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News 18 Afternoon Digest: India Reports 46,951 New Cases in Biggest 1-Day Surge Since Nov; Uttarakhand Chief Minister's Latest Gaffe Gives Fodder to Opposition and Other Stories

A health worker collects a swab from a man in Mumbai. (Reuters)

A health worker collects a swab from a man in Mumbai. (Reuters)

Here are the top news today: Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India Reports 46,951 New Cases in Biggest 1-Day Surge Since Nov; Premature to Say Delhi Witnessing New Wave, Says Health Minister;'US Ruled India for 200 Years...' Uttarakhand Chief Minister's Latest Gaffe Gives Fodder to Opposition; IIM-Calcutta's 1st Woman Director Quits Year Before Her Term Ends After 'Confrontation' with Board; Why Kudmis of Jungle Mahal, Once a Maoist Hotbed, Hold Key to Victory for BJP, TMC in Bengal Elections; A Year After Janata Curfew, Desi Twitter is Bringing the Memories Back With Pots and Pans; 'Thalaivi' Pics Capture Kangana Ranaut's Dramatic Body Transformation for Jayalalithaa Role

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India Reports 46,951 New Cases in Biggest 1-Day Surge Since Nov; Premature to Say Delhi Witnessing New Wave, Says Health Minister

India registered 46,951 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest single-day jump since November 7, taking the country’s tally to 1,16,46,081 amid concerns of a second wave of the pandemic. Of the total cases, over 1.11 crore people have recovered so far, and 1,59,97 total deaths have been recorded. READ MORE

‘US Ruled India for 200 Years…’ Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Latest Gaffe Gives Fodder to Opposition

In another gaffe within fortnight after assuming office, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said the “United States ruled India for 200 years”. It was the third comment in a week for which Rawat has been trolled. Earlier, Rawat was trolled for his comment on ripped jeans and equating Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Lord Ram. READ MORE

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Why Kudmis of Jungle Mahal, Once a Maoist Hotbed, Hold Key to Victory for BJP, TMC in Bengal Elections

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‘Thalaivi’ Pics Capture Kangana Ranaut’s Dramatic Body Transformation for Jayalalithaa Role

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