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News18 Afternoon Digest: India Sees 72,330 New Covid-19 Cases in 24 Hrs, Govt Rolls Back Small Savings Rate Cut Within Hours

File photo of FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

File photo of FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: India Sees 72,330 New Cases in 24 Hrs; Maharashtra Health Min Urges People Above 45 to Get Jabbed as Vaccination Opens for Them, 'Issued by Oversight': Govt Rolls Back Small Savings Rate Cut Within Hours, Interest to be Same as Last FY, In Battle of Personalities, BJP Banks on Adhikaris, TMC on Mamata For Phase 2 Upper Hand, After MP, UP, Gujarat Govt Likely to Table Bill Against 'Love Jihad' Today, Elon Musk Wants People to Move to Starbase, But the Residents Don't Want SpaceX There, Bappi Lahiri Hospitalised in Mumbai After Testing Positive for Covid-19.

India Sees 72,330 New Cases in 24 Hrs; Maharashtra Health Min Urges People Above 45 to Get Jabbed as Vaccination Opens for Them

India reported 72,330 new Covid-19 cases, 40,382 discharges, and 459 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope appealed to all above 45 to get jab as vaccination for the age group opens from today. READ MORE

‘Issued by Oversight’: Govt Rolls Back Small Savings Rate Cut Within Hours, Interest to be Same as Last FY

The government on Thursday morning rolled back the cut on interest rates on small savings schemes. The Centre had a day ago announced to cut the rates on schemes, including NSC and PPF, by up to 1.1 per cent for the first quarter of 2021-22 in line with falling fixed deposit rates of banks. READ MORE

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After MP, UP, Gujarat Govt Likely to Table Bill Against ‘Love Jihad’ Today

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Elon Musk Wants People to Move to Starbase, But the Residents Don’t Want SpaceX There

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Bappi Lahiri Hospitalised in Mumbai After Testing Positive for Covid-19

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first published:April 01, 2021, 12:03 IST