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News18 Evening Digest: Rahul Gandhi Promises No CAA in Poll Manifesto; Imran Khan Tests Covid +ve and Other Top Stories

Rahul Gandhi addresses the public during his two-day visit in Assam. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi addresses the public during his two-day visit in Assam. (ANI)

Here are the top stories of this evening: Rahul Gandhi promises no CAA in poll manifesto; Delhi govt's doorstep ration scheme to run nameless; Imran Khan tests Covid positive; Signal vs WhatsApp heats up; Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra win Asian qualifier final

Rahul Gandhi Releases Cong Manifesto, Promises No CAA

A war of words between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bengal chief minister Mamata Bannerjee ensured in West Bengal on Saturday with Modi promising “ashol poriborton (real change)” and the CM accusing the PM of having destroyed the economy. PM Modi said, “Bangal mein isbar BJP sarkar (It will be a BJP government this time in Bengal).” He said, “Arrey Didi, Bengal gave you 10 years of governance, you gave them 10 years of corruption, loot and destruction.” Read More

Delhi Govt’s Doorstep Ration Scheme to Run Nameless After Centre Objects to ‘Mukhya Mantri’ in the Name

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed officials to remove the name, ‘Mukhya mantri ghar ghar ration yojana’, from the government’s ambitious doorstep delivery of ration scheme which was to be launched from March 25. It has been stalled as the central government objected to the nomenclature of the scheme. On March 19, S Jagganathan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food and Consumer Affairs, wrote to Padmini Singla, Secretary and Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies Department, the Government of NCT, Delhi pointing out to the nomenclature of the scheme and denying permission to the AAP government to go ahead with the scheme as planned as the foodgrains are provided by the Central government for the distribution through fair price shops. Read More

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Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra Win Asian Qualifier Final, Book Olympics Spot

The Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra booked their place in the mixed-doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics by winning the final of the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament on Saturday. Kamal and Manika came back from two games down to beat the Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee 4-2 in the final. The had earlier defeated Singapore’s Koen Pang Yew En and Lin Ye 4-2 in the semi-final clash on Friday. Read More