A device being used for plasma therapy to treat other patients with coronavirus.(Reuters file photo)
A device being used for plasma therapy to treat other patients with coronavirus.(Reuters file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: India begins controlled trials of plasma therapy and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 09:04 AM IST

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

India begins controlled trials of plasma therapy

Trials using the antibody-rich blood of patients cured of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have begun, with doctors turning to a pool of 1,600 people in India who have recovered from the infection to test their antibodies as a potential cure for those fighting the disease. Read more

Bengal BJP MP booked under Disaster Management Act, another alleges ‘house arrest’

The police in Bankura district of West Bengal has booked Bankura’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subhas Sarkar under different sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act (DMA), 2005, for allegedly spreading false alarms. Read more

Odisha tops forest fire incidents in the country for a week

With daytime temperatures breaching over 40 degrees Celsius in around a dozen places in the state since last week, Odisha has topped the list of states in the country concerning forest fires in the last one week. Read more

After WHO row, US is probing China lab link

US President Donald Trump’s administration is urging an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the US doesn’t rule out that it came from a laboratory researching bats in Wuhan. Read more

‘Hope cricket resumes as soon as possible’

The Covid-19 pandemic has made us face a difficult time. Especially as an athlete, because we are used to a busy life—we’re always training, travelling and playing matches. Read more

Sussanne Khan’s sister Farah Khan Ali tests negative for Covid-19 after staff member tested positive

Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali has tested negative for the coronavirus. She got the tests done after an in-house staff member had tested positive for the virus earlier this week. Read more

Google, SpaceX to NASA: Top companies, government agencies that banned Zoom

As quickly as Zoom’s popularity rose, so did its security woes. Ever since Zoom’s skeleton of privacy and security issues were out, the company has been trying to fix its mistakes. Read more

Online dating’s new lockdown norms: Are the rules changing?

The first date is so exciting: hair smoothed down, skin glowing, big smiles as both sides see each other and settle down… before the laptop. Sadly, that’s what it’s come to, in lockdown. Video rendezvous, virtual romances, and endless social distancing. Read more

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The Supreme Court said a decision on reviewing the 50% ceiling on reservations in educational institutions and jobs needs to be answered in the context of the “changed social dynamics of the society”(HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court said a decision on reviewing the 50% ceiling on reservations in educational institutions and jobs needs to be answered in the context of the “changed social dynamics of the society”(HT PHOTO)

Time to review 50% cap on quota? Supreme Court asks states

By Abraham Thomas, Utkarsh Anand, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 10:26 AM IST
  • If the Supreme Court's five-judge bench accepts that the judgment in Indra Sawhney case should be modified, the case will have to be referred to an 11-judge bench.
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The Supreme Court. (HT archive)
The Supreme Court. (HT archive)

SC to examine whether to review 50% cap on quota: Key points

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 10:01 AM IST
The apex court said the issue of whether it is time to scrap it on quotas in educational institutions and jobs needs to be answered in the context of the “changed social dynamics of the society” and recent constitutional amendments
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Toolkit case: Nikita Jacob, Shantanu Muluk’s bail plea to be heard today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:59 AM IST
The duo, along with climate activist Disha Ravi, has been charged with sedition for creating and sharing a toolkit on social media related to the ongoing farmer’s protest against the three new farm laws
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ED officials at Khaira's home in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning.(HT Photo/Ravi Kumar)
ED officials at Khaira's home in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning.(HT Photo/Ravi Kumar)

Money laundering case: ED raids MLA Sukhpal Khaira's house in Chandigarh

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:54 AM IST
The raids are being carried out at five locations in Punjab, one in Chandigarh (at Khaira's house there) and two in Delhi.
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The statement was issued by the high commission said, following the debate which stemmed from an e-petition that attracted over 100,000 signatures on the parliamentary website.(AFP file photo)
The statement was issued by the high commission said, following the debate which stemmed from an e-petition that attracted over 100,000 signatures on the parliamentary website.(AFP file photo)

India condemns one-sided false assertions in UK parliamentary debate

PTI, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:46 AM IST
The mission said it would normally refrain from commenting on an internal discussion involving a small group of honourable parliamentarians in a limited quorum.
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Indiscriminate mining has irreversibly damaged Aravallis, suggest documents

By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:42 AM IST
An affidavit enclosed with the application submitted by YS Malik, principal secretary, mines and geology, in March 2010 said in the Aravallis, opencast mining is followed, and stocks once mined are removed from the site and can never be replenished
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Elderly citizens receive Covid vaccine shots in Guwahati on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Elderly citizens receive Covid vaccine shots in Guwahati on Monday.(PTI Photo)

With 15,388 new cases, India's daily Covid-19 infections dip slightly

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:33 AM IST
The country also recorded 77 fresh fatalities, which pushed the death toll to 1,57,930, according to health ministry update.
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IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said that India is at the 'forefront' of fighting the pandemic.(Bloomberg/file)
IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said that India is at the 'forefront' of fighting the pandemic.(Bloomberg/file)

'India stands out in terms of its Covid-19 vaccine policy', says IMF's Gopinath

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:19 AM IST
Gopinath appreciated India's effort with its coronavirus vaccine policies when asked by the permanent representative of UAE to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh.
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Fire breaks out at the 12th floor of a multi-storeyed building in Kolkata, Monday, March 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Fire breaks out at the 12th floor of a multi-storeyed building in Kolkata, Monday, March 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Kolkata fire tragedy: Centre orders high-level inquiry and other latest updates

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:13 AM IST
  • On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia of 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those killed in the fire.
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Delhi HC to hear plea challenging new rules to regulate internet content

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:16 AM IST
On February 25, the Centre had notified the rules for governing online content, which includes setting up a three-tier self regulatory mechanism for websites such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hotstar and online news media entities
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A Kashmiri boy walks homeward after attending private classes, after a brief spell of fresh snowfall in the outskirts of Srinagar Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)(AP)
A Kashmiri boy walks homeward after attending private classes, after a brief spell of fresh snowfall in the outskirts of Srinagar Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)(AP)

News updates from HT: IMD predicts rain, snow in western Himalayan region

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:02 AM 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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Rohtak has seen a steep rise in crime, particularly murders. The district has reported 14 murders this year against last year’s nine in the same time period. (AFP)
Rohtak has seen a steep rise in crime, particularly murders. The district has reported 14 murders this year against last year’s nine in the same time period. (AFP)

Missing woman's body, chopped into pieces, found in Jharkhand

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:43 AM IST
The body, identified as that of Sona Marandi who was missing since February 24, was recovered from the bank of Bansloi river near Rangatola under Amrapara police station area.
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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(ANI)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(ANI)

‘No lesson needed from Amit Shah’: Kerala CM’s retort to home minister

By Ramesh Babu, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:31 AM IST
  • Amit Shah had earlier hit out at Vijayan, saying the Kerala CM had no moral right to continue in power after ED pointed to a statement alleging his involvement in the gold smuggling case.
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Rain, snow predicted in western Himalayan region for next few days: IMD

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:11 AM IST
A Western Disturbance is lying as a cyclonic circulation over north Pakistan and neighbourhood and an induced cyclonic circulation is lying over Punjab, according to India Meteorological Department
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The fire broke out at the 13th floor of a multi-storeyed building in Kolkata, on Monday evening.(PTI Photo)
The fire broke out at the 13th floor of a multi-storeyed building in Kolkata, on Monday evening.(PTI Photo)

Kolkata fire: Mamata says no one from railways was present, officials deny claim

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:52 AM IST
The fire broke out on the 13th floor of New Koilaghat building on Strand Road at around 6.10 pm, and was brought under control a few hours later, according to West Bengal's fire and emergency services minister Sujit Basu.
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