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ED can interrogate Unitech promoters in custody: SC

Supreme Court modifies its August order to allow the agency to question Sanjay and Ajay Chandra.
Image used only for representation (Mint File Photo)
Image used only for representation (Mint File Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 02:38 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas

When did wealth become a measure of the worth of a man?

Every professional I meet at Bengaluru’s great companies, be it Titan or Flipkart, have their “origin tales” of how they struggled and succeeded. Equally, all of us, me included, now lead lives, where we do everything we can so that our kids don’t struggle
Shoba Narayan
Shoba Narayan
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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Months on, Bengaluru roads’ audit stuck in a limbo

According to the BBMP’s estimates, one kilometre of a two-lane road under Smart City costs anywhere between 7.5 to 11 crores (including underground ducts), and the same for a tar road is around 80 lakhs to 1.3 crores
During the assembly session in September, CM Basavaraj Bommai had said that <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,060 crore have been spent on road-related works in the city. (HT Photo)
During the assembly session in September, CM Basavaraj Bommai had said that 20,060 crore have been spent on road-related works in the city. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

More clusters emerge as 15 students test Covid positive in Karnataka

With the increase in the number of clusters in Karnataka educational institutes and the scare over the new variant, several private schools have suspended offline classes, said the office-bearers of the schools’ association.
he Karnataka government has issued an advisory on the emergence of the new Covid-19 clusters and said that all social and cultural events, conferences, seminars, academic events, etc. in educational institutions may be postponed for two months. (PTIT)
he Karnataka government has issued an advisory on the emergence of the new Covid-19 clusters and said that all social and cultural events, conferences, seminars, academic events, etc. in educational institutions may be postponed for two months. (PTIT)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

‘Plan to keep pot boiling’, SIT on Zakia Jafri’s plea in 2002 Gujarat riots

“This court should give a closure to this case. Further agony should not go on at the instance of the second petitioner (Setalvad) who wants to keep the pot boiling,” the SIT, represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said.
The SIT, which took up Zakia Jafri’s complaint in 2011 on an order by the top court, filed a closure report in February 2012 giving clean chit to 63 people, and ruling out any conspiracy by the state or its officials. (Archive)
The SIT, which took up Zakia Jafri’s complaint in 2011 on an order by the top court, filed a closure report in February 2012 giving clean chit to 63 people, and ruling out any conspiracy by the state or its officials. (Archive)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:54 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas

BJP’s rise in Telangana may be behind KCR’s attack

The change was evident in the presence of TRS’ parliamentary party leader K Kesava Rao at the meeting of 16 Opposition parties at the office of Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday condemning the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members.
For seven years now, the TRS, headed by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has largely voted along with the ruling party. (HT)
For seven years now, the TRS, headed by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has largely voted along with the ruling party. (HT)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:52 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

Landslides hit hills in Tirumala, 20 pilgrimshave narrow escape

This is the second time in less than two weeks that the ghat road was closed for traffic due to landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed the temple town, along with several parts of the south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts, which are still reeling under the impact of the depression in the Bay of Bengal
A major accident was averted as the driver stopped the bus on time. (PTI)
A major accident was averted as the driver stopped the bus on time. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:51 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

I-T raids Saravana Selvarathinam in Tamil Nadu

More than a 100 of the I-T officials conducted searches at more than 20 premises in the districts of Chennai, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Coimbatore from Wednesday morning. The search operations included eight places in Chennai. “The searches have not concluded and it will continue on Thursday,” said the official requesting anonymity.
Saravana Selvarathinam has six stores across Tamil Nadu. (HT File)
Saravana Selvarathinam has six stores across Tamil Nadu. (HT File)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:49 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Chennai

Kerala rape case: High court cuts down former Catholic priest’s prison term to 10 yrs

The trail court in Thalassery in north Kerala had sentenced him to 20 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 2 lakh in 2019. Found guilty of rape and other provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Vadakumchery was sentenced to 60 years but the trial court had fixed his jail term to 20 years.
Found guilty of rape and other provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the former Catholic priest was sentenced to 60 years but the trial court had fixed his jail term to 20 years. (Representative use)
Found guilty of rape and other provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the former Catholic priest was sentenced to 60 years but the trial court had fixed his jail term to 20 years. (Representative use)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:48 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Thiruvananthapuram

AIADMK changes bylaws to strengthen dual leadership

According to bylaws, the AIADMK’s members of the general council (roughly 3,000 of them) had the power to elect or remove the party leaders
After the change in bylaws, the coordinator (O Panneerselvam) and joint coordinator (Edappadi Palaniswami) will be internally elected by a ‘single voting system’ directly by the primary members, who have been associated with the party for five continuous years. (ANI)
After the change in bylaws, the coordinator (O Panneerselvam) and joint coordinator (Edappadi Palaniswami) will be internally elected by a ‘single voting system’ directly by the primary members, who have been associated with the party for five continuous years. (ANI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:48 AM IST
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Samples of 6 int'l fliers who tested Covid positive sent for genome sequencing

