Top news of the day: Kumbh duration cut, pilgrims must be COVID-19 negative; Supreme Court asks government to clarify on 55 Collegium recommendations, and more

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Coronavirus | Haridwar Kumbh duration cut to 1 month for first time; pilgrims must be COVID-19 negative

A “negative” RT-PCR test report, not older than 72 hours before arrival, has been made mandatory for devotees by the Uttarakhand High Court. Devotees who have taken the COVID-19 vaccination will have to upload their certificate in an official portal and follow the guidelines. Held once in 12 years, the congregation usually lasts around three-and-a-half months. Its last edition was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28 in 2010.

Coronavirus | Highest single-day spike registered since October 23

Six States account for 80.63% of the new cases, says Health Ministry.

Supreme Court asks government to clarify on 55 Collegium recommendations for judicial postings

The Court asks Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to enquire with the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, and make a statement on April 8 about their status.

Parliament proceedings | Budget session of Parliament concludes

The Budget session started on January 29 and was originally slated to end on April 8 but several members had urged Speaker Om Birla to end the session early as they focus on electioneering in five States going to polls.

Army’s evaluation process affects women seeking permanent commission: Supreme Court

A Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud observed that the pattern of evaluation inherently caused economic and psychological harm to short service commission women officers.

Chidambaram’s direction to INX Media to help son Karti important step in money laundering: ED

In its charge sheet, the Enforcement Directorate claimed it has recovered emails from seized digital devices that disclosed that Karti used to consult his father regarding matters related to a company “beneficially owned” by him in the past — Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd (ASCPL).

West Bengal Assembly Elections | Campaign bells fall silent for first phase of polls

Thirty seats across five districts of the southern and western parts of the State will go to polls on March 27.

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections | IT searches politically motivated, says DMK general secretary

Duraimurugan termed the searches conducted by the Income Tax Department at DMK leader and former Minister E.V. Velu’s properties as politically-motivated. He said it was highly condemnable that the searches were conducted at the guest house where DMK president M.K. Stalin was staying.

Kerala Assembly Elections | Shashi Tharoor says BJP’s Kerala manifesto is a ‘farrago of venomous claims on love jihad’

“The only consolation is that they will never be in a position to implement any of it,” the MP from Thiruvananthapuram said.

After silence strike, Myanmar protesters return to streets in large numbers

Security forces sought to break up some of the protests by force.

Chinese hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs living abroad

China is facing criticism for its treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uighurs community in Xinjiang in China. The U.S. has also accused China of committing genocide against the community.

Parliamentary panel pulls up States for ‘tardy’ implementation of rules on Ponzi schemes

The Committee, headed by Member of Parliament Partap Singh Bajwa, in its report on ‘The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Rules, 2020’, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, noted that the tardy pace of implementation of rules by States and Union Territories was disheartening.

Competition Commission of India orders probe into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

The regulator noted that the existing policy allows users to choose whether they want to share their data with WhatsApp and Facebook, but the latest version mandates that they agree to such data sharing mechanism with Facebook.

Injured Iyer exits bio-secure bubble, says will be back soon stronger

He looked in tremendous pain as he left the field clutching his shoulder.

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