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News updates: Eknath Shinde calls meeting of rebel MLAs to discuss strategy

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Live news updates: India’s tally of Covid infections rose by 15,940 in a day to reach 43,378,234 while the active caseload increased to 91,779, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 524,974 with 20 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. Active cases rose by 3,495 in a day and now comprise 0.21 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.58 per cent, the health ministry said. 

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that he had “suspected” the rebellion and revealed that Eknath Shinde who turned rebel, had raised the issue in front of him of the MLAs willing to go with the BJP. However, Thackeray said that such a question “does not even arise”. 


The end of constitutional protection for abortions in the United States on Friday polarised activists around the world, emboldening abortion opponents even as advocates of abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The US Supreme Court’s overturning of the landmark Roe vs Wade decision “shows that these types of rights are always at risk of being steamrolled, said Ruth Zurbriggen, an Argentinian activist and member of the Companion Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, a group favouring abortion rights.



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