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News 18 Afternoon Digest: Mamata Heckled as She Crosses Amit Shah’s Roadshow Venue, Indian Crew of Ship Stuck in Suez Canal May Face Legal Charges

File photos of Amit Shah and Mamata Banerjee.

File photos of Amit Shah and Mamata Banerjee.

Here are the top stories we are covering today: Mamata Heckled With 'Jai Shri Ram' Slogans as She Crosses Amit Shah’s Roadshow Venue in Nandigram; Time Interval for Second Dose of Covishield Vaccine Increased to Upto 8 Weeks; 'Danger They Will be Scapegoats': Indian Crew of Ship Stuck in Suez Canal May Face Legal Charges; Myanmar Junta Leader Held Lavish Dinner Party While Troops Killed More Than 100 in Streets; 'Be Weary While Dealing with Rahul Gandhi': Ex-MP Warns Girls with Disparaging Remarks; In Mamata vs Suvendu, Polarisation Debate Dominates Battle Ground Nandigram.

Mamata Banerjee Heckled With ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Slogans as She Crosses Amit Shah’s Roadshow Venue in Nandigram

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was heckled with Jai Shri Ram slogans by BJP supporters as she crossed the venue of union home minister Amit Shah’s roadshow in Nandigram today. Banerjee was proceeding to the venue of her own roadshow when BJP supporters chased her and raised the slogans. Banerjee and Shah are holding back-to-back roadshows in Nandigram today as the attention turns towards the electoral battle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her protege-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari in the high-profile constituency. READ MORE

Time Interval for Second Dose of Covishield Vaccine Increased to Upto 8 Weeks: All You Need to Know

As the Covid-19 infections continue to rise unabated in India, the government has announced the opening of vaccination for people above the age of 45 from April 1. The interval between the first and second doses of Covishield has been increased to up to eight weeks in its ongoing vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus. The vaccine is Serum Institute of India’s version of AZD1222 – Developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford. READ MORE

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Myanmar Junta Leader Held Lavish Dinner Party While Troops Killed More Than 100 in Streets

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‘Be Weary While Dealing with Rahul Gandhi’: Ex-MP Warns Girls with Disparaging Remarks

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In Mamata vs Suvendu, Polarisation Debate Dominates Battle Ground Nandigram

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is all smiles. From the stage of her rally in Nandigram’s Thakurchowk, Banerjee distributes cold tissues among journalists, asking them to wipe their faces in the sweltering heat. Earlier in the day, she has completed an eight-kilometre road show in a wheelchair. The modest crowd in her road show and the rally, however, indicates that the heat may be getting to Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) in this high-profile constituency. READ MORE