Dense fog rolls on to National Highway-24(NH24) in New Delhi on January 14. Cold wave conditions are expected to continue in Delhi-NCR for at least the next four days, according to scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while pollution levels are likely to further worsen and may even reach the “severe” zone in the coming days.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Dense fog rolls on to National Highway-24(NH24) in New Delhi on January 14. Cold wave conditions are expected to continue in Delhi-NCR for at least the next four days, according to scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while pollution levels are likely to further worsen and may even reach the “severe” zone in the coming days.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 am: Cold wave condition likely to persist over northwest India till weekend

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 AM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 08:52 AM IST

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 AM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Cold wave likely to persist over NW India till Sunday: IMD

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This sonification clip involving a supernova is absolutely mesmerising

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Covid vaccine: Nepal thanks India as it begins immunisation, China trumped

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A BMC medical staffer administering a Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 1, 2021.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
A BMC medical staffer administering a Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 1, 2021.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

'Will be able to scale up Covid vaccinations to 2.7 million a day’: RS Sharma

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 04:34 AM IST
"It’s a positive and powerful message to everybody, especially those who were doubting the Covid-19 vaccine and fearing side effects," National Health Authority chairperson RS Sharma said.
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The Supreme Court. (HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court. (HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court ends bail of over 2,000 prisoners given on Covid-19 ground

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:51 PM IST
  • On October 29 last year, the top court had stayed a direction passed on October 20 by the Delhi High Court directing 2,318 undertrial prisoners to surrender in a phased manner.
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Supporters of Left Front, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF) at a joint rally, ahead of West Bengal assembly polls, at Brigade Parade Ground, in Kolkata on Sunday. (PTI)
Supporters of Left Front, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF) at a joint rally, ahead of West Bengal assembly polls, at Brigade Parade Ground, in Kolkata on Sunday. (PTI)

Congress divided over alliance with cleric Siddiqui in Bengal

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:04 PM IST
  • Deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, accused the party’s Bengal president and Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdury of diluting the party’s core ideology and the secularism by allying with Abbasuddin Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front (ISF).
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The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.47 crore on Monday, the ministry said.(Reuters)
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.47 crore on Monday, the ministry said.(Reuters)

1.28 lakh people over 60 years get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:04 PM IST
The ministry said that 25 lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal since the registration opened up at 9 am on Monday.
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Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, on Monday launched its flight services under the Centre's UDAN scheme in Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh, connecting it with Delhi. (HT File Photo)
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, on Monday launched its flight services under the Centre's UDAN scheme in Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh, connecting it with Delhi. (HT File Photo)

Alliance Air launches flights from Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur under UDAN

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:00 PM IST
The service, which will connect Bilaspur to Delhi via Jabalpur and Prayagraj, was launched virtually by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
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In the wake of rising cases, restrictions were imposed in several parts of the state.(HT Photo)
In the wake of rising cases, restrictions were imposed in several parts of the state.(HT Photo)

Covid-19 in Maharashtra: How various districts fared since Feb 24

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:05 PM IST
After registering over 8,000 new daily cases beginning Feb 24, Maharashtra on Monday logged 6,397 new infections of the viral disease.
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"The scientific community rose to the occasion during the pandemic," Harsh Vardhan said.(PTI)
"The scientific community rose to the occasion during the pandemic," Harsh Vardhan said.(PTI)

Harsh Vardhan says scientific community 'rose to occasion' when Covid-19 hit

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:47 PM IST
The minister said right from scaling up the laboratories to conduct Covid-19 tests and working on vaccines to manufacturing Personal Protection Kits (PPE), scientists handled the challenge very deftly.
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On being challenged, the miscreants adopted aggressive posture and started pelting stones on the ACP party during which Constable G Sarvan sustained an injury on his head. (Representative Image) (HT archive)
On being challenged, the miscreants adopted aggressive posture and started pelting stones on the ACP party during which Constable G Sarvan sustained an injury on his head. (Representative Image) (HT archive)

BSF soldier injured in attack by miscreants in Tripura

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:44 PM IST
According to a statement, on February 27 at 4:35 am, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) party observed some suspicious movement of 8-10 miscreants approaching an unfenced area near the International Border.
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The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups (people above 60 and those with comorbidities above 45) began on Monday.(AP)
The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups (people above 60 and those with comorbidities above 45) began on Monday.(AP)

IMA pushes for free Covid-19 vaccine, make online portal more user friendly

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:00 PM IST
"We request the Government of India to make the online vaccination portal more people friendly. We also request to provide the Covid-19 vaccination free of cost to the HCWs and people of the country," the IMA said.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses after the presentation of the state budget 2020-21 in Vidhan Sabha, in Lucknow.(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses after the presentation of the state budget 2020-21 in Vidhan Sabha, in Lucknow.(ANI)

Adityanath heads for Malda to begin poll campaign in Bengal

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:51 PM IST
  • This will be the first of the many public meetings Adityanath is scheduled to address in Bengal where the BJP is looking to unseat the led TMC.
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File photo: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
File photo: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari.

'FASTags will save 20,000 crore per year on fuel': Gadkari

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:55 PM IST
  • "Toll collection through electronic tolling has reached 93 per cent during the last fortnight after the FASTag was made mandatory," Gadkari said.
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Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister.(PTI)
Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister.(PTI)

India sending rice, HCQ tablets as humanitarian assistance to Madagascar

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:49 PM IST
The humanitarian assistance is being delivered on-board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, which will leave with the food and medical assistance on March 3 and is expected to reach the Port of Ehoala in Madagascar between March 21 and 24, 2021, the MEA said.
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Out of the 13, nine were recruited from Raipur range and 20 people had appeared for the exam.(Photo: Vidhya Rajput)
Out of the 13, nine were recruited from Raipur range and 20 people had appeared for the exam.(Photo: Vidhya Rajput)

News updates from HT: Chhattisgarh police recruit 13 transgender constables

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:17 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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Former school teacher Ramkishore Sahu at the Sadar Hospital in Ranchi where he had gone to take Covid-19 vaccine.(HT PHOTO)
Former school teacher Ramkishore Sahu at the Sadar Hospital in Ranchi where he had gone to take Covid-19 vaccine.(HT PHOTO)

80-year-old rides bike 70 km to get first shot of Covid vaccine in Ranchi

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:07 PM IST
  • The senior citizen said he would return on Tuesday with his wife on Tuesday o she could be administered her vaccine.
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A doubling in the price of crude oil over the past 10 months has contributed to record fuel prices at gas stations in India.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
A doubling in the price of crude oil over the past 10 months has contributed to record fuel prices at gas stations in India.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)

Finance ministry considers cutting taxes on petrol, diesel: Report

Reuters, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Finance Ministry has now started consultations with some states, oil companies and the oil ministry to find the most effective way to lower the tax burden, sources said.
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