As many as 18,327 new COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday. Till date, a total of 1,94,97,704 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus so far.

As many as 824 assembly constituencies will go to polls in 4 states- Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry (Union Territory), said EC chief Sunil Arora on Friday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dip into the sea with fishermen in Kerala’s Kollam

Union Minister for fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Giriraj slammed the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his repeated gaffe of having no dedicated ministry to deal with the issues of fishermen. He also called it a well-thought strategy of Congress MP to mislead the people of the country.

The move comes as part of the party's attempts to increase its footprint in South India. The yatra would be launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Taking strong exception to CPM’s tribute to Chinese ruler, the BJP tweeted, “Dear West Bengal and Kerala, Left Front''s priorities are crystal clear - bat for China. Reject the outdated Communist ideology, Communist hypocrisy and Communist tyranny. They neither empathise with our soldiers nor our citizens."

"If they (BJP) want, certainly. To tell you very frankly, unless I am the chief minister the priorities cannot be achieved," E Sreedharan told media when asked about whether he was ready for CM post.

The Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan had welcomed PM Modi by draping a shawl and presenting a memento to him in Kochi.

During his visit to Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate and lay the foundaton of several projects in both states.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the project at an event held in Thiruvananthapuram. At the heart of the initiative is a comprehensive digital platform for educated youngsters which help them upskill, enhance knowledge and empower to face the challenges of ever-changing job market.