Bhupinder Singh Mann of the Bharatiya Kisan Union has recused himself from the four-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the impasse over farm laws. Mann, a former Rajya Sabha MP, is the president of National President of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) and Chairman of the All India Kisan Coordination Committee. The BKU is among the organisations that have taken part in protests against the farm laws.
Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britains Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday described the COVID-19 vaccines as ‘Sanjivani’ in the fight against the infectious disease as he urged people not to pay heed to hearsay and instead believe in experts and scientists. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world’s largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country and urged people to show patience during the COVID-19 immunisation drive as they had shown till now in fighting the pandemic.
Polling in the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections will begin at 7 am. The third phase covers 78 assembly seats. About 2.34 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise today. They will decide the fates of 1204 candidates. This includes Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and 12 ministers. Many of the 78 seats fall in the Kosi-Seemanchal region where the contest between NDA and Grand Alliance is being held under the shadow of Asaduddin Owaisi factor given the fact that the AIMIM has fielded candidates in many of the Muslim-dominated seats. The Hyderabad MP himself carried out a hectic campaign in the region. Besides, polling is also being held for the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat today. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of sitting JD(U) MP BBaidyanath Mahato. Bihar is the first state to go to polls amid pandemic. The Election Commission of India has made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth conduct of the democratic exercise with strict Covid guidelines in place. Polling in the first phase on October 28 covered 71 seats. The turnout was over 55 per cent. Polling in the second phase took place on Tuesday, covering 94 constituencies. The turnout was 54 per cent. The results will be declared on November 10.