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In good news for Delhiites, the Arvind Kejriwal government on Monday announced a price cut of COVID-19 RT-PCR test in the national capital.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it will help those going to private labs for COVID-19 tests. These tests are being conducted free of cost in government hospitals.

As per the directives, the price of the RT-PCR test at private labs has been reduced to Rs 800 in Delhi. If the sample is collected from home, the test price will be Rs 1,200 which includes the visit charge.

Earlier, people had to spend Rs 2,400 for the RT-PCR test at private labs. The price cut of the RT-PCR test is by two-thirds in Delhi.

“I have directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in govt establishments, however, this will help those who get their tests done in pvt labs,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in reply to the chief minister’s tweet had said orders for this will be issued immediately.

RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test are two types of tests done to detect coronavirus. Both tests are done free at government testing centres and hospitals, but not at private clinics or hospitals.

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Delhi has reported 1,487 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus cases to 35,091 on Monday, according to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 


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In yet another jolt to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), party MLA Banasri Maity resigned from the party’s primary membership on Friday marking yet another such exit in the past 48 hours. The two-time MLA from West Bengal’s Kanthi Uttar constituency said she has sent her resignation to TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee over email.

“I do hereby tender my resignation from the primary membership of the All India Trinamool Congress as well as from each and every post or assignment given to me in connection with my membership of the party,” Maity said in her letter. This has triggered speculations that the legislator might join the long list of ruling party leaders who are likely to join the BJP. 

The senior TMC leader from East Midnapore district is a loyalist of former TMC heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari, whose exit from the party prompted other leaders to follow suit. 

Barrackpore MLA Silbhadra Dutta severed ties with the party on Friday morning. Former minister Shyamaprasad Mukherjee, too, has announced that he would leave the TMC and join the BJP.

From Hoogly district’s Chanditala, Chanditalla I Panchayat Samiti TMC Alamgir Molla resigned from the party citing lack of proper respect in the party. Alamgir said that he sent his letter to the DM of Shrirampur. Alamgir is also a supporter of Suvendu Adhikari and said that he will follow the same path as Adhikari, adding that “if Suvendu Adhikari goes to BJP then he will also go to BJP”.

Pandabeswar MLA and Asansol civic body chief Jitendra Tiwari quit the party on Thursday, hours after Adhikari resigned from the primary membership of the Mamata Banerjee- led party. However, on Friday Tiwari mellowed down his stance and expressed his desire to meet the party’s top brass, after Union minister Babul Supriyo, speculating his entry into the BJP, said that he wasn’t welcome in the party.

Things seem to have taken a different turn for Tiwari, as Supriyo and other BJP leaders opposed his entry into the saffron party. Taking to Facebook, the Union minister said he would try his best to ensure that TMC leaders, who had in the past “tortured” grassroots BJP activists, do not get to join his party.

“What my Top Bosses decide is a different thing, but I will try my very best with all my might & honesty to ensure that NO #TMC leader who tormented, tortured (both Physically & Mentally) my grass root level BJP colleagues in Asansol, don’t get an entry in BJP !! (sic),” he said. Supriyo also dismissed rumours that he had “under-the-table dealings with TMC leaders of Asansol”.

Reports suggested that BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has also come out in support of Supriyo. Tiwari, on his part, said he has never expressed any desire to join the BJP. “I had never said I would join the party (BJP). I want to meet TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and party leader Abhishek Banerjee. Let’s see what happens,” he said.

Tiwari resigned as the chairman of the Asansol Municipal Corporation’s board of administrators and Paschim Bardhaman district chief on Thursday, days after he accused the West Bengal government of depriving the industrial town of central funds.

News agency PTI sources had said he was supposed to meet Banerjee on Friday and talk about his grievances. Shortly after resigning from the party, however, Tiwari had said he wouldn’t meet Banerjee. Hinting that a rebellion was brewing in the ruling party ahead of the assembly polls, Adhikari had on Wednesday night held a closed-door meeting with its disgruntled leaders, including Jitendra Tiwari and senior MP Sunil Mandal, in Paschim Bardhaman district.

Election to the 294-member West Bengal assembly is likely to be held in April-May 2021. 

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New Delhi: As icy winds are blowing towards the national capital region from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, which recently witnessed heavy snowfall, youth in Kaja of Lahaul-Spiti district are taking it as a blessing in disguise to hone their skills, while others are finding it difficult to cope with the severe cold conditions. 

The coldwave and freezing temperature earlier put the brakes on all activities in Kaja of tribal district Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, but things have changed now. 

The temperatures, which generally remains in the range from -20 to -23 degrees, made life in this tribal district extremely difficult as the region is known as the cold desert, but youth here are enjoying this season practising Ice Hockey.

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The district administration got prepared an Ice Hockey ground here last year, to encourage local youth to play this game. 

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Despite the odds faced by them due to severe cold conditions, people here are enthusiastic about the government initiative as a positive move to promote winter tourism in the region.


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KOLKATA: BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Kolkata at around 1 am on Saturday (Dceember 19) on a two-day visit to take stock of his party’s affairs and to strength the party organisational support in the rural outskirts. Shah’s visit to Bengal comes ahead of the high voltage 2021 assembly elections in West Bengal, which is only four months away. 

In a tweet upon his arrival in Kolkata, he wrote, “I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee.”

Speculations are rife that Suvendu Adhikari, who gave up his cabinet portfolios and the Trinamool Congress, may join the BJP during Shah’s visit along with a slew of disgruntled TMC leaders, including some MLAs.

Also Read: Desertions in TMC as Amit Shah visits West Bengal; here’s what happening in state ahead of 2021 assembly election

Shah is scheduled to address roadshows and attend public rallies in two western districts of Bengal – Midnapore and Birbhum – during his two-day visit. He will address a public rally at Midnapore on Saturday where a number of TMC leaders are likely to join the saffron party. 

The Union Minister is proposed to visit the Ramkrishna Mission and Siddheshwari Kali temple in the district. In the evening, he will address a political rally. In between, Shah will have lunch at a farmer`s residence at Belijuri village in Midnapore. After his day’s programme, the Union minister will return to Kolkata and is likely to have a meeting with his party colleagues at a hotel in Kolkata’s Rajarhat.

On Sunday, he will be in Bolpur in Birbhum district. He will visit the Visva Bharati University and is slated to have lunch at a Bengali folk singer’s house. A roadshow in Birbhum has also been scheduled for Sunday. The Union Home Minister is expected to interact with the locals and visit farmers` households in the district, party sources said.

The BJP’s state chief Dilip Ghosh has said that Shah and party president J P Nadda would visit West Bengal every month till the assembly elections, likely in April-May, are over.

Nadda was on a day-long visit to north Bengal in October and came on a two-day tour last week, while Shah was in the state for two days in November. 

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