Poulomi Ghosh

Poulomi Ghosh is a journalist with Hindustan Times, New Delhi.

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Home secretary Ajay Bhalla’s tenure extended till August 2021

Ajay Kumar Bhalla, a 1984-batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS officer, took charge as the home secretary on August 22, 2019, succeeding Rajiv Gauba, who is currently the Cabinet secretary.

Home secretary Ajay Bhalla’s tenure has been extended till August 2021. ( Photo: DD News Twitter)
Home secretary Ajay Bhalla’s tenure has been extended till August 2021. ( Photo: DD News Twitter)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 06:58 PM IST

No major mutation in Covid-19 virus in India, confirms PMO

Indian Council of Medical Research has been conducting large-scale sequencing of nationally representative strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus collected for several months over different time periods.

A social worker puts a face mask on a boy in the wake of coronavirus pandemic during an awareness drive, in Bikaner.(PTI)
A social worker puts a face mask on a boy in the wake of coronavirus pandemic during an awareness drive, in Bikaner.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 05:52 PM IST

Covid-19 vaccine: Sputnik V to undergo trial in India, Dr Reddy’s gets DCGI approval

Russia is approving vaccines after small-scale trials, which is a cause for concern over Sputnik V’s safety. This is why Dr Reddy’s was not given permission to test it among a comparatively larger population in India.

Sputnik V, the first registered Covid-19 vaccine of the world, will now undergo trials in India.(REUTERS)
Sputnik V, the first registered Covid-19 vaccine of the world, will now undergo trials in India.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 04:06 PM IST

Mumbai court orders FIR against Kangana Ranaut, Rangoli Chandel for ‘offensive’ tweets

‘Cognizable offence has been committed by the accused’, metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Khule said in his order against Kangana and Rangoli.

The complaint was filed by a fitness trainer who found Kangana’s tweets divisive and sought an investigation into the real motives behind these tweets.(PTI)
The complaint was filed by a fitness trainer who found Kangana’s tweets divisive and sought an investigation into the real motives behind these tweets.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 02:57 PM IST

Centre must not see J&K parties as anti-national, says Chidambaram, welcomes People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Thursday announced the alliance which will strive for the constitutional position in respect of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before August 5 last year

The Congress also resolutely stands for restoration of the status and rights of the people of J&K, P Chidambaram said. (PTI)
The Congress also resolutely stands for restoration of the status and rights of the people of J&K, P Chidambaram said. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 11:40 PM IST

‘Give him water,’ Jawans applaud as terrorist in J&K surrenders. His father touches feet of soldiers

“Nothing will happen to you. You have done a great job,” the soldiers assure as a local terrorist in J&K surrenders.

The Army on Friday released a video in which a local terrorist, identified as Jahangir Bhat, can be seen surrendering. (Screengrab from video)
The Army on Friday released a video in which a local terrorist, identified as Jahangir Bhat, can be seen surrendering. (Screengrab from video)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 11:34 PM IST

Internet services suspended in Rajasthan district ahead of Gujjar Mahapanchayat on October 17

Reports said the Mahapanchayat was initially scheduled to be held at Maksudanpura Devnarayan Temple in Malarna Dungar area, but later the venue was changed to Bharatpura, where a massive agitation took place in 2008

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had threatened to revive the quota agitation last month. (HT file photo)
Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had threatened to revive the quota agitation last month. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 10:09 PM IST

Next two and half months are going to be crucial, says Harsh Vardhan on Covid-19

Social vaccines of wearing masks, maintaining distance are the only way to fight Covid-19 until a vaccine comes, the health minister said.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan earlier warned of a spike in Covid-19 cases during winter.(PTI)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan earlier warned of a spike in Covid-19 cases during winter.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 09:13 PM IST

International flights: India-Germany flights to start from October 26 after brief suspension of air bubble

Air India has announced it will operate flights between India and Germany from October 26 to March 28, 2021.

