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India on Sunday recorded 41,157 fresh cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), taking the country's cumulative tally to 31,106,065, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said.

Farmer leaders are scheduled to meet Delhi police on Sunday to discuss their proposed protest to Parliament, said a member of the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM).

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  • JUL 18, 2021 10:51 PM IST

    PM Modi congratulates Nepal PM Deuba after he wins confidence vote

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated newly-appointed Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba for winning the vote of confidence.

  • JUL 18, 2021 09:48 PM IST

    Nepal PM Deuba wins vote of confidence

    Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba has won the vote of confidence with 163 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives.

  • JUL 18, 2021 09:38 PM IST

    Sidhu appointed as Punjab Congress president

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi has appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect.

  • JUL 18, 2021 08:32 PM IST

    Admission process in Central universities may continue as per past practice: UGC

    University Grants Commission said that the admission process in Central universities during the academic session 2021-22 may continue as per past practice in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) may be implemented from Academic Session 2022-23, it added.

  • JUL 18, 2021 06:50 PM IST

    DDMA cancels Kanwar Yatra in Delhi due to Covid-19

    Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has cancelled the organisation of the Kanwar Yatra in Delhi in view of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), reported news agency ANI.

  • JUL 18, 2021 05:20 PM IST

    Thackeray to chair high-level meeting on Mumbai situation following heavy rains

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is set to chair a high-level meeting of officials through video conference at 6pm today, in view of the situation following heavy rains in Mumbai, said the chief minister's office.

  • JUL 18, 2021 04:44 PM IST

    Mumbai mayor hospitalised due to chest pain

    Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar has been admitted to a hospital due to chest pain, BMC mayor's office said on Sunday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    Haryana extends Covid restrictions till July 26

    The Haryana government has extended Covid restrictions till July 26, with further relaxations on the operational period for restaurants and gyms. Restaurants and bars will now be allowed to open from 10 am to 11pm with 50% of the seating capacity while adhering to Covid protocols, starting Monday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    PM Modi arrives at Parliament House for NDA floor leaders' meet

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh, and other leaders arrived at Parliament House for the NDA floor leaders' meet ahead of the Monsoon session.

  • JUL 18, 2021 02:51 PM IST

    IMA calls Kerala govt decision to ease Covid restrictions during Bakrid 'unwarranted'

    The Indian Medical Association has urged the Kerala government to withdraw the order to ease restrictions for mass gathering during Bakrid, calling it "unwarranted and inappropriate" at the time of medical emergency.

  • JUL 18, 2021 02:05 PM IST

    PM Modi praises retired army officer for supporting destitute animals amid Covid-19

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, wrote a letter to Pramila Singh, a Major from the Indian Army a resident of Kota, Rajasthan who retired as a Major from the Indian Army, praising her for kindness and service towards destitute animals.

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:54 PM IST

    Incumbent state chief Sunil Jakhar calls a meeting of MLAs and DCC presidents

    Punjab Congress revamp: Incumbent state chief Sunil Jakhar calls a meeting of MLAs and DCC presidents to “pass a resolution expressing faith in the Congress high command and that its decision will be acceptable to all"

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:54 PM IST

    13 killed in Kenya fuel tanker explosion

    A fuel tanker exploded in western Kenya while people were siphoning fuel from it, killing 13 people, police said Sunday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:47 PM IST

    PM Modi chairs an all-party meeting at Parliament

    PM Narendra Modi chairs an all-party meeting at Parliament, a day before the commencement of the Monsoon session.

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:43 PM IST

    UK PM to self-isolate when not working, after Covid case

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will undertake "only essential government business" in the week ahead after he was designated a close contact of a person infected with Covid, Downing Street said Sunday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:32 PM IST

    Merkel to visit flood zone as western Europe death toll tops 180

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit flood-ravaged areas in Germany on Sunday to survey the damage and meet survivors, after days of extreme downpours in western Europe left at least 183 people dead and dozens missing.

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:19 PM IST

    Alliance with other parties cannot be ruled out for UP Assembly polls: Priyanka Gandhi

    Alliance with other parties cannot be ruled out for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. We are open-minded: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

  • JUL 18, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    TMC workers protest against fuel price hike in Kolkata

    Central govt should change its anti-people policies. The protest will continue in and outside Bengal, says TMC General Secretary Kunal Ghosh.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:53 PM IST

    UK PM Johnson was in contact with Covid carrier

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister Rishi Sunak have been contacted by NHS test and trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid, Downing Street said on Sunday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:38 PM IST

    We will take the decision to shift the people who are living in a dangerous situation: Nawab Malik

    We will take the decision to shift the people who are living in a dangerous situation to permanent settlements immediately. BMC will investigate this incident: Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Anushakti Nagar MLA Nawab Malik on Chembur wall collapse incident in which 17 people died.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    Navjot Singh Sidhu reaches residence of MLA Madanlal

    Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu reaches residence of MLA Madanlal with six party MLAs including state minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in Patiala, amid efforts by the party leadership to end the infighting in Punjab Congress.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:32 PM IST

    Divers join search for 14 people in flooded tunnel in China

    Divers have been dispatched in the search for 14 workers missing since water flooded a tunnel under construction in southern China three days ago, authorities said Sunday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:15 PM IST

    Uddhav Thackeray has expressed grief over the deaths in accidents at Chembur and Vikhroli

    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has expressed grief over the deaths in accidents at Chembur and Vikhroli due to torrential rains and announced that the government would pay 5 lakh each to the heirs of the deceased & free treatment would be given to the injured: CMO.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:08 PM IST

    ED conducts raids at 2 properties of Anil Deshmukh

    Maharashtra: Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducts raids at two properties of former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in Nagpur, in connection with an alleged corruption case.

  • JUL 18, 2021 12:06 PM IST

    Aditya Thackeray reaches the site where a wall collapse has claimed the lives of 17 people

    Maharashtra Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray reaches the site where a wall collapse has claimed the lives of 17 people in Mumbai's Chembur.

  • JUL 18, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    463 new Covid-19 cases push Mizoram's tally to 27,153

    Mizoram's Covid-19 tally surged to 27,153 on Sunday as 463 more people including 117 children tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

  • JUL 18, 2021 11:44 AM IST

    From August, I will camp in Uttar Pradesh: Priyanka Gandhi

    From August, I will camp in Uttar Pradesh. We are strengthening our organisation in villages. We are also trying to persuade unhappy workers. Former MPs and MLAs are welcome to fight elections: Congress General Secretary and UP Incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

  • JUL 18, 2021 11:44 AM IST

    President Kovind condoles loss of lives in Mumbai mishaps

    President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the loss of lives in wall collapse incidents in Mumbai's Vikhroli and Chembur area on Sunday.

    "Deeply saddened by the news of many casualties due to heavy rains in Chembur and Vikhroli, Mumbai. I express my condolences to the bereaved families and wish them all success in the relief and rescue work," he said in an official statement.

  • JUL 18, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    Nepal's newly-appointed PM Sher Bahadur Deuba to face vote of confidence today

    Nepal's newly appointed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to face the floor test in Parliament on Sunday after holding a discussion with his party insiders.

  • JUL 18, 2021 11:22 AM IST

    Ministers reach Parliament for all-party meeting

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Commerce & Industries Minister Piyush Goyal, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC MP Derek O'Brien, DMK's Tiruchi Siva reach Parliament for an all-party meeting, a day before commencement of the Monsoon session of Parliament.

  • JUL 18, 2021 11:06 AM IST

    First batch of Indian contingent reaches Tokyo after rousing send-off

    The first batch of India's 88-strong Olympic-bound contingent reached here on Sunday morning to participate in the Covid-hit Tokyo Games, beginning on July 23.

  • JUL 18, 2021 10:57 AM IST

    South Korean IOC member tests positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo

    A South Korean member of the International Olympic Committee has tested positive for Covid-19 at the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC said on Sunday.

  • JUL 18, 2021 09:58 AM IST

    All Punjab Congress Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha MPs to meet at Pratap Singh Bajwa's residence today

    All Punjab Congress Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha MPs to meet at Pratap Singh Bajwa's residence today, reports news agency ANI.

    We have invited all (Congress) MPs from Punjab for a meeting to devise a strategy on farmers' issue & to discuss some issues related to the Congress party, says MP Pratap Singh Bajwa in Delhi.

  • JUL 18, 2021 09:50 AM IST

    PMO announces ex-gratia to next of kin who died due to wall collapse in Mumbai

    Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery. Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to wall collapses in Mumbai. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those injured: PM Modi.

  • JUL 18, 2021 09:26 AM IST

    India reports 41,157 fresh Covid-19 cases, 518 deaths

    India on Sunday reported 41,157 fresh Covid-19 cases and 518 deaths in last 24 hours.

  • JUL 18, 2021 08:44 AM IST

    418 new Covid-19 cases in Thane, 12 more deaths

    ith the addition of 418 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,40,294, an official said on Sunday. Besides these new cases reported on Saturday, the virus also claimed the lives of 12 more people, pushing the death toll in the district to 10,904.

  • JUL 18, 2021 08:11 AM IST

    2 athletes test Covid-19 positive in Olympic Village

    Two athletes have become the first to test positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village, officials said on Sunday, as concerns remain high just days before the Games open.

  • JUL 18, 2021 07:59 AM IST

    Two people shot outside Washington baseball stadium, 'no ongoing threat': Police

    Two people were shot outside a baseball stadium in the US capital Saturday, police said, adding there was "no ongoing threat."

  • JUL 18, 2021 07:53 AM IST

    3 people killed, 2 injured as houses collapsed due to landslide in Mumbai's Vikhroli area

    Three people reported dead and two injured as 4-5 houses collapsed due to landslide in Vikhroli area due to heavy rainfall overnight. The incident was reported at around 2.40am.

  • JUL 18, 2021 07:52 AM IST

    11 killed after a wall collapsed on some shanties in Chembur's Bharat Nagar

    11 people killed after a wall collapse on some shanties in Chembur's Bharat Nagar area due to a landslide, says National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)

    Rescue operation is underway.

  • JUL 18, 2021 07:41 AM IST

    7 dead, 2 injured after wall collapses in Mumbai's Vashi Naka area, says BMC

    7 people were declared dead and two were reported injured as a retaining wall in Vashi Naka area of Mahul collapsed, according to BMC's disaster management cell. The incident was reported at around 6.30 am, and the retaining wall of a house collapsed due to a tree fall.

  • JUL 18, 2021 07:26 AM IST

    Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes southern Philippines

    An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 struck the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental early on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

  • JUL 18, 2021 07:04 AM IST

    Thailand reports daily record of 11,397 new coronavirus cases

    Thailand on Sunday reported a record 11,397 new coronavirus cases, the third consecutive day that the Southeast Asian country has registered record numbers.

  • JUL 18, 2021 06:35 AM IST

    Nelson Mandela International Day 2021

    Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day, is observed every year on July 18 to mark the birth anniversary of the former South African president.

  • JUL 18, 2021 05:58 AM IST

    India administers 400 million coronavirus vaccine shots

    India on Saturday crossed 400-million mark in the number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered across the country so far.

  • JUL 18, 2021 05:31 AM IST

    2 dead, 7 injured in separate shootings in Portland

    Two people died and multiple people were injured, some critically, in four different early morning shootings on Saturday in Portland, Oregon, a city that has seen gun violence and associated homicide rates soar in the past six months.

  • JUL 18, 2021 05:07 AM IST

    Farmers may meet police today over march to Parliament

    Ahead of their proposed July 22 march to Parliament, farmer leaders are scheduled to meet Delhi police on Sunday to discuss the protest, said a member of the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) – an umbrella body of more than 40 farmer groups – which is spearheading the agitation against the three farm laws.

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Schools in Kerala will reopen on November 1 even as the state reported 19,325 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Schools in Kerala will reopen on November 1 even as the state reported 19,325 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)

Schools to reopen in Kerala on Nov 1 as state adds 19,325 new Covid-19 cases

PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:17 PM IST
Kerala reported 19,325 cases with a test positivity rate of 15.96% after testing 1,21,070 samples. It also reported 143 deaths taking total fatalities to 23,439. The number of active cases stands at 1,80,842 and 26,266 people have recovered, according to state health ministry data.
A screengrab of the Hindustan Times on September 19, 2016.
A screengrab of the Hindustan Times on September 19, 2016.

HT THIS DAY: Sept 19, 2016 — 17 soldiers killed in Kashmir, PM Modi vows action

PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:41 PM IST
Death toll could rise as 10 of the more than 20 soldiers injured in Uri are critical, having received gunshot wounds and severe burn injuries; all four militants killed
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu (second from right) receiving party leaders Harish Rawat (centre), Ajay Maken and Harish Chaudhary at the Chandigarh airport on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu (second from right) receiving party leaders Harish Rawat (centre), Ajay Maken and Harish Chaudhary at the Chandigarh airport on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Who will succeed Amarinder? Cong resolution at CLP meet authorises Sonia Gandhi

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:17 PM IST
Seventy eight of Congress' 80 MLAs in Punjab attended the CLP meet. Four rebels of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who had recently joined the Congress, were also present in the Congress Bhavan in Chandigarh but did not attend the CLP meeting.
Sunil Kumar Jakhar is among the frontrunners to replace Amarinder Singh.
Sunil Kumar Jakhar is among the frontrunners to replace Amarinder Singh.

Sunil Jakhar among frontrunners to be the next Punjab CM after Captain's exit

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:05 PM IST
The speculation over Sunil Jakhar started because of a specific tweet that he posted hours before Captain Amarinder Singh resigned
Devotees visit the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams temple on the occasion of 'Ugadi' festival in Chennai.(AFP photo)
Devotees visit the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams temple on the occasion of 'Ugadi' festival in Chennai.(AFP photo)

Ahead of festival season, states told to monitor Covid trajectory on daily basis

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 06:02 PM IST
In a high-level meeting chaired by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday, and attended by officials of states and UTs, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul and others, states and UTs were told that existing guidelines for malls, local markets and places of worship have to be strictly adhered to, according to a statement issued by the Union health ministry.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh submits his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit, at Raj Bhavan, in Chandigarh.(ANI)
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh submits his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit, at Raj Bhavan, in Chandigarh.(ANI)

How Amarinder Singh resignation as Punjab CM unfolded: A timeline

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:25 PM IST
  • In July 2021, Congress appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as chief of the state party unit even as Captain resisted his elevation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with healthcare workers of Goa via video conferencing on Saturday - a day after India administered 2.5 crore Covid vaccine doses to mark his 71st birthday. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with healthcare workers of Goa via video conferencing on Saturday - a day after India administered 2.5 crore Covid vaccine doses to mark his 71st birthday. (ANI Photo)

‘Importance given to tourism-linked states in Covid vaccination drive’: PM Modi

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:30 PM IST
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he hopes the “aggressive Covid-19 vaccination drive” in Goa that achieved administering the first dose of the vaccine to the entire adult population will revive tourism in the state.
Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from the chief minister's post on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/ HT)
Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from the chief minister's post on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/ HT)

Amarinder Singh on next Punjab CM: 'Whoever they have faith in'

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:16 PM IST
Captain Amarinder Singh said he is not quitting the party. “I am in the Congress party, will consult with my supporters and decide the future course of action,” the Captain said. 
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant. (File photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant. (File photo)

Goa's entire eligible population to be fully vaccinated by Oct end: CM Sawant

PTI | , Panaji
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:05 PM IST
"By October 31, Goa would be the first state in the country to completely vaccinate the eligible population with the second dose. We have completed 100 per cent vaccination of the first dose and also administered the second dose to 42 per cent eligible population so far," chief minister Pramod Sawant said. 
Soon after the split in the LJP, Chirag had also appealed to PM Modi for Bharat Ratna to his father after the national executive meeting was held in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)
Soon after the split in the LJP, Chirag had also appealed to PM Modi for Bharat Ratna to his father after the national executive meeting was held in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)

News updates from HT: Chirag tells Bihar CM to recommend father for Bharat Ratna

PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:02 PM IST
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Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh submits resignation to governor Banwarilal Purohit.(Twitter/@RaninderSingh)
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh submits resignation to governor Banwarilal Purohit.(Twitter/@RaninderSingh)

Amarinder Singh resigns as Punjab chief minister, says ‘I felt humiliated’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:11 PM IST
The dissenting cabinet ministers and MLAs, who are close to Navjot Sidhu, had met Congress general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat last month to seek Amarinder Singh's ouster and demanded a CLP meeting.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (File photo)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (File photo)

Congress needs a permanent president’: Shashi Tharoor

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:31 PM IST
Tharoor said change is quite visible in Kerala after the new leadership took over and it will help strengthen the party.
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)

2-year-old baby spends 5 days in house with dead family members

By Arun Dev, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:22 PM IST
A two-year-old was found unconscious in a house with the dead bodies of five of her family members in Bengaluru on Friday night
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday in Kolkata. (TWITTER/@AITCofficial.)
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday in Kolkata. (TWITTER/@AITCofficial.)

Former Union minister Babul Supriyo joins TMC in Kolkata

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:24 PM IST
On July 31, Supriyo had said that he was quitting politics and would soon resign from the Lok Sabha. The announcement had come weeks after the 50-year-old was dropped from the Narendra Modi-led Cabinet.
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool Congress. (ANI Photo)
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool Congress. (ANI Photo)

Supriyo tweeted for Mamata's BJP opponent in Bhabanipur, joins TMC days later

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:01 PM IST
Babul Supriyo was welcomed to the TMC by party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and spokesperson Derek O’Brien, weeks after saying he would quit the political space.
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