A focal point of the rescue work has been efforts to penetrate through tonnes of silt, sludge and debris to get to the people who were at work inside the 1,500 metre tunnel when the waters came rushing in.(Arun Sharma / PTI)
A focal point of the rescue work has been efforts to penetrate through tonnes of silt, sludge and debris to get to the people who were at work inside the 1,500 metre tunnel when the waters came rushing in.(Arun Sharma / PTI)

News updates from HT: Expert team widens mouth of Rishiganga lake by 15ft to prevent repeat tragedy and all the latest

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, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:59 AM IST

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

Expert team widens mouth of Rishiganga lake by 15ft to prevent repeat tragedy

The 30-member expert team succeeded in widening the mouth of the lake, formed upstream Rishiganga river in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district due to flash floods, by about 15 feet, leading to faster drainage, which is likely to prevent a repeat of the tragedy, according to state disaster response force (SDRF) commandant Navneet Bhullar. Read more

Several Delhi borders remain closed due to farmers’ protest, traffic diverted

Several borders of the national capital with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (UP) remained closed for vehicular movement on Tuesday due to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three new farm laws. Read more

Fuel prices rise after 2 days, petrol & diesel up by 25 and 35 paise in Delhi

State-run oil marketing companies (OMC) on Tuesday announced a hike in fuel prices, after keeping rates unchanged for two straight days, according to news agency ANI. Read more

India vs England: Virat Kohli one century away from surpassing Ricky Ponting and creating world record

India captain Virat Kohli will be on the verge of surpassing former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and creating a world record when he steps out to bat in the upcoming third Test against England at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Read more

Bigg Boss 14 runner-up Rahul Vaidya reveals why he proposed to Disha Parmar on national television

One of the highlights of singer Rahul Vaidya’s Bigg Boss 14 journey was his romantic proposal to actor Disha Parmar on her birthday. Read more

Newlyweds donate blood to save girl’s life, Uttar Pradesh cop shares tale

The Internet is filled with stories which showcase the kind gestures of others and capture the true essence of humanity. They have the power to instantly fill your heart with a warm feeling. Read more

Recipe: Bring smiles to breakfast table with this scrumptious vegan French Toast

As you soak in the morning breeze with the windows open, before getting to the day’s tasks, we have a recipe of scrumptious vegan French toast to give the perfect kick to start your day. Read more

Covid spike: VIP wedding attended by top netas; Pawar, Fadnavis faces action

Amid Maharashtra Covid spike, a mega wedding was attended by top netas. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala reportedly attended the wedding. Watch



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In two parallel investigations, the CBI is also probing a multi-crore coal smuggling scam. (FILE PHOTO)
In two parallel investigations, the CBI is also probing a multi-crore coal smuggling scam. (FILE PHOTO)

CBI names TMC youth leader in charge-sheet of cattle smuggling case

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:17 AM IST
  • Earlier this month, CBI in the first charge-sheet in the case had named BSF Commandant Satish Kumar and Murshidabad-based businessman Enamul Haque along with five others for their alleged involvement in cattle smuggling across the India-Bangladesh border.
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The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said that even under the existing system, Magistrates are made witnesses during trial as they record dying declaration and hold test identification parade. (HT PHOTO).
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said that even under the existing system, Magistrates are made witnesses during trial as they record dying declaration and hold test identification parade. (HT PHOTO).

Top court proposes cadre of magistrates to fill gaps in police investigation

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:55 PM IST
  • The bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat apart from Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde were of the view that magistrates should play a more “intrusive” role in investigation.
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Police said the accused surrendered after killing the woman.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)
Police said the accused surrendered after killing the woman.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)

College student in Andhra Pradesh killed for rejecting marriage proposal

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:44 PM IST
  • Police said the accused and the victim were in a relationship for a year, but of late she had been avoiding him.
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Currently, the Railways have operationalized almost 65 per cent of Mail/Express trains and over 90 per cent of suburban services as compared to pre lockdown times. (HT PHOTO).
Currently, the Railways have operationalized almost 65 per cent of Mail/Express trains and over 90 per cent of suburban services as compared to pre lockdown times. (HT PHOTO).

