Centre writes to states/UTs warning against B.1.1529 Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa, other nations

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Updated on Nov 25, 2021 08:54 PM IST
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  • Nov 25, 2021 08:50 PM IST

    Congress MPs won’t participate in the central hall event tomorrow

    Congress MPs won’t participate in the Central Hall event at Parliament (being held on the occasion of Constitution Day) on Friday, people familiar with the development told news agency ANI.

  • Nov 25, 2021 08:44 PM IST

    Reliance, Aramco call off $15 billion deal, reports Reuters

    Reliance Industries and Saudi Aramco have called off a deal for the state oil giant to buy a stake in the oil-to-chemicals business of the Indian conglomerate due to valuation concerns, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Nov 25, 2021 08:27 PM IST

    Centre writes to states/UTs regarding Covid-19 variant B.1.1529 detected in South Africa & other nations

    Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to additional chief secretary/principal secretary/secretary (Health) of all states/UTs, stating "multiple cases of a Covid-19 variant B.1.1529 have been reported in c(3 cases), South Africa (6 cases) and Honk Kong (1 case)."

    "Imperative that all international travellers travelling from and transiting through these nations and including other 'at risk' nations indicated in revised guidelines for international arrivals are subjected to rigorous screening and testing. Their contacts must also be tracked and tested," the letter read.

  • Nov 25, 2021 07:54 PM IST

    Congress's Parliament Strategy Group holds meeting

    Congress Parliament Strategy Group meeting was held at the residence of the party's interim president Sonia Gandhi's residence on Thursday, ahead of the commencement of the Parliament session.

    “We have decided that we will raise a range of issues in the Parliament, including inflation, prices of petrol & diesel, Chinese aggression, & issue of J&K,” news agency ANI quoted Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, as saying.  

  • Nov 25, 2021 07:35 PM IST

    BJP building airports only to sell them off, says Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the BJP is laying the foundation of Noida International airport while selling other existing airports in the country, reported news agency PTI. 

    "How can the BJP be believed when on one hand it is making new airports, and on the other hand selling the existing ones?" Akhilesh was quoted as saying during a rally in Lucknow.

  • Nov 25, 2021 06:53 PM IST

    Param Bir Singh appears before Mumbai Police crime branch, grilled for six hours

    Former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh on Thursday appeared before the city crime branch where he was grilled for more than six hours in an extortion case against him. Read more

  • Nov 25, 2021 06:07 PM IST

    Anna Hazare admitted to Pune's Ruby Hospital after chest pain, reports ANI

    Anna Hazare has been admitted to Ruby Hospital in Pune after complaint of chest pain. He has been kept under observation and is stable, news agency ANI quoted medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Avdhut Bodamwad, as saying.

  • Nov 25, 2021 05:25 PM IST

    South Africa detects new Covid-19 variant, reports AFP citing scientists

    Scientists in South Africa said on Thursday they have detected a new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations, reports news agency AFP. "Unfortunately we have detected a new variant which is a reason for concern in South Africa," AFP quoted virologist Tulio de Oliveira as telling a hastily-called news conference. Read more

  • Nov 25, 2021 04:43 PM IST

    Maharashtra govt announces reopening of schools for all classes from Dec 1

    The Maharashtra government has decided to reopen schools for classes 1-4 in rural areas and classes 1-7 in urban areas from December 1, news agency ANI quoted state education minister Varsha Gaikwad as saying on Thursday.

  • Nov 25, 2021 04:25 PM IST

    Navjot Singh Sidhu threatens to go on a hunger strike

    Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Thursday that he will go on a hunger strike against the state government if it doesn't make the reports on drugs menace and the sacrilege incidents public.

  • Nov 25, 2021 03:54 PM IST

    Foreign ministers of Russia, India and China will meet on Nov 26

    Foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) will meet on November 26, via video-conference.

  • Nov 25, 2021 03:49 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu CM Stalin writes to Scindia seeking temporary air bubble with Singapore, Malaysia

    Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin writes to Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia requesting him to make a temporary air transport bubble agreement with Singapore and Malaysia to facilitate the movement of Tamils with permanent residentship of these countries.

    “…travellers from our state who made their trip to India during pandemic period are facing hardship for their return journey due to non-availability of direct flight services,” the letter read.

  • Nov 25, 2021 02:17 PM IST

    ‘Over UP politics’: Kejriwal on meeting between AAP's Sanjay Singh and Akhilesh Yadav

    Following the meeting between AAP leader Sanjay Singh ad SP chief Akhiles Yadav in Lucknow yesterday, AAP supremo and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal told ANI that the meeting took place “over Uttar Pradesh politics.”

  • Nov 25, 2021 01:44 PM IST

    ‘Momentous occasion’: Mukul Sangma on joining TMC

    “Today is a very momentous occasion for Meghalaya. With utmost sense of humility but complete sense of responsibility and commitment towards fulfilling our responsibility, we have taken a decision to march with the Trinamool Congress,” former Meghalaya CM and ex-Congress leader Mukul Sangma.

  • Nov 25, 2021 12:59 PM IST

    No ban on Salman Khurshid's book on Ayodhya, rules Delhi HC

    Delhi HC dismisses plea seeking to ban the sale, purchase, and all forms of circulation of ‘Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times’ written by former Union minister Salman Khurshid.

  • Nov 25, 2021 12:34 PM IST

    Congress accuses TMC of trying to ‘break’ it

    This conspiracy to break Congress is happening not only in Meghalaya, but whole northeast. I challenge CM Mamata Banerjee to first elect them on TMC's symbol and then formally welcome them to her party: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP

  • Nov 25, 2021 12:09 PM IST

    Delhi Assembly summons actor Kangana Ranaut

    Delhi Assembly's Peace and Harmony committee, headed by AAP MLA Raghav Chadha, summons actor Kangana Ranaut for alleged derogatory remarks on Sikhs.

  • Nov 25, 2021 11:34 AM IST

    Ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh lands in city

    ‘Absconding’ former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh lands in city, expected to join corruption and extortion probe in Maharashtra.

  • Nov 25, 2021 11:24 AM IST

    Tripura civic polls: SC directs Centre to deploy more paramilitary forces

    Supreme Court instructs Centre to 'immediately' deploy two additional companies of paramilitary force to ensure free and fair voting in Tripura civic polls.

  • Nov 25, 2021 11:14 AM IST

    Shakti Mills gang-rape: Death sentence of 3 convicts commuted to life term

    Bombay high court commutes death sentence of three convicts to life term. The court also upholds the life imprisonment sentence of the fourth convict.

  • Nov 25, 2021 10:40 AM IST

    Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls on December 19

    West Bengal State election commission issues notification for Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections. Voting to take place on December 19.

  • Nov 25, 2021 10:11 AM IST

    Navy commissions INS Vela

    Indian Navy commissions INS Vela, fourth Scorpene-class submarine, at the Mumbai-based naval dockyard.

  • Nov 25, 2021 10:05 AM IST

    Tripura civic polls: 13.13% voting till 9am

    Voter turnout of 13.13% recorded till 9am in voting for elections to 222 seats of Agartala Municipal Corporation and 19 other local urban bodies.

  • Nov 25, 2021 09:34 AM IST

    Terrorism conspiracy case: Fresh NIA raids in J&K

    NIA carries out fresh raids in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar and Shopian as part of the ongoing probe in terrorism conspiracy case.

  • Nov 25, 2021 09:13 AM IST

    India logs 9119 new Covid-19 cases and 396 deaths

    India's daily Covid-19 tally sees slight fall with 9,119 new cases while 396 new deaths also recorded.

  • Nov 25, 2021 08:57 AM IST

    Tripura civic polls: Voting underway

    Voting underway in Tripura for elections to the remaining 222 seats in the Agartala Municipal Corporation and 19 other local urban bodies in the state. 112 seats won uncontested by ruling BJP earlier this month.

  • Nov 25, 2021 08:27 AM IST

    35 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi on November 24

    Delhi reported 35 new Covid-19 cases, 20 recoveries and 0 deaths on Wednesday. Total tally at 1,440,754 including 1,415,348 recoveries, 25,095 deaths and 311 active cases.

  • Nov 25, 2021 07:52 AM IST

    1 held for fatal stabbing in Delhi's Rajouri Garden: Police

    One man apprehended in stabbing a 25-year-old man to death in west Delhi's Rajouri Garden area on November 24. The incident took place following a scuffle: Delhi Police

  • Nov 25, 2021 07:16 AM IST

    At 330, Delhi's AQI in ‘very poor’ category

    Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) is presently at 330 (overall) in the 'Very Poor' category: SAFAR-India

  • Nov 25, 2021 06:37 AM IST

    Mexico logs over 300 new Covid-19 related deaths

    Mexico logs 336 new deaths due to Covid-19, taking the cumulative death toll to 293,186, as per the country's health ministry.

  • Nov 25, 2021 06:01 AM IST

    France likely to announce Covid-19 boosters for adults today

    French health minister Olivier Veran, at a press conference on Thursday, is expected to announce that Covid-19 booster shots will be made available to all adults, local media has reported.

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Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee condemn Nagaland killings

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee demanded a thorough investigation into the episode and said a delegation will meet the families of the victims
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among the top Opposition leaders to condemn the Nagaland killings and demand answers from the government. (HT Photo/Representative use)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among the top Opposition leaders to condemn the Nagaland killings and demand answers from the government. (HT Photo/Representative use)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 09:50 AM IST
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Mamata to send team to Nagaland to meet victims of civilian killings

The TMC is trying to expand its footprint beyond Bengal and has already landed in Tripura and Goa and become the largest opposition party in Meghalaya after 12 Congress legislators, including former chief minister Mukul Sangma, recently switched sides
Banerjee had also sent her emissaries to meet the farmers at Singhu border in Delhi when they were protesting against the three contentious farm bills. (AFP Photo)
Banerjee had also sent her emissaries to meet the farmers at Singhu border in Delhi when they were protesting against the three contentious farm bills. (AFP Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 09:13 AM IST
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New updates from HT: TMC delegation to visit Nagaland after civilian killings

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Protests against the civilian killings broke out in Nagaland’s Mon district on Sunday.(ANI)
Protests against the civilian killings broke out in Nagaland’s Mon district on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:59 AM IST
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Nagaland district tense after civilian killings: How the events unfolded in Mon

Union home minister Amit Shah expressed his regret over the incident in Nagaland's Mon district and said the state probe would "ensure justice to the bereaved families".
Indian army soldiers keep guard at their camp in Jakhama, on the outskirts of Nagaland's capital Kohima, on Sunday.(AP Photo)
Indian army soldiers keep guard at their camp in Jakhama, on the outskirts of Nagaland's capital Kohima, on Sunday.(AP Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:43 AM IST
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Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Amendment Bill likely to be tabled today

The move to decriminalise possession of a limited quantity of drugs for personal use is being done with the view to help the victims of drug abuse come out of addiction
The Bill will replace the ordinance of the same name, promulgated on September 30 to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 to correct a drafting error, according to PRS Legislative Research. (ANI Photo)
The Bill will replace the ordinance of the same name, promulgated on September 30 to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 to correct a drafting error, according to PRS Legislative Research. (ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:40 AM IST
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ByMalavika Murali

India remembers BR Ambedkar on his death anniversary. 5 things to know about him

  • Known for his great influence in India in eradicating the social scourge of untouchability, Ambedkar also served as the Minister of Law and Justice in the first cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru from 1947 to 1951.
Ambedkar's admirers consider him as influential as Lord Buddha, which is why his death anniversary is celebrated as Mahaparinirvana Divas.(File Photo)
Ambedkar's admirers consider him as influential as Lord Buddha, which is why his death anniversary is celebrated as Mahaparinirvana Divas.(File Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 08:23 AM IST
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Assam govt implements new SOPs as Omicron cases spread. Read details

Assam government has taken a decision to tighten travel guidelines for international travellers in line with Indian government's move to implement similar measures in the wake of Omicron variant. India has so far recorded 21 cases of the new coronavirus strain.
Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Dhananjay Ghanwat injects a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary as part of the 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination campaign, on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Dhananjay Ghanwat injects a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary as part of the 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination campaign, on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:16 AM IST
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LIVE: Kharge to meet opposition leaders to chalk out strategy for floor

  • Parliament winter session: Last week the Rajya Sabha faced constant disruption and adjournment as opposition parties created a ruckus against the suspension of 12 MPs.
The Parliament building in Delhi. 
The Parliament building in Delhi. 
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 09:57 AM IST
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NTAGI to meet today on child immunisation, additional vaccine dose 

  • The new variant of Covid-19 was first detected in South Africa's Botswana early in November. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation.
A total of 21 cases of Omicron have been detected in the last couple of days in India, with some experts pushing for a booster shot to the already vaccinated to minimise the effect of the pandemic. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
A total of 21 cases of Omicron have been detected in the last couple of days in India, with some experts pushing for a booster shot to the already vaccinated to minimise the effect of the pandemic. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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5-member TMC delegation to visit Nagaland today after civilian killings

  • The TMC delegation will comprise members of Parliament Prasun Banerjee, Sushmita Dev, Aparupa Poddar and Santanu Sen, and party spokesperson Biswajit Deb.
Indian army soldiers ride past the main town in a convoy in Kohima, capital of northeastern Nagaland state, India, Sunday.(AP)
Indian army soldiers ride past the main town in a convoy in Kohima, capital of northeastern Nagaland state, India, Sunday.(AP)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 06:19 AM IST
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S-400, AK-203 rifles: Putin on a power-packed visit to India today

Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in India on Monday for a day-long visit. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an annual summit. It will be preceded by the inaugural 2+2 format dialogue in New Delhi.
Students in Mumbai paint portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of former's visit to India, on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Students in Mumbai paint portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of former's visit to India, on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 06:15 AM IST
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India & Russia to hold first 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi. What's on agenda

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will also be arriving in Delhi on Monday to hold the 21st annual India-Russia summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives at Delhi airport. He will take part in the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between India and Russia.(ANI)
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives at Delhi airport. He will take part in the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between India and Russia.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 06:08 AM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

LIVE: India reports 8,306 new Covid cases as Omicron infections rise

  • Breaking news updates December 6, 2021: Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 09:57 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India's Omicron tally rises to 21: Tracking the spread of new coronavirus strain

The Omicron is believed to be containing more mutations than any other variant of coronavirus. It a also considered to be more resistant to vaccines. India has put in place several strict measures for international travellers to control the spread of the new strain. 
Patna Municipal Corporation workers spray disinfectant in a residential area amid Omicron threat, on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Patna Municipal Corporation workers spray disinfectant in a residential area amid Omicron threat, on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 05:43 AM IST
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PM Modi to inaugurate BASE University building in Bengaluru today

  • Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai and minister for higher education Dr CN Ashwatha Narayana held review meetings last month to oversee the preparations for the inaugural programme.
PM Modi is expected to visit Bengaluru to inaugurate the new campus of Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economic University.
PM Modi is expected to visit Bengaluru to inaugurate the new campus of Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economic University.
Published on Dec 06, 2021 05:35 AM IST
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