Yagya Sharma
Articles by Yagya Sharma

Ban on construction activities as air quality turns ‘severe’ in Ghaziabad

The city on Thursday recorded its first “severe” air quality day this year with an air quality index (AQI) reading of 416, as per the data by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with the primary pollutant being particulate matter (PM) 2.5.

Stage 3 of GRAP is activated as the AQI enters the “severe” category. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
Stage 3 of GRAP is activated as the AQI enters the “severe” category. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
Published on Nov 06, 2022 04:04 PM IST

Watch| Chennai customs seize 1 kg gold worth 45 lakhs hidden in trolley lining

Last week customs officials at Chennai International Airoport seized gold weighing 385 gm and valued at ₹17 .15 lakh that was concealed in CD/DVD writer. Another ₹3.15 lakh worth of gold was found in electronic goods and cigarettes belonging to a passenger from Dubai.

A video shared by the customs department shows the outer lining of the bag being cut open to reveal what seems to be an ordinary metal ring.(Chennai customs/ Twitter)
A video shared by the customs department shows the outer lining of the bag being cut open to reveal what seems to be an ordinary metal ring.(Chennai customs/ Twitter)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 07:14 PM IST

VIDEO | Six-year-old boy kicked in Kerala, BJP says 'Devil's own land'

The accused has been identified as Shihshad from Ponyampalam in Kerala, who justified his inhuman act by saying the boy had been standing near his vehicle for some time.

Screengrab of the footage from Kerala's Thalassery.(@surendranbjp/ Twitter)
Screengrab of the footage from Kerala's Thalassery.(@surendranbjp/ Twitter)
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 02:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi whips himself during Bonalu festival in Telangana. Watch

In a 32-second video shared by the Congress, vibrant visuals of devotees celebrating the festival could be seen, with Gandhi participating in the ritual and ‘whipping’ himself.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi poses for a picture with students during party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Hyderabad on Thursday. (Congress Twitter/ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi poses for a picture with students during party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Hyderabad on Thursday. (Congress Twitter/ANI)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 10:07 PM IST

Gujarat polls: Who will be AAP's CM face? All eyes on these two names

Polling for Gujarat assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 1 and December 5 and the counting of votes will coincide with that of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, on December 8.

This number will be operational till 5pm on November 3. At present, even though two names are in discussion, according to media reports, Kejriwal is ready for the third option as well.(File)
This number will be operational till 5pm on November 3. At present, even though two names are in discussion, according to media reports, Kejriwal is ready for the third option as well.(File)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 06:57 PM IST

'When you need something from your boss...': Viral image from 'Elon Twitter'

Crawford, Twitter's director of product management, responded through a Twitter thread and started by saying, “When your team is pushing round the clock to make deadlines sometimes you #SleepWhereYouWork”.

Elon Musk closed the months-long deal by acquiring Twitter on October 27 and made the announcement a day later by tweeting “the bird is freed”.(@evanstnlyjones/ Twitter)
Elon Musk closed the months-long deal by acquiring Twitter on October 27 and made the announcement a day later by tweeting “the bird is freed”.(@evanstnlyjones/ Twitter)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 02:44 PM IST

Ela Bhatt, activist and Padma Bhushan recipient, passes away; PM Modi tweets

She had been recognised for her work globally and was a recipient of multiple awards including, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1977), the Right Livelihood Award for Changing the Human Environment (1984), the Padma Shri (1985), and the Padma Bhushan (1986).

Under her leadership, SEWA established a cooperative bank in 1974 to provide small loans to women to start their businesses along with financial and business counselling.(PTI)
Under her leadership, SEWA established a cooperative bank in 1974 to provide small loans to women to start their businesses along with financial and business counselling.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 02, 2022 06:43 PM IST

Drunken monkey? Videos from UP show simian gulping beer

The monkey reportedly attacked customers of a nearby liquor shop and snatched the bottles for itself. Shopkeepers said the monkey also scratched and bit anyone trying to stop it.

