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Abhishek Banerjee reaches Goa to finalise nominees for upcoming assembly polls

TMC leaders said the party may contest 32 of Goa’s 40 assembly seats against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and leave the remaining eight for its ally, the Maharashtawadi Gomanthak Party.
Abhishek Banerjee, who is seen as the driving force behind the TMC’s expansion plan, had announced on June 8 that TMC will set up units in other states with the aim to take the BJP head-on. (PTI PHOTO.)
Abhishek Banerjee, who is seen as the driving force behind the TMC’s expansion plan, had announced on June 8 that TMC will set up units in other states with the aim to take the BJP head-on. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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Frame ‘model builder-buyer’ agreement, top court tells govt

The bench added that it is examining the petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay in the larger public interest.
The court deferred the hearing on Upadhyay’s petition by two weeks to enable the law officer to come back with instructions on the matter.
The court deferred the hearing on Upadhyay’s petition by two weeks to enable the law officer to come back with instructions on the matter.
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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DCGI needs more safety data for Covaxin nod for under 12

The approval on December 25 from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) came nearly 10 weeks after the subject expert committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) recommended Covaxin’s use in children on October 12 last year.
A Municipal Corporation worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a teenager, at a municipal school in Thane. (PTI)
A Municipal Corporation worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a teenager, at a municipal school in Thane. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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A realpolitik appraisal of the ‘Mandal-Kamandal’ fight in UP

The Uttar Pradesh elections seem to be resurrecting the past memories of Mandal versus Kamandal contest only at the level of polemics
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Updated on Jan 17, 2022 11:08 PM IST
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Doyen of India’s culture, he left a mark across the world: Tributes pour in for Birju Maharaj

Maharaj-ji, as he was popularly known, died in the early hours of Monday in his New Delhi home, surrounded by his family and disciples, his daughter Ragini Maharaj said
Pandit Birju Maharaj performs at an event in Bengaluru. (Arunkumar Rao)
Pandit Birju Maharaj performs at an event in Bengaluru. (Arunkumar Rao)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 11:02 PM IST
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In revised guidelines, govt details use of Covid drugs and therapies with riders

The guidelines continued to recommend emergency use authorisation or off-label use of remdesivir in patients with “moderate to severe” disease and those with no renal or hepatic dysfunction within 10 days of the onset of any symptom.
A healthcare worker gives medicine to a patient at a Covid-19 care centre in New Delhi.(Shrikant Singh)
A healthcare worker gives medicine to a patient at a Covid-19 care centre in New Delhi.(Shrikant Singh)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 10:55 PM IST
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Global throwaway culture to investments: Highlights of Modi’s Davos address

Prime Minister Narednra Modi addressed the World Economic Forum and hailed India's Covid-19 vaccination drive and spoke about topics such as economic reforms, climate change, digital infrastructure, digital payments and also called for investments in the country.
“India's commitment towards deep economic reforms makes it the most attractive destination for investment,
“India's commitment towards deep economic reforms makes it the most attractive destination for investment," Narendra Modi said.(ANI)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 10:19 PM IST
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Tamil Nadu jabs all kids in 15-18 age group with first anti-Covid dose

Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian said that all beneficiaries between 15 and 18 years of age in the state have been vaccinated with one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 
In Tamil Nadu 9,00,11,768 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered so far, including 93,657 precautionary third doses.(Representational Image)
In Tamil Nadu 9,00,11,768 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered so far, including 93,657 precautionary third doses.(Representational Image)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 10:14 PM IST
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Assam logs highest-ever daily Covid-19 cases at 6,982; positivity rate crosses 10%

Like the rest of the country, Assam has witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of this month with new infections doubling nearly every three days. The overall recovery rate, which was over 98% at the end of last month, came down to 95.18% on Monday.
In view of the surge, the Assam government has decided to treat all new Covid-19 cases as that of the Omicron variant of the virus. Night curfew timings were increased from 10 pm to 6 am last week and from January 15, the government has banned entry of those not fully-vaccinated from public places, offices and means of transport. (PTI PHOTO.)
In view of the surge, the Assam government has decided to treat all new Covid-19 cases as that of the Omicron variant of the virus. Night curfew timings were increased from 10 pm to 6 am last week and from January 15, the government has banned entry of those not fully-vaccinated from public places, offices and means of transport. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 10:11 PM IST
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‘Pro-Planet People’: PM Modi talks climate in World Economic Forum address

