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The analysts said central leadership of the BJP seems to have left it to Yediyurappa to deal with the problem.(PTI)

Dissent escalates in Karnataka BJP against Yediyurappa after cabinet reshuffle

By Sharan Poovanna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:41 AM IST
The new ministers as well as those who were divested of key portfolios hit back at the chief minister. The CM inducted seven ministers into his cabinet on January 13.
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Perarivalan was among seven persons convicted by a Special TADA court for being part of the conspiracy to assassinate former PM Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991.(File photo)
Perarivalan was among seven persons convicted by a Special TADA court for being part of the conspiracy to assassinate former PM Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991.(File photo)

Will decide in 4 weeks on mercy plea of Rajiv case convict: Tamil Nadu Guv to SC

By Abraham Thomas | PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:38 AM IST
During pendency of the mercy plea, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet in September 2018 recommended release of all seven convicts including Perarivalan for their involvement in the 1991 assassination.
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Sasikala, 63, is due to be released from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara prison on January 27 after serving a four-year term following her conviction for amassing assets disproportionate to her income.(PTI File Photo)
Sasikala, 63, is due to be released from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara prison on January 27 after serving a four-year term following her conviction for amassing assets disproportionate to her income.(PTI File Photo)

Sasikala tests positive for Covid days before release from prison

By Sharan Poovanna, Divya Chandrababu, Chennai And Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:34 AM IST
Sasikala had tested negative on Wednesday when she was taken to Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru after complaining of breathlessness and fever.
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India on Thursday sent 2 million doses of a coronavirus to Bangladesh, a gift that is likely to foster bilateral relations further between the two South Asian neighbors.(AP/PTI)
India on Thursday sent 2 million doses of a coronavirus to Bangladesh, a gift that is likely to foster bilateral relations further between the two South Asian neighbors.(AP/PTI)

India sends Covishield vaccines to Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:32 AM IST
  • Under India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, India has already dispatched vaccines to Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives as India has assured that friendly nations get every form of support.
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Maheshwari also said that keeping in mind the increasing responsibility of its VIP security wing, the force is enhancing its skills to match up to the Special Protection Group (SPG), which protects the Prime Minister and is a separate agency.(PTI)
Maheshwari also said that keeping in mind the increasing responsibility of its VIP security wing, the force is enhancing its skills to match up to the Special Protection Group (SPG), which protects the Prime Minister and is a separate agency.(PTI)

May induct women officers in specialised anti-maoist force: CRPF DG

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:30 AM IST
“We are favourably considering inducting women in CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action),” Maheshwari said, addressing mediapersons at a press conference.
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People familiar with the matter added Union minister Satya Pal Singh asked what the ministry was planning to do regarding cybercrimes such as phishing.(Representative image)
People familiar with the matter added Union minister Satya Pal Singh asked what the ministry was planning to do regarding cybercrimes such as phishing.(Representative image)

No clear definition, computer-aided offence a cybercrime: MHA report

By Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:24 AM IST
“Such offences are dealt as per the legal provisions of the Information Technology Act, Indian Penal Code, POSCO etc,” the ministry has said. It added that government has also straightened the legal framework by dealing with cybercrime cases against women and children as child sex abuse materials.
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After a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on Thursday that Beijing had gifted 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as aid.(AP File Photo )
After a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on Thursday that Beijing had gifted 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as aid.(AP File Photo )

Amid India’s Covid vaccine export, China offers 500k doses to Pak

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:11 AM IST
Two Indian flights carried two million doses of Covishield to Dhaka and one million doses to Kathmandu, and people familiar with matter said on condition of anonymity that supplies would be sent to Seychelles (50,000 doses), Mauritius (100,000 doses) and Myanmar (1.5 million doses) on Friday.
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HAL successfully test-fired a Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Hawk-i aircraft off the coast of Odisha on Thursday(ANI Photo)
HAL successfully test-fired a Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Hawk-i aircraft off the coast of Odisha on Thursday(ANI Photo)

Hawk-i aircraft test-fires DRDO’s smart weapon

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:08 AM IST
The Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) is a precision strike weapon that can be used to target enemy airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks and runways.
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On Friday, Modi will interact with people who have been vaccinated and vaccinators in Varanasi at 1:15pm via video conferencing.(PTI)
On Friday, Modi will interact with people who have been vaccinated and vaccinators in Varanasi at 1:15pm via video conferencing.(PTI)

Covid-19: PM Modi likely to take vaccine in second phase of drive

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:04 AM IST
India is currently administering vaccines to 30 million health care and frontline workers. The second phase of the programme will involve 270 million people over 50 and those with compromised immunity or underlying medical conditions that make them vulnerable to Covid-19.
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China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet opposing New Delhi’s consistent stand that the northeastern state is an integral and inalienable part of India.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet opposing New Delhi’s consistent stand that the northeastern state is an integral and inalienable part of India.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

‘Construction in our own territory’: China on Arunachal village report

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:59 AM IST
The Chinese foreign ministry was responding to the report based on satellite imagery, which showed rows of houses in Indian territory that has been under Chinese control since 1959, and which is disputed.
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The panel summoned Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company, after the latter’s new privacy policy, which stated that the messaging app would mandatorily share data with the social media website, caused a storm.(Reuters file photo)
The panel summoned Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company, after the latter’s new privacy policy, which stated that the messaging app would mandatorily share data with the social media website, caused a storm.(Reuters file photo)

IT panel quizzes Facebook, Twitter over data protection

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:50 AM IST
“It was a constructive debate, with all parties agreeing that technology is evolving everyday,” said a person familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Demonstrators at the site of the farmers protest against farm laws in Ghazipur, New Delhi(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Demonstrators at the site of the farmers protest against farm laws in Ghazipur, New Delhi(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

LIVE: Farmers' unions, govt to hold Round 11 of talks on farm laws

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:01 AM IST
  • Farmers will discuss the proposal given by the government to hold the implementation of farm laws for 18 months and permission for Republic Day's tractor rally in Friday's meeting.
Saffron production peaked in Kashmir in the 1990s with an annual average output of around 15.5 tonnes.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Saffron production peaked in Kashmir in the 1990s with an annual average output of around 15.5 tonnes.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Kashmir’s saffron yield breaks decade-old record

By Mir Ehsan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:29 AM IST
Saffron is reputed to be the world’s most expensive spice and is known as the king of condiments. It fetches between 1.5 lakh and 2.5 lakh per kilogram.
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CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, while ordering the acquittal last year, cited a lack of evidence and added the probe agency could not prove the authenticity of the audio and video evidence submitted.(HT PHOTO)
CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, while ordering the acquittal last year, cited a lack of evidence and added the probe agency could not prove the authenticity of the audio and video evidence submitted.(HT PHOTO)

Deadline over, CBI yet to take a call on Babri case

By Neeraj Chauhan, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:06 AM IST
One of the people, a senior CBI officer, said that “the Special CBI Court judgement (dated September 30 last year) is still being examined , but we are still undecided.”
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Until January 19, the closure had lasted 304 days. Nupi Keithel hosted 3, 614 license holding vendors.(Sanjeev Verma/HT file photo. Representative image)
Until January 19, the closure had lasted 304 days. Nupi Keithel hosted 3, 614 license holding vendors.(Sanjeev Verma/HT file photo. Representative image)

Covid-19: 10 months on, women running Imphal market seek to reopen shop

By Sobhapati Samom, Imphal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:39 AM IST
“The closure of the market not only affects the women vendors, but also the money lenders and product suppliers,” Bina Devi, a resident of Imphal West district, explained.
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The farmer bodies are seeking repeal of the three farm bills.(PTI file photo)
The farmer bodies are seeking repeal of the three farm bills.(PTI file photo)

Govt denies RTIs on agri laws citing court hearings

By Chetan Chauhan, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:31 AM IST
Several RTI applications have been filed with the agriculture ministry and Niti Aayog since November 27, when farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh started their protests against the three farm bills.
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A statement put out by the unions said a full general body meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha was held on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
A statement put out by the unions said a full general body meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha was held on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Farmer unions reject offer to put farm laws on hold

By Zia Haq, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:10 AM IST
In the 10th round of negotiations with a 41-member delegation representing farm unions on Wednesday, the Union government offered to suspend the three pieces of legislation in its most far-reaching proposal yet.
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The young Turks, some Congress leaders said, may yet again demand that the CWC pick Rahul Gandhi as the next party chief .
The young Turks, some Congress leaders said, may yet again demand that the CWC pick Rahul Gandhi as the next party chief .

Internal elections, upcoming assembly polls in focus as CWC meets today

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:00 AM IST
The meeting is being closely watched both by the old guard, including the 23 signatories to a August letter to party president Sonia Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the Congress’ functioning, as well as the young Turks, mainly leaders allied with former party president Rahul Gandhi.
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Officials credited the improvement to changes in the Co-WIN application that now allows vaccinators to administer shots to walk-in health care workers if those scheduled did not turn up.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Officials credited the improvement to changes in the Co-WIN application that now allows vaccinators to administer shots to walk-in health care workers if those scheduled did not turn up.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Covid-19 vaccinations cross 1 million, drive picks up pace in Delhi

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:52 AM IST
The cumulative number of vaccinations, while still a little over 57% of the target, is an improvement over what was seen as on Wednesday when it was 55%.
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These soldiers are part of a reserve division whose elements can be swiftly marshalled to support front-line troops guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China to deal with any contingency in the sensitive sector, the people said.(PTI fILE)
These soldiers are part of a reserve division whose elements can be swiftly marshalled to support front-line troops guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China to deal with any contingency in the sensitive sector, the people said.(PTI fILE)

Army plans to deploy 10,000 troops as LAC reinforcements

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:42 AM IST
On January 12, army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said the army was in the process of reducing its footprint in the Northeast to sharpen its focus on external threats.
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The web series Mirzapur was launched in 2018 by Excel Entertainment and due to its successful run, the second edition of the web series was launched in October 2020. (HT FILE PHOTO).
The web series Mirzapur was launched in 2018 by Excel Entertainment and due to its successful run, the second edition of the web series was launched in October 2020. (HT FILE PHOTO).

SC notice on plea to ban Mirzapur web series, set up pre-screening body for OTT

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:27 AM IST
  • The petition demanded an immediate ban on further screening of the web series and sought directions from the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to set up a pre-screening committee for censoring content of similar web series, movies or other programmes release on OTT platforms.
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Covid-19 vaccines being unloaded from a flight at the Dehradun airport. (HT PHOTO).
Covid-19 vaccines being unloaded from a flight at the Dehradun airport. (HT PHOTO).

Double temperature checks, regular monitoring keep vaccines safe in Uttarakhand

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:18 AM IST
  • Uttarakhand at present has over 92,000 doses of Covishield vaccine, after a second consignment was received by the state on Wednesday afternoon. The state received the first consignment of 1.13 lakh vaccines on January 13.
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Issuing a notice on Shinde’s petition, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde asked the MCGM and its Mayor to respond whether the power to have a Leader of Opposition for the House could be exercised only once during the term of the House. (HT FILE PHOTO).
Issuing a notice on Shinde’s petition, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde asked the MCGM and its Mayor to respond whether the power to have a Leader of Opposition for the House could be exercised only once during the term of the House. (HT FILE PHOTO).

SC issues notice on BJP leader's plea, wants Mumbai mayor's response in 15 days

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:57 AM IST
  • The plea before the court was made by BJP councillor Prabhakar Tukaram Shinde, who is currently the Group Leader of the BJP in MCGM.
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BJP president JP Nadda will visit Chinhat in Uttar Pradesh on Friday to hold a meeting with the workers of the rural areas. (ANI PHOTO).
BJP president JP Nadda will visit Chinhat in Uttar Pradesh on Friday to hold a meeting with the workers of the rural areas. (ANI PHOTO).

Nadda meets UP ministers, asks them to prep for 2022 assembly polls

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:34 AM IST
  • BJP state unit general secretary Ashwani Tyagi said the party’s national chief reviewed the working of the ministers. He applauded the state government and CM Yogi Adityanath for providing momentum to development work amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Chairman Anit Thapa during a rally at Sukna in Siliguri in December 2020.(PTI)
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Chairman Anit Thapa during a rally at Sukna in Siliguri in December 2020.(PTI)

Citizenship row hits GTA chairman Anit Thapa after Nepalese portal’s claim

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:14 AM IST
  • Anit Thapa refuted the portal's claim and claimed it was a conspiracy.
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Dissent escalates in K’taka BJP against BSY after cabinet reshuffle

By Sharan Poovanna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:11 AM IST
Bengaluru: Hours after he shuffled his cabinet to allocate portfolios to newly inducted ministers, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa faced a backlash on Thursday from both the old guard and the new entrants, leaving the 77-year-old seemingly isolated
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Sasikala tests positive for Covid days before release from prison

By Sharan Poovanna and Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:11 AM IST
Chennai and Bengaluru: VK Sasikala, the jailed associate of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J
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Will decide in 4 weeks on mercy plea of Rajiv case convict: TN Guv to SC

By Abraham Thomas, New delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:10 AM IST
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Thursday told the Supreme Court that a decision on the mercy petition of one of the convicts serving a life sentence for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, AG Perarivalan will be taken within four weeks
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Internal elections, upcoming assembly polls in focus as Cong Working Committee meets today

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:09 AM IST
New Delhi:The Congress Working Committee meeting on Friday might consider the upcoming assembly elections in four states and the time required for the party’s election authority (CEA) to prepare the ground for internal elections, before drawing up a schedule for the latter, which could see the election of a new president
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Ahead of elections, TMC says BSF being misused

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:08 AM IST
Kolkata The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India alleging that the Border Security Force was threatening people living in areas in the state bordering Bangladesh, asking them to vote for a particular political party
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