Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali(PTI Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: PM Modi greets nation on Diwali, hopes for ‘brightness and happiness’ and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 09:00 AM IST

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

PM Modi greets nation on Diwali, hopes for ‘brightness and happiness’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali and wished for the festival to bring ‘brightness and happiness’. Most parts of India celebrate the festival of lights on Saturday. Read more.

Covid-19: Deaths, cases breaking global records

The latest wave of Covid-19 infections in the US and Europe has been pushing the seven-day average of new infection numbers to record levels through the past month. Now, the global death trajectory too has seen a sharp rise — it’s still nowhere near peaks seen during the first wave in the US and Europe in individual European countries, but with more countries around the world affected now (as compared to March, April, and May), the overall number of deaths has increased. Read more.

Joe Biden, set to take over as US President in Jan 2021, tweets urgent action needed on Covid-19

Amid the surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in the United States, President-elect Joe Biden tweeted that urgent action is needed now by the current administration as he would take over next year. Read more.

National Children’s Day 2020: History, significance and celebrations for the day dedicated to children

Children are the foundation upon which the future of the human race stands. Their well-being and growth ensure the growth of all humanity collectively. The legacy that we work towards building is all in the hope that one day future generations might reap the benefits of it. Read more.

‘That’s what I am going to do’: Devdutt Padikkal talks about the advice he received from Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore may not have succeeded in the mission to win the Indian Premier League 2020 trophy, but if there is one positive they can take from the season, it is the rise of 20-year-old batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who left fans and cricket experts impressed with his talent. Read more.

Watch: Arjun Rampal grilled by NCB for 7 hours in drug-related case

Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal was questioned by NCB for over seven hours. The actor was questioned in a drug-related probe on Friday. The actor reached the office in Ballard estate at 11 in the morning. Watch video.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini go on sale in India

Apple iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are now available to purchase in India, and globally. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro went on sale first late last month and with the two new models added the iPhone 12 series is complete now. Read more.

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Uttarakhand Police personnel deployed in US Nagar district(HT PHOTO)
Uttarakhand Police personnel deployed in US Nagar district(HT PHOTO)

Uttarakhand police on alert in 4 districts after violence in Delhi tractor rally

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:17 PM IST
  • The police headquarters has asked the US Nagar district police to maintain extra vigil as it is the most affected district in the state by the farmers’ agitation.
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Sameer Desai being welcomed into Shiv Sena by Uddhav Thackeray (Photo@ShivSena)
Sameer Desai being welcomed into Shiv Sena by Uddhav Thackeray (Photo@ShivSena)

Sameer Desai quits BJP, joins Shiv Sena

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:15 PM IST
A two-term Congress corporator, Sameer Desai has also been the spokesperson of Mumbai Congress.
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The nishan sahib transformed into the symbol of sikh sovereignty and identity.(AP)
The nishan sahib transformed into the symbol of sikh sovereignty and identity.(AP)

All you need to know about Nishan Sahib, the flag hoisted by farmers on Red Fort

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:20 PM IST
Actor Deep Sidhu has been accused of instigating the farmers for the deviation in the route as well as for hoisting the flag.
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Heavy security personnel deployed at Red Fort in New Delhi on Wednesday. A group of protestors climbed to the ramparts of the fort and unfurled flags on the 26th of January. (ANI)
Heavy security personnel deployed at Red Fort in New Delhi on Wednesday. A group of protestors climbed to the ramparts of the fort and unfurled flags on the 26th of January. (ANI)

Red Fort breach: Minister Prahlad Patel says report to be sent to MHA

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:58 PM IST
A tractor parade on Tuesday descended into anarchy as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.
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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari hadchallenged the summons issued to him in a criminal defamation case filed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.(Amal KS/HT File PHOTO)
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari hadchallenged the summons issued to him in a criminal defamation case filed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.(Amal KS/HT File PHOTO)

Supreme Court stays defamation proceeding against BJP leader Manoj Tiwari

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:48 PM IST
The case pertains to a complaint Sisodia brought against Tiwari and BJP leader Vijender Gupta in which Sisodia said the two leaders have levelled corruption charges against him.
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Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) senior leader Abhay Singh Chautala addresses farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, at National Highway 48, near Rajiv Chowk, in Gurugram on Tuesday. (ANI PHOTO)
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) senior leader Abhay Singh Chautala addresses farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, at National Highway 48, near Rajiv Chowk, in Gurugram on Tuesday. (ANI PHOTO)