The passengers are from 11 flights that landed between 12 am and 4 pm on December 1. All of them undertook RT-PCR tests.
Passengers lined up at a terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)
Passengers lined up at a terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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UP elections: Grand temple to be build in Mathura, says deputy CM Maurya

Preparations are underway for the construction of a grand temple in Mathura on the lines of Ayodhya and Varanasi, Keshav Prasad Maurya said.
UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday said that preparations were underway for the construction of a grand temple in Mathura on the lines of Ayodhya and Varanasi.
UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday said that preparations were underway for the construction of a grand temple in Mathura on the lines of Ayodhya and Varanasi.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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Jaish IED expert among two terrorists killed in J&K

According to officials familiar with the matter, the encounter broke out during a search operation in Qasbayar village of Pulwama on Wednesday. Police have identified the terrorists as Jaish IED expert Yasir Parray and Pakistan national Ali Bhai.
Two terrorists, including an IED expert of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, were killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said. (AP)
Two terrorists, including an IED expert of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, were killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said. (AP)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:37 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Srinagar

EU special envoy on Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson visits New Delhi, holds talk with Shringla

Niklasson travelled to India after holding talks in Doha over the weekend with a Taliban delegation led by acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla met the EU special envoy on Wednesday and exchanged views on the “current situation in Afghanistan” and agreed to “continue the ongoing coordination between India & EU on Afghanistan”. (File photo)
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla met the EU special envoy on Wednesday and exchanged views on the “current situation in Afghanistan” and agreed to “continue the ongoing coordination between India & EU on Afghanistan”. (File photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:35 AM IST
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SC raps ONGC for haggling over arbitration fee, ‘insulting judges’

“You (ONGC) are insulting judges because you think you have a lot of money. You think you can say anything, do anything,” the SC bench said.
A public sector undertaking cannot insult former judges of constitutional courts after agreeing to utilise their services as arbitrators, SC said on Wednesday as it pulled up ONGC for haggling over the arbitration fee.
A public sector undertaking cannot insult former judges of constitutional courts after agreeing to utilise their services as arbitrators, SC said on Wednesday as it pulled up ONGC for haggling over the arbitration fee.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:53 AM IST
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Phone tapping case: Delhi Police again summon Gehlot’s OSD

The Delhi Police have summoned Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s OSD for questioning for his alleged involvement in a phone tapping case.
The Delhi Police have summoned Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s OSD for questioning for his alleged involvement in a phone tapping case.
The Delhi Police have summoned Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s OSD for questioning for his alleged involvement in a phone tapping case.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:28 AM IST
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Goa BJP’s first response to Congress claim of ‘sex scandal’ is a dare

Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar on Tuesday claimed that he has accessed a video clip where a minister was seen abusing his status to sexually exploit a young woman
Goa BJP president Sadanand Shet Tanavade said the Congress should name the Goa minister accused of exploitation if the opposition was serious about the allegations (Twitter/@ShetSadanand)
Goa BJP president Sadanand Shet Tanavade said the Congress should name the Goa minister accused of exploitation if the opposition was serious about the allegations (Twitter/@ShetSadanand)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:29 AM IST
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ByGerard de Souza

Consider having a council for judicial infrastructure at national level, Supreme Court asks Centre

The bench was categorical that chief justices of all the high courts were in unison that while they were open to all the ideas of enhancing judicial infrastructure, they did not wish to keep pursuing the state governments for funds
The Supreme Court said that infrastructural requirements of high courts and subordinate courts in the country should not be left to the “mercy of the state governments” anymore. (HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court said that infrastructural requirements of high courts and subordinate courts in the country should not be left to the “mercy of the state governments” anymore. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:28 AM IST
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Rahul meets Sidhu, Channi and Jakhar to chart Punjab strategy

They are learnt to have discussed several issues, including those related to the party and its strategy for the Punjab assembly polls scheduled early next year.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior leader Sunil Jakhar met with former party president Rahul Gandhi at his Delhi residence. (Agencies)
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior leader Sunil Jakhar met with former party president Rahul Gandhi at his Delhi residence. (Agencies)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:26 AM IST
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Parliament winter session: Lok Sabha passes Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill to regulate IVF clinics

