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Top news day – March 16, 2021

Headlines of the major news day, and more.

The Union Cabinet on approved a Bill to set up a Development Finance Institute (DFI) to generate funds for investment in the infrastructure sector. The proposed law will give effect to the budget announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 1 February. The government has proposed an effect of 20,000 crores to capitalize the institution.

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The Health Ministry has warned Maharashtra to plan for the “worst case scenario” with sufficient lead time, as the state continues to report the maximum number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths across India. It has also instructed to restart the death audit to support public health action and reduce mortality.

Several foreign missions to China, including their embassy in New Delhi, have announced that they will begin “facilitating” passengers, provided they have carried “Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines”.

Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta resigned from the upper house on after being questioned about contesting the West Bengal assembly elections on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket despite being a nominated MP.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal speaks in the Lok Sabha on 16 March 2021 during the budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal speaks in the Lok Sabha on 16 March 2021 during the budget session of Parliament in New Delhi. Photo courtesy: PTI

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on that Indian Railways will never be privatized, but said that private investment should be encouraged for more efficient functioning.

Former Cabinet Secretary and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Principal Advisor PK Sinha has relinquished his high-profile post on an individual basis.

The Congress and the government on created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha over cases of tampering with the opposition party, alleging that the opposition party had misused the stringent law. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said that it should not give lectures to others in democracy. .

The ICC on imposed an eight-year ban on United Arab Emirates (UAE) cricketers Mohammad Naved and Shamin Anwar Butt in an attempt to fix a match in the 2019 T20 World Cup qualifier.

After her stunning performance in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, Poonam Raut joined India’s top 20 batsmen in the ICC Women’s ODI rankings released on Tuesday.

Unhappy over not being given a ticket to contest in the upcoming assembly elections on 6 April, ruling AIADMK legislator Satya Panneerselvam and her husband from Panruti assembly constituency have announced their decision to leave politics and public life. He distributed leaflets claiming to quit politics.

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According to a report by audit firm KPMG, COVID-19 is being hit by business leaders speeding up adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI). They see this acceleration moving “very fast”, but are still convinced that AI can solve many challenges.

A total of 157 medical colleges across the country are in various stages of implementation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo (DDG) called Google to spy on users after a later updated privacy label on Apple’s App Store to show the type of data collected from users.

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