A representational photo.(AP)
A representational photo.(AP)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 5pm: China denies links between stranded Indian sailors and standoff, and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 5pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 04:52 PM IST

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 5pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Indian sailors stranded due to Covid measures, not standoff, says China

China on Friday said there was no link between the situation of the Indian sailors on two cargo ships carrying Australian coal stranded at Chinese ports and the current state of ties between the countries. The Chinese foreign ministry said the two vessels were stuck at the ports because of quarantine measures in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

2.1 million residents, Rs 5 lakh benefit: PM Modi to launch AB-PMJAY SEHAT scheme for J-K tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. It will provide benefits to 2.1 million eligible people on the basis of Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011. According to officials, eligible beneficiaries will get the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) as per the SECC 2011 database. Read more

Protesting Haryana farmers throw open toll plaza gates on national and state highways

Intensifying their ongoing agitation against the three agriculture laws, members of the farmers’ unions took over several toll plazas in Haryana allowing free movement of vehicles on Friday morning. Read more

‘Act of terrorism’: BJP after party worker assaulted by PDP leader

A First Information Report has been filed against Peoples Democratic Party leader and former MLC Surinder Choudhary and his supporters for allegedly assaulting a BJP worker, said police on Thursday. The BJP has called the attack an “act of terrorism”. Read more

Rajinikanth admitted to hospital in Hyderabad after complaining of fluctuations in blood pressure

Veteran actor Rajinikanth had been admitted to hospital in Hyderabad. ‘Severe fluctuations’ in his blood pressure have been reported. A statement from the Apollo Hospitals read: “Mr Rajnikanth has been admitted in the hospital today in the morning. Read more

India vs Australia: ‘I went up to Virat Kohli and said sorry’ - Ajinkya Rahane reveals dressing room talks after Adelaide run out

Ajinkya Rahane revealed that he had apologised to Virat Kohli after his terrible mix-up with him resulted in the Indian captain’s run out in the first day-night Test in Adelaide. India were in a strong position at 188 for 3 when an unfortunate mix-up between Rahane and Kohli turned the match towards Australia. Read more

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Malaika Arora, Ayushmann Khurrana: Inside B-town’s Christmas celebrations with their families

After the year the entire world has had on account of the coronavirus pandemic, all of us are definitely looking for any excuse to celebrate and find positivity in this new normal. Christmas and New Year’s is usually a time of giving, sharing, celebrating, partying and expressing gratitude, and while curfews and restrictions may have dampened everyone’s plans to party, one can still celebrate with their near and dear ones, which is exactly what B-town celebrities are up to. Read more

Santas hold huge mask to spread awareness in Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand art. Watch

Internationally acclaimed award-winning sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik recently attempted a record by creating an artwork that shows two Santa Clauses holding a huge mask with a message of awareness written on it. He took to Twitter to share images and videos of his amazing creation. Watch

‘Mamata government blocking central aid to farmers of Bengal’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal and accused it of blocking the aid provided by the Centre to farmers of the state. PM Modi said that the West Bengal government has deprived farmers of the benefits of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ under which a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal installments of Rs 2,000 each. Watch

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves to students at St. Joseph's Matric Hr. Sec. School at Mulagumoodu in Kanyakumari.(ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves to students at St. Joseph's Matric Hr. Sec. School at Mulagumoodu in Kanyakumari.(ANI)

Restrain Rahul Gandhi from campaigning in Tamil Nadu: BJP plea to ECI

PTI, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:19 PM IST
BJP state in-charge, election liaison committee, V Balachandran, alleged that Gandhi's campaign in St.Joseph's Matric Higher Secondary School in Mulagumoodu in Kanyakumari district on March 1 was akin to an election campaign in school premises.
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The latest notification follows a three-week-old draft order that let citizens link their drivers license and vehicle registration certificate with their Aadhar number.(Yogesh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The latest notification follows a three-week-old draft order that let citizens link their drivers license and vehicle registration certificate with their Aadhar number.(Yogesh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Govt rolls out Aadhaar-based driver license services, puts an end to RTO visits

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:49 PM IST
  • A total of 18 services will be covered. The ministry said the new system will “simplify the government delivery processes and bring in transparency and efficiency”
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A medical worker administers Covid-19 vaccine doses to Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, at the Police Control Room (PCR) in Srinagar.(PTI)
A medical worker administers Covid-19 vaccine doses to Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, at the Police Control Room (PCR) in Srinagar.(PTI)

1 Covid-19 death, 79 fresh cases in Jammu and Kashmir

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:42 PM IST
  • There are now 883 active Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Seventy-five-year-old Misra was given Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. He said it was very reassuring for him to see Modi taking the vaccine on March 1 when the drive to vaccinate those above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities started.
Seventy-five-year-old Misra was given Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. He said it was very reassuring for him to see Modi taking the vaccine on March 1 when the drive to vaccinate those above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities started.