In his WEF Davos Agenda address today, the Prime Minister  reiterated India's “clean, green, sustainable, and reliable” energy goals, which entails a net-zero carbon emission target by 2070.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 09:43 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bengal government relaxes Covid-19 curbs as positivity rate drops

On Monday, Kolkata registered 1,879 fresh cases of the Covid-19 infection. According to statistics published by the Union health ministry, the weekly positivity rate of Kolkata, which had shot up to 57.9% between January 2 and January 8, has dropped to 53.5% between January 10 and January 16.
It was only on January 2 that the state government imposed restrictions closing down schools and colleges while allowing only 50% workforce in offices and putting a 50% cap on trains and metro. (HT PHOTO.)
It was only on January 2 that the state government imposed restrictions closing down schools and colleges while allowing only 50% workforce in offices and putting a 50% cap on trains and metro. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 09:20 PM IST
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News updates from HT: China to send 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to Africa 

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote address for the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session in Beijing, on Monday. (AP)(HT_PRINT)
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote address for the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session in Beijing, on Monday. (AP)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 09:18 PM IST
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PM Modi talks of India's ‘bouquet of hope’ at World Economic Forum

PM Modi spoke about how lifestyle changes were essential to fight the climate crisis. “The current throwaway culture and consumerism have made climate challenge more serious.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 10:32 PM IST
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Amid bickering in TMC, BJP punches holes in Abhishek Banerjee’s Covid-19 data

On January 8, barely days before the Ganga Sagar fair started in South 24 Parganas; Banerjee held meetings with the district’s bureaucrats and doctors and said in public that he personally felt that all religious festivals and the coming civic body elections should be put on hold for two months.
TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee also announced some measures, including extensive testing of samples and setting up of control rooms, health check-up camps and isolation facilities in his constituency of Diamond Harbour in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas . (PTI PHOTO.)
TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee also announced some measures, including extensive testing of samples and setting up of control rooms, health check-up camps and isolation facilities in his constituency of Diamond Harbour in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas . (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 08:27 PM IST
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Stalin seeks PM’s intervention over Tamil Nadu's exclusion from R-Day tableaux

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin said the theme “Tamil Nadu in the Freedom Struggle” was chosen in line with the Centre’s theme for this year, “India @75- Freedom Struggle, Ideas @ 75, Achievements @75, Actions @75, & Resolve @ 75”.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin said that he was “deeply disappointed” by the exclusion of the state's tableau from the Republic Day parade.(ANI)
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin said that he was “deeply disappointed” by the exclusion of the state's tableau from the Republic Day parade.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 07:17 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Abu Dhabi fire: Embassy in touch with UAE officials over 2 Indians' death 

A Pakistani national was the third victim of the explosions and fires that followed a suspected drone attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Abu Dhabi.
Another fire broke out in a new construction area of Abu Dhabi international airport. Police said both fires had been brought under control by afternoon.(HT_PRINT)
Another fire broke out in a new construction area of Abu Dhabi international airport. Police said both fires had been brought under control by afternoon.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 08:00 PM IST
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Republic Day flypast to recall 1971 war glory

In December, India observed the Swarnim Vijay Parv at India Gate to mark the culmination of year-long celebrations organised across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of victory in the 1971 war.
The flying display is the highlight of India’s biggest ceremonial parade. As many as 75 different aircraft from the IAF, army and navy --- India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence --- will take part in the January 26 flying display. (BLOOMBERG.)
The flying display is the highlight of India’s biggest ceremonial parade. As many as 75 different aircraft from the IAF, army and navy --- India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence --- will take part in the January 26 flying display. (BLOOMBERG.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:23 PM IST
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India's first mRNA vaccine may be effective against Omicron, human trials soon

The officials said the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) is likely to review the data soon. The mRNA vaccine has also been developed for the Omicron variant, and it will soon be tested on humans for efficacy and immunogenicity.
India's first homegrown mRNA vaccine to be tested amid Omicron spike. (ANI)
India's first homegrown mRNA vaccine to be tested amid Omicron spike. (ANI)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:18 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Texas hostage taker’s Pakistan connection

According to official sources based in London, Malik Akram was a member of the pan-Islamic Tablighi Jamaat and had travelled abroad for works related to the organisation.
Malik Akram
Malik Akram
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 06:28 PM IST
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India may begin vaccination for 12-14 year age group in March: Top govt official

