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Second batch of 20 foreign envoys arrives in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, 12 Feb : More than 20 foreign envoys began their two-day Jammu and Kashmir visit on Wednesday with a Shikara ride in the iconic Dal lake in Srinagar.

The second batch of foreign envoys will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The visit comes a month after a delegation of ambassadors visited the Union Territory last month. The diplomats belonging to the European Union including Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary will be in Srinagar for a day on Wednesday and in Jammu on Thursday.

Sources say the delegation will be briefed about the security situation in Kashmir by top army commanders. The foreign delegation is also likely to meet business representatives and others during its stay in Srinagar and Jammu. In Jammu, the envoys will meet Lt. Governor G.C Murmu.

The visit also comes days after the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was slapped on former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Security has been beefed up in Srinagar and the areas around the hotel where the delegation of foreign envoys will be staying.

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CoronaVirus : Modi to address nation again tonight

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New Delhi, 24 March : Amid the total lockdown in many states and increase in novel coronavirus positive cases in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he will address the nation again at 8 pm on Tuesday.

“Will address the nation at 8pm today on the vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19,” Modi said in a tweet.

On Tuesday, India’s total coronavirus positive cases rose to 446, with nine deaths across the country, 36 cases of cured patients.

The Prime Minister had addressed the nation on Thursday night as well and appealed for Janata Curfew between 7 am and 9 pm on Sunday.

Modi had also talked about the steps taken by the government to combat Covid-19.

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Chouhan sworn in as Madhya Pradesh CM

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Bhopal, 23 March : Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as the 32nd Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh at 9 pm on Monday. Governor Lalji Tandon administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at an austere ceremony.

Chouhan was re-elected the BJP Legislature Party chief in a meeting at the party’s state headquarters on Monday. This facilitated his reappointment as chief minister for a record fourth time. Besides Arjun Singh and Shyama Charan Shukla who have held the post thrice each Chouhan is the third leader to do so. He has also been the longest serving chief minister of the state so far. Chouhan who was first elected MLA in 1990 went on to be the member of Lok Sabha in 1996 and returned to the state in 2005.

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Post Delhi Polls, LPG Price Hiked By Rs 144 Per Cylinder

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New Delhi: Barely a day after the poll process in Delhi concluded with the AAP bagging 62 seats, the prices of LPG cylinders were hiked by a steep Rs 144.50 to Rs 858.50 per cylinder on Wednesday.

This was one of the steepest increases in LPG prices in over 5 years. A
non-subsidised 14.2 kg cylinder will now cost Rs 858.50 in New Delhi, Rs 896 in Kolkata, Rs 829.50 in Mumbai and Rs 881 in Chennai.

Usually LPG prices are revised on the 1st of every month, however, amid Delhi elections the process was deliberately delayed.

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