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India postpones international flight operations till January 31

The DGCA order said international scheduled flights on selected routes may be allowed on case to case basis, and the restriction on flight operations will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flight specifically approved by DGCA.
FIndia’s flight ban: A DGCA order said the competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31 January, 2022”. (REUTERS File Photo)
FIndia’s flight ban: A DGCA order said the competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31 January, 2022”. (REUTERS File Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 07:52 PM IST
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Fresh cases of bird flu detected in Kerala’s Alappuzha district

Bird flu, also known as Avian Flu, is a variety of influenza caused by air-borne virus in birds. It can spread to humans rarely and if it happens it can trigger person to person transmission, experts say. There are many varieties of viruses and H7N9 is considered dangerous among them.
Many ducks and local birds perished in Kerala’s Alappuzha district last week forcing authorities to rush samples to a Bhopal lab. (HT PHOTO.)
Many ducks and local birds perished in Kerala’s Alappuzha district last week forcing authorities to rush samples to a Bhopal lab. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 07:19 PM IST
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Farmers sing, dance at Delhi border after Centre's letter on agreed demands

  • The Centre wrote to the union leaders accepting all their demands, including providing compensation to the families of farmers who lost their lives during the year-long stir and withdrawing all protest-related cases, among others.
Farmers celebrate at Delhi's Singhu border after the SKM announced to call of the year-long stir, on Thursday, December 8, 2021. (Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times)
Farmers celebrate at Delhi's Singhu border after the SKM announced to call of the year-long stir, on Thursday, December 8, 2021. (Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 07:15 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Keeping up with UP | Of red caps, saffron flags, and colour-coded elections

Modi made a jibe at the SP amid fluttering saffron flags and banners, cautioning the masses against those wearing red caps as their struggle was for cars with red beacons (power) rather than alleviating the suffering of the people
Yadav tweeted, “Lal ka inqilab hoga, baees (2022) mein change hoga (Red will bring a revolutionary change in 2022.)” (File Photo)
Yadav tweeted, “Lal ka inqilab hoga, baees (2022) mein change hoga (Red will bring a revolutionary change in 2022.)” (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 07:09 PM IST
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International flights to remain suspended till January 31, says DGCA

The central aviation body the new rule was in slight modification of its circular issued on November 26 that had allowed scheduled international flights to operate from December 15.
Representational image.(Vijayanand Gupta/ HT Photo)
Representational image.(Vijayanand Gupta/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 07:59 PM IST
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Locals, officers recall fond memories of Bipin Rawat’s tenure in Baramulla

During his tenure in Baramulla, General Rawat had developed friendship with many of the locals as well as police officers and administration officials. He was in touch with them after becoming the Army chief and later the CDS
Mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and others who died in the Coonoor chopper crash reach Madras Regimental Centre on Thursday. (ANI)
Mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and others who died in the Coonoor chopper crash reach Madras Regimental Centre on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 06:39 PM IST
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Farm unions clinch deal with Centre, call off protests

The compromise between the Centre and protesting farm unions came after two days of back-channel negotiations that saw proposals being sent back and forth, and 11 rounds of tenuous negotiations that hit a deadlock on January 22, 2021.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has accepted a slew of proposals from the Centre, contained in a letter signed by Union agriculture secretary Sanjay Agrawal, towards resolving key agrarian issues. (SAKIB ALI/HT PHOTO.)
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has accepted a slew of proposals from the Centre, contained in a letter signed by Union agriculture secretary Sanjay Agrawal, towards resolving key agrarian issues. (SAKIB ALI/HT PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 06:29 PM IST
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Omicron: Singapore dropped from India's ‘at-risk’ nations list. Details here

  • Travellers from countries 'at risk' have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCT testing post-arrival and have to home quarantine for seven days if the results are negative.
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (Image: Delhi Airport/Twitter)
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (Image: Delhi Airport/Twitter)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 06:04 PM IST
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TN Governor trolled for not attending wreath-laying ceremony in Wellington

Twitter users drew comparisons of R N Ravi with Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Governor of Telangana, who has additional charge as Lt Governor of Puducherry and who travelled to Wellington. The wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington.
Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi was criticised on social media on Thursday for not travelling to the Nilgiris to pay his last respects to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 12 others who died in a chopper crash on Wednesday. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi was criticised on social media on Thursday for not travelling to the Nilgiris to pay his last respects to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 12 others who died in a chopper crash on Wednesday. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 05:44 PM IST
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Omicron: Centre asks states, UTs to stay prepared for possible Covid surge

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked senior officials to ensure adequate buffer stock of eight critical drugs and make sure all hospitals are ready to deal with any possible surge in cases.
File photo of a health taking swab samples from a woman outside a railway station.
File photo of a health taking swab samples from a woman outside a railway station.
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 05:34 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Severity of chopper crash making identification difficult 

Here are today-’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Officers pay tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other armed forces personnel killed in the IAF's Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.(PTI)
Officers pay tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other armed forces personnel killed in the IAF's Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.(PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 05:19 PM IST
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HC junks FIR against Mithun Chakraborty over his ‘controversial’ speech

  • The complainant said Chakraborty, who joined the BJP in the run-up to the polls, had incited violence through his speeches.
BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty. (HT archive)
BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty. (HT archive)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

Katni SP orders strict vigil on ‘Sikh’, ‘Muslim’ terrorists; apologises

  • The circular was issued by Katni superintendent of police on Monday for a scheduled visit of Madhya Pradesh governor Mangubhai Patel the next day.
Suni Jain, superintendent of police, Katni, said it was a “clerical error”.(ANI)
Suni Jain, superintendent of police, Katni, said it was a “clerical error”.(ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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Priyanka Gandhi to launch Congress poll campaign in Goa on Dec 10: Report

Priyanka Gandhi is set to visit Assolna, where she will pay her respects at the Martyr’s Memorial, meet with tribal women and have lunch with them at Morpirla in Quepem taluka and also interact with 'Amchem Mollem' student activists at MCC Hall, Margao.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.( ANI File Photo)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.( ANI File Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:29 PM IST
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IAF officer killed in crash hoped to see his father who is on life support

Junior warrant officer Arakkal Pradeep Kumar came home last week too to see his father, and also celebrated his son’s fifth birthday. His younger daughter is just two years old.
Wellington: Officers pay tribute to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other armed forces personnel killed in an IAF's Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, at Madras Regimental Centre (PTI)
Wellington: Officers pay tribute to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other armed forces personnel killed in an IAF's Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, at Madras Regimental Centre (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:21 PM IST
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Year-long parliament of farmers dissolves; protesters to return home on Dec 11

Soon after the government sent an official letter accepting the demands of the farmers, the leaders announce to call off the 14-month-long agitation and vacate the protests sites.
The leaders of farmers' unions celebrate upon receiving confirmation from the government on acceptance of their demands, In Delhi on Thursday. (HT photo)
The leaders of farmers' unions celebrate upon receiving confirmation from the government on acceptance of their demands, In Delhi on Thursday. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:05 PM IST
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Kin of Lance Naik Sai Teja, PSO to Gen Rawat, wait for his mortal remains

The family got to know about the crash of the army helicopter with General Rawat on board only in the evening. Teja’s family do not know when his mortal remains will be brought to the village. 
Teja’s demise in the tragic helicopter crash sent shock waves through his native village Eguva Regada of Kurabalakota block in Chittoor. His father Boggala Mohan, a farmer and mother Bhuvaneshwari, a former block parishad member, are inconsolable, while wife Shyamala is still in a state of shock. (SOURCED.)
Teja’s demise in the tragic helicopter crash sent shock waves through his native village Eguva Regada of Kurabalakota block in Chittoor. His father Boggala Mohan, a farmer and mother Bhuvaneshwari, a former block parishad member, are inconsolable, while wife Shyamala is still in a state of shock. (SOURCED.)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 04:21 PM IST
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Locals shower petals on vehicles carrying mortal remains of Rawat, others. Watch

  • All 13 bodies will be brought to New Delhi in an Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, reported ANI citing people familiar with the matter.
Locals can be seen chanting slogans and showering flower petals on the ambulances carrying the mortal remains of CDC Rawat and others who died in chopper crash on Wednesday.(ANI)
Locals can be seen chanting slogans and showering flower petals on the ambulances carrying the mortal remains of CDC Rawat and others who died in chopper crash on Wednesday.(ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 03:40 PM IST
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'Chopper crash severity making positive identification of mortal remains tough' 

The Army further said all possible measures were being taken for positive identification keeping the sensitivities and emotional well being of their kin in mind.
Officers carry the mortal remains of an officer who was killed in the crash in Tamil Nadu, at Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington, on Thursday, (PTI)
Officers carry the mortal remains of an officer who was killed in the crash in Tamil Nadu, at Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington, on Thursday, (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 03:29 PM IST
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Chopper crash: Cpt Varun Singh being shifted to Bengaluru hospital

  • Singh’s father, Colonel KP Singh (retired), a resident of Bhopal, was in Wellington where the critically injured group captain was undergoing treatment at a military hospital. "He is being shifted to Bengaluru. I have reached Wellington," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The chopper went up in flames after it crashed in Coonoor on Wednesday. (ANI)
The chopper went up in flames after it crashed in Coonoor on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 02:50 PM IST
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Couldn’t pay tribute to Bipin Rawat, TMC MPs walk out of Rajya Sabha

Opposition parties on Thursday called off their protest in Parliament over the suspension of 12 MPs as a mark of respect to CDS Bipin Rawat and 12 others who died in an accident on Wednesday
TMC MPs Mahua Moitra (left) and Sushmita Devat a press meet in New Delhi on Wednesday. TMC lawmakers walked out of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday for not being allowed to pay tribute on the floor to the victims of Wednesday’s military chopper crash. (ANI)
TMC MPs Mahua Moitra (left) and Sushmita Devat a press meet in New Delhi on Wednesday. TMC lawmakers walked out of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday for not being allowed to pay tribute on the floor to the victims of Wednesday’s military chopper crash. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 02:41 PM IST
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Wing Commander Prithvi, pilot of ill-fated IAF chopper, was to visit home in Jan

Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan's eldest sister saw the news of the IAF copter crash on television and called his number. It was switched off. She then called Prithvi's wife Kamini who confirmed the tragic news.
Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of the Mi-17V5 chopper and also the commanding officer of the Sulur-based 109 helicopter squadron.
Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of the Mi-17V5 chopper and also the commanding officer of the Sulur-based 109 helicopter squadron.
Published on Dec 09, 2021 01:47 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

News updates from HT: Top Air Marshal heading inquiry into Mi-17 crash

Here are today-’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh briefs the parliament on the Indian Air Force chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.(PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh briefs the parliament on the Indian Air Force chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.(PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 01:10 PM IST
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Modi shares throwback pics to mark 75 yrs of Constituent Assembly’s 1st sitting

Tributes to these greats, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he ended his first of three tweet to commemorate the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly on December 9, 1946.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the first Constituent Assembly sitting was presided by Sachchidananda Sinha, the “temporary chairman” of the assembly. (Twitter/narendramodi)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the first Constituent Assembly sitting was presided by Sachchidananda Sinha, the “temporary chairman” of the assembly. (Twitter/narendramodi)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 12:49 PM IST
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No Opposition protest today as mark of respect to CDS Rawat, announces Kharge

A Congress leader said that the party brass directed that no protests, which usually lead to slogans and noisy disruptions, should be held on Thursday as the nation mourns the death of India’s CDS Gen Bipin Rawat.
Opposition parties decided to pause their protests in Parliament against suspension of 12 MPs to honour the memory of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and armed forces personnel who lost their lives in the devastating chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor. (PTI)
Opposition parties decided to pause their protests in Parliament against suspension of 12 MPs to honour the memory of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and armed forces personnel who lost their lives in the devastating chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor. (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:22 PM IST
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At long last, farmers call off year-long protests as govt agrees to all demands

This comes in the wake of the Centre accepting all demands put forward by the protesting farmers, including the withdrawal of all agitation-related cases and compensation to all families of the farmers who died during the course of the movement against the contentious agriculture laws.
The SKM has also written an open letter to the PM seeking immediate resumption of talks with the government over six of their pending demands. In picture - Farmers at Delhi's Singhu border.(HT Photo)
The SKM has also written an open letter to the PM seeking immediate resumption of talks with the government over six of their pending demands. In picture - Farmers at Delhi's Singhu border.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 12:55 PM IST
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Chopper crash: Opposition calls off protest against suspension of 12 MPs

  • Priyanka Chaturvedi, Shiv Sena MP, also said, "On the solidarity of CDS and others who lost their lives in the crash, we have called off the protest today."
Opposition MPs observe a moment of silence for chopper crash victims. 
Opposition MPs observe a moment of silence for chopper crash victims. 
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:04 PM IST
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Top Air Marshal heading inquiry into Mi-17 crash, Rajnath Singh tells Lok Sabha

Defence minister Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha that the Mi 17 V 5 helicopter carrying CDS Bipin Rawat and others took off from Sulur air base at 11:48am on Wednesday and was expected to land at Wellington by 12:15pm but the air traffic control at Sulur lost contact with the helicopter at 12:08pm.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the tri-service inquiry under Air Marshal Manavendra Singh appointed to probe the Mi-17 chopper crash that killed 13 people including CDS General Bipin Rawat has already begun its work. (PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the tri-service inquiry under Air Marshal Manavendra Singh appointed to probe the Mi-17 chopper crash that killed 13 people including CDS General Bipin Rawat has already begun its work. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 12:08 PM IST
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India orders tri-service probe into chopper crash, full military honours for CDS

Defence minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament that CDS General Bipin Rawat's last rites will be performed with full military honours.
India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat met his tragic end in a military helicopter crash on Wednesday.  (File Photo / HT)
India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat met his tragic end in a military helicopter crash on Wednesday.  (File Photo / HT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 01:34 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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