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri recenly said foreign airlines’ flights will not be allowed at expense of Indian airlines.(PTI)
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri recenly said foreign airlines’ flights will not be allowed at expense of Indian airlines.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 08:44 PM IST

What about victim’s trauma? Plea in SC against molester getting bail on ‘rakhi’ condition

The apex court has sought the assistance of the attorney general in this case where nine women lawyers have moved the Supreme Court saying no court should impose such condictions.

The plea says conditions like this trivialises the trauma of the victim and also violates the principles of law as the accused on bail is not supposed to contact the victim. (HT File photo)
The plea says conditions like this trivialises the trauma of the victim and also violates the principles of law as the accused on bail is not supposed to contact the victim. (HT File photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 06:13 PM IST

Delhi resident Vibhor Anand arrested for spreading ‘fake news’ on Sushant Singh Rajput death case

From his social media accounts, Vibhor Anand disseminated several theories behind Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. His Twitter account is now suspended.

Several social media accounts have been discrediting Mumbai Police over its investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. (Photo: HT)
Several social media accounts have been discrediting Mumbai Police over its investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. (Photo: HT)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 07:16 PM IST

Statue of Unity to reopen from October 17: Check latest guidelines

Entry will be allowed to tourists only in the slot for which the tickets have been purchased.

Statue of Unity will be open for 2,500 tourists from Saturday, the first day of Navratri 2020. (PTI)
Statue of Unity will be open for 2,500 tourists from Saturday, the first day of Navratri 2020. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 04:32 PM IST

How Centre borrowing Rs 1.1 lakh crore will impact states, Nirmala Sitharaman explains in a letter

“I am well aware of the financial difficulties that the states are facing,” the finance minister wrote.

The interest rate will be very reasonable, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has assured the states.(PTI)
The interest rate will be very reasonable, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has assured the states.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 03:42 PM IST

Ballia shooting unfortunate but...: BJP MLA Surendra Singh defends accused

“He had no other option. It was a do-or-die situation for him,” the BJP MLA said, accepting that the accused is his close associate.

BJP MLA Surendra Singh who blamed women’s lack of values for rapes after Hathras incident has now extended support to the accused of Ballia firing. (ANI)
BJP MLA Surendra Singh who blamed women’s lack of values for rapes after Hathras incident has now extended support to the accused of Ballia firing. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 02:48 PM IST

Amazon Great Indian Festival versus Flipkart Big Billion Days: All you need to know

Flipkart will offer additional discounts on purchases made through SBI cards. HDFC card holders will get a 10 per cent instant discount on Amazon.

Prime members can access Amazon Great Indian Festival sale offers from on October 16.(REUTERS)
Prime members can access Amazon Great Indian Festival sale offers from on October 16.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 11:37 PM IST

India, China engaged in ‘confidential’ talks to resolve border standoff, says Jaishankar

“There is not very much that I am in a position to say in public. I certainly do not want to prejudge it,” Jaishankar said.

What is going on is something confidential between us and the Chinese, foreign minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday. (HT Photo)
What is going on is something confidential between us and the Chinese, foreign minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 08:45 PM IST

Schools in Punjab to open from October 19, number of students, class hours restricted

Only students of classes 9 to 12 will be allowed to attend physical classes with parental consent, while online classes will continue as usual.

The Centre asked states to decided on the reopening of schools after October 15.(PTI)
The Centre asked states to decided on the reopening of schools after October 15.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 08:07 PM IST

PM Modi reviews vaccine development progress, asks to focus on cost-effective solutions

Both sero-surveys and testing must be scaled up, PM Modi has said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a review meeting to assess the progress made in vaccine research and development.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a review meeting to assess the progress made in vaccine research and development.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 07:09 PM IST

China has no locus standi to comment on Ladakh, Arunachal: Centre

The fact that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India has been clearly conveyed to the highest level of the Chinese side, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.

China can’t comment on India’s internal matters, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava has said.
China can’t comment on India’s internal matters, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava has said.
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 06:52 PM IST

Sushant Singh Rajput death case: Investigation is still going on, says CBI

Reports that claim CBI has reached a conclusion in the SSR death case are erroneous and speculative, CBI says.

Updated on Oct 15, 2020 07:14 PM IST

Russia says its third Covid-19 vaccine is ‘almost ready’

Russia claims that it will have three vaccines by December 2020. However, the smaller trial size of each of its vaccines remains a concern to the global medical fraternity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government.(via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government.(via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:04 PM IST

Covid-19 vaccine: Healthy young people may have to wait till 2022, says WHO

“People tend to think that on the first of January or the first of April, I’m going to get the vaccine, and then things will be back to normal.It’s not going to work like that,” Swaminathan said.

WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan says the first Covid-19 vaccine will be available in limited quantities.(REUTERS)
WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan says the first Covid-19 vaccine will be available in limited quantities.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 03:59 PM IST

‘What did Delhi people do in last 15 days?’ Delhi versus Centre on pollution

Why Delhi’s air quality worsened in 15 days if only 4 per cent pollution is caused by stubble burning, Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai asks Centre.

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai addresses a press conference on current situation of pollution in Delhi and NCR.(PTI)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai addresses a press conference on current situation of pollution in Delhi and NCR.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST

Covid-19: Will vaccines be equally effective for older people?

Anti-ageing drugs could fight Covid-19 among older population, researchers suggest.

It is unlikely that one Covid-19 vaccine will be fit for all age groups. Older people could be treated with anti-ageing drugs, researchers have suggested.(REUTERS)
It is unlikely that one Covid-19 vaccine will be fit for all age groups. Older people could be treated with anti-ageing drugs, researchers have suggested.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:35 PM IST

More Indian-Americans likely to turn out for voting just because of Kamala Harris, reveals survey

About 72% registered Indian American voters plan to vote for Biden and 22 percent intend to vote for Trump in the 2020 November election, reveals a new survey

Democratic US vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is making Indian-Americans enthusiastic about Biden, a survey has claimed.(REUTERS)
Democratic US vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is making Indian-Americans enthusiastic about Biden, a survey has claimed.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 10:39 PM IST

Covid-19 vaccine tracker: Bharat Biotech’s new strategy, Russia’s nod to 2nd vaccine. All you need to know

The results of Bharat Biotech’s phase 2 clinical trial will be known by November.

Russia has granted approval for second vaccine though the efficacy of Sputnik remains to be questioned.(REUTERS)
Russia has granted approval for second vaccine though the efficacy of Sputnik remains to be questioned.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 09:46 PM IST

First Covid-19 reinfection death: 89-year-old Dutch woman dies in Netherlands, two days after chemotherapy

The woman, as reports said, was also being treated for a rare type of white blood cell and cancer and hence her immunity was compromised.

Covid-19 reinfection is an emerging aspect of the ongoing pandemic on which studies are going on. (Representative image)(REUTERS)
Covid-19 reinfection is an emerging aspect of the ongoing pandemic on which studies are going on. (Representative image)(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 08:40 PM IST

Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat, Chandigarh-Delhi Shatabdi: List of new trains available from October 15

All zones of the railways are gearing up for more passengers from October 15.

Apart from special passenger trains to cater to the upcoming festivals, there will be additional local trains for Mumbai commuters from October 15.(PTI)
Apart from special passenger trains to cater to the upcoming festivals, there will be additional local trains for Mumbai commuters from October 15.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 07:26 PM IST

Over 200% hike in daily Covid-19 cases in Kerala in a month

While in early September, the state was reporting a spike of nearly 2, 000 cases daily, last week Kerala reported a single-day spike of 11,755 cases.

Ahead of festive season, Kerala’s Onam has become an example to other states of what should not happen during festivities.(PTI)
Ahead of festive season, Kerala’s Onam has become an example to other states of what should not happen during festivities.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 06:23 PM IST

Unlock 5: Maharashtra allows metro, business exhibitions, weekly markets from October 15

There will be no quarantine stamping of domestic passengers coming to Maharashtra either by flights or trains.

Cinema halls across the country are gearing up to reopen from October 15. However, cinema halls in Maharashtra have not yet got the nod from the state government.(PTI)
Cinema halls across the country are gearing up to reopen from October 15. However, cinema halls in Maharashtra have not yet got the nod from the state government.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 05:09 PM IST
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