Screengrab of the viral video. (@psamachar1/ Twitter)
Screengrab of the viral video. (@psamachar1/ Twitter)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 05:54 PM IST

'Shall do great things in physics': Life of Homi Bhabha in points, unseen photos

Abiding by the wishes of his family, Bhabha started studying engineering but was quickly drawn to physics. “I seriously say to you that business or job as an engineer is not the thing for me,” wrote Bhabha in 1932.

 Bhabha was the head of India’s nuclear programme until his death in a plane crash on the way to Geneva on January 24, 1966.(Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council)
Bhabha was the head of India’s nuclear programme until his death in a plane crash on the way to Geneva on January 24, 1966.(Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council)
Published on Oct 30, 2022 10:39 PM IST

‘Misleading’: Govt on Kapil Sibal's ‘prosecution for defamatory remarks’ claim

Earlier in the day, the former Union IT minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI that the government made social media “the only platform left for ordinary citizens” unsafe for users and safe for itself, and “when defamatory statements are made... people will be prosecuted”.

The new IT rules came into effect on Friday under which platforms will have a greater onus to do due diligence and make a reasonable effort to remove illegal content on their own.(@PIBFactCheck/ Twitter)
The new IT rules came into effect on Friday under which platforms will have a greater onus to do due diligence and make a reasonable effort to remove illegal content on their own.(@PIBFactCheck/ Twitter)
Published on Oct 29, 2022 08:38 PM IST

'If they don't want to...': Sherlyn Chopra on Mumbai cops in Sajid Khan row

Asked why she had delayed going public with her charges, Chopra said she told close friends but not her family 'because I thought... what would they think about me'.

Chopra filed her complaint on October 19 and said she wanted Sajid Khan behind bars as 'no one is above the law'.
Chopra filed her complaint on October 19 and said she wanted Sajid Khan behind bars as 'no one is above the law'.
Published on Oct 29, 2022 07:21 PM IST

'Very very exciting working with Rishi Sunak', says UK foreign minister. Watch

He said that over the span of last two decades “terrorists have gone from circulating crackly voice recordings from the depths of Tora Bora to global online recruitment and incitement campaigns to live-stream attacks”.

UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly at the United Nations Security Council special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly at the United Nations Security Council special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 04:00 PM IST

Who is the 'G.O.A.T'?: Cong's Jairam Ramesh shares pic of Rahul Gandhi and...

The pan-India yatra - meant to revive the Congress ahead of critical state elections next year and the Lok Sabha polls in 2024 - will cover 19 assembly and seven parliamentary constituencies in Telangana, whose voters will select a new government in December 2023.

Rahul Gandhi this week led his party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' into Telangana, after visiting Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala.(Jairam Ramesh/ Twitter)
Rahul Gandhi this week led his party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' into Telangana, after visiting Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala.(Jairam Ramesh/ Twitter)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 01:20 PM IST

NASA satellite captures 'smiling Sun'. Know the science behind it

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency under the United States Department of Commerce, has issued a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm warning for Saturday, as Earth is currently in the firing line of the trio of solar wind streams, which could hit our planet in the next few days.

The three dark patches that made the Sun ‘smiling’ are coronal holes- regions of open magnetic field line structures allowing solar wind to readily escape into space.(@NASASun/ Twitter)
The three dark patches that made the Sun ‘smiling’ are coronal holes- regions of open magnetic field line structures allowing solar wind to readily escape into space.(@NASASun/ Twitter)
Updated on Oct 28, 2022 08:49 PM IST

‘Officials and politicians involved’: Child rights chief on trafficking reports

The issue was highlighted on Thursday after the Rajasthan government was issued a notice by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over reports that girls aged between eight and 18 were being auctioned on stamp paper in at least six districts.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has formed a two-member team to probe allegations girls were sold to cover loan repayments.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has formed a two-member team to probe allegations girls were sold to cover loan repayments.
Published on Oct 28, 2022 04:50 PM IST

Covid a result of China 'lab leak’, hints US Senate report

Richard Burr, the panel’s ranking member, said he hopes the report will guide the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international institutions and researchers.