Dr NK Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of NTAGI, said, a policy decision may be taken in this regard once the inoculation of those in the 15-18 year category is completed.
A medic administers Covid vaccine to a teen in Ludhiana. (HT Photo)
A medic administers Covid vaccine to a teen in Ludhiana. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 04:51 PM IST
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Tripura students’ body withdraws strike after state govt assures it will step in

Two students, Angel Reang and Abhijit Debbarma were allegedly beaten up by a traffic policeman on January 13 after their two-wheeler broke down near the Circuit House in Agartala close to which Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s convoy was supposed to pass.
The Twipra Students Federation (TSF), an indigenous group from Tripura, has called off the 12-hour strike due to be held on Monday, protesting against the alleged assault on two students by traffic personnel. (FACEBOOK.)
The Twipra Students Federation (TSF), an indigenous group from Tripura, has called off the 12-hour strike due to be held on Monday, protesting against the alleged assault on two students by traffic personnel. (FACEBOOK.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 04:45 PM IST
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Pakistan sending IEDs into India through land and sea drug route: Intel report

The Ghazipur RDX IED had an electronic timer of one hour eight minutes once the device was armed through remote control.
IED recovered with cash on Indo-Pak border on January 14, 2022. (HT PHOTO)
IED recovered with cash on Indo-Pak border on January 14, 2022. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 03:23 PM IST
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Human traficking from Assam worsens during Covid-19 pandemic: Rights activists

While Assam has been a hub for human trafficking in the past, it is feared the scenario has worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Child rights activists say that Covid-19 and the lockdown and restrictions have pushed millions to poverty and led to conditions which are fertile for human trafficking. (Representational Image/Getty Images/Vetta)
Child rights activists say that Covid-19 and the lockdown and restrictions have pushed millions to poverty and led to conditions which are fertile for human trafficking. (Representational Image/Getty Images/Vetta)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 02:49 PM IST
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Delhi, Haryana govts engage in squabble over rising Covid-19 cases

On Sunday, Haryana health minister Anil Vij said three districts in the state – Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat – have seen an increase in their infection rate due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in neighbouring Delhi.
A healthcare worker checks a Covid-19 infected patient at Shehnai Banquet care centre in New Delhi.(ANI photo)
A healthcare worker checks a Covid-19 infected patient at Shehnai Banquet care centre in New Delhi.(ANI photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 02:33 PM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Sohini Goswami

LJP leader Rajendra Prasad Singh returns to BJP

Rajendra Prasad Singh’ return to the BJP has come amid growing differences among NDA constituents in Bihar over liquor prohibition.
Rajendra Prasad Singh rejoined the BJP in the presence of party state president Sanjay Jaiswal at his residence in Bettiah. (Image posted on Facebook by Sanjay Jaiswal)
Rajendra Prasad Singh rejoined the BJP in the presence of party state president Sanjay Jaiswal at his residence in Bettiah. (Image posted on Facebook by Sanjay Jaiswal)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 01:38 PM IST
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News updates from HT: PM Modi condoles Padma Shri Shanti Devi's death 

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
PM Modi remembered Shanti Devi as a voice of the poor and underprivileged.
PM Modi remembered Shanti Devi as a voice of the poor and underprivileged.
Published on Jan 17, 2022 12:50 PM IST
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Kumbhalgarh, Todgarh sanctuaries unsuitable for viable tiger populations: NTCA

The report said the proposed tiger reserve is an isolated patch of forest with no connectivity with Ranthambhore, which has the only tiger source population in the state
Ranthambore had 79 tigers in July 2021 when the state forest department conducted the last estimation. (HT Photo)
Ranthambore had 79 tigers in July 2021 when the state forest department conducted the last estimation. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 01:07 PM IST
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AIIMS Patna to go ahead with MBBS exam despite state-run colleges deferring it

AIIMS Patna director has said that the institute will conduct the MBBS examination as per schedule, following all Covid-appropriate behaviour
Eight MBBS examinees have not responded to a questionnaire sent by AIIMS Patna on their health status, while 74 others are reported to be healthy. (Representational Image/ANI)
Eight MBBS examinees have not responded to a questionnaire sent by AIIMS Patna on their health status, while 74 others are reported to be healthy. (Representational Image/ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 12:55 PM IST
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Padma Shri Shanti Devi dies at 88; PM Modi, Odisha CM extend condolences

PM Modi remembered Shanti Devi as “a voice of the poor and underprivileged”, while Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik noted her contribution to social work as “invaluable”.
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shri award to Shanti Devi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi last year. (ANI Photo)
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shri award to Shanti Devi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi last year. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 11:58 AM IST
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