LIVE UPDATES: BJP MLA Surendra Singh Jeena dies during treatment for COVID-19 days after wife’s death from heart attack

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BJP MLA Surendra Singh Jeena has died at a Delhi hospital, where he was undergoing treatment after testing positive for COVID-19. His death came just days after his wife also passed away following a heart attack.

The 50-year-old lawmaker was a three-term MLA from the Salt constituency in Almora district of Uttarakhand.



Uttarakhand has seen more than 66,000 positive coronavirus cases with the state reporting 1,080 deaths since the pandemic started.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

20:01 PM: Mumbai Indians cricketer Krunal Pandya was on Thursday detained at the Mumbai International Airport by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables, reported news agency PTI quoting DRI sources said. He was returning from the UAE after winning the IPL trophy.

18:37 PM: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav alleges irregularities in #Bihar election, claims that Grand Alliance was poised to win the polls but ‘couldn’t do so at the last moment. (PTI)

18:13 PM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah says infrastructure development in country’s border areas in last 6 years under Modi govt has been much more than what was done in previous 50 years. (PTI)

17:24 PM: Mumbai court rejects default bail plea of businessman #DeepakKochhar, who was arrested by ED in ICICI Bank-Videocon money-laundering case. (PTI)

16:37 PM: Stones hurled, black flags shown at #WestBengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh’s convoy in Alipurduar district where he had gone to attend party programmes: police. (PTI)

15:48 PM: We lost 20 seats by a wafer-thin margin. In many constituencies, as many as 900 postal ballots were invalidated, alleges Tejashwi, casting doubts on the electoral process. (PTI)

15:09 PM: I thank Bihar’s people. The mandate favoured Mahagathbandhan, but Election Commission’s result was in NDA’s favour. This hasn’t happened first time. In 2015 when Mahagathbandhan was formed, votes were in our favour but BJP made back door entry to gain power: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD

14:32 PM: To ensure social distancing, there were 7 people on a counting desk this time as compared to the normal number of 14 with an additional 33,000 polling booths: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, on a question of allegations of ‘slow counting’. (ANI)

13:52 PM: 5 people, including a constable, arrested in UP for running a racket that facilitated recruitment of people in Army on basis of fake documents: Police. (PTI)

12:59 PM: Mumbai: Actor Arjun Rampal’s girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades arrives at Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office. She has been summoned by NCB for the second consecutive day in a drug-related case. (ANI)

12:21 PM: HC expresses concern over rise in COVID-19 cases, says Delhi govt can’t be allowed to play with lives of citizens on basis of hindsight. (PTI)

11:46 AM: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claims country has entered into recession for first time in history due to policies of PM Modi. (PTI)

11:31 AM: After Diwali, the Yogi Adityanath government in #UttarPradesh is preparing to launch ‘Mission Rozgar’ which will provide employment to the unemployed or those who have lost their jobs. (IANS)

10:58 AM: Delhi records air quality in ‘very poor’ category, experts say situation much better compared to two days ago when pollution levels were above emergency threshold. (PTI)

10:14 AM: Single day rise of 47,905 COVID-19 cases, 550 fatalities pushes India’s virus caseload to 86,83,916, death toll to 1,28,121: Govt. (PTI)

09:15 AM: I have tested negative for COVID. Would like to extend my grateful thanks to everyone for their good wishes & prayers: Smriti Irani

08:35 AM: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to address a press conference at noon today (Thursday).

07:01 AM: Dear CM @ArvindKejriwal ji, we are making sure that there is no pollution issue in Goa and our Govt will ensure that our state remains pollution free. I am sure the people of Delhi also want the same in their beautiful state: Goa CM Pramod Sawant

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