Covid-19 emerged in China between early October and mid-November, prior to the officially accepted timeline of early December 2019, revealed a study. (AP)
Covid-19 emerged in China between early October and mid-November, prior to the officially accepted timeline of early December 2019, revealed a study. (AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2022 02:10 PM IST

‘Election on Yamuna over, focus on MCD poll issues’: Kejriwal's advice to BJP

Kejriwal visited the landfill on Thursday morning and attacked the BJP-ruled MCD over its failure in waste management and creation of three garbage mountains in the national capital.

A thick layer of foam floats on the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi, October 27 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
A thick layer of foam floats on the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi, October 27 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 27, 2022 08:41 PM IST

'Most inspiring image’: Mallikarjun Kharge's son on his father as Cong prez

Priyank Kharge is a Congress MLA representing Chittapur in Karnataka legislative assembly and a former minister for IT, tourism, and social welfare.

On Wednesday, Mallikarjun Kharge took over as party president after defeating Shashi Tharoor in elections for the top post.(@PriyankKharge/ Twitter)
On Wednesday, Mallikarjun Kharge took over as party president after defeating Shashi Tharoor in elections for the top post.(@PriyankKharge/ Twitter)
Published on Oct 27, 2022 01:36 PM IST

PM Modi congratulates Lakshadweep as two of its beaches get ‘Blue’ tag

Last year, Eden Beach in Puducherry and Kovalam Beach in Tamil Nadu had received the coveted title. The certificate is given by the Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) to tourists spots for their high environmental and quality standards.

Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav said the country now has 12 Blue Beaches.(@byadavbjp/ Twitter)
Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav said the country now has 12 Blue Beaches.(@byadavbjp/ Twitter)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 10:09 PM IST

Nitish Kumar shows injuries on stomach sustained during boat collision in Ganga

The chief minister had suffered an accident on October 15 when a streamer carrying him developed a technical snag collided with a pillar of JP Setu in Patna while he was inspecting the ghats on Ganga for Chhath pooja.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar inspects a ghat along the Ganga river ahead of Chhath Puja, in Patna on October 15, 2022. (Photo by Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar inspects a ghat along the Ganga river ahead of Chhath Puja, in Patna on October 15, 2022. (Photo by Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 06:44 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh: Forty monkeys found dead in Srikakulam, poisoning suspected

Villagers claimed that the monkeys were poisoned because they found traces of poison-laced bananas on the animals. Officials said that monkey menace was reported from Mandasa, 30 km from the village where the incident took place.

The forest official added that a post-mortem has been conducted and a report is expected in five days.(ANI)
The forest official added that a post-mortem has been conducted and a report is expected in five days.(ANI)
Published on Oct 26, 2022 02:05 PM IST

What caused 'money showers' on a highway in Chile? Watch

Many believe that thieves are getting bolder in Chile, as attacks on businesses and gaming properties are on a surge. This has led to business owners demanding a stronger police presence.

Screengrab of the video showing money money fallen on the highway in Chile.(Skynews)
Screengrab of the video showing money money fallen on the highway in Chile.(Skynews)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 01:22 PM IST

This is a video from 2001. PM Modi says, 'Brings back many memories'

PM laid the foundation stone of road and ropeway projects worth ₹3,400 crore. These included ropeway projects between Govindghat-Hemkund Sahib and Gaurikund-Kedarnath. "I appeal to all tourists in the country to spend at least 5 per cent of their travel budget on buying local products," Prime Minister Modi said.

On Friday, PM Modi offered prayers at the Kedarnath and Badrinath temples and addressed a gathering in Uttarakhand's Mann village on the India-China border. (@modiarchive/ Twitter)
On Friday, PM Modi offered prayers at the Kedarnath and Badrinath temples and addressed a gathering in Uttarakhand's Mann village on the India-China border. (@modiarchive/ Twitter)
Updated on Oct 22, 2022 10:21 AM IST

Two held for extorting money from couple by recording videos of hotel stay

The police said that a complaint was filed at Phase 3 Police station that a person and his female friend received their videos of staying in the hotel and extortion money was demanded from them.