INLD legislator Abhay Singh Chautala resigns over farm laws, Speaker accepts

By hindustantimes.com, HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:18 PM IST
The Haryana MLA has staunchly backed farmers in their protest as he also carried out a tractor rally from Punjab's Ambala earlier this month.
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BJP spokesperson Azfar Shamshi(Photo@Azfarshamshi)
BJP spokesperson Azfar Shamshi(Photo@Azfarshamshi)

Bihar BJP spokesperson shot at in Munger; 1 arrested

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:40 PM IST
The police said that Azfar Shamshi was fired upon by 2-3 men while he was on way to college from his residence.
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Farmers reach Red fort during their tractor rally on Republic Day, in Delhi . (ANI)
Farmers reach Red fort during their tractor rally on Republic Day, in Delhi . (ANI)

‘Dirty conspiracy’: Farmers’ leaders accuse Centre of ‘sabotaging’ peaceful stir

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:40 PM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Wednesday said the government was ‘shaken up’ by their agitation and hence ‘hatched a conspiracy’ with the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.
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Gurnam Singh Charuni. (Facebook)
Gurnam Singh Charuni. (Facebook)

Gurnam Charuni: The firebrand behind the farmers’ protests

By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:19 PM IST
Charuni, the leader of the Haryana unit of Bharatiya Kisan Union, organised one of the first meetings in September in Haryana’s Pipli village to protest against the three laws
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A view of Supreme Court. (HT Photo)
A view of Supreme Court. (HT Photo)

Supreme Court refuses protection to makers of web series Tandav

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:23 PM IST
The bench observed, “Your right to freedom of speech is not absolute. You cannot play the role of a character that hurts the sentiments of a community.”
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The UAE registered the Sinopharm vaccine after finding it had a 86% efficacy rate, paving the way for a full public use and allowing for a re-opening of the Gulf nation’s economy.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The UAE registered the Sinopharm vaccine after finding it had a 86% efficacy rate, paving the way for a full public use and allowing for a re-opening of the Gulf nation’s economy.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

AP dentist falls ill after Covid-19 vaccination; not due to jab, says official

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:59 PM IST
P Ratnavali, district medical and health officer (DMHO) of Prakasam, said the dentist Dhana Lakshimi was having infection in urinary tract and liver while taking the vaccine shot on December 23 at the government general hospital here.
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Tandav web show stars Saif Ali Khan and Dimple Kapadia in prominent roles.
Tandav web show stars Saif Ali Khan and Dimple Kapadia in prominent roles.

'Freedom of speech not absolute': SC tells makers of web series 'Tandav'

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:06 PM IST
The web series is facing criminal cases for hurting religious sentiments and insulting religion punishable under Sections 153A and 295 of Indian Penal Code.
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Asked if the farmers' protest has lost its credibility after the violence witnessed in Delhi here, the senior BJP leader said, "Those who are leading the protest should introspect why such an incident happened."(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT photo)
Asked if the farmers' protest has lost its credibility after the violence witnessed in Delhi here, the senior BJP leader said, "Those who are leading the protest should introspect why such an incident happened."(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT photo)

No one should do politics over violence: Fadnavis on R-Day farmers' protest

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:52 PM IST
Speaking to PTI, Fadnavis condemned the violence and said farm leaders leading the protest should introspect why such violence took place.
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Farmers reach Red fort during their tractor rally on Republic Day, in Delhi . (ANI)
Farmers reach Red fort during their tractor rally on Republic Day, in Delhi . (ANI)

Farmer unions blame KMSC for digressing from route, taking rally to Red Fort

By Anil Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:20 PM IST
The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee has also been flayed on social media for distancing itself from the decision of the other farmer unions
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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

BJP MLA blames Sonia Gandhi, Rahul for tractor parade violence, Cong hits back

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 01:40 PM IST
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday night, the BJP MLA said, "The act of violence during tractor parade is condemnable. A case of sedition should be lodged and strict action should be taken against those involved in the act".
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