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Assembly Elections: 2nd Phase In UP; Single Phase Voting In Uttarakhand, Goa Begins

Assembly Elections: 2nd Phase In UP; Single Phase Voting In Uttarakhand, Goa Begins

The 2nd phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections has begun today. Fifty-five constituencies spread across nine districts will vote today. Two other states, including Goa and Uttarakhand, will also vote today in single-phase polling. As per the data, till 9 am, the average polling across Uttar Pradesh was 9.45%, Uttarakhand and Goa saw 5.15% and 11.04% voter turnout. Out of the fifty-five seats, the Bhartiya Janata Party had won 38 seats in 2017, Samajwadi Party could secure 15, and the Congress won 2. In Uttarakhand, the primary fight would be between the BJP and Congress. However, in Goa, the tables have turned due to Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party’s aggressive campaigning in the state. Both parties are targeting mainly Goa with hopes to expand their presence beyond West Bengal and Delhi. The results will be declared on 10th March 2022.

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Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 34,113 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.68%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 34,113 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 4,78,882. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 91,930 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,16,77,641. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 3.19% and 3.99%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 75.18 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 172.95 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

ISRO’s First Launch In 2022 A Mega Success; Places All 3 Satellites Into Their Intended Orbit

In the first launch of 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation achieved great success after placing all three satellites into their intended orbit with 100% accuracy. The first launch under the new chairman S. Somnath went off without a glitch. ISRO’s PSLV C-52 lit up the pre-dawn dark sky and soared into the sky with carrying three satellites on board this morning. The PSLV C-52 was the 54th flight of the PSLV, and this was ISRO’s 23rd mission using the PSLV-XL configuration. The success of this launch was crucial for ISRO, with just two launches in 2020, one of which failed (GSLV – F10). At 5.59 am today, the PSLV C-52 carrying the Earth Observation Satellite, EOS-04, a technology demonstrator the INS – 2TD and a student satellite the INSPIREsat-1 launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota. After around 18 minutes later, all the three satellites were separated and placed into their orbits. Mr Somnath said: “The primary satellite, the EOS – 04, has been put in a precise orbit. The co-passenger satellites have been placed into the right orbit. We will be back with the next launch of PSLV very soon”. The EOS-4 has a mission life of 10 years and is a radar imaging satellite. The satellite is designed to provide high-quality images in all kinds of weather conditions for applications such as agriculture, flood mapping, forestry, soil moisture, hydrology and plantation. The INS-2TD satellite is a forerunner to the India-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS 2-B) and will assess land and water surface temperatures, delineation of forest and crops and thermal inertia. The student satellite, INSPIREsat-1 from the Indian Institute of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, USA, is intended to improve the understanding of ionosphere dynamics and the sun’s coronal heating process. 

Central Government Bans 50 More Chinese Apps Claims A Report

A report by ET claims that the Indian government has banned 50 more Chinese apps in India. The government had earlier banned 270 Chinese smartphone apps in 2020. Almost little to no official information is known regarding the new apps banned by the central government. However, the report says that the newly banned apps are mostly clones of apps banned by India in 2020. With banning 50 more Chinese apps, the government of India has banned a total of around 320 apps of Chinese origin. Some of the most popular apps banned by India are TikTok and PUBG. Though PUBG Mobile made a comeback in India after cutting ties with its Chinese partners, TikTok still remains banned in the country. 

Back In Town: Katrina Kaif And Vicky Kaushal Return To Mumbai, Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

Bollywood’s newly-wed couple Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal were seen walking out hand-in-hand from Mumbai International Airport. The couple returned from London and made it to Mumbai, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The couple was looking adorable, twinning in denim outfits with masks. The duo got married at the Six Senses Fort in Rajasthan in December 2021. Since both Katrina and Vicky never confirmed their relationship publicly, their wedding surprised everyone. 

Malaika Made Me Realise That I’m Worth it Says Arjun Kapoor On Being With Malaika Arora 

Bollywood couple Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora have been in a relationship for a while now. In this journey of togetherness, the couple has faced both support and brickbats for being in love with each other. In a recent interview with an entertainment portal, Arjun Kapoor spoke about his equation with Malaika Arora, facing trolls together and their relationship going more vital than ever. Arjun said: “Malaika has changed me as a person by allowing me to believe in myself even more. I’ve always been someone who believes in my own self, but she helped me do that even through my weakest moments. She’s always been there, making me realise that I’m worth it. She’s made me feel that phases will pass, and these are important times when you’re going through a tricky situation in your personal and professional life.” On facing trolls on social media for their relationship, Arjun said: “It hurts you temporarily, and then you put perspective by realising that you’re strong enough to face so much more than nameless, faceless people on social media spewing hate. You’ve to let them be. I guess there’s so much relevance to Malaika and my relationship that everybody wants to have a say, have an opinion, and you can only take that as a compliment that everyone likes talking about us!”

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