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BOM9 MH-SHAH Under PM Modi, India effectively tackled COVID-19: Amit Shah Mumbai: Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, India has tackled the COVID-19 pandemic effectively which the world considers as a 'model', Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday.

BOM3 MP-COMEDIAN-CJM CJM's phone call leads to Faruqui's release after SC order Indore: A day after a Supreme Court bail order, it took a late night phone call from a Chief Judicial Magistrate that prodded Indore jail authorities to swiftly make arrangements for the release of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, who is accused hurting religious sentiments.

BOM4 MH-SITHARAMAN-CONG Cong workers show black flags to Sitharaman on Mumbai visit Mumbai: Congress workers showed black flags to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman here on Sunday to protest against the 2021-22 Union Budget and the increasing fuel prices.

BOM10 GJ-FARMERS-OWAISI Host farmers at your house like you treated Obama:Owaisi to PM Bharuch: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite protesting farmers to his residence like he had hosted then US president Barack Obama, and repeal the new farm laws.

BOM6 MP-FARMERS-TOMAR Farmers' protest limited to certain area: Agri minister Tomar Gwalior: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday said the ongoing farmers' protest against the Centre's three new farm laws is limited to a certain area, and expressed hope to break the deadlock over the issue soon.

BES1 MH-MELGHAT-YOUTH Maha:Skill training to youth living near Melghat tiger reserve Nagpur: The Maharashtra forest department has imparted skill development training to over 200 youth from 25 villages located near Melghat tiger reserve in Amravati to help them get jobs and have a sustainable livelihood, an official said.

BES 8 MH-ELGAR-PARISHAD-LD-BJP Maha BJP slams Elgar Parishad organisers for backing Usmani (Eds: Adds event organisers' statement) Mumbai/Pune: The Maharashtra BJP on Sunday demanded action against the organisers of the recent Elgar Parishad in Pune for 'supporting' Sharjeel Usmani, one of the speakers at the conclave, for his 'anti-Hindu comments'. PTI NSK NSK