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Interest rates on small savings schemes raised

With hardening of interest rates in the country and abroad, the government on Thursday decided to pass some benefits to select depositors of certain small savings schemes.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (ANI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (ANI)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Uttarakhand revenue official under lens of SIT in Ankita Bhandari murder case

The SIT of Uttarakhand police probing the alleged murder 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari, who was working as a receptionist at Vanantara Resort in Pauri Garhwal district, are also investigating the role of a revenue sub-inspector (patwari) for his “close links” with the main accused.

An accused in Ankita Bhandari murder case, Pulkit Arya’s resort was partially demolished by authorities overnight in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. (PTI)
An accused in Ankita Bhandari murder case, Pulkit Arya’s resort was partially demolished by authorities overnight in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 12:32 AM IST
By, Dehradun

8 Ludhiana jail inmates caught with 9 phones

Eight inmates of Ludhiana Central Jail were caught with nine mobile phones on Thursday; three separate FIRs have been lodged against them

Three FIRs lodged; cops trying to find out how they got the phones inside the jail premises (HT File)
Three FIRs lodged; cops trying to find out how they got the phones inside the jail premises (HT File)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:31 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Man held, brother booked for raping 20-yr-old woman

Police arrested a Ludhiana man and booked his brother for raping a 20-year-old woman; the victim said they had raped her multiple times at various locations including a hotel in Chandigarh

Woman said the accused had taken lewd videos and pictures of her and raped her by threatening to leak them. (Representative image/HT)
Woman said the accused had taken lewd videos and pictures of her and raped her by threatening to leak them. (Representative image/HT)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:28 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Constable, 2 others booked for shooting live-in partner dead with service weapon

A Punjab Police constable and his two accomplices have been booked for shooting his live-in partner dead with his service weapon at their rented accommodation in Ludhiana in the wee hours of Thursday

Police outside the house of the accused cop and his live-in partner at New Prem Nagar in Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana, on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Police outside the house of the accused cop and his live-in partner at New Prem Nagar in Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana, on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:24 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Confusion over Rajasthan CM post amid Congress internal turmoil

Gehlot’s rival, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, met Gandhi in Delhi late on Thursday and later said that the party had to work together to win the state polls in 2023. Pilot has previously unsuccessfully laid claim to the chief minister’s chair.

Gehlot’s rival, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, met Gandhi in Delhi late on Thursday and later said that the party had to work together to win the state polls in 2023.(file image)
Gehlot’s rival, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, met Gandhi in Delhi late on Thursday and later said that the party had to work together to win the state polls in 2023.(file image)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 07:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Writer-academic Madhav Hada to be awarded 32nd Bihari Puraskar

A literary critic and academic, Hada has written extensively on literature, media, culture and history. He has also been a member of the general council of the Sahitya Akademi and the Hindi Advisory Board.

Dr. Madhav Hada (HT Photo)
Dr. Madhav Hada (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 01:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra enters Karnataka today

The Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is set to reach Karnataka on Friday, with the Rahul Gandhi-led rally entering the state from Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar district bordering Kerala.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves to the supporters during party's Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kerala’s Wayanad on Thursday. (Congress/Twitter)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves to the supporters during party's Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kerala’s Wayanad on Thursday. (Congress/Twitter)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 12:20 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Notice issued to seven Gurugram developers for missing amenities in EWS flats

According to DTCP officials, the department received a communique from the Housing Board Haryana’s executive engineer about 2,463 flats constructed by the board for the EWS category

According to the Haryana government policy for EWS housing, the Housing Board Haryana now constructs and allocates EWS category flats on behalf of developers who offer land in their plotted colonies for the same. (HT Photo)
According to the Haryana government policy for EWS housing, the Housing Board Haryana now constructs and allocates EWS category flats on behalf of developers who offer land in their plotted colonies for the same. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:15 AM IST

175 held in crackdown on drug networks: CBI

As many as 127 first information reports (FIRs) were filed by the two agencies involved in ‘Operation Garuda’ that was carried out to “disrupt, degrade and dismantle” drug networks with international linkages, the CBI said in a statement.

The CBI and NCB this week launched a massive crackdown on narcotics networks. (Representative use)
The CBI and NCB this week launched a massive crackdown on narcotics networks. (Representative use)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 01:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

PFI was given boost by Siddaramaiah in the past, says BSY

On Wednesday Siddaramaiah had demanded a ban on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the BJP, on the same lines as the PFI.

A day after the Centre banned radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Karnataka chief minister, BS Yediyurappa, on Thursday, called said it the “illegitimate child” of opposition leader Siddaramaiah. (ANI)
A day after the Centre banned radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Karnataka chief minister, BS Yediyurappa, on Thursday, called said it the “illegitimate child” of opposition leader Siddaramaiah. (ANI)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:10 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

42 offices of PFI, affiliates closed across K’taka: Police

In search, seizure and closure operations that began on Thursday morning, 12 offices of PFI and its affiliated organisations were sealed in Mangaluru city, 9 in Udupi district, 7 in Dakshina Kannada, 4 in Kalaburagi, 4 in Bengaluru and in other areas.