Higher fares for short distance trains to discourage needless travel: Railways

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:31 PM IST
  • The national carrier at present is operating only special passenger trains since the curbs on lockdown were eased. Regular passenger trains have been suspended since March 25, 2020.
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When asked about the new strains of the virus that have been found in several parts of the country, Guleria said authorities are closely monitoring the situation.(ANI photo)
When asked about the new strains of the virus that have been found in several parts of the country, Guleria said authorities are closely monitoring the situation.(ANI photo)

New strains not more infectious, need to aggressively monitor situation: Guleria

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:28 PM IST
"Currently we have vaccines with efficacy of 70 per cent , 80 per cent, 90 per cent so even if there is slight fall in efficacy they will still be effective in preventing the virus from further spreading," Guleria told in an interview to ANI.
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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel recovered 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (1 pressure cooker and 1 pipe type) placed in a series manner near Dhanora, Narayanpur on Tuesday. (ANI photo)
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel recovered 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (1 pressure cooker and 1 pipe type) placed in a series manner near Dhanora, Narayanpur on Tuesday. (ANI photo)

2 security personnel killed in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur in Maoist attacks

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:16 PM IST
  • Both the casualties took place due to IED blasts.
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Motera Stadium is the world's largest cricket stadium. (PTI)
Motera Stadium is the world's largest cricket stadium. (PTI)

Govt clarifies on controversy over Motera stadium being named after PM

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind, is part of a larger complex, named 'Sardar Patel Sports Complex'.
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Twitter ignored orders to remove content over farmers' protests.(Reuters)
Twitter ignored orders to remove content over farmers' protests.(Reuters)

India plans new social media controls after Twitter face-off

Reuters, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:03 PM IST
The latest draft rules say companies should remove the content as early as possible, but no later than 36 hours, after a government or legal order.
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Sanbor Shullai, one of the two BJP MLAs in Meghalaya, has described hi party as a sinking ship. (HT PHOTO)
Sanbor Shullai, one of the two BJP MLAs in Meghalaya, has described hi party as a sinking ship. (HT PHOTO)

Differences in Meghalaya BJP intensifies, coalition govt comes under strain

By David Laitphlang
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:52 PM IST
  • The BJP unit has also been at loggerheads with the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) dispensation with its chief Earnest Mawrie accusing it of anomalies in governance.
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Shahjahanpur's police chief said a few suspects have been detained for questioning .(Representational Photo/PTI)
Shahjahanpur's police chief said a few suspects have been detained for questioning .(Representational Photo/PTI)

UP cops hunt for clues into case of college girl found with burn injuries

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:03 PM IST
  • Shahjahanpur’s superintendent of police S Anand, SP, denied reports that the girl was burnt after a failed rape attempt
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An SDRF team widening the channel of a glacial lake in Uttarakhand to increase the discharge of water from it on Wednesday.(SDRF)
An SDRF team widening the channel of a glacial lake in Uttarakhand to increase the discharge of water from it on Wednesday.(SDRF)

Expert team widens mouth of lake formed upstream Rishiganga for faster drainage

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 09:39 PM IST
  • An expert team is trying to drain out the lake to prevent another tragedy like the Chamoli flash flood.
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The Koya tribes in large numbers make it a point to assemble at Medaram on “Magha Suddha Pournami” (the full-moon day of the month of Magha) every year to pay obeisance to the deities. (HT PHOTO).
The Koya tribes in large numbers make it a point to assemble at Medaram on “Magha Suddha Pournami” (the full-moon day of the month of Magha) every year to pay obeisance to the deities. (HT PHOTO).

Amid Covid-19 fears, thousands throng Telangana’s Sammakka-Saralamma festival

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 09:34 PM IST
  • The tribal fair draws devotees not only from Telangana, but also from other states like Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
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The results will be considered valid if the test was 72 hours of flight departure. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)(PTI)
The results will be considered valid if the test was 72 hours of flight departure. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)(PTI)

West Bengal makes RT-PCR tests mandatory for arrivals from Maha, 3 other states

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 09:28 PM IST
  • The notice released by the state government stated “All passengers coming to West Bengal from the aforementioned 4 states shall mandatorily carry a covid negative RT-PCR report for such test conducted within 72 hours of flight departure.”
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Army troopers near the encounter site in Shalgul forests in Anantnag district on Wednesday.(ANI)
Army troopers near the encounter site in Shalgul forests in Anantnag district on Wednesday.(ANI)

2 terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’ Anantnag

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 09:17 PM IST
  • The police said they were ascertaining the identities and affiliation of the two terrorists.
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According to the wildlife conservationist, the dominance of the costs of human casualties rationalises the innate fear and respect towards large species like elephants displayed by those living with wildlife in India(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
According to the wildlife conservationist, the dominance of the costs of human casualties rationalises the innate fear and respect towards large species like elephants displayed by those living with wildlife in India(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

Lives lost to wildlife-human conflict inadequately compensated in India: Study

Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 09:16 PM IST
  • The research says the average compensation paid for human death in the country is 1,91,437, and the average compensation paid for injury is 6,185.
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