Morning Digest: WHO to provide 120 million rapid COVID-19 tests to poorer countries, States told to strengthen security ahead of Babri verdict, and more

A select list of stories to read before you start your day. WHO says 120 million rapid COVID-19 tests to be provided to poorer countries Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus will be made available to low- and middle-income countries at a maximum of $5 each, the World …

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NIA arrests another ‘al-Qaeda terrorist’ from West Bengal

The NIA apprehended Shamim Ansari from his residence at Jalangi. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested another person from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district for his alleged involvement with a Pakistan-sponsored module of the al-Qaeda, a senior officer said on Sunday. The NIA apprehended Shamim Ansari from his residence at …

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West Bengal to invest Rs 20,000 cr in power sector in five years: Minister

West Bengal will invest Rs 20,000 crore in the power sector over the next five years, a state minister said on Saturday. The state has been upgrading its power infrastructure, especially in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan, and adopting renewable energy, he said. “We will be investing Rs 20,000 crore …

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West Bengal: Bar, restaurant owners seek hike in seating capacity to 75 per cent

KOLKATA: Owners of bars and restaurants in West Bengal have urged the state government to increase the seating capacity to 75 per cent from the existing 50 per cent to meet running expenses. Occupancy was capped at 50 per cent when restaurants and bars reopened from September 1 in view …

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Suspension of MPs indicates autocratic mindset of Government, says Mamata

Eight MPs of the Opposition parties, including two from Trinamool Congress, were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for “unparliamentary behaviour”. Describing the suspension of eight MPs in Rajya Sabha as unfortunate, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the development was “reflective of this autocratic government’s mindset …

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Newly-constructed crematorium collapses into Hooghly river before inauguration

District Magistrate Mukta Acharya said the reason behind the collapse will be investigated. A newly-constructed crematorium, which was yet to be inaugurated, collapsed in West Bengal’s Howrah district on Sunday, officials said. The crematorium, located in Sankrail, was built at a cost of ₹13 lakh under the state government’s ‘Baitarani’ …

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