Karnataka Police on Thursday closed down 42 offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and affiliated organisations across the state, a day after the central government outlawed the Islamist group for five years for alleged involvement in terror activities. (PTI)
Karnataka Police on Thursday closed down 42 offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and affiliated organisations across the state, a day after the central government outlawed the Islamist group for five years for alleged involvement in terror activities. (PTI)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:09 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Ayodhya school serves rice with salt in MDM, DM suspends principal after video goes viral

The incident came to light on Wednesday when parents of some students reached the school and captured the scene on their cell-phones.

The students had apprised their parents of the poor quality of mid-day meal being served in the school (Pic for representation)
The students had apprised their parents of the poor quality of mid-day meal being served in the school (Pic for representation)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:08 AM IST

‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ to enter K’taka today

The procession will be coming from Kerala where it was for 17 days. In Karnataka, the yatra will be organised for 20 days before entering Maharashtra.

The Congress is pulling all the stops to mobilise people and make other arrangements for Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, which will enter Karnataka on Friday morning, people in the know of the developments said. (ANI)
The Congress is pulling all the stops to mobilise people and make other arrangements for Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, which will enter Karnataka on Friday morning, people in the know of the developments said. (ANI)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:08 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Aravalli jungle safari will help preserve the hills: Haryana CM Khattar

The proposed safari will be developed on land protected under the Punjab Land Preservation Act and on tracts that are part of the Aravalli plantation

CM Manohar Khattar is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with union environment minister Bhupender Yadav. They spent time at the Sharjah Safari Park on Thursday. (PTI)
CM Manohar Khattar is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with union environment minister Bhupender Yadav. They spent time at the Sharjah Safari Park on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 12:08 AM IST

Kejriwal walked away from NDMC meeting, alleges BJP

Delhi BJP general secretary Kuljeet Chahal, who is also an NDMC member, tweeted a video of the council meeting on Wednesday in which Kejriwal was present.

Kejriwal walked away from NDMC meeting, alleges BJP
Kejriwal walked away from NDMC meeting, alleges BJP
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:08 AM IST

HC asks K’taka govt not to release dates of PSI recruitment re-examination

The order was issued based on a petition filed by three candidates from Kolar, who opposed the government’s announcement that recruitment examination will be conducted again.

A divisional bench of the Karnataka high court has issued an interim order asking the state government not to announce the dates of a re-examination for the recruitment of 545 police sub-inspector posts. (PTI)
A divisional bench of the Karnataka high court has issued an interim order asking the state government not to announce the dates of a re-examination for the recruitment of 545 police sub-inspector posts. (PTI)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:07 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Delhi HC lifts ban on manufacture, sale of gutkha, pan masala

The petitioners contended that the notifications issued by Delhi government’s Food Safety Commissioner were arbitrary and ultra vires the Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA) and are violative of their fundamental rights.

The petitioners had challenged various notifications issued by the Delhi government which prohibited the manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured/scented tobacco. (HT Photo)
The petitioners had challenged various notifications issued by the Delhi government which prohibited the manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured/scented tobacco. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:06 AM IST

India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida bags best convention centre award

According to officials said, the venue is a prominent meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions (MICE) destination in India and hosts over 200 exhibitions a year

The award was presented to Rakesh Kumar, chairman, and Sudeep Sarcar, chief executive officer, India Exposition Mart Ltd by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Ajay Bhatt, minister of state for tourism (HT Photo)
The award was presented to Rakesh Kumar, chairman, and Sudeep Sarcar, chief executive officer, India Exposition Mart Ltd by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Ajay Bhatt, minister of state for tourism (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:01 AM IST

Deposit 5.2 crore for damage during strike: Kerala high court to PFI

A division bench of Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Justice C P Mohammad Nias directed the outfit to deposit the amount in two weeks and directed all lower courts not to grant bail to any of the accused till they pay up. It also directed the government to make Sattar, who made the call for the hartal, an additional accused in all cases filed in connection with violence.

The Kerala high court on Thursday directed the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) to deposit <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5.20 crore. (PTI)
The Kerala high court on Thursday directed the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) to deposit 5.20 crore. (PTI)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:57 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

World Heart Day observed at DMCH in Ludhiana

World Heart Day is observed with a purpose to raise awareness about heart disease and ways to prevent it. Students from the MBBS batches of 2020 and 2021 of DMCH, Ludhiana, took part in the discussion and gave their opinions on innovation in hypertension screening and its management.

Attendees during a talk on cardiovascular disease to observe World Heart Day at DMCH in Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Attendees during a talk on cardiovascular disease to observe World Heart Day at DMCH in Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 11:56 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

LG set to take up issue of pending nod for AIIMS redevelopment with CM

An official aware of the matter said that the approval for tree felling was pending for about a month and a half, despite 26 hectares of land in Aya Nagar and 6 hectare of land in Sultanpur being identified for compensatory afforestation and tree transplantation.

