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‘Shouldn’t have been on bench that heard harassment charge’: Gogoi

A controversy had erupted after justice Gogoi presided over a three-judge bench on April 20, 2019 after the accusations of sexual harassment surfaced against him.
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (PTI)
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 01:37 AM IST
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ByUtkarsh Anand, New Delhi

ED raids Kerala PFI offices, leaders’ houses over money-laundering charges

People close to the central agency said they received a tip-off that a huge amount was transferred from west Asian countries to the PFI leaders, allegedly being used to foment trouble in the country
The PFI’s early leaders were former cadre of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). (HT Photo)
The PFI’s early leaders were former cadre of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:50 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala gymnast breaks barriers, sets sight on 2024 Olympics

Mehrain’s father Sajjudin, a revenue inspector with the state government, said initially many eyebrows were raised from the community when she took to gymnastics.
Trained by coach D Jayakumar, a former national champion and Railways coach, Mehrain has now set her sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics . (Vivek R Nair/HT Photo)
Trained by coach D Jayakumar, a former national champion and Railways coach, Mehrain has now set her sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics . (Vivek R Nair/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:48 AM IST
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ByRamesh Babu, Thiruvananthapuram

Over 9,000 social media accounts blocked in 2020, Parliament told

As many as 9,849 accounts across social media platforms were blocked in 2020, almost a three-fold increase than those blocked in 2019, the Centre told Parliament on Wednesday.
More than 9,000 accounts across social media platforms were blocked in 2020, almost a three-fold increase than those blocked in 2019.
More than 9,000 accounts across social media platforms were blocked in 2020, almost a three-fold increase than those blocked in 2019.
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:47 AM IST
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ByMalavika Murali, New Delhi

Housing scheme to benefit 4mn: Andhra CM Jagan

Under the scheme, those who had obtained loans from the state housing board, and those who constructed houses in the plots allotted by the previous governments between 1983 and August 15, 2011, can get their houses regularised by paying a prescribed fee under one-time-settlement (OTS) plan.
The opposition Telugu Desam Party described the scheme as a big scam being played on the people, who had been allotted houses under the “weaker section housing scheme.” (PTI)
The opposition Telugu Desam Party described the scheme as a big scam being played on the people, who had been allotted houses under the “weaker section housing scheme.” (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:47 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

57 dogs’ death in IIT-M due to lack of hygiene: Tamil Nadu tells Madras high court

Making a submission to the high court on Tuesday during an on-going case, the state described the situation as alarming. A government team inspected the premises after the People for Cattle in India moved the court alleging ill-treatment of dogs on the campus.
IIT-M has been keeping stray dogs in shelters on its campus. (HT)
IIT-M has been keeping stray dogs in shelters on its campus. (HT)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:46 AM IST
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ByDivya Chandrababu, Chennai

TRS plans yatra against Centre over paddy issue

TRS Parliamentary Party leader Kesava Rao said on Tuesday that the TRS will now adopt an aggressive approach towards the Narendra Modi government and oppose its every decision
The bus yatra aims to explain how the Centre betrayed the farming community of Telangana by refusing to purchase the paddy produced in the state. (PTI)
The bus yatra aims to explain how the Centre betrayed the farming community of Telangana by refusing to purchase the paddy produced in the state. (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:45 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

Stalin writes to Modi on proposed changes in Electricity Act, 2003

While the State PSUs carry the burden of investment in such networks, these private companies were being allowed to use the same without any investment or responsibility to maintain it, Stalin added.
Chief Minister MK Stalin said the proposed amendments will have “far-reaching” implications for state DISCOMs and argued certain provisions will allow “unbridled access” to the private players in select areas. (PTI)
Chief Minister MK Stalin said the proposed amendments will have “far-reaching” implications for state DISCOMs and argued certain provisions will allow “unbridled access” to the private players in select areas. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 12:45 AM IST
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ByPress Trust of India, Chennai

Kerala CM requests PM to sanction Silver Line project

The state government has also agreed in-principle to meet the liability arising from any default on external debt obligation undertaken by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (K-Rail) for the project, Vijayan has said.
The Kerala government has already agreed to meet the entire land acquisition cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13,700 crore for the project. (ANI)
The Kerala government has already agreed to meet the entire land acquisition cost of 13,700 crore for the project. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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ByPress Trust of India, Thiruvananthapuram

Must expand fleet to counter China, Pakistan: IAF chief

China poses a significant challenge to the realisation of India’s strategic goals, while Pakistan has upgraded its combat aircraft fleet and forward airbases, the IAF chief said on Wednesday.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari addresses during the 18th Subroto Mukerjee Seminar, at Air Force Auditorium, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari addresses during the 18th Subroto Mukerjee Seminar, at Air Force Auditorium, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

30-year-old kills family over suspicion of conversion, dies by suicide in Mangaluru

Police said the bodies of the 30-year-old, his 26-year-old wife, their eight-year-old daughter and four-year-old son, were found in their house.
Officials said that the man sent a voice note to the assistant sub-inspector of Mangaluru South police station around 10.45am, saying he died by suicide. (Representative use)
Officials said that the man sent a voice note to the assistant sub-inspector of Mangaluru South police station around 10.45am, saying he died by suicide. (Representative use)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

Two-year-old found murdered in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi

The young boy went missing while out of his home on Monday and could not be traced, the police said. The body was dumped under a heap of sand in a construction site which was discovered by workers, people aware of the development said.
Though a preliminary investigation has revealed that the boy had sustained injuries to the head, police officials have said that they are probing all angles to the murder, including the possibility of Black magic. (Representative use)
Though a preliminary investigation has revealed that the boy had sustained injuries to the head, police officials have said that they are probing all angles to the murder, including the possibility of Black magic. (Representative use)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:41 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

‘Martyr’: No such nomenclature, govt tells Parliament

There is no official nomenclature such as “martyr” for the armed forces’ personnel who are killed in line of duty, the ministry of home affairs informed Parliament on Wednesday.
There is no official nomenclature such as ‘martyr’ for the armed forces’ personnel who are killed in line of duty, the Centre told Parliament. (ANI)
There is no official nomenclature such as ‘martyr’ for the armed forces’ personnel who are killed in line of duty, the Centre told Parliament. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:41 AM IST
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ByIsha Sahai Bhatnagar, New Delhi

Karnataka: Two hospitals identified for isolating int’l passengers who test Covid positive

The Karnataka government has identified two public hospitals for isolation and treatment of international passengers who arrive in the state and test positive for Covid-19, according to a health department statement on Wednesday
The two hospitals in these cities are Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru and Wenlock in Mangaluru. (Agencies)
The two hospitals in these cities are Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru and Wenlock in Mangaluru. (Agencies)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:41 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

France keen to set up institute in Karnataka, says minister Narayan

The statements came after Narayan met Thierry Berthelot, the newly appointed Consul General of France for Bengaluru.
Karnataka higher education minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said the courses of this institute will be aligned with the corporate needs and train students with global-level skills. (File)
Karnataka higher education minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said the courses of this institute will be aligned with the corporate needs and train students with global-level skills. (File)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:40 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

Karnataka CM Bommai hints at fresh Covid-19 curbs across state

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with officers on Covid management, Bommai said that he obtained details on the Covid situation in various districts, Covid clusters, primary and secondary contacts of Omicron patients, whether standard protocol are being followed for management and treatment of Omicron cases in other countries.
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai also said that the fresh Covid guidelines, if come into effect, will be for the entire state, not for ‘selected’ districts. (Agencies)
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai also said that the fresh Covid guidelines, if come into effect, will be for the entire state, not for ‘selected’ districts. (Agencies)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:40 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

Odisha police plea against re-investigating 2 local BJP leaders’ murder rejected

Local BJP leader Kulamani Baral’s family alleged that his murder was linked to a campaign against local leaders of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders linked to alleged irregularities related to PMAY houses. Odisha police, they said, was trying to shield law minister Pratap Jena
The Odisha police FIR registered on the statement of local BJP leader Kulamani Baral’s son blamed law minister Pratap Jena and 12 others for Baral’s murder. Investigators, however, could not find any evidence to link the minister (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Odisha police FIR registered on the statement of local BJP leader Kulamani Baral’s son blamed law minister Pratap Jena and 12 others for Baral’s murder. Investigators, however, could not find any evidence to link the minister (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:37 AM IST
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ByDebabrata Mohanty

Nagaland killings: Congress delegates en route to Mon district stopped at Jorhat airport

A delegation of Congress leaders was stopped at Jorhat airport in Assam by the district administration when they were on their way to meet the families of civilians who were killed in a botched Army operation in Nagaland last week.
Congress leaders protest at Jorhat airport after they were not allow to leave for Nagaland on Wednesday. (Twitter/@gauravgogoiasm)
Congress leaders protest at Jorhat airport after they were not allow to leave for Nagaland on Wednesday. (Twitter/@gauravgogoiasm)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:35 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Guwahati