Covid-19 vaccination: 'Controlled and methodical' mechanism says Nripendra Misra

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:33 PM IST
The former principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was happy to see that despite the rush, those arriving for vaccination did not run any risk of infection as they came in little contact with people.
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Trade unions have announced statewide band in Andhra Pradesh on March 5(HT photo)
Trade unions have announced statewide band in Andhra Pradesh on March 5(HT photo)

Support gathers for Andhra Pradesh bandh tomorrow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:30 PM IST
  • Chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy-led ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has criticised the Centre’s step of privatising the steel plant.
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The Supreme Court. (HT archive)
The Supreme Court. (HT archive)

'Discriminatory': Goa in Supreme Court on mining leases renewal cancellation

By Gerard de Souza, Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:27 PM IST
The mining Industry has been one of the major sources of revenue generation for the state and also a source of employment generation, the Goa government said.
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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan receives the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during the second phase of vaccination, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan receives the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during the second phase of vaccination, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Kerala records 2,616 new cases of Covid-19; active cases reach 44,441

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:26 PM IST
The Covid-19 spread in Kerala is a matter of concern for the government as the southern state is going to hold assembly election next month along with three other states and a union territory.
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This year's fair is setting a new precedent giving transgender seers an opportunity to take part in Kumbh rituals. (HT Photo)
This year's fair is setting a new precedent giving transgender seers an opportunity to take part in Kumbh rituals. (HT Photo)

Transgender seers participate in mahakumbh at Haridwar for first time

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Haridwar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:20 PM IST
A large number of Kinnar Akhada seers are arriving in Haridwar these days amid grand reception.
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A medic administers the first dose of Covaxin vaccine to a frontline worker, during an Covid-19 inoculation drive, at Sanjeevan Hospital in New Delhi. (PTI File Photo)
A medic administers the first dose of Covaxin vaccine to a frontline worker, during an Covid-19 inoculation drive, at Sanjeevan Hospital in New Delhi. (PTI File Photo)

'Not utilising fully': HC asks Centre to explain control on who gets Covid jab

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:13 PM IST
The high court said the two institutes which have developed the vaccines Covishield and Covaxin -- Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech -- have more capacity to provide the vaccines
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Jaishankar's visit to Bangladesh follows on the PM-level Virtual Summit in December last year and will also provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress in bilateral relations, the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Jaishankar's visit to Bangladesh follows on the PM-level Virtual Summit in December last year and will also provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress in bilateral relations, the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Neighbourhood First : Jaishankar to boost bilateral relations with Bangladesh

PTI, Dhaka
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Momen and Jaishankar led their respective sides at a bilateral meeting held at a state guesthouse and took stock of the progress of relations between the two countries.
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Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar. The decision to retrieve all land dealing under the Roshni Act was taken three weeks after the high court declared it unconstitutional and unsustainable.(PTI file photo)
Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar. The decision to retrieve all land dealing under the Roshni Act was taken three weeks after the high court declared it unconstitutional and unsustainable.(PTI file photo)

Ease of Living Index 2020: Srinagar at bottom of list of 49 cities

By Mir Ehsan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:48 PM IST
  • While Bangalore has been ranked top among 49 cities with population of more than a million, Bareilly, Dhanbad and Srinagar are ranked as the bottom three.
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CPI leader Sitaram Yechury addresses media on the occasion of fifty years celebration of the party's newspaper 'Ganashakti' in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
CPI leader Sitaram Yechury addresses media on the occasion of fifty years celebration of the party's newspaper 'Ganashakti' in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

CPI(M) to seek rescheduling of parliament budget session due to assembly polls

PTI, Coimbatore
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:38 PM IST
Since majority of the states such as Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Assam have more opposition MPs, they may find it difficult to campaign in these states, where polls are scheduled to held from March 27 to April 6.
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Security personnel check for bombs in the premises of the historic Taj Mahal, in Agra, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (PTI Photo )
Security personnel check for bombs in the premises of the historic Taj Mahal, in Agra, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (PTI Photo )

Man detained for Taj Mahal hoax bomb call, may have mental health illness: Cop

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:13 PM IST
After the threat call to 112 emergency response number of the Uttar Pradesh police at around 9am, nearly 1000 tourists were evacuated from the Taj Mahal.
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Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily.(HT file photo)
Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily.(HT file photo)

News updates from HT: Congress says TN seat sharing talks 'not yet a stalemate'

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:00 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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"The Ministry and industry will partner together to make the OTT experience better for all audience,” Javadekar wrote on Twitter.(PTI file photo)
"The Ministry and industry will partner together to make the OTT experience better for all audience,” Javadekar wrote on Twitter.(PTI file photo)

OTT industry representatives welcome new guidelines, says Javadekar

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:05 PM IST
The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry issued the guidelines last week to monitor content on social media and OTT platforms—under which they would be required to remove any content flagged by authorities within 36 hours and further set up a grievance redressal mechanism.
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