**EDS: FILE IMAGE** New Delhi: In this file photo dated, Sunday, Sept 16, 2018, then Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena launches the unique plastic-mixed eco-friendly handmade paper carry bags on the occasion of Swachhata Diwas, at Connaught place in New Delhi. Saxena appointed as new Lt. Governor of Delhi on Monday, May 23, 2022, days after his predecessor Anil Baijal resigned citing personal reasons. (PTI Photo)(PTI05_23_2022_000247B) (PTI)
**EDS: FILE IMAGE** New Delhi: In this file photo dated, Sunday, Sept 16, 2018, then Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena launches the unique plastic-mixed eco-friendly handmade paper carry bags on the occasion of Swachhata Diwas, at Connaught place in New Delhi. Saxena appointed as new Lt. Governor of Delhi on Monday, May 23, 2022, days after his predecessor Anil Baijal resigned citing personal reasons. (PTI Photo)(PTI05_23_2022_000247B) (PTI)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:56 PM IST

States start sealing premises of PFI, affiliates after Centre’s ban

On Wednesday, the Union home ministry had banned PFI and the eight affiliates for alleged “anti-national” activities and said those associated with the organisation were involved in Islamic radicalisation and terror activities, with over 1,400 criminal cases registered across the country.

State governments on Thursday started issuing orders for sealing offices of the banned PFI and eight of its affiliates. (Rahul Shukla)
State governments on Thursday started issuing orders for sealing offices of the banned PFI and eight of its affiliates. (Rahul Shukla)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 12:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre upgrades Ambani’s security to Z+ category

From 2013, Ambani was accorded the ‘Z’ category cover of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on payment basis. His wife Nita Ambani also has the CRPF security cover of Y+ category.

Under the Z+ category cover, Ambani will have around 50 armed commandoes of the paramilitary force for his personal security in three shifts. (REUTERS)
Under the Z+ category cover, Ambani will have around 50 armed commandoes of the paramilitary force for his personal security in three shifts. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 01:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Welder gets trapped inside under-construction basement, dies

Deputy commissioner of police (southwest) Manoj C said the deceased had fallen into the 40-foot deep under-construction basement and got trapped under debris.

A police officer said the body has been preserved at Safdarjung Hospital. (File)
A police officer said the body has been preserved at Safdarjung Hospital. (File)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:51 PM IST

Ludhiana logs five dengue, one Covid case

Ludhiana has so far recorded 1,13,535 Covid infections, while the cumulative dengue count has crossed 116

Currently, there are 13 active Covid cases in Ludhiana. One Covid case and five dengue cases were reported on Thursday. (HT FILE)
Currently, there are 13 active Covid cases in Ludhiana. One Covid case and five dengue cases were reported on Thursday. (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:50 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Editors can be prosecuted over ‘offending’ article, says HC

The defamation suit was filed in 2020 by Santiago Martin, the founding chairman of Martin Group of Companies and owner of Martin Lottery, against former Kerala finance minister TM Thomas Issac and the editor, the managing director and some senior executives of Mathrubhumi.

Martin alleged that a statement made by Issac, allegedly defaming him, was published in the print and online versions of Mathrubhumi as part of a conspiracy to damage his reputation. (Representative photo)
Martin alleged that a statement made by Issac, allegedly defaming him, was published in the print and online versions of Mathrubhumi as part of a conspiracy to damage his reputation. (Representative photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 01:46 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Ludhiana | 6,500 residents pay property tax; avail 10% rebate by today

Officials said around 70,000 property owners in Ludhiana city have still not paid the tax for the current year (2022-23) and they should submit the tax by Friday

Ludhiana MC superintendent Abdul Sattar said residents should avail the rebate by paying the tax on Friday. No rebate would be given on the payment of property tax thereafter. (HT FILE)
Ludhiana MC superintendent Abdul Sattar said residents should avail the rebate by paying the tax on Friday. No rebate would be given on the payment of property tax thereafter. (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:45 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Sex determination centre busted with arrest of 32-yr-old man

The arrested accused has been identified as Karan Marlhi. He previously worked as a public relation officer (PRO) at a private hospital. An ultrasound machine was recovered from the sex determination clinic in Ludhiana, which Karan said he had purchased for ₹4.5 lakh from Delhi.

Health department and district family welfare officer team recovered the portable ultrasound machine, which was purchased for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4.5 lakh from Delhi by the arrested accused, at sex determination centre operating illegally in Karnail Singh Nagar Street number 4, in Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Health department and district family welfare officer team recovered the portable ultrasound machine, which was purchased for 4.5 lakh from Delhi by the arrested accused, at sex determination centre operating illegally in Karnail Singh Nagar Street number 4, in Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:41 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Bio-CNG plants approved for Lucknow, Prayagraj and Ghaziabad

Prayagraj, Lucknow and Ghaziabad districts will have bio-solid waste-based bio CNG (compressed natural gas plants), said the U

U.P. chief secretary Durga Shankar Mishra chairing a meeting on Thursday. (Sourced)
U.P. chief secretary Durga Shankar Mishra chairing a meeting on Thursday. (Sourced)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 11:39 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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