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News 18 Afternoon Digest: Slow Start to Polling as 4 States, 1 UT Vote Under Covid Shadow; Who is Dilip Walse Patil? and Other Stories

Artists give a finishing touch to an effigy based on coronavirus theme for Holika Dahan on the eve of Holi festival, in Mumbai. (PTI)

Artists give a finishing touch to an effigy based on coronavirus theme for Holika Dahan on the eve of Holi festival, in Mumbai. (PTI)

Here are the top stories today: Assembly Election 2021 Voting LIVE Updates: Slow Start to Polling as 4 States, 1 UT Vote Under Covid Shadow;Who is Dilip Walse Patil? Maharashtra's Next Home Minister & Close Aide to Sharad Pawar;Bengal Poll Officer Sleeps Over at Trinamool Leader's House With EVM, Suspended;'Cases Can Reduce in 2-4 Weeks if...' Maha Task Force Member on 2nd Covid Wave's Faster Transmission

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi Imposes Night Curfew from 10pm to 5am Till April 30 as Covid-19 Cases SpikeThe Delhi government today imposed a curfew from 10pm to 5am till April 30 amid a rise in coronavirus cases. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday said Delhi was going through the fourth wave of COVID-19 but a lockdown was not being considered yet. READ MORE
Assembly Election 2021 Voting LIVE Updates: Slow Start to Polling as 4 States, 1 UT Vote Under Covid ShadowOver 20 crore people from Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will vote today in a gigantic electoral exercise. While this is the third and final phase of polling for Assam, Bengal has five more. For the southern two states and one Union Territory, this is the first and only phase of polling. READ MORE
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