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Doctors wearing protective suits check residents with an electronic thermometer inside a slum in Worli, Mumbai | PTI

Centre sends health teams to Maharashtra, Punjab after spike in daily Covid cases

The teams are being deployed to assist State Health Departments in coronavirus surveillance, control and containment measures, the Union health ministry said.
A child toys with a newly-established tap at the Panchayat Bhawan campus in Dumna village, Rupnagar | Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

In rural Punjab, Nal Se Jal has brought not just water but also a luxury few had: ‘free time’

Three districts in Punjab — Rupnagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar — have achieved 100 per cent coverage under Modi govt's flagship Nal Se Jal.
Representational image of workers unloading produce at a mandi | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Punjab, Haryana fear arhatiyas after Modi govt nudges them to pay farmers directly online

Central govt has been trying to implement online payment system for farmers of Punjab & Haryana since 2012, as it will ensure transparency.
Gangster-turned-politician from Uttar Pradesh Mukhtar Ansari

Punjab govt ‘shamelessly’ protecting Mukhtar Ansari by not sending him to UP, state tells SC

The UP govt also filed written submissions stating that transfer of Ansari's custody was meticulously planned and raised strong suspicion of conspiracy to delay proceedings.
Swarnjit Kaur holds up a mobile phone with her activist daughter Nodeep Kaur's image at their home in Gandera village, Sri Muktsar Sahib district in Punjab | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

How Nodeep Kaur rose from an activist Left, Dalit Punjab family to a cause herself in jail

Nodeep comes from a family of vocal women activists associated with Left groups. She joined Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan soon after she got a job at a bulb factory in Kundli.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh | Twitter

Punjab to curb social gatherings from 1 March as Covid cases rise, night curfew if necessary

CM Amarinder Singh issued orders to limit indoor gatherings to 100 people and outdoor to 200, and also directed that face masks and social distancing norms be strictly enforced.
Lakha Sidhana (in white shirt) seen at a public gathering in Bathinda

Video shows Lakha Sidhana, wanted by Delhi Police for R-Day violence, at public meet in Punjab

Gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana, wanted for his alleged role in the farmer protests turning violent on 26 January, had last week given a call for the meeting in Bathinda.
Farmers blocking Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway near Singhu border as part of their country wide 'chakka jam' on 6 February 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Everyone agrees farm reforms are needed. Here’s how Modi govt can break political deadlock

Disparaging the ongoing debate and fuelling divisions within the farming community will only undercut the roots of much-needed reforms in agriculture.
Journalist Priya Ramani speaks to media on the defamation case filed by former Union minister MJ Akbar, in New Delhi on Wednesday. | ANI

All hail Priya Ramani win in MJ Akbar case, News X & NDTV India on BJP’s dry run in Punjab

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal (in white turban) with winning Congress candidates in Bathinda Wednesday | Photo: PTI

Punjab civic poll results kill AAP resurgence hope as Congress wins big

SAD wins only 285 seats out of over 2,000 while BJP gets just 49 in first elections in Punjab since their alliance split over farmers’ agitation.

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India’s first private jet terminal in Delhi sees 25% growth since launch in middle of pandemic

General Aviation Terminal, meant specifically for chartered flights, was launched by Delhi International Airport Limited that runs Delhi's IGI Airport, in Sept 2020.

Defence

Covid vaccination approved for kin of armed forces personnel, veterans in service hospitals

The process is likely to commence next week after completion of registration of armed forces medical facilities on Co-WIN.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

There’s no stopping Modi govt because Rahul Gandhi is flaunting his muscles as Congress sinks

We can complain about undermining of institutions, misuse of agencies, discriminatory laws, use of sedition, rail-roading of legislations. But, on all key issues, Congress is MIA.