Breaking highlights: Gujarat reports 9 more Omicron cases, state's tally reaches 23, reports ANI

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  • Dec 22, 2021 11:56 PM IST

    Gujarat reports 9 more Omicron cases, state's tally reaches 23

    Gujarat has reported 9 more cases of Omicron, taking state's tally of infections from the new variant of Coronavirus to 23.

  • Dec 22, 2021 10:58 PM IST

    US health regulator authorises Pfizer's Covid-19 pill

    US health regulator authorises Pfizer's Covid-19 pill, reports AFP.

  • Dec 22, 2021 10:07 PM IST

    UK reports record 106,122 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

    Great Britain has reported yet another record 106,122 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, AFP reported.

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:46 PM IST

    Telangana records 14 more Omicron cases, tally shoots up to 38

    Telangana on Wednesday recorded as many as 14 more cases of Omicron Covid-19 variant. With this, the southern state's cumulative tally went up to 38.

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:38 PM IST

    Uttarakhand reports first Omicron case

    Uttarakhand reports first case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 after a 23-year-old woman, who had returned from Scotland, tested positive.

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:30 PM IST

    Haryana brings down minimum age to consume liquor to 21 from 25

    Haryana brings down minimum age to consume liquor to 21 from 25, ANI reported citing the government.

  • Dec 22, 2021 08:59 PM IST

    Mercury levels dip in Shillong in Meghalaya, and Tawang in Arunachal

    Hailstorm and snowfall both happened in Shillong, while Tawang received fresh spells of snow.

  • Dec 22, 2021 08:28 PM IST

    Maharashtra records 1,201 new Covid cases amid Omicron spread

    Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,201 new cases of Covid-19 today, making it the first time single-day caseload has surpassed the 1000-mark since November 17.

  • Dec 22, 2021 07:52 PM IST

    Haryana reports two Omicron cases

    Haryana reported two Omicron cases on Wednesday, after a 33-year-old man with travel history to Portugal, tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19 in Karnal and another with travel history to Canada tested positive in Faridabad.

  • Dec 22, 2021 07:02 PM IST

    Police officer shot at by terrorists succumbs to injuries in J&K

    Assistant sub inspector (ASI) Mohammad Ashraf succumbed to his injuries after being shot at by terrorists in sub-district hospital, Bijbehara in Jammu and Kashmir's (J&K) Anantnag district, police has tweeted now.

  • Dec 22, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    Kerala reports 9 more Omicron cases, state tally now at 24

    Kerala reports 9 more Omicron cases, state's tally now at 24, ANI reported.

  • Dec 22, 2021 06:17 PM IST

    Civilian shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar's Eidgah area

    Civilian shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar's Eidgah area. The deceased has been identified as Rouf Ahmad of Nawakadal. Moreover, an assistant sub inspector, identified as Mohammad Ashraf, was also shot at in sub-district hospital, Bijbehara.

  • Dec 22, 2021 06:04 PM IST

    Punjab govt staff won't get salary without Covid vaccine certificates

    The finance department of Punjab government has asked their staff to update their Covid-19 vaccination status on the Integrated Human Resource Management System (iHRMS) portal, failing to do which will result in them not getting their salaries.

  • Dec 22, 2021 05:27 PM IST

    Delhi sees another big single-day Covid cases jump with 125 infections

    Delhi reports yet another massive single-day Covid-19 caseload with 125 infections. This comes as Omicron cases in the national capital stands at 54. Read here.

  • Dec 22, 2021 04:24 PM IST

    Delhi govt bans Christmas, New Year gatherings as Omicron cases rise

    The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has banned all gatherings ahead of Christmas and New Year in wake of rising Omicron cases in the city, ANI reported. Notably, the national capital has so far confirmed 54 cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

  • Dec 22, 2021 04:15 PM IST

    Anti-conversion bill to be taken up for discussion in K'taka assembly tomorrow at 10am

    The discussion on anti-conversion bill in Karnataka assembly will be taken up tomorrow (December 23) at 10am, ANI reported quoting Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri.

  • Dec 22, 2021 03:43 PM IST

    Mumbai police yet to submit enquiry report on drugs-on-cruise case

    A senior officer of Mumbai Police on Wednesday said that the special enquiry team (SET) it had formed to probe the drugs-on-cruise case, is awaiting some documents and is yet to submit the enquiry report. However, the officer said the enquiry is not halted yet.

  • Dec 22, 2021 03:05 PM IST

    Haryana to impose curbs in public places to partially vaccinated from Jan 1 onwards

    Haryana health minister Anil Vij told the state assembly on Wednesday that the state government has decided to restrict access in public places such as restaurants, offices, and public transport, among others, from January 1 onwards to people, who are not fully vaccinated with both doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

  • Dec 22, 2021 02:39 PM IST

    Sputnik V shows neutralising activity against Omicron: Gamaleya Center's prelim lab study

    The Gamaleya Center’s preliminary laboratory study reveals that Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V demonstrates high virus neutralising activity (VNA) against Omicron variant, and is expected to give a strong defense against severe disease and hospitalisation, ANI reported.

  • Dec 22, 2021 02:20 PM IST

    No Omicron in Haryana till now, over 3 crore vaccine jabs given

    Haryana health minister Anil Vij said that till now, no Omicron case has been detected in Haryana, and the state government is geared up to “combat the spread of Omicron variant” along with any surge in the number of Covid-19 infections, according to ANI. “ [As many as] 3,11,86,292 vaccine doses administered till December 19 in the state,” he added.

  • Dec 22, 2021 02:03 PM IST

    AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria's fresh warning amid Omicron rise in India

    A day after the Centre wrote to all states and Union Territories to prepare for the battle against Omicron on a war footing, AIIMS Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria said vaccine and Covid-appropriate behaviour are the only two ways to counter the increasing spread of the new variant. Read more

  • Dec 22, 2021 12:25 PM IST

    Second Omicron case detected in Andhra Pradesh

    A 39-year-old woman who came from Kenya to Chennai, and then travelled to Tirupati, tested positive for Covid on Dec 12. Her sample sent for genome sequencing declared Omicron positive today. Her family members tested negative: State govt

  • Dec 22, 2021 11:02 AM IST

    PM Modi to chair Covid-19 review meeting on Thursday

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a meeting to review the Covid-19 related situation in the country tomorrow, reports ANI citing sources.

  • Dec 22, 2021 10:11 AM IST

    At least 70 missing in Myanmar after landslide

    At least 70 missing after landslide at Myanmar jade mine, reports news agency AFP citing rescue team. "About 70-100 people are missing in a landslide that happened around 4:00am" at Hpakant mine in Kachin state, said rescue team member Ko Ny, according to the report.

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:58 AM IST

    Two earthquakes hit Karnataka district

    Two earthquakes of magnitude 2.9 and 3.0 were recorded in Chikkaballapura District today morning, says Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre. 

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:49 AM IST

    India's Omicron count climbs to 213

    India's Omicron count climbed to 213 on Wednesday with Delhi leading with 57 cases, says health ministry.

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:28 AM IST

    India's daily Covid tally climbs again with 6,317 new cases; new fatalities down by 318

    India's daily Covid-19 tally saw a rise of 6,317 as it reached 3,47,58,481. 

  • Dec 22, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    Sony, Zee sign definitive merger agreement amid shareholder spat

    Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., India’s largest listed television network, approved a merger agreement with Sony Group Corp.’s local unit amid a complicated boardroom and courtroom feud between Zee’s founders and its largest shareholder. Read More

  • Dec 22, 2021 08:19 AM IST

    Winter session of Parliament likely to conclude today

    The Winter session of Parliament is likely to conclude on Wednesday, a day before the schedule, news agency PTI has reported. The session had commenced on November 29 and was scheduled to end on December 23. Read more

  • Dec 22, 2021 07:28 AM IST

    Fire at vaishno Devi shrine area under control: Board

    A massive fire that broke out in Vaishno Devi Shrine forest area on Tuesday has been brought under control. The yatra to the temple remained unaffected, says Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

  • Dec 22, 2021 07:05 AM IST

    India blocks 20 YouTube channels linked to ‘Pak disinformation campaign’

    The ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) on Tuesday said it has ordered the blocking of two Kashmir-related websites and 20 YouTube channels as they “belong to a coordinated disinformation network operating from Pakistan”.

  • Dec 22, 2021 06:26 AM IST

    ‘Anti-national’ not defined in Statutes, Govt tells Parliament

    The home ministry told Parliament on Tuesday that there is no legal definition for the term “anti-national”, though there is criminal legislation and various judicial pronouncements to deal with activities that are a threat to the country. Read more

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Indian, Bangladesh navies begin patrol exercises in Bay of Bengal

The naval exercises will take place over two days - today and tomorrow. The last time India and Bangladesh conducted CORPAT exercises was in October 2020.
File Photo (Credit: Indian Navy)
File Photo (Credit: Indian Navy)
Published on May 22, 2022 06:36 PM IST
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Assam CM says fuel prices in Guwahati among lowest in India, thanks PM Modi

On Saturday, the Centre slashed excise duty on petrol and diesel by 8 per litre and 7 per litre respectively, reducing their respective rates by 9.5 a litre and 7 a litre.
A file photo of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (TWITTER/ @himantabiswa.)
A file photo of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (TWITTER/ @himantabiswa.)
Published on May 22, 2022 06:25 PM IST
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Heroin haul along Lakshadweep coast has a Pakistan link, says DRI

The team had intercepted two Indian fishing boats named, Prince and Little Jesus, moving suspiciously near Agatti island in Lakshadweep on May 18 and had taken them to Kochi. On questioning, some of the crew confessed that they received heroin on the high seas and later they had concealed them in both boats.
The Indian Coast Guard and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence apprehended drugs worth over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,526 crore from two fishing boats named ‘Prince’ and ‘Little Jesus’ off the coast of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea on Friday. (ANI PHOTO.)
The Indian Coast Guard and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence apprehended drugs worth over 1,526 crore from two fishing boats named ‘Prince’ and ‘Little Jesus’ off the coast of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea on Friday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Published on May 22, 2022 06:04 PM IST
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FM tweets ‘useful facts’ on fuel price cut as Oppn says stop fooling public

  • Sitharaman slammed the Congress for criticising the fuel price cut, comparing expenditure under the Modi government with that of the Congress.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(HT file)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(HT file)
Published on May 22, 2022 05:41 PM IST
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BJP's Arjun Singh joins Trinamool Congress, Abhishek Banerjee welcomes him back

  • Arjun Singh: Earlier in the day, the Barrackpore MP said he would be discuss issues regarding jute during the meeting with the Trinamool leadership. 
BJP MP Arjun Singh joins the TMC in the presence of party's general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata. (Twitter@abhishekaitc)
BJP MP Arjun Singh joins the TMC in the presence of party's general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata. (Twitter@abhishekaitc)
Updated on May 22, 2022 06:36 PM IST
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No decision to excavate near Qutub Minar yet: Culture minister G Kishan Reddy

A Delhi court had earlier ordered the ASI not to “remove two idols of Lord Ganesha from the Qutub Minar complex till further orders”, passed by Additional District Judge Nikhil Chopra. The two idols are called ‘Ulta Ganesh’ and ‘Ganesha in cage’, and are located in the compound of the 12th-century monument.
Members of right-wing organisations recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the Qutub Minar demanding that the monument be renamed as ‘Vishnu Stambh’ in New Delhi earlier this month. (HT PHOTO.)
Members of right-wing organisations recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the Qutub Minar demanding that the monument be renamed as ‘Vishnu Stambh’ in New Delhi earlier this month. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 22, 2022 05:07 PM IST
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India will have urban air mobility in form of eVTOLs, says aviation minister

  • The Union Minister shared India is already in conversation with a number of manufacturers from the United States and Canada.
Published on May 22, 2022 04:54 PM IST
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Evening brief: 5 arrested after mob sets fire to police station in Assam

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Visuals from Nagaon in Assam. (ANI)
Visuals from Nagaon in Assam. (ANI)
Published on May 22, 2022 04:50 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi's 'surprise phone call', UK Cong workers speak to Sonia Gandhi

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi urged the overseas party members to work hard in helping opposition win the upcoming elections. Rahul Gandhi told the delegates that the grand old party is ready to fight the ideological battle.
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi(HT Photo)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi(HT Photo)
Published on May 22, 2022 04:35 PM IST
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Kerala FM says no plan to cut sales tax on fuel after excise duty reduction

Kerala opposition leader V D Satheesan and former CM Oommen Chandy asked the minister to reduce sales tax immediately to give some relief to people but the latter rejected the idea.
Currently, Kerala levies 30.08 per cent on petrol and 22.76 per cent sales tax on diesel. Petrol prices dropped by <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9 and diesel <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7 in the state capital after the price cut. (HT PHOTO.)
Currently, Kerala levies 30.08 per cent on petrol and 22.76 per cent sales tax on diesel. Petrol prices dropped by 9 and diesel 7 in the state capital after the price cut. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on May 22, 2022 04:27 PM IST
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Assam police arrest 5, demolish illegal houses after mob sets station on fire

An SIT has been formed to probe the mob attack on the Batadrava police station in Nagaon district. A separate probe has been started into the death of a fish trader, which led to the mob fury.
Police said that some houses in the area were demolished on Sunday since people are staying illegally in that area and indulging in illegal tasks. (ANI)
Police said that some houses in the area were demolished on Sunday since people are staying illegally in that area and indulging in illegal tasks. (ANI)
Updated on May 22, 2022 04:20 PM IST
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Kerala Vishu Bumper BR-85 Lottery results announced | Check winners

The first prize of Vishu lottery results has been awarded to ticket number HB 727990. The second prize has been given to ticket IB 117539.
The Vishu bumper ticket price was <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>250. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Vishu bumper ticket price was 250. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 22, 2022 04:04 PM IST
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Centre forms expert panel headed by IIT prof to probe Ramban tunnel collapse

The central government has asked the newly-formed expert pannel to submit a detailed report on the incident, the reasons for such frequent accidents and remedial measures within 10 days.
An under-construction tunnel collapsed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district on Thursday night, killing 10 labourers. (PTI)
An under-construction tunnel collapsed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district on Thursday night, killing 10 labourers. (PTI)
Updated on May 22, 2022 03:24 PM IST
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Quad a positive agenda, no nation targeted as part of dialogue: Envoy to Japan

  • Quad 2022: Sanjay Kumar Verma, Indian ambassador to Japan, further said the Quad leaders want to see that international laws are followed and that no country takes the route of coercive economic policy.
Besides participating in the Quad Leaders Summit, PM Modi will have bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden in Tokyo.&nbsp;(HT file photo)
Besides participating in the Quad Leaders Summit, PM Modi will have bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden in Tokyo. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 22, 2022 03:20 PM IST
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‘I told US media that…’: Shivraj Chouhan on ‘underachiever’ Dr Manmohan Singh 

The Madhya Pradesh CM was reacting to comments made by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an event in London on Friday.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (File Photo/HT)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (File Photo/HT)
Published on May 22, 2022 03:02 PM IST
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