Leadership, ownership, reforms: Amit Shah lists the factors that helped India tackle Covid-19

New Delhi: Giving a glimpse of how the government believes India has battled the threat posed by the pandemic, home minister Amit Shah, speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit over the weekend, listed out a set of factors — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ability to motivate citizens to take ownership of the battle against Covid-19 through self-discipline; prompt remedial action by the government when the pandemic threatened to strain India’s health infrastructure; a concerted vaccination campaign; and simultaneous focus on structural economic reforms
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Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:33 AM IST
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Counterterror specialist among victims of Coonoor crash

Brigadier LS Lidder served as India’s defence attache to Kazakhstan and was a counterterrorism specialist
Firemen and rescue workers stand next to the debris of an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. (AFP)
Firemen and rescue workers stand next to the debris of an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. (AFP)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:32 AM IST
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Entire staff of Rajasthan government school booked in gang rape case: Police

While a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to probe the matter, prima facie, it appeared to be an act of revenge against the teachers by their former colleague who was arrested last year on charges of molesting a minor, they added.
Entire staff of Rajasthan government school booked in gang rape case: Police
Entire staff of Rajasthan government school booked in gang rape case: Police
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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BySachin Saini, Jaipur

After CDS Rawat’s demise, Centre faces critical succession question

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has become the most senior military officer in the country after CDS Rawat’s demise
Military police personnel guard the residence of CDS General Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (AP)
Military police personnel guard the residence of CDS General Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (AP)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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Parliament: Opposition corners govt over commitments at Glasgow climate meet

Climate crisis took centre stage in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as opposition parties raised questions on how India plans to meet its commitments made at the recent climate conference in Glasgow.
Climate crisis took centre stage in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as opposition parties raised questions on how India plans to meet its commitments made at the recent climate conference in Glasgow. (PTI)
Climate crisis took centre stage in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as opposition parties raised questions on how India plans to meet its commitments made at the recent climate conference in Glasgow. (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Coonoor crash turns spotlight on high-profile military air accidents

The Coonoor crash came 58 years after top military officials were killed in an Indian Air Force Alouette chopper crash near Poonch on November 22, 1963
Wreckage of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Wreckage of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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Hindi writer Wajahat to be awarded 31st Vyas Samman for 2019 play

The award, instituted in 1991 and given by the KK Birla Foundation, recognises outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen and published in the previous 10 years. It carries a cash prize of 4 lakh.
In his play Mahabali, Wajahat focuses on Mughal emperor Akbar and poet Tulsidas to bring to the fore the different worlds of power politics and art. (HT Photo)
In his play Mahabali, Wajahat focuses on Mughal emperor Akbar and poet Tulsidas to bring to the fore the different worlds of power politics and art. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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Parliament approves bills on ART, surrogacy

Parliament has passed a bill to regulate assisted reproductive technology (ART) services such as in-vitro fertilisation centres, sperm or egg banks and curb unethical practices related to issues such as sex selection.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill 2021 by a voice vote, a week after the Lok Sabha cleared the draft legislation. (ANI)
The Rajya Sabha passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill 2021 by a voice vote, a week after the Lok Sabha cleared the draft legislation. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:26 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Never heard a blast like that: Eyewitnesses on Coonoor crash

Sangeeta was among the first to reach the burning wreckage where the Mi-17V5 helicopter had come down and joined others who were attempting to douse the flames with buckets of water
Wreckage of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Wreckage of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:25 AM IST
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Supreme Court panel on charges against me was cleared by all judges, says Gogoi

Launched on Wednesday, the former CJI’s book contains 14 chapters setting down various known and unknown details about his childhood, his journey to judgeship, and the spate of controversies that he got embroiled in during his 13-month tenure as the head of judiciary between October 2018 and November 2019.
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said in respect of the person against whom the allegations were enquired into by the committee, I could have no role in any step of decision-making. (PTI)
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said in respect of the person against whom the allegations were enquired into by the committee, I could have no role in any step of decision-making. (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:25 AM IST
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Cabinet clears Ken-Betwa river linking project

A massive infrastructure project, the linking of the two rivers will be bring water to the perennially drought-hit and impoverished Bundelkhand region, spread across the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Gangau Dam and Reservoir on Ken river in Panna National Park in Chhatarpur, in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand district. (HT file photo)
Gangau Dam and Reservoir on Ken river in Panna National Park in Chhatarpur, in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand district. (HT file photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:23 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi
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