Another person involved in supplying forged items like bank documents, ATMs, and SIM cards was arrested.(ANI)
Another person involved in supplying forged items like bank documents, ATMs, and SIM cards was arrested.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 22, 2022 08:26 AM IST

Ralph Lauren accused of plagiarising Mexican designs: Explained in 8 points

Gutierrez shared a picture of a Ralph Lauren cardigan with colourful indigenous motifs hanging in a store. “At least admit it (accusation). And I hope you compensate the damage to the original communities that do this work with love and not for (to) profit millionaires” she further wrote.

Screengrab of the post shared by Mexican leader Beatriz Gutierrez on Instagram accusing Ralph Lauren of copying indigenous Mexican designs.(beatrizgutierrezmuller/ Instagram)
Screengrab of the post shared by Mexican leader Beatriz Gutierrez on Instagram accusing Ralph Lauren of copying indigenous Mexican designs.(beatrizgutierrezmuller/ Instagram)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:50 AM IST

New Omicron subvariant may cause fresh wave: WHO chief scientist

Swaminathan informed that WHO is also tracking derivatives of BA.5 and BA.1, which are more transmissible and immune-evasive. As the virus evolves, it is going to become more transmissible, she added.

The WHO chief scientist said that “monitoring and tracking” are the key steps to tackle the situation. (HT file)
The WHO chief scientist said that “monitoring and tracking” are the key steps to tackle the situation. (HT file)
Updated on Oct 21, 2022 09:42 AM IST

Chinese woman held in Delhi for alleged involvement in anti-national activities

The accused Chinese woman has been sent to police custody for 14 days. As per reports, the woman has been living at Majnu Ka Tilla, a Tibetan refugee colony in north Delhi; under the disguise of a Buddhist monk, wearing a traditional deep red monk robe, with a short haircut.

The accused was arrested from Majnu Ka Tila, Delhi, following searches based on the information received, said Delhi police.
The accused was arrested from Majnu Ka Tila, Delhi, following searches based on the information received, said Delhi police.
Updated on Oct 21, 2022 10:06 AM IST

Love in war: Ukrainian sniper marries soldier she met during war against Russia

The wedding was officiated by a military commander. The two fell in love after the war began in February and got engaged in August. The bride shared pictures of her wedding on Instagram, in which she can be seen wearing a white wedding gown, holding ears of wheat in her hands while her husband donned a military uniform with a gun.

“I couldn't imagine a more perfect wedding!” wrote the bride on Instagram. (emerald.evgeniya/ Instagram)
“I couldn't imagine a more perfect wedding!” wrote the bride on Instagram. (emerald.evgeniya/ Instagram)
Updated on Oct 19, 2022 02:02 PM IST

‘Take care of my daughter’: Last words of pilot killed in helicopter crash

A National Defence Academy (NDA) graduate of 1967, Singh was known to friends and family as ‘Ansi’, which was also his flying name. He lived in a posh housing society in the Andheri suburb of Mumbai and is survived by his wife Shirin Anandita and daughter Firoza Singh.

His wife expressed that she had no complaint against anyone as
His wife expressed that she had no complaint against anyone as "an accident is an accident". (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 19, 2022 12:00 PM IST

On Gadkari's challenge, Ujjain MP loses 32 kg; says 2,300 cr plans approved

“I wake up at 5.30 in the morning and then go for a morning walk. My morning workout includes running, exercise and yoga. I follow an Ayurvedic diet chart. I take a light breakfast” said the leader on his fitness routine.

Union minister Gadkari had 4 months back stated on stage that he would give <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1000 crore for development work for each kilo lost.(ANI)
Union minister Gadkari had 4 months back stated on stage that he would give 1000 crore for development work for each kilo lost.(ANI)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 01:04 PM IST
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