New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: From the Assembly Elections in five states -- West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry -- to farmers' protest against three farm acts to Parliament Budget Session, we at English Jagran focus on all the top news of the day to give our readers a 360-degree coverage in all genres to give them a brief insight into what's happening around the world.

Here are the Highlights of March 18:

2:00 pm; Madras HC yesterday dismissed a petition challenging rules to facilitate postal ballots for absentee voters including senior citizens of above 80 years, persons with disabilities, COVID-19 affected/suspected and persons employed in essential services

1:50 pm: I'm like a tiger and I won't bow my head. I only bow my head before the public. But a party like BJP tortures women, Dalits - I don't support them: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, in Amlasuli

1;40 pm; I think imposing a night curfew is necessary right now. We are also considering shifting the crowded markets to new sites. All Mumbaikars need to work together to prevent the imposition of a lockdown: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on rising COVID19 cases

1;30 pm; We gave thousands of crores after Amphan. BJP where were you at that time? They only distribute money for horsetrading: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, in Amlasuli

1;25 pm; Mamata Didi should fight elections in a democratic way. After Suvendu Adhikari's 'padayatra' started today, our Yuva Morcha leader was attacked here, in front of me. Appeal to the Election Commission to deploy paramilitary force here: Union Min Dharmendra Pradhan in Nandigram, WB

1;15 pm; When manifestos are released, they make promises. Will these promises be kept or not? For this, you have to ask who's making these promises. WB CM promised she'll double farmers' income in 10 yrs but she tripled their income. But PM has made a false promise: TMC's Derek O'Brien

1;00 pm; Restrictions under Sec 144 of CrPC imposed in Gautam Budh Nagar till April 30, in view of rising COVID19 cases & upcoming festivals Appeal to people to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow all guidelines.Action to be taken against offenders,says Addnl DCP, Law&Order

12:45 pm: That is why we were concerned when didi got injured. I pray to God that her leg injury heals soon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Purulia

12:40 pm: Bengal made up its mind long back. It's been saying 'Lok Sabha mein TMC half aur iss baar poori saaf'. Seeing this determination, didi is taking out her frustration on me. But for us, she's a daughter like crores of daughters of India. Respect for them is part of our culture: PM

12:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Purulia, says, "Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole chaakri hobe. Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole vikas hobe. Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole shiksha hobe....Khela shesh hobe, vikas aarambh hobe."

12:20 pm: This land is a witness to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita's exile. This land has Sitakund. It is also said that when goddess Sita was thirsty, Lord Ram got water from the ground by hitting it with an arrow...It is an irony that Purulia faces water crisis today: PM Narendra Modi

12:10 pm: These people have given Purulia a life riddled with water crisis. They have given Purulia, migration. They have given the poor of Purulia, discriminatory governance. They have given Purulia an identity of being one of the most backward areas of the country: PM Narendra Modi

12:00 pm: First the Left govt & then TMC govt didn't let industries develop here. The kind of work that should've been done for irrigation, didn't take place. I know the problems faced in rearing livestock due to less water. TMC govt was busy in its 'khel' by leaving farming on its own: PM

11:25 am: Amid increasing cases, people being fined for not wearing masks in the Civil Lines area of Delhi "Since the spike in cases, strict measures are being taken including Rs 2000 fine for not wearing masks & overlooking #COVID norms", says Civil Lines SDM Rajesh Chaudhary

11;10 am: Maharashtra: 30 people including students and a teacher of a residential school (Ashram Shala) in Nandore have tested positive for COVID19; school hostel sealed: Palghar deputy collector

11:00 am: Maharashtra | All government schools, colleges, hostels and private schools in Palghar District to remain closed till further orders: Palghar Collector, Dr Manik Gursal

10:45 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to hold a review meeting with the Health Minister, Health Secretary and other concerned officials, over rising COVID19 cases in the national capital: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

10:30 am: Gujarat: All gardens and parks in Ahmedabad closed for the public from today till further orders, due to a rise in COVID19 cases

10:15 am: Total 36,39,989 people vaccinated in Maharashtra till 17th March; 2,74,037 people vaccinated yesterday, says State Health Department

10;00 am: My name won't be there in the list of candidates contesting polls. Being state chief, the party has decided that poll campaigns in the state will be done under my supervision: BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh in New Town Kolkata

9:00 am: Mumbai: In a special drive, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), yesterday fined 245 persons for not wearing masks at a restaurant near Breach Candy Hospital and filed a complaint against them in the Gaumdevi police station. Rs 19,400 collected as a fine from them

8:45 am: Karnataka: Deputy Commissioner and Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authority, Udupi district has declared MIT Manipal Campus as 'COVID19 Containment Zone' due to rise in positive cases

8:35 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to move the Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2021 in Rajya Sabha for passing, today

8:25 am: CBI registers a case against Cadbury India Ltd (now Mondelez Foods Pvt Ltd) & central excise officials in connection with alleged irregularities &corruption for obtaining license of Cadbury chocolate factory in Himachal Pradesh,under IPC 420 (forgery)&Prevention of Corruption Act

8:10 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address public rallies in Purulia, West Bengal and Karimganj, Assam today

7:50 am: Odisha: A truck driver has been fined Rs 1,000 for driving the vehicle without wearing a helmet in Ganjam district.

7:40 am: Rajasthan | A paramedical staff of a hospital has been arrested for allegedly molesting a woman patient in ICU ward in Chitrakoot area of Jaipur, DCP (West) Pradeep Mohan Sharma said yesterday

7:34 am: Ten prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 at Kanpur jail. All of them are asymptomatic and have been shifted to L1 level hospital established at the jail: RK Jaiswal, jail superintendent

7:22 am: Agra: A private bus carrying around 100 passengers overturns on Yamuna Expressway in Khandauli area. "14 passengers sustained injuries and were rushed to a hospital," says Archana Singh, Circle Officer, Etmadpur.

7:15 am: Delhi: BJP's Central Election Committee meeting concludes at the party headquarters. Union Minister Babul Supriyo says, "The name of candidates (for remaining phases of West Bengal elections) will be announced in a day or two"

7:00 am: Gautam Buddh Nagar Police imposes restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC between March 17 and April 30 as a precautionary measure in view of upcoming festivals and COVID-19

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan