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  • Dec 20, 2021 10:52 PM IST

    Uttarakhand couple test Covid-positive after visiting Omicron-infected relatives in Delhi

    Uttarakhand DM R Rajesh Kumar said that a Covid-positive couple in Dehradun is suspected to be infected with Omicron, after they returned from meeting relatives in Delhi who were Omicron-positive with a travel history to Qatar, reports ANI. 

    “Couple's apartment declared a micro-containment zone, genome sequencing report awaited,” he said. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 09:44 PM IST

    PM Modi to visit Mandi, HP, on Dec 27 to inaugurate projects worth 11 crore

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh, on December 27 to celebrate the completion of four years of the state government there, chief minister Jairam Thakur said.

    “We will inaugurate projects worth 11 crores, including the Dhaula Sidh hydropower project and Renukaji multipurpose project,” news agency ANI quoted the CM as saying.

  • Dec 20, 2021 09:36 PM IST

    UK reports 91,743 new Covid-19 cases, 44 deaths 

    UK reported 91,743 new Covid-19 cases and 44 related deaths. The new infections went up from 82,886 cases on Sunday. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 08:59 PM IST

    Resident doctors of AIIMS Delhi stage protest over delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling

    Resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, staged a protest over the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling, as they intensified the ongoing stir to push forth their demands, reports ANI.

  • Dec 20, 2021 08:08 PM IST

    Delhi court discharges expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger in accident case of Unnao rape survivor

    The Rouse Avenue court in Delhi discharged expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger in the 2019 accident case of Unnao rape survivor, reports ANI.

    In 2019, Sengar was sentenced to jail for life in a separate case for raping the minor in 2017.

  • Dec 20, 2021 07:55 PM IST

    ‘Omicron cases in South Africa mostly mild’, says doctor who first detected variant

    A top South African medical expert said that Omicron cases seem to be “mostly mild,” reports ANI. 

    “I have seen 100 patients myself. It's quite transmissible. If I look at Delta, it seems less but it's very transmissible. In South Africa we don't see severe cases, it's mostly mild cases,” South African Medical Association Chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee, the first to detect Omicron, said.

  • Dec 20, 2021 07:33 PM IST

    Delhi assembly session on Jan 3, 4 

    Delhi Assembly Session to be held on January 3 and 4, 2022, reports ANI.

  • Dec 20, 2021 07:14 PM IST

    EPFO added 12.73 lakh net subscribers in Oct 2021

    The provisional payroll data of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation showed that 12.73 lakh net subscribers were added during October 2021, reports ANI. This was an increase of around 10.22% in net payroll additions as compared to 11.55 lakh during October 2020.

  • Dec 20, 2021 07:06 PM IST

    EU drug regulator recommends approval for Nuvaxovid Covid-19 vaccine by Novavax

    The European Medicines Agency has recommended for granting a conditional marketing authoritsation for Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine Nuvaxovid for people above 18 years of age. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 06:56 PM IST

    Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco set to join TMC after quitting Congress

    Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenço, who had resigned from Congress today, is set to join the Trinamool Congress. He landed in Kolkata today and will meet the party's general secretary Abhishek Banerjee tomorrow, reports ANI.

  • Dec 20, 2021 06:38 PM IST

    CCI approves acquisition of Air India shareholding by Tata Sons subsidiary Talace

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of shareholding in Air India by Tata Sons subsidiary Talace Private Ltd, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 06:00 PM IST

    National Conference won't be signatory to Delimitation Commission report on J&K in present form

    The Jammu Kashmir National Conference party will not be a signatory to the Delimitation Commission report in its present form, reports PTI citing party spokesperson.

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:40 PM IST

    World Economic Forum calls off Davos Summit in January due to Omicron

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has postponed its annual meeting at Davos in January, until mid-2022 due to the Omicron Covid-19 variant, reports Reuters citing the organisers.

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:16 PM IST

    Bharat Biotech submits phase 3 trial application for booster dose of intranasal vaccine

    Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech submitted the phase 3 clinical trial application to the the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for the booster doses of their intranasal Covid-19 vaccine that can be given to people who have been vaccinated with Covaxin and Covishield, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:04 PM IST

    Gujarat extends night curfew in 8 cities till Dec 31

    The Gujarat government has extended the existing night curfew between 1am and 5am in the eight major cities till December 31, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    ‘UP’s road infrastructure will be like America’: Nitin Gadkari

    Union minister Nitin Gadkari asked the people of UP to elect BJP government so that there would be development works to make the state's road infrastructure to “be like America”, reports ANI. 

    “Support Yogi (Adityanath) ji, elect our government, I will bring in (road) development of another 5 lakh crores in the state. When such works will happen, UP's road infrastructure will be like America. I assure you to fulfill my promise,” he said. in Mirzapur

  • Dec 20, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Moderna says Covid-19 booster dose appears protective against Omicron

    Moderna Inc said that a booster dose of their Covid-19 vaccine appeared to be protective against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, based on laboratory testing.

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  • Dec 20, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    India to produce 45 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses per month in next 2 months: Mandaviya

    In the next two month, India will increase its Covid-19 vaccine production from 31 crore doses per month to 45 crore doses per month, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in the Rajya Sabha.

  • Dec 20, 2021 03:00 PM IST

    ‘No Omicron cases in Bihar so far, we are prepared’: CM Nitish Kumar

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said no Omicron cases have been detected in the state so far and it is prepared for handling the new variant, reports ANI. 

    “So far no Omicron cases in our state. There is alertness in the state. We are prepared, arrangements have been made. Though there are no cases, you never know. Most number of per day tests are happening in the state- over 5 lakh tests being done,” he said. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 01:46 PM IST

    ‘Suspended MPs should realise their mistakes': Piyush Goyal

    The 12 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs should realise their mistake and talk to the Chair. The Opposition leaders did not come for the meeting called by the Government today, says Union minister leader Piyush Goyal. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 01:19 PM IST

    All new positive Covid-19 cases in Delhi will sent for genome sequencing now: CM Kejriwal

    Given the rise in cases for some days, now all positive cases in Delhi will be sent for genome sequencing for Omicron, says Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as cases rises. “We also urge the Centre to allow booster doses," he also said.

  • Dec 20, 2021 01:02 PM IST

    Delhi reports four more cases of Omicron; city tally reaches 28

    Four new Omicron cases reported in Delhi today taking the total number of cases of the variant here to 28. The four people, found to be infected with the variant, are admitted to Max hospital, Saket.

  • Dec 20, 2021 12:31 PM IST

    Sensex crashes 1,400 points on Omicron concerns; investors lose 7 lakh crore

    The Indian equities markets tumbled on Monday with the benchmark Sensex crashing 1400 points leading to nearly Rs.7 lakh crore loss to the investors' wealth within a couple of hours of trading. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 11:21 AM IST

    Delhi reports two more cases of Omicron, city tally rises to 24

    Two new Omicron cases reported in Delhi, case tally rises to 24, says Delhi Health Department. Out of these 24 patients, 12 have been discharged and 12 are under treatment, adds the health department.

  • Dec 20, 2021 11:08 AM IST

    ED sends summon notice to bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai

    Enforcement Directorate summons Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a case being investigated by the agency, reports news agency quoting sources.

  • Dec 20, 2021 10:44 AM IST

    Parliament: Rahul Gandhi moves adjournment motion to discuss Ladakh statehood

    Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha to discuss the issue of statehood and inclusion of Ladakh in Schedule VI of the Constitution. Read More

  • Dec 20, 2021 10:32 AM IST

    Opposition parties to not attend meeting called by the Centre to end logjam in Rajya Sabha

    The opposition parties will not attend meeting called by the Centre to end logjam in Rajya Sabha. In an internal meeting of opposition parties this morning, leaders concluded the invitation for talks to five parties is a ploy to divide the opposition.

  • Dec 20, 2021 10:15 AM IST

    Drone sighted in Gurdaspur near international border

    A drone was sighted in Gurdaspur sector near the International Border, reports news agency ANI. BSF personnel fired 5 rounds after the patrolling team heard a humming sound but it managed to return to Pakistan territory. The incident was reported at 1230am on Monday, ANI reported citing a senior BSF officer.

  • Dec 20, 2021 10:08 AM IST

    India sees 6,563 new Covid-19 cases; daily tally down 7.31% from yesterday

    With 6,563 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's total tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 3,47,46,838, while the active cases declined to 82,267, the lowest in 572 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

  • Dec 20, 2021 06:48 AM IST

    Death toll in Philippines typhoon hits 208

    Death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year surges to 208, national police say, making it one of the deadliest storms to hit the country in recent years

    At least 239 people injured and 52 missing.

  • Dec 20, 2021 06:25 AM IST

    Omicron spread: 'We are sitting ducks for next wave of Covid-19', says expert

    The Omicron variant has been spreading fast, especially in the United States, which was already ravaged by the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). It is confronting another dark winter, with hospitalisations increasing 45 per cent over the last month and cases rising 40 per cent, according to a tally by news agency Reuters. Read More

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Cooking gas prices up by 50 per cylinder, commercial LPG rate slashed

The price of domestic LPG -- used by over 305 million households for cooking -- on Wednesday increased from 1,003 per 14.2 kg cylinder in Delhi
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Row over Tamil Nadu bifurcation escalates, state BJP claims ‘they have power’

The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam condemned BJP leader Nainar Nagendran’s statements and claimed that the BJP is drunk on power
Tamil Nadu BJP leader Nainar Nagendran. (Twitter Photo)
Tamil Nadu BJP leader Nainar Nagendran. (Twitter Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 11:28 AM IST
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VIDEO | Flash floods, cloudburst in Himachal's Kullu, 4 feared dead: Report

The official also said emergency and rescue teams had been rushed to the spot, but were stuck due to landslides in the area. Further details on the cloudburst are awaited.
At least five cattle were washed away in flash floods in the Manikaran valley. (ANI screengrab)
At least five cattle were washed away in flash floods in the Manikaran valley. (ANI screengrab)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 11:26 AM IST
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Teenager killed, 2 injured following landslide near Shimla

Deputy police superintendent Kamal Thakur said the three were inside a tent when the boulders fell on them in Shimla
The region has been experiencing heavy rainfall. (HT)
The region has been experiencing heavy rainfall. (HT)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 11:18 AM IST
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Lt Gen Subramanian appointed as Force Commander of UN Mission in South Sudan

India is the second-highest military troop-contributing country to UN Mission in South Sudan with 2,385 Indian peacekeepers serving with the mission, second only to Rwanda.
Lt Gen Mohan Subramanian.
Lt Gen Mohan Subramanian.
Published on Jul 06, 2022 11:16 AM IST
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Mahua Moitra unfollows TMC on Twitter amid Goddess Kaali row

As Mahua Moitra said Goddess Kaali, to her, is a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess, the Trinamool Congress condemned the comment and said it was not endorsed by the party. 
Mahua Moitra found herself at the centre of a fresh controversy as her party condemned her statement of Goddess Kaali. (PTI)
Mahua Moitra found herself at the centre of a fresh controversy as her party condemned her statement of Goddess Kaali. (PTI)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:58 AM IST
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India sees 23% jump in daily Covid tally with 16,159 cases; 28 new deaths added

Covid cases in India July 6, 2022: The active cases have climbed to 1,15,212 and constitute 0.26% of the total cases (4,35,47,809). The daily Covid positivity rate is at 3.56% while the weekly rate is at 3.84%, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 4.54 lakh samples were tested for Covid in the last 24 hours. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 4.54 lakh samples were tested for Covid in the last 24 hours. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 10:48 AM IST
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Mumbai rain updates: Local train ops under Central Railway delayed | Top points

Mumbai rain LIVE Updates: Parts of Maharashtra and its capital city are witnessing heavy showers for yet another day on Wednesday.
Mumbai, India - July 05, 2022: Vehicles wade through waterlogged road due to incessant rain since morning at Kurla, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 05, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) 
Mumbai, India - July 05, 2022: Vehicles wade through waterlogged road due to incessant rain since morning at Kurla, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 05, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) 
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:43 AM IST
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PM Modi dials Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi, wishes speedy recovery to RJD chief

  • “The PM spoke to Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday and enquired about the health of the RJD supremo. The PM wished speedy recovery to the RJD chief,” RJD spokesperson said.
Lalu Yadav fell down the stairs of his house at 10 Circular Road in Patna on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Lalu Yadav fell down the stairs of his house at 10 Circular Road in Patna on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:20 AM IST
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On Dawood Ibrahim's issue, Uddhav govt was indecisive, alleges Eknath Shinde

The Maha Vikas Aghadi government could not take decision on any Hindutva issue, on the issue of Dawood Ibrahim and Mumbai riots, Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde alleged. 
Eknath Shinde said in their rebellion against the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, they did nothing wrong. (ANI)
Eknath Shinde said in their rebellion against the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, they did nothing wrong. (ANI)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:16 AM IST
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Ajmer man arrested for announcing reward for beheading Nupur Sharma

Additional police superintendent Vikas Sangwan said Salman Chishti was arrested late Tuesday night as he returned home after absconding for two days
Police said the arrested accused is a history sheeter and alcoholic. (HT PHOTO)
Police said the arrested accused is a history sheeter and alcoholic. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:09 AM IST
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Supreme Court to hear plea on crucial AIADMK meet to end party’s dual leadership

With the AIADMK currently being run under the dual leadership of Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, the former in his appeal before the SC claimed to have the support of 2,190 general council members
The Supreme Court of India. (ANI File Photo)
The Supreme Court of India. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:08 AM IST
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Ahmedabad lawyer says he fears for life for supporting Nupur Sharma

The lawyer said he started getting threats for putting up suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma’s photo as his display picture on WhatsApp
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The lawyer has filed a police complaint in Ahmedabad. (PTI (representative))
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 09:52 AM IST
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Ajmer man who announced reward on Nupur Sharma's head arrested

Police said Salman Chisti apparently made the video in an inebriated state. The office of Ajmer Dargah Dewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan has condemned the video and said the video can't be seen as the message from the dargah.
Ajmer man Salman Chisti was arrested on Tuesday night from his house. 
Ajmer man Salman Chisti was arrested on Tuesday night from his house. 
Published on Jul 06, 2022 09:25 AM IST
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Tremors in Andaman & Nicobar: 25 seismic events recorded in 2 days — Analysis

There were 25 seismic events of magnitude range between 3.8 and 5 reported in the region in the past two days
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands. (AFP File Photo)
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Updated on Jul 06, 2022 09:25 AM IST
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