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  • Oct 23, 2021 10:00 PM IST

    Delhi air quality improves to ‘moderate’ category, say authorities

    The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded in 'moderate' category with negligible impact of stubble burning, authorities told news agency PTI.

  • Oct 23, 2021 08:40 PM IST

    Amit Shah meets families of those killed in recent terrorist attacks in J&K

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah met the families of martyrs and civilians killed this month in spate of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Oct 23, 2021 07:33 PM IST

    Amit Shah inaugurates Srinagar-Sharjah international flight

    Union home minister Amit Shah inaugurated Srinagar-Sharjah international flight. "We declare it open from today. This will help in boosting tourism and bring more investment in the Union Territory," Shah said.

  • Oct 23, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Serum Institute's Cyrus Poonawalla praises PM Modi for going ‘out of his way’ to aid vaccination process

    “...PM went out of his way, made everyone move very fast... Had it not been for him... and driving the health ministry, today India would not have been able to make a billion doses....” said Cyrus Poonawalla, Serum Institute of India (SII), after meeting with PM Modi. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 06:21 PM IST

    Amit Shah says J-K statehood will be restored after delimitation and polls

    Union home minister Amit Shah, who's on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said delimitation exercise will be carried out in J&K, and polls will also be organised following which J&K's statehood will be restored, reported ANI. The union territory lost its statehood after Article 370 was abrogated by the Parliament in August 5, 2019. 

  • Oct 23, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    PM Modi meets Covid-19 vaccine makers after nation's 'Vaccine Century' feat

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with coronavirus vaccine manufacturers on the occasion of India crossing 100 crore vaccine doses. Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and MoS Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, among others were present at the meeting. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    Faizabad railway station to be renamed as Ayodhya Cantt: UP govt

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has decided to rename Faizabad railway junction as Ayodhya Cantt railway station. Faizabad was renamed as Ayodhya by the UP government in 2018.

  • Oct 23, 2021 03:18 PM IST

    Three dead due to landslide in Kashmir's Awantipora 

    Three persons have died and one person was injured after a landslide due to heavy rains in Awantipora district of South Kashmir. The deceased persons were from Kalakote. The injured is out of danger and the administration has shifted other families in the region to safer locations. 

    “A nomad family, putting in a tent in South Kashmir's Awantipora, has come under debris after landslide due to heavy rains. We have managed to pull out four persons who have been taken to hospital,” said DC Pulwama Baseer ul Haq choudhary. A bund had collapsed due to rainfall. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 03:03 PM IST

    NCB raids underway at 3 places in Mumbai's Bandra

    The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is conducting raids at three places in Mumbai's Bandra.

  • Oct 23, 2021 02:23 PM IST

    Earthquake of magnitude 4.0 strikes Karimnagar, Telangana

    Earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale occurred 45 km north-east of Karimnagar, Telangana at 1403 hours, according to the National Center for Seismology.

  • Oct 23, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    Union home minister Amit Shah reviews security situation in J-K

    Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and steps taken to combat terrorism in the Union Territory (UT), after recent attacks on civilians. 

  • Oct 23, 2021 01:53 PM IST

    Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath to rename Faizabad railway junction as Ayodhya Cantt

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced on Saturday that the Faizabad railway junction will now be renamed as  Ayodhya Cantt. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 01:31 PM IST

    Amit Shah meets family of slain J-K cop Parvez Ahmad, gives govt job to wife

    Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited the family of Jammu and Kashmir Police inspector Parvez Ahmad, who was shot dead by terrorists in June this year. Shah was accompanied by J-K’s lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha, Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh and J-K Police Dilbag Singh along with other officials. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed due to heavy rains

  • Oct 23, 2021 11:36 AM IST

    Union home minister Shah arrives in J-K's Srinagar; to chair security review meeting soon

    Union home minister Amit Shah, who began his three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, arrived in Srinagar on Saturday and was welcomed by lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha. In almost an hour, Shah will chair a meeting to review the security situation in the Union Territory (UT). 

  • Oct 23, 2021 11:28 AM IST

    Russia authorises simultaneous vaccination against Covid-19, influenza

    Russia, which is currently facing an increased spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), authorised simultaneous vaccination against Covid-19 and influenza. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 11:13 AM IST

    Explosion rocks chemical plant in North China; 4 killed, 3 injured

    Four people died while three others were injured after an explosion was reported at a chemical plant in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, local authorities told news agency Xinhua on Saturday. 

    The explosion was reported at 11pm on Friday at a workshop of a chemical plant in Bayan Obo industrial park in Alxa League (prefecture). The fire was doused by early Saturday. 

  • Oct 23, 2021 10:23 AM IST

    Have enough Covid-19 vaccines available in Tamil Nadu, says state health secy

    Tamil Nadu health secretary J Radhakrishnan said on Saturday that there are sufficient vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) available in the state and urged people to get inoculated without any doubt. 

  • Oct 23, 2021 09:49 AM IST

    India among 11 'countries of concern': US intel report on climate change

    India is among the 11 countries which have been identified by United States intelligence agencies as ‘countries of concern’ with regard to climate change. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 09:26 AM IST

    India adds 16,326 Covid cases, sharp spike in new deaths at 666

    India's daily tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) again surged on Saturday after 16,326 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the caseload to 34,159,562, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. The deaths on Friday saw a sharp surge at 666 while 17,677 more patients recovered from the viral disease.  

  • Oct 23, 2021 08:23 AM IST

    Farmers' huts removed from UP Gate but Delhi-Ghaziabad traffic still affected

    The farmers protesting at Uttar Pradesh border said they have cleared the UP Gate protest site, but Hindustan Times' sister publication Livehindustan reported on Saturday that people coming to the national capital from Ghaziabad are still facing traffic snarls and delays. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 08:14 AM IST

    Bengal CM Banerjee to visit Goa on Oct 28 ahead of 2022 polls

    West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee announced on Saturday that she will visit Goa on October 28.  “I call upon all individuals, organisations and political parties to join forces to defeat the BJP and their divisive agenda. The people of Goa have suffered enough over the last 10 years,” Banerjee tweeted. 

  • Oct 23, 2021 07:15 AM IST

    Srinagar: Direct international flights to begin from today

    International flights directly linking Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar with the rest of the world will begin from Saturday. The decision was taken in a meeting on Monday chaired by divisional commissioner of Kashmir Pandurang K Pole. Read more 

  • Oct 23, 2021 06:59 AM IST

    Tripura civic polls to be held on Nov 25; counting on Nov 28

    Tripura State Election Commission (SEC) said that the election to 20 urban local bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation in all the eight districts in the state on November 25.

  • Oct 23, 2021 06:02 AM IST

    AAP to celebrate ‘Valmiki Jayanti’ on grand scale at Thyagaraj Stadium today

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will celebrate ‘Valmiki Jayanti’ on a grand scale at Delhi's Thyagaraj stadium on Saturday. Read more

  • Oct 23, 2021 05:49 AM IST

    Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Syria: Pentagon

    The Pentagon said that a senior leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda was killed in a United States drone strike in Syria. 

     

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ED can interrogate Unitech promoters in custody: SC

Supreme Court modifies its August order to allow the agency to question Sanjay and Ajay Chandra.
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Image used only for representation (Mint File Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 02:38 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas

When did wealth become a measure of the worth of a man?

Every professional I meet at Bengaluru’s great companies, be it Titan or Flipkart, have their “origin tales” of how they struggled and succeeded. Equally, all of us, me included, now lead lives, where we do everything we can so that our kids don’t struggle
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Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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Months on, Bengaluru roads’ audit stuck in a limbo

According to the BBMP’s estimates, one kilometre of a two-lane road under Smart City costs anywhere between 7.5 to 11 crores (including underground ducts), and the same for a tar road is around 80 lakhs to 1.3 crores
During the assembly session in September, CM Basavaraj Bommai had said that <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,060 crore have been spent on road-related works in the city. (HT Photo)
During the assembly session in September, CM Basavaraj Bommai had said that 20,060 crore have been spent on road-related works in the city. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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More clusters emerge as 15 students test Covid positive in Karnataka

With the increase in the number of clusters in Karnataka educational institutes and the scare over the new variant, several private schools have suspended offline classes, said the office-bearers of the schools’ association.
he Karnataka government has issued an advisory on the emergence of the new Covid-19 clusters and said that all social and cultural events, conferences, seminars, academic events, etc. in educational institutions may be postponed for two months. (PTIT)
he Karnataka government has issued an advisory on the emergence of the new Covid-19 clusters and said that all social and cultural events, conferences, seminars, academic events, etc. in educational institutions may be postponed for two months. (PTIT)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Bengaluru

‘Plan to keep pot boiling’, SIT tells Supreme Court on Zakia Jafri’s plea in 2002 Gujarat riots

“This court should give a closure to this case. Further agony should not go on at the instance of the second petitioner (Setalvad) who wants to keep the pot boiling,” the SIT, represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said.
The SIT, which took up Zakia Jafri’s complaint in 2011 on an order by the top court, filed a closure report in February 2012 giving clean chit to 63 people, and ruling out any conspiracy by the state or its officials. (Archive)
The SIT, which took up Zakia Jafri’s complaint in 2011 on an order by the top court, filed a closure report in February 2012 giving clean chit to 63 people, and ruling out any conspiracy by the state or its officials. (Archive)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:54 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas

BJP’s rise in Telangana may be behind KCR’s attack

The change was evident in the presence of TRS’ parliamentary party leader K Kesava Rao at the meeting of 16 Opposition parties at the office of Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday condemning the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members.
For seven years now, the TRS, headed by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has largely voted along with the ruling party. (HT)
For seven years now, the TRS, headed by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has largely voted along with the ruling party. (HT)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:52 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

Landslides hit hills in Tirumala, 20 pilgrimshave narrow escape

This is the second time in less than two weeks that the ghat road was closed for traffic due to landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed the temple town, along with several parts of the south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts, which are still reeling under the impact of the depression in the Bay of Bengal
A major accident was averted as the driver stopped the bus on time. (PTI)
A major accident was averted as the driver stopped the bus on time. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:51 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

I-T raids Saravana Selvarathinam in Tamil Nadu

More than a 100 of the I-T officials conducted searches at more than 20 premises in the districts of Chennai, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Coimbatore from Wednesday morning. The search operations included eight places in Chennai. “The searches have not concluded and it will continue on Thursday,” said the official requesting anonymity.
Saravana Selvarathinam has six stores across Tamil Nadu. (HT File)
Saravana Selvarathinam has six stores across Tamil Nadu. (HT File)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:49 AM IST
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Kerala rape case: High court cuts down former Catholic priest’s prison term to 10 yrs

The trail court in Thalassery in north Kerala had sentenced him to 20 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 2 lakh in 2019. Found guilty of rape and other provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Vadakumchery was sentenced to 60 years but the trial court had fixed his jail term to 20 years.
Found guilty of rape and other provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the former Catholic priest was sentenced to 60 years but the trial court had fixed his jail term to 20 years. (Representative use)
Found guilty of rape and other provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the former Catholic priest was sentenced to 60 years but the trial court had fixed his jail term to 20 years. (Representative use)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:48 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Thiruvananthapuram

AIADMK changes bylaws to strengthen dual leadership

According to bylaws, the AIADMK’s members of the general council (roughly 3,000 of them) had the power to elect or remove the party leaders
After the change in bylaws, the coordinator (O Panneerselvam) and joint coordinator (Edappadi Palaniswami) will be internally elected by a ‘single voting system’ directly by the primary members, who have been associated with the party for five continuous years. (ANI)
After the change in bylaws, the coordinator (O Panneerselvam) and joint coordinator (Edappadi Palaniswami) will be internally elected by a ‘single voting system’ directly by the primary members, who have been associated with the party for five continuous years. (ANI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:48 AM IST
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Maharashtra govt defers RT-PCR test for domestic fliers after advisory from Centre

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said the state government is not going to scale down its curbs for international passengers, which includes seven-day institutional quarantine and compulsory RT-PCR tests
Passengers lined up at a terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)
Passengers lined up at a terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:46 AM IST
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Samples of 6 international fliers who tested Covid positive sent for genome sequencing

Six international passengers tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) out of 3,476 passengers from the so-called at risk countries tested on arrival at airports across the country on December 1, the first day of implementation of the Centre’s revised guidelines for Covid testing, according to a government statement
Passengers lined up at a terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)
Passengers lined up at a terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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UP elections: Grand temple to be build in Mathura, says deputy CM Maurya

Preparations are underway for the construction of a grand temple in Mathura on the lines of Ayodhya and Varanasi, Keshav Prasad Maurya said.
UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday said that preparations were underway for the construction of a grand temple in Mathura on the lines of Ayodhya and Varanasi.
UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday said that preparations were underway for the construction of a grand temple in Mathura on the lines of Ayodhya and Varanasi.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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Jaish IED expert among two terrorists killed in J&K

According to officials familiar with the matter, the encounter broke out during a search operation in Qasbayar village of Pulwama on Wednesday. Police have identified the terrorists as Jaish IED expert Yasir Parray and Pakistan national Ali Bhai.
Two terrorists, including an IED expert of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, were killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said. (AP)
Two terrorists, including an IED expert of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, were killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said. (AP)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:37 AM IST
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EU special envoy on Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson visits New Delhi, holds talk with Shringla

Niklasson travelled to India after holding talks in Doha over the weekend with a Taliban delegation led by acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla met the EU special envoy on Wednesday and exchanged views on the “current situation in Afghanistan” and agreed to “continue the ongoing coordination between India & EU on Afghanistan”. (File photo)
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla met the EU special envoy on Wednesday and exchanged views on the “current situation in Afghanistan” and agreed to “continue the ongoing coordination between India & EU on Afghanistan”. (File photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:35 AM IST
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