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Here are the Highlights of March 19:

4:00 pm: Customs officers at Rajasthan's Jaipur International Airport today seized 175.260 g gold worth Rs. 8,25,474 from a passenger coming from Dubai. The gold was found concealed in the lining of his trolley bag, while some of it was hidden as paper-shaped ball in his mouth

3:45 pm: The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 passed in Lok Sabha

3:30 pm: We've observed that some hookah bars in Mysuru, Bengaluru&Mangaluru are luring youngsters. It's not healthy. In consultation with BBMP, which is the licensing authority, we intend to ban them. New policy to be brought in with awareness programs for youth: Karnataka Home Minister

3:20 pm: Government/government-aided/private schools in Puducherry and Karaikal regions will function from 5 days a week i.e. from Monday to Friday. Saturdays are declared as Holidays: Government of Puducherry

3:00 pm: Govt of Maharashtra issues fresh measures applicable till 31st March 2021, in the wake of rise in #COVID19 cases here. All drama theatres & auditoriums to operate on 50% capacity, no entry to be allowed without proper wearing of masks. All pvt offices to function at 50% capacity

2:30 pm; Poles in the area in Nandigram, where CM Mamata Banerjee was recently injured, examined by Forensic Science Laboratory, Government of West Bengal.

2:00 pm: Central Govt stops doorstep delivery of ration scheme (Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana) of Delhi Govt, scheduled to be launched on 25th March. Centre said that they provide ration to states under the National Food Security Act so no changes should be made to it: Delhi Govt

12:30 pm: Kochi: Crime Branch has registered a case against ED officials on the basis of the revelations in the leaked audiotape of Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh. Crime Branch submitted the FIR in the Ernakulam First Class Judicial Magistrate Court

12:15 pm: Mumbai | Power outage at Maharashtra Secretariat Building, due to high voltage at Nariman Point receiving point; a team of engineers have been deployed for restoration work, says PRO, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST)

12:00 pm: Defence Ministry today signed a contract with Bharat Dynamics Limited to supply 4,960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles to Indian Army at a cost of Rs 1,188 crores in Delhi. The Milan-2T is produced by BDL under license from a defence firm from France: Defence Ministry

11:45 am: In the last 4 years, UP has emerged as the growth engine of the country. We aim to make the state India's biggest economy in terms of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP): Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on state government's completion of 4 years

11:33 am: Andhra Pradesh: YSRCP has made Sheik Basha, who used to sell vegetables, the chairperson of Rayachoty Municipality, Kadapa Dist Despite being a degree holder,had to sell vegetables. In 2014,YSRCP gave me opportunity to contest on a councillor’s ticket. I thank the CM,says Basha

11:25 am: Insurance Amendment Bill 2021 has flaws, it should be sent to Standing Committee. They've introduced a provision of ownership & control to foreigners. If FDI comes, there'll be West India Co. brought in by Modi Ji to help people from Gujarat: Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajya Sabha LoP

11:15 am: Bihar Government cancels leaves of all doctors and healthcare workers, paramedical staff till 5th April, in view of the COVID19 situation

11:10 am: TMC MP Saugata Roy has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the 'need for uniform COVID19 vaccination due to rise in cases in the country'

11:00 am: Amid rising #COVID19 cases, night curfew imposed in Punjab's Ludhiana from 9 pm to 5 am till further orders "Positivity rate has spiked by 5-6% with 240-250 daily cases. Deaths per week have increased from 7 to 25-30 while hospitalization has spiked by 10%": Deputy Commissioner

10:45 am: In Mansukh Hiren death case, ATS has recorded statements of 25 people, says a Maharashtra ATS officer

10:30 am: Be it Ram Janmabhoomi, Krishna Janmabhoomi, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple, CRPF has fulfilled its responsibility by securing these places: MoS Home Nityanand Rai

10:15 am: CRPF plays a crucial role in dealing with naxalism. The law and order situation in the North-East has shown improvement. Besides, they have efficiently worked towards the security of pilgrim places like Vaishno Devi, Ram Janmabhoomi & Amarnath: DG CRPF

10:00 am: India reports 39,726 new COVID19 cases, 20,654 recoveries and 154 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry Total cases: 1,15,14,331 Total recoveries: 1,10,83,679 Active cases: 2,71,282 Death toll: 1,59,370 Total vaccination: 3,93,39,817

9:45 am: There's a growing curiosity to know about RSS. All may not join the Sangh but they're eager to work with it. How to increase no. of 'shakhas' & expand their role, to be discussed in the meet: Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, Jt Gen Secy on Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha of RSS, in Bengaluru

9:25 am: Kerala: Sabarimala Temple opened for the 'Uthram festival' today morning. The temple will be open for devotees till 28th March. COVID19 negative certificate is mandatory for devotees visiting the temple

9:00 am: Delhi's NDMC Medical College & Hindu Rao Hospital doctors to go on mass casual leave today. This will be followed by a complete indefinite strike from March 22, in the wake of non-payment of salaries and arrears to resident doctors and DNB trainees: Resident Doctors Association

8:45 am: Trinamool Parliamentary delegation comprising of Saugata Roy, Mahua Moitra and Yashwant Sinha to meet Election Commission in Delhi today to discuss issues related to 'free and fair polling in West Bengal'

8:20 am: Bihar: 70-year-old man arrested for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl in Hajipur yesterday, the girl sent to a local hospital for medical examination

8:10 am: Rajasthan: Case registered against four people for allegedly kidnapping and gangraping a 15-year-old girl under Govind Garh police station limits, in Alwar District, say police

8:00 am: Assistant Commandant James Das Nayak of CRPF yesterday admitted to a hospital after he fainted and fell down during pre-induction test for SPG. He died during treatment.

7;45 am: No new COVID19 cases reported in Mizoram in the last 24 hours; case tally 4,445

7:34 am: IG Prayagraj Range has written to DM and SSP of the four districts of the range stating that the use of loudspeakers or any other public address system will be completely banned from 10 pm to 6 am

7:23 am: Rajasthan: A woman was abducted & raped at knifepoint allegedly by three people in Raipur area of Bhilwara on Feb 26. The accused also filmed the act & circulated the video on WhatsApp. "An FIR has been registered & main accused has been detained," SP Vikas Sharma said yesterday.

7:10 am: Maharashtra: IPS officer Rajnish Seth took additional charge as Director General of Police yesterday, replacing Hemant Nagrale.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan