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In the last 24 hours, India logged 38,667 new Covid-19 cases and 478 related fatalities, the Union ministry of health and family welfare's (MoHFW) dashboard showed on Saturday. Later in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on the eve of the 75th Independence Day.

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  • Aug 14, 2021 11:57 PM IST

    Maharashtra records highest one-day Covid vaccinations with over 9L jabs administered

    A day before the Mumbai suburban train services open for fully-vaccinated people, the Maharashtra health department said on Saturday that the state registered the highest number of single-day vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) till 7pm with 936,000 beneficiaries getting inoculated with the jabs. Read more

  • Aug 14, 2021 10:59 PM IST

    Afghan provincial capital Mazar-e-Sharif falls to the Taliban

    An Afghan lawmaker told the Associated Press that the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, has fallen to the Taliban after the insurgents launched a major assault there early on Saturday.

  • Aug 14, 2021 10:28 PM IST

    At least 29 killed in 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti

  • Aug 14, 2021 10:22 PM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal to inaugurate 5 flag masts across Delhi on I-Day

  • Aug 14, 2021 09:31 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 5,787 Covid-19 cases, 134 death

    Maharashtra recorded 5,787 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 6,387,863. In the last 24 hours 134 deaths have also been recorded, the death toll now stands at 134,909, according to state health bulletin.

  • Aug 14, 2021 08:54 PM IST

    Tushar Mehta refuses to grant consent for contempt proceedings against former SC judge Markandey Katju

    Solicitor general of India, Tushar Mehta, refused to grant his permission to initiate contempt proceedings against former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for his alleged remarks made in the fugitive, Nirav Modi extradition case, reported ANI.

  • Aug 14, 2021 08:05 PM IST

    Russia says no survivors in the plane crash in Turkey

  • Aug 14, 2021 07:17 PM IST

    Parliament is the temple of democracy, says President Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind during his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day said that Parliament is the temple of democracy. 

  • Aug 14, 2021 06:35 PM IST

    7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti

  • Aug 14, 2021 06:06 PM IST

    President Kovind hosts Tokyo Olympics contingent

  • Aug 14, 2021 04:12 PM IST

    Security heightened in Udhampur ahead of Independence Day

    MK Khan, Commandant, 137 Bn CRPF, told news agency ANI that security has been heightened in Udhampur, Jammu, ahead of tomorrow's Independence Day celebrations. “Security forces are securing the national highway to prevent terrorist activities or incidents ensuring safe movement,” Khan said. 

  • Aug 14, 2021 03:58 PM IST

    J&K Police arrests 4 JeM terrorists

  • Aug 14, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    Remobilisation of armed forces top priority, says Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani

  • Aug 14, 2021 01:24 PM IST

    Death toll in Himachal landslide accident rises to 23

    Death toll in Kinnaur landslide accident rises to 23, says ITBP.  Search and rescue operations still underway.

  • Aug 14, 2021 12:57 PM IST

    Negative RT-PCR report mandatory to enter Punjab from Monday

    Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has directed that from Monday, those who wish to enter the state will have to show a negative RT-PCR test report or full Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

  • Aug 14, 2021 12:21 PM IST

    Taliban captures Logar province, just south of Kabul

    Advancing further towards Kabul, Taliban captures Logar province, just south of the Afghan capital, reports AP.

  • Aug 14, 2021 12:07 PM IST

    Taliban launches assault on Mazar-e-Sharif: Reports

    Taliban have launched a ‘multi-pronged’ assault on Mazar-e-Sharif, a major city in northern Afghanistan, reports AP quoting an Afghan official.

  • Aug 14, 2021 11:39 AM IST

    Twitter restores accounts of Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders

    Twitter unlocks accounts of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders. Controversial tweet posted by Gandhi, which led to the account being locked, withheld, and account restored.

  • Aug 14, 2021 11:01 AM IST

    ‘Aug 14 to be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’: PM Modi

    Partition’s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14th August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: PM Modi on Twitter

  • Aug 14, 2021 10:45 AM IST

    ‘Should plant more trees to combat climate change’: Om Birla

    We should plant more trees to combat climate change and global warming. There should be more fruit-bearing trees in Delhi. India has always worshiped trees: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla during an event organized at Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park in Delhi

  • Aug 14, 2021 10:12 AM IST

    Haryana farmers hold ‘dress rehearsal’ ahead of I-Day

    Farmers in Jind in Haryana's Uchana Kalan hold ‘dress rehearsal’ a day before their proposed Independence Day 'tractor parade', which will be led by women farmers.

  • Aug 14, 2021 09:34 AM IST

    Himachal landslide: 2 more bodies found; toll rises to 19

    Two more bodies recovered at the landslide site at Nigulsari in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur on the fourth day of search and rescue operation today, taking the death to 19

  • Aug 14, 2021 09:07 AM IST

    India's daily Covid-19 caseload falls to 38,667; 478 new deaths

    India adds 38,667 new Covid-19 cases, 478 fatalities and 35,743 recoveries in last 24 hours. Recoveries and active cases currently at 31,338,088, 430,732 and 387,673 respectively: Health ministry

  • Aug 14, 2021 08:45 AM IST

    NCPCR summons Facebook India head on August 17

    NCPCR directs Facebook India (trust and safety) head Satya Yadav to appear before it at 5 pm on August 17 via video conference along with details of action taken against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's Instagram profile for posting a video revealing identify of a 'minor girl victim's family' in Delhi.

  • Aug 14, 2021 08:02 AM IST

    India must not play any military role in Afghanistan: Taliban

    If India comes to Afghanistan militarily and have their presence, I think that will not be good for them. They've seen the fate of military presence in Afghanistan of other countries, so it is an open book for them: Taliban spokesperson

  • Aug 14, 2021 07:33 AM IST

    No danger from our side to embassies, says Taliban

    There is no danger from our side to embassies and diplomats. We won't target any embassy or diplomat. We've said that in our statements many times. It is our commitment: Taliban spokesperson Muhammed Suhail Shaheen to ANI

  • Aug 14, 2021 07:11 AM IST

    US issues new terrorism warning ahead of 9/11 anniversary

    The US Department of Homeland Security, in a new terrorism warning bulletin, has said violent extremists could view the reimposition of Covid-19-related restrictions following the spread of coronavirus variants as a rationale to conduct attacks.

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Set your house in order first: TMC's rebuttal to Cong ahead of winter session

Congress leaders lack the determination to take on the saffron camp, a TMC leader told news agency PTI indicating the party's disinterest in coordinating with the Congress in Parliament. 
Trinamool may not attend teh opposition meeting on November 29 convened by the Congress ahead of the winter session of Parliament. 
Trinamool may not attend teh opposition meeting on November 29 convened by the Congress ahead of the winter session of Parliament. 
Published on Nov 27, 2021 05:02 PM IST
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News updates from HT: How are states preparing to tackle omicron variant

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Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:48 PM IST
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Bad vaccination figures: Rahul Gandhi’s dig at Centre amid omicron Covid threat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level review meeting to discuss the Covid-19 situation in India and the nationwide vaccination campaign as fear over the new omicron variant remains.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the new omicron Covid-19 variant to be a “serious threat”.(File photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the new omicron Covid-19 variant to be a “serious threat”.(File photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:54 PM IST
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Two merchant vessels collide in Gulf of Kutch, no report of oil spill

The vessels -- MV Aviator and MV Ancient Grace -- are likely to have collided due to a navigational error, an ICG official said.
The two merchant vessels collided on the night of November 26. (ANI)
The two merchant vessels collided on the night of November 26. (ANI)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 04:38 PM IST
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Omicron variant: From flight bans to increasing testing, how states are prepping

From demanding a travel ban to measures for scrutinising testing for the disease and emphasising on public health measures such as distancing, here is a look at how some states have responded to the situation.
Some states have imposes mandatory RT PCR testing on arrival for passengers from countries where cases of the variant have been detected.(ANI | Representational image)
Some states have imposes mandatory RT PCR testing on arrival for passengers from countries where cases of the variant have been detected.(ANI | Representational image)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 04:08 PM IST
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RT-PCR test not mandatory for children on Sabarimala pilgrimage: Kerala

Adult pilgrims and staff deployed to Sabarimala will have to show either a two-dose vaccination certificate or the RT-PCR negative certificate within 72 hours.
The Sabarimala shrine opened for the two-month mandalam and makaravilakku pilgrimage earlier this month. (ANI FIle Photo)
The Sabarimala shrine opened for the two-month mandalam and makaravilakku pilgrimage earlier this month. (ANI FIle Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 03:25 PM IST
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Farmers defer tractor rally to Parliament over farm laws but protest will go on

Putting Parliament march, scheduled on November 29, the first day of the winter session, on hold is no softening of the stance as farmer leaders said the protest will continue unless the demands regarding MSP are met. 
Parliament march of the farmers' has now been put on hold. 
Parliament march of the farmers' has now been put on hold. 
Published on Nov 27, 2021 03:23 PM IST
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HT legal team bags 2 awards at 7th edition of INBA Annual Awards

The event was attended by Union minister of state in the ministry of law and justice SP Singh Baghel, senior lawyers and judges from across the world, senior government officials, legal departments of Fortune 500 companies and international law firms.
The “Legal Team of the Year 2021” was given by INBA on Constitution Day. (HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
The “Legal Team of the Year 2021” was given by INBA on Constitution Day. (HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 03:15 PM IST
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Aircel Maxis case: P Chidambaram, his son Karti summoned by Delhi court

The case, which is being probed by the CBI and ED, relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
File photo of Congress leader P Chidambaram.(ANI )
File photo of Congress leader P Chidambaram.(ANI )
Published on Nov 27, 2021 02:53 PM IST
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Be proactive, review ease on international travel: PM Modi amid omicron scare

PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting, which lasted almost two hours, to review the public health preparedness and vaccination-related situation for Covid-19 in the country.
PM Modi chaired the meeting on the situation on omicron, Covid-19 and vaccination with top officials. (ANI Photo)
PM Modi chaired the meeting on the situation on omicron, Covid-19 and vaccination with top officials. (ANI Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 02:37 PM IST
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‘Farmer unions to be represented in MSP panel, urge farmers to leave’: Tomar

Tomar also confirmed that the bill to repeal the three farm laws would be tabled in Parliament on the first day of the Winter Session, scheduled to begin on Monday (November 29).
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Centre has also accepted the unions’ demand for decriminalising stubble burning by farmers.(PTI)
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Centre has also accepted the unions’ demand for decriminalising stubble burning by farmers.(PTI)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 02:27 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'IT cell farziwada': Nawab Malik asks if this photo is behind Rane's prediction

Is this photo the reason you predicted the Maha Vikas Aghadi government will fall by March? Nawab Malik asks Union minister Narayan Rane. 
Nawab Malik on Saturday countered Narayan Rane's prediction with a photo which he claimed has been doctored by BJP IT cell. 
Nawab Malik on Saturday countered Narayan Rane's prediction with a photo which he claimed has been doctored by BJP IT cell. 
Published on Nov 27, 2021 02:26 PM IST
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Patna-bound GoAir flight makes emergency landing in Nagpur after engine glitch

The Patna-bound passengers of the GoAir flight will now leave Nagpur for their destination at 4:45pm in another plane , a spokesperson said. 
The Patna-bound GoAir flight from Bengaluru made a safe landing at 11.15am. (File Photo/Representative Image)
The Patna-bound GoAir flight from Bengaluru made a safe landing at 11.15am. (File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 01:45 PM IST
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Kejriwal urges PM to ban flights from nations affected by new Omicron variant

The health ministry on Thursday directed all states and union territories to strictly screen and test international travellers from Botswana, South Africa, and Hong Kong which are among the countries where the new variant was detected
Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will meet on Monday to discuss how to deal with the threat presented by the new coronavirus variant, first detected in South Africa. (PTI Photo)
Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will meet on Monday to discuss how to deal with the threat presented by the new coronavirus variant, first detected in South Africa. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 01:27 PM IST
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Which states and UTs are among India's poorest? List here

India's MPI has three equally weighted dimensions, health, education and standard of living - which are represented by 12 indicators.
Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as the poorest states in India. (AFP File Photo/Representative Image)
Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as the poorest states in India. (AFP File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 01:09 PM IST
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