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‘Will win 30 out of 38 seats’: Manipur CM Biren Singh confident of BJP victory as voting kicks off

The Bharatiya Janata Party will win 30 of 38 seats at the polls, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh told CNN-News18 on Monday after casting his ballot in his Heingang constituency. Polling in 38 constituencies of the 60-member assembly began at 7 a.m. amid tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 standards. READ MORE

Prashant Kishor begins preparatory work for Telangana TRS ahead of assembly elections

Political consultant and strategist Prashant Kishor appears to have started the groundwork to prepare a strategy for Telangana’s ruling TRS party for next year’s Assembly elections. READ MORE

Covid deaths in Mumbai drop 72% in February; Maha reports lowest daily toll since early days of pandemic

Covid-19 mortality in Mumbai fell 72% in February compared to January, when the third wave arrived and peaked. The city recorded just 68 deaths this month, one of the lowest monthly tallies in the period of the pandemic, compared to 247 deaths in January, according to a Times of India report. READ MORE

‘Courage, but also great fear’: Once sleepy and picturesque, Ukrainian villages are now mobilizing for war

Villagers appeared as silhouettes in the headlights of cars and trucks, some carrying guns and others carrying clubs, as if they were gangsters roaming the streets. They were local men and women trained in self-defense units in villages in the Vinnytsya region of central Ukraine that had become quiet and dark when the streetlights went out. They were standing by the roadsides, under a very low sky with bright stars. READ MORE

‘It’s either that or I’ll sell my one-year-old daughter’: Desperate Afghans forced to sell kidneys for food

Jobless, debt-ridden and struggling to feed his children, Nooruddin felt he had no choice but to sell a kidney – one of many Afghans willing to sacrifice an organ to save their family. The practice has become so widespread in the western city of Herat that a nearby settlement is infamously nicknamed “a kidney village”. READ MORE

Russian-Ukrainian war will impact edible oil price, govt reviews draft law on imports and exports: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday that India is carefully watching the impact on exports and imports due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced last week “military operations” on the Ukrainian border. To stop aggressive Putin, Western countries have imposed severe sanctions. The price of crude oil had reached its highest level in eight years. Stock markets fell across the world last week. READ MORE

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