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, to regulate assisted reproductive technology (ART) services such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) centres, sperm or egg banks etc that have mushroomed across the country
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya speaks on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, in Lok Sabha during ongoing winter session of Parliament on Wednesday. (PTI)
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya speaks on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, in Lok Sabha during ongoing winter session of Parliament on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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ByRhythma Kaul, New Delhi

Question on Gujarat riots in Class 12 test inappropriate; will take action: CBSE

The question, which came under scanner, was part of the multiple-choice Sociology paper “The unprecedented scale and spread of anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 took place under which government?, ” the question read.
The CBSE said that a question on the 2002 Gujarat communal riots asked in the class 12 sociology Term 1 board paper was inappropriate. (Agencies/Representative use)
The CBSE said that a question on the 2002 Gujarat communal riots asked in the class 12 sociology Term 1 board paper was inappropriate. (Agencies/Representative use)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:19 AM IST
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BySadia Akhtar, New Delhi

NHAI suffered 2,731.32 crore loss due to farmers’ protest, Parliament told

NHAI suffered toll losses worth 2,731.32 crore in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan due to the farmers’ protest since last October, the government informed Parliament on Wednesday.
NHAI suffered toll losses worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,731.32 crore in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan due to the farmers’ protest since last October, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. (HT file photo)
NHAI suffered toll losses worth 2,731.32 crore in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan due to the farmers’ protest since last October, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. (HT file photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:17 AM IST
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BySweta Goswami, New Delhi

CBI arrests 5 CPI (M) activists for murder of Kerala Youth Congress leaders

Youth Congress workers Kripesh and Sharath Lal were waylaid and hacked to death brutally in Periya (north Kerala’s Kasaragod) in February 2019. Initially the CPI (M) disowned the twin murders and condemned them. Later parents of both young men moved the High Court for a central agency probe saying the investigation was not on the right track.
The CBI on Wednesday arrested five Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers in connection with the murder of two Youth Congress leaders in north Kerala’s Kasaragod two years ago. (FILE PHOTO.)
The CBI on Wednesday arrested five Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers in connection with the murder of two Youth Congress leaders in north Kerala’s Kasaragod two years ago. (FILE PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:17 AM IST
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Parliament winter session: Oppn plans to continue protest in RS for a week

The Congress-led opposition on Wednesday decided to continue its agitation against the suspension of 12 MPs in Rajya Sabha for a week.
Rajya Sabha adjourned following the continuous ruckus by Opposition MPs on suspension of members during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. (ANI)
Rajya Sabha adjourned following the continuous ruckus by Opposition MPs on suspension of members during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:55 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Behaviour of Opposition MPs not justified, says Speaker Om Birla

Less than 30 minutes into the Question Hour where only four questions were taken up, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings till noon even as TRS MPs continued their protests.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said that the behaviour of Opposition MPs is not justified and Parliament cannot function if the MPs keep disturbing the proceedings. (ANI PHOTO.)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said that the behaviour of Opposition MPs is not justified and Parliament cannot function if the MPs keep disturbing the proceedings. (ANI PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:09 AM IST
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ByMalavika Murali

Crop insurance: States yet to pay 4,744 crore subsidy, Parliament told

The total subsidy amount that state governments owed over the past three financial years in a row stood at 4,744 crore as on November 24, 2021, according to figures revealed by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply to a query in Parliament.
Several large states are yet to pay thousands of crores towards their share of subsidy for premiums under the flagship farm insurance programme, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. (HT file photo)
Several large states are yet to pay thousands of crores towards their share of subsidy for premiums under the flagship farm insurance programme, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. (HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:10 AM IST
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ByZia Haq, New Delhi

India’s active cases drop below 100,000 for the first time in 18 months

With 99,023 active infections across India as of Wednesday morning, the case burden on the country is at the lowest since June 2, 2020 – a time when the first wave of the pandemic was just beginning.
The rate of Covid 19 vaccine administration across the country appears to be rising again with 8.1 million daily shots administered on average in the past week(HT Photo/Sunil Ghosh)
The rate of Covid 19 vaccine administration across the country appears to be rising again with 8.1 million daily shots administered on average in the past week(HT Photo/Sunil Ghosh)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:39 AM IST
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HTLS 2021: ‘What’s better than one gold? Two golds’

New Delhi: They belong to the most unique and exclusive club in India — a club that has, out of a population of over 1
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Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:05 AM IST
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Parliament winter session: MPs’ suspension continues to rock House proceedings

Fierce protests against the suspension of MPs continued to rock the Rajya Sabha in the ongoing winter session of Parliament for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.
Suspended Opposition Rajya Sabha MPs protest near Gandhi statue during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Suspended Opposition Rajya Sabha MPs protest near Gandhi statue during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:03 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi
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