine of Rs 200 will be imposed for not wearing a mask in Nilgiris. People are taking the situation lightly thinking the pandemic is over. There are indications of a second wave. I urge all to wear masks, says Nilgiris collector J Innocent Divya in Tamil Nadu.

7:47 am: Jammu and Kashmir: One terrorist killed in Rawalpora area of Shopian, in an encounter with security forces that began yesterday. The joint operation is underway.

7:26 am: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will conduct a roadshow on a wheelchair from Gandhi Murti to Hazra. She will address a public rally at Hazra this afternoon, reports ANI.

7:21 am: Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze will be presented by NIA before a court later today demanding his custody.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma