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Covid outbreak in Parliament: 875 staff members test positive for coronavirus

Before the Budget Session gets underway on January 31, as many as 2,847 Covid-19 tests were conducted at the Parliament complex
Parliament’s Budget Session starts on January 31, 2022. (PTI)
Parliament’s Budget Session starts on January 31, 2022. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2022 10:12 AM IST
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Vijayan, Stalin add voices to chorus against proposed changes to IAS rules

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee earlier on January 18 expressed her “strong reservations” over the move.
Chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the proposed changes. (Reuters)
Chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the proposed changes. (Reuters)
Published on Jan 24, 2022 09:35 AM IST
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ED raids on Channi’s nephew were politically motivated: Congress to EC

In their memorandum to the poll body chief, the delegation, which also comprised senior leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Abhishek Singhvi, alleged that raids were a “violation of the model code of conduct”, which came into force on January 8 after the poll schedule was announced.
The ED on Wednesday said that it seized <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 crore in cash from the premises of Bhupinder Singh, the nephew of Channi, triggering criticism from the Congress. (ANI)
The ED on Wednesday said that it seized 10 crore in cash from the premises of Bhupinder Singh, the nephew of Channi, triggering criticism from the Congress. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 04:47 AM IST
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PM Modi to interact with over 150 startups on January 15

The interaction between the PM and the startups aims to understand how startups can successfully contribute to the nation’s needs.
The Prime Minister’s Office said hat PM Modi has been a firm believer in the potential that startups hold in contributing to the growth and development of the nation. (ANI Photo)
The Prime Minister’s Office said hat PM Modi has been a firm believer in the potential that startups hold in contributing to the growth and development of the nation. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 07:12 PM IST
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PM-President meeting: Kovind calls Modi’s security incident a ‘serious lapse’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first rally in poll-bound Punjab was cancelled on Wednesday after protesters blocked a route and forced his convoy to spend 15 to 20 minutes on a flyover
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and briefed him about the security lapse. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and briefed him about the security lapse. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 03:07 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi slams Centre for failing to reduce fuel rates

Congress spokesman Gourav Vallabh said if there is an increase in the global crude oil prices, then the burden is transferred to the consumers
Rahul Gandhi asked the Centre to reduce fuel prices. (PTI/File)
Rahul Gandhi asked the Centre to reduce fuel prices. (PTI/File)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 04:16 PM IST
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Bulli Bai app: IWPC condemns harassment of Muslim women

Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested an 18-year-old woman and a 21-year-old engineering student for allegedly putting up webpages where Muslim women were “auctioned”
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Updated on Jan 05, 2022 10:34 AM IST
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Vice Admiral Sree Harilal Sarma passes away at 99

Sarma, who celebrated his 99th birthday on December 5, also fought the 1965 war with Pakistan and the Second World War
Vice Admiral SH Sarma commanded the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. (Supplied photo)
Vice Admiral SH Sarma commanded the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. (Supplied photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 11:45 AM IST
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MPs seek more women in House panel to discuss bill to increase age of marriage

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi expresses her disapproval to just one woman in the committee to examine the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu, saying that the interest of all stakeholders, especially women, should be noted. (PTI)
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu, saying that the interest of all stakeholders, especially women, should be noted. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 06:36 AM IST
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Priyanka Chaturvedi seeks more women MPs in panel to discuss marriage age bill

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said that the parliamentary panel examining the marriage age bill consists of only one female member, Trinamool Congress MP Sushmita Dev.
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu seeking inclusion of more women members in the committee to examine marriage age bill. (PTI)
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu seeking inclusion of more women members in the committee to examine marriage age bill. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 08:12 PM IST
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Jammu and Kashmir set to have district-level Good Governance Index

The index will enable each district of Jammu and Kashmir to rise to the level of some of the best-administered districts of the country
Union minister Jitendra Singh said the Centre will set up the Good Governance Index in Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI)
Union minister Jitendra Singh said the Centre will set up the Good Governance Index in Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 01:19 PM IST
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BJP accuses SP of trying to incite violence during Modi’s Kanpur rally

Patra alleged the people, who allegedly vandalised the vehicle have been identified as SP’s student workers including national secretary Sachin Kesarwani
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inauguration of various developmental projects in Kanpur. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inauguration of various developmental projects in Kanpur. (PTI)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:56 PM IST
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Missionaries of Charity’s troubles continue

Missionaries of Charity was in the news earlier this month when a case was filed against its Children Home for Girls in Gujarat’s Vadodara for alleged forceful conversions to Christianity.
The Centre on December 25 decided against renewing Missionaries of Charity’s license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. West Bengal chief minister Banerjee expressed shock over the move (AP)
The Centre on December 25 decided against renewing Missionaries of Charity’s license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. West Bengal chief minister Banerjee expressed shock over the move (AP)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 03:45 PM IST
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Kashi Indian International Film Festival to begin in Varanasi today

The first three-day Kashi Indian International Film Festival will begin in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi from Monday
Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi. Varanasi will host a three-day Kashi Film Festival on December 27. (File photo)
Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi. Varanasi will host a three-day Kashi Film Festival on December 27. (File photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 09:16 AM IST
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Congress claims credit for booster jab announcement, slams Centre

The Congress party organized a press conference and slammed the Centre for its handling of the pandemic
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (HT File)
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 05:00 PM IST
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ED freezes former govt employee’s assets worth 1.46 crore

A money-laundering investigation was initiated on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) dated October 7, 2013
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 10:41 AM IST
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Rajnath Singh interacts with Indian students at Harvard

The defence minister called the students the country’s soft power, who are learning best management and governance practices at the top-class institutes in the United States
Defence minister Rajnath Singh interacts with Indian students at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh interacts with Indian students at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 01:14 PM IST
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Cong slams govt for disallowing discussions during Parliament’s winter session

The Congress party on Wednesday accused the Union government of deliberately suspending lawmakers who are most vocal
Opposition leaders, including the leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, along with suspended MPs, read the Preamble to the Constitution and recite the national anthem before the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament to protest the suspension of 12 lawmakers, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Opposition leaders, including the leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, along with suspended MPs, read the Preamble to the Constitution and recite the national anthem before the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament to protest the suspension of 12 lawmakers, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 05:42 PM IST
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When will govt allow Covid vaccine booster shots, asks Rahul Gandhi

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Parliament on Monday that over 50% of the eligible population has been double vaccinated.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s question to the government on Covid vaccine booster dose comes a day after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asked the Centre to start booster doses in Delhi (HT Photo/Amal KS)
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s question to the government on Covid vaccine booster dose comes a day after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asked the Centre to start booster doses in Delhi (HT Photo/Amal KS)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 02:38 PM IST
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India has 877,000 registered electric vehicles, minister tells Parliament

Union minister of state for power and heavy industries Krishan Pal Gurjar said the government has taken several steps to encourage use of electric vehicles
Union minister of state for power and heavy industries Krishan Pal Gurjar said incentives are provided to buyers of electric vehicles in the form of an upfront reduction in the purchase price of electric vehicles. (Twitter/@KPGBJP)
Union minister of state for power and heavy industries Krishan Pal Gurjar said incentives are provided to buyers of electric vehicles in the form of an upfront reduction in the purchase price of electric vehicles. (Twitter/@KPGBJP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 10:51 AM IST
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94% of allotted Oxygen plants commissioned: Centre

Data released by the ministry showed 24.46 crores was released in 2020-21 and 368.04 crores was released in 2021-22 (so far) to vendors for setting up the oxygen plants.
An oxygen cylinder being moved to a temporary Covid-19 care centre in New Delhi in April. (HT file)
An oxygen cylinder being moved to a temporary Covid-19 care centre in New Delhi in April. (HT file)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 01:38 AM IST
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Word ‘lynching’ was unheard of before 2014, says Rahul, stirs row

Hitting back, the BJP raked up the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and called former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi the “father of mob lynching”.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks came days after two people were lynched over alleged attempts of sacrilege in Congress-ruled Punjab. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks came days after two people were lynched over alleged attempts of sacrilege in Congress-ruled Punjab. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 04:39 AM IST
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BJP’s biting response to Rahul Gandhi on his one-line tweet attack on PM Modi

BJP leaders hammered Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his tweet on lynching, reminding him about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and accusing the Congress leader of “selective amnesia”.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi‘s tweet attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi contended that the word, lynching, was practically unheard of before 2014 when PM Modi came to power in Delhi. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi‘s tweet attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi contended that the word, lynching, was practically unheard of before 2014 when PM Modi came to power in Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 03:54 PM IST
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NCERT trans inclusion manual had to evolve hence dropped, Edu Min to Parliament

The Ministry of Education informed the Parliament, on Monday, that the recently removed training manual titled, ‘Inclusion of Transgender Children in School Education: Concerns and Roadmaps, was dropped because it had to undergo various stages of finalisation before its release.
NCERT trans inclusion manual had to evolve hence dropped, Edu Min to Parliament
NCERT trans inclusion manual had to evolve hence dropped, Edu Min to Parliament
Published on Dec 21, 2021 01:59 PM IST
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Opposition parties seek scrutiny of electoral reforms bill

The Bill proposes to allow Election Commission officials to seek Aadhaar details of registered voters on a voluntary basis and make the language of the Representation of the People Act gender-neutral
Union law minister Kiren Rijiju speaks in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Union law minister Kiren Rijiju speaks in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 11:05 AM IST
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NCERT trans training manual removed from website wasn’t final, Centre to LS

NCERT on November 6 removed the teachers’ training manual on the integration of transgender or gender non-conforming students in schools from its website on a request from NCPCR
NCERT has been training teachers, teacher educators and school heads on gender sensitization with an all-inclusive approach, the government told Lok Sabha on Monday (NCERT)
NCERT has been training teachers, teacher educators and school heads on gender sensitization with an all-inclusive approach, the government told Lok Sabha on Monday (NCERT)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 06:18 PM IST
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Prasar Bharati signs MoU to promote Indian culture, episodes to telecast on Doordarshan

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to promote Indian culture
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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Parliamentary delegation from Vietnam calls on President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind spoke about the cooperation between India and Vietnam at multilateral fora, underlining that “our coordinated efforts at the UN and other fora have given voice to the majority of developing countries.
President Ram Nath Kovind recalled his 2018 visit to Vietnam, saying he witnessed the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam and ancient civilizational exchanges between two countries, including the strong Buddhist connections. (Twitter/rashtrapatibhvn)
President Ram Nath Kovind recalled his 2018 visit to Vietnam, saying he witnessed the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam and ancient civilizational exchanges between two countries, including the strong Buddhist connections. (Twitter/rashtrapatibhvn)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 09:56 AM IST
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No proposal to revoke ban on Chinese apps, Centre tells LS

The ban was announced amid border tensions between India and China which have not been resolved fully despite multiple rounds of negotiations at the diplomatic and military levels
IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said broader consensus with states was required for better regulation of cybercrimes. (PTI Photo/File/Representative use)
IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said broader consensus with states was required for better regulation of cybercrimes. (PTI Photo/File/Representative use)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 02:29 PM IST
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Indians named in Pandora Paper leaks under probe by group of agencies: Govt

The finance ministry has also submitted information on the amount of undisclosed income recovered so far from Indians who were linked to hidden offshore accounts through similar leaks earlier
The finance ministry told Parliament that in the year 2019-20, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,370.47 crore of undisclosed income was seized and in 2020-21, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,145.42 crore was confiscated. (Agency Photo)
The finance ministry told Parliament that in the year 2019-20, 10,370.47 crore of undisclosed income was seized and in 2020-21, 4,145.42 crore was confiscated. (Agency Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 09:13 AM IST
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