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News18 Evening Digest: Free Vaccine for All, Centre to Handle Inoculation Process from June 21, Says PM Modi & Other Top Stories

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on the country’s response to the Covid’s devastating second wave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on the country’s response to the Covid’s devastating second wave.

These are the top stories we are covering this evening: India Fought the Deadly Pandemic on Many Levels, Says PM Modi; Heavy Rain Warning in Coastal Maharashtra; Beaten up 'Mercilessly' by Men from Antiguan Police, Alleges Mehul Choksi; Thousands Homeless as Sri Lanka Floods Death Toll Hits 17; Fact Check: PM Modi’s Photo Was Not Dropped from UP BJP’s Twitter Handle; How Lakshadweep Locals Are Protesting ‘Anti-People’ Policies Amid Lockdown; 'I Feel Genuinely Sorry for Ollie Robinson Being Suspended,' Says R Ashwin.

Free Vaccine for All, Centre to Handle Inoculation Process from June 21: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in his address to the nation said that from June 21, the Centre will provide free vaccines to the states for all citizens above the age of 18 years. READ MORE

Heavy Rain Warning in Coastal Maharashtra; CM Uddhav Thackeray Asks Officials to Stay Alert

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday directed the state administration to stay alert and be prepared to tackle any eventuality in the wake of the forecast of heavy rains in Mumbai and other coastal areas of the state during this week. The CM in a statement said patients, including of COVID-19, should not face any hurdle in their treatment. READ MORE

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Fact-check: No, PM Modi’s Photo Was Not Dropped from UP BJP’s Twitter Handle

Ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, a rumour was spread that the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was allegedly removed from the banner image in the official Twitter handle of UP BJP after “differences” brew between the state and central leadership of the party. READ MORE

Death Toll Hits 17, Thousands Homeless as Sri Lanka Reels Under Floods

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Under Water, On Beaches: How Lakshadweep Locals Are Protesting ‘Anti-People’ Policies Amid Lockdown

Residents of Lakshadweep held demonstrations by holding placards outside their homes and even under water as part of its 12-hour hunger strike on Monday in protest against the island administration for its “anti-people" reform measures. READ MORE

‘I Feel Genuinely Sorry for Ollie Robinson Being Suspended,’ Says R Ashwin

India spinner R Ashwin said he felt sorry for Ollie Robinson, who was suspended from international cricket after sexist and racist tweets from 2012-13 emerged. Ashwin said the suspension ‘is a strong indication of what the future holds in this social media generation’. READ MORE

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