Main news of the day: poll panel declares parties against postponement of UP Assembly elections; Center reports Maharashtra, Bengal, Delhi as states of concern for COVID-19 cases, and more

Today’s news headlines, and more.

All of Uttar Pradesh’s political parties were in favor of holding the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in accordance with the timeline following the COVID-19 protocol, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said. However, guidelines on the management of large electoral rallies or on the need to increase digital communication would be issued after the announcement of the electoral calendar, he said.

The government said eight districts report more than 10% positivity weekly, while 14 districts report 5-10% positivity. India’s R0 value, which indicates the spread of COVID-19, is 1.22, so cases are increasing and not decreasing, the government said.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Sagar Island in the South 24 Parganas district, where the annual Ganga Sagar Mela will kick off next month, Ms Banerjee said COVID-19 cases in Calcutta were increasing as it was a transit point for people traveling by train and plane.

The move comes days after the Union government formed a high-level committee to examine the possibility of withdrawing the controversial law.

The GST Intelligence Directorate (DGGI) on Thursday called reports “purely speculative”, suggesting it had decided to process the 197.47 crore of silver recovered from the Uttar Pradesh businessman Piyush Jain as the turnover of the manufacturing unit and which she agreed with Mr. Jain’s deposition and finalized her tax obligations as ₹ 52 crore.

The father of Amir Magray, one of four people killed during a meeting in the Hyderpora region of Srinagar in November, filed a petition with the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir demanding the return of the body of his son, maintaining his “innocence” and the family’s long contribution to the fight against terrorism.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs established the Pakistani Hindu Mandir Management Committee on the model of the already functioning Sikh Gurdwara Pakistan Management Committee.

Among those killed were those behind the recent deadly attack on a police bus in the Zewan area that left three police dead and 11 injured on December 14.

The United States has raised concerns over the launch, saying the test could bolster Iran’s ballistic missile technology at a time when the two countries are gradually returning to diplomacy.

The call will come as tensions continue between Russia and Ukraine.

GST compensation to states for the shortfall resulting from the integration of local taxes such as VAT into the uniform national tax on Goods and Services (GST) will end in June 2022.

India’s unique rhythm unit destroyed apathetic South Africa with its relentless attack to shape an unmistakable 113-race victory in the first test at Centurion on Thursday, setting the team on track for a series victory elusive in the Rainbow Nation.

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