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New Delhi, April 24: In a “candid and completely non political” conversation with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he never thought of becoming Prime Minister because there was nothing in his background that could make him think like that.

Common people do not believe in such things, he said adding that thoughts (like being the Prime Minister one day) could only come to those who belong to a particular family with backgrounds.

“But my family background is one like if I would have got a good job, my mother would have distributed jaggery to the neighbours because we never thought beyond that. We never saw anything outside our village.

“This journey just started and the country accepted me. Responsibilities also came to me automatically. As per my personal view, this (becoming Prime Minister) is unnatural because my life and world does not fit in current political atmosphere.

“I always wonder how the country loves me and gives me so much,” Modi told Akshay in an interaction at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence.

There was a time, Modi said he believed he would either turn out to be a “sanyasi” (hermit) or serve the army.

The actor also asked Modi about his daily routine, besides his responsibilities, his love for mangoes and his sleep schedule.

Kumar started off asking the Prime Minister about his epic love for mangoes. Modi got all nostalgic and told him about how he used to enjoy mangoes as a child. However, now as the Prime Minister he has to be careful and needs to keep a tab on his diet.

Few minutes before the talk went live, a small clip was aired on Instagram. Here, the 51-year-old actor spoke to Modi about his sleep schedules.

A few hours after the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections voting concluded, Kumar made an announcement on Twitter that he would be engaging in a “candid and completely non political” interaction with Prime Minister.

He said that the chat would offer a “breather” to the Prime Minister amid his hectic campaigning schedule. He also said that the conversation will help viewers “discover” some facts about Modi.

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Bengal transport staff demand safety after corona positive case

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Kolkata, Jul 14 (IANS): A group of employees of state-run West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation on Tuesday staged protest at the Sector-V depot after a colleague tested coronavirus positive to demand health safety measures.

Sources said a Transport Department employee was also detected with Covid-like symptoms.

They demanded immediate sanitisation of the Sector-V depot and the barrack where they live.

“We are protesting to demand immediate sanitisation of the bus depot and the barrack where we stay. The Transport Department has to assure us that they will take care of our health during the pandemic,” said Abhijit Hore, a corporation staff.

Hore said that the government must take necessary measures to protect the health of transport employees who are running bus services.

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Number of recoveries five times higher than active cases in Delhi

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With 1,606 new coronavirus cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capitals Covid-19 tally touched 1,15,346 on Tuesday, while 3,446 people have succumbed to the deadly virus so far.

According to Delhi government’s daily health bulletin, as many as 93,236 people have recovered, almost five times the number of active cases which stands at 18,664. A total of 1,924 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

On June 23, the city had witnessed the highest single-day peak of 3,947 cases, but the figures have come down steadily since then despite the number of tests increasing.

Testing numbers in the city have also gone up since the commencement of rapid antigen tests last month. Over 5,650 RT-PCR and 15,413 rapid antigen tests were conducted on Tuesday.

Currently, 4,194 beds are occupied in the hospitals out of a total capacity of 15,300 — 2,041 in the dedicated Covid Care Centres out of 9,294 and 128 in the dedicated Covid Health Centres against the availability of 544 beds. Over 10,695 people are under home isolation.

The number of containment zones in the national capital stood at 657, one less than the previous day.

Last week, the number of containment zones increased by more than 150 after the city government decided to break the existing hotspots into smaller clusters for better surveillance.

Source: IANS

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4,526 new corona cases in TN, 4,743 discharged

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Chennai, Jul 14 (IANS): Tamil Nadu on Tuesday registered 4,526 new coronavirus cases while the number of such patients cured and discharged from various hospitals totalled 4,743, the Health Department said.

With new cases, the southern state’s total tally is 147,324, including 97,310 cured persons. There are now 47,912 active cases in Tamil Nadu.

A total of 67 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24-hour cycle took the state’s death toll to 2,099.

The number of infected children in the state in the age group 0-12 went up to 7,304.

The state capital Chennai continued to head the Covid-19 infection table with 1,078 new cases and a total tally of 79,662. Active cases in the city total 15,814, with 1,858 patients discharged in Chennai on Tuesday.

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