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N Chandra Mohan in Get it fixed (July 14) has rightly pointed out that since the Left has withdrawn its support to the government, the UPA must pursue the policies that concern the aam admi.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2008 11:47 PM IST

The meal comes before the deal

N Chandra Mohan in Get it fixed (July 14) has rightly pointed out that since the Left has withdrawn its support to the
government, the UPA must pursue the policies that concern the aam admi. In a political scenario where the future is uncertain and the present is worrisome, the common man is deeply troubled by the spiralling prices of essential items. If the common man is unable to manage two square meals for himself and his family, the success or failure of the deal makes little sense.

Bal Raj Khanna,
Delhi

Zero Marx for communists

With reference to the report Karat, Maya join hands (July 14), the tie-up between the Left and the BSP is a classic case of strange bedfellows. It seems the Left has no visionary leaders who are conscious of the perils of communalism. In fact, the CPI(M) has now become just a Prakash-Brinda- Sitaram party. I feel sad to see the degeneration of the Indian communist parties, though I still believe that Marxism is a sublime humanitarian philosophy, a ray of hope in the vast sea of gloom bereft of any ideological currents.

Rajendra Chopra,
Faridabad

II

After the end of the UPA-Left marriage over the deal, the nation’s political scene has gone through a paradigm shift. The CPI(M) has dumped the Samajwadi Party for Mayawati while the latter has her own interests to guard with the CBI chasing her on the disproportionate assets case. The country is witness to a strange political circus.

HR Satyanarayana,
Mysore

No uniform guidance

Apropos of the editorial Feeding the Muslim stereotype (July 12), Darul Uloom Deoband is an Islamic seminary. Hence it would be a mistake to overlook the institutional framework, cite a couple of incidents of fatwas and then generalise this as the opinion of the whole seminary. A fatwa is an opinion and can vary from scholar to scholar. Being Islamic scholars, it is their duty to guide people. However the matter of a Uniform Civil Code is a different one and should be discussed separately.

SM Fasiullah,
Delhi

Everyone was courting a disaster

Apropos of the editorial Law and behold: how not to crack a case (July 14), the manner in which the Noida police and the CBI have conducted themselves in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case is deplorable to say the least. Hundreds of murder cases have reached their logical culmination by trial in a court of law. There was no need for the police, CBI or even the media to take sides in this case.

Tarlok Singh,
via email

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Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu regularly urges the members of the House to speak in their mother tongue. (ANI)

Sanskrit was the 5th most used language in Rajya Sabha in 2019-20

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:03 AM IST
  • While Hindi and English have been mostly used during the proceedings of the House, members preferring to speak in the 21 other scheduled Indian languages has increased to over five times per sitting in 2020 compared to the 14-year period between 2004-17.
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Commuters on their way during cold and foggy morning in New Delhi, India. (HT photo/ Sanjeev Verma)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Delhi NCR air 'severe' and all the latest new

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UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:05 AM IST
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Flight and train services were disrupted on Saturday morning owing to dense fog in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)

Flights, trains delayed, diverted, cancelled due to dense fog in Delhi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:14 AM IST
Delhi airport issued a statement asking passengers to check with their airlines concerned for updated information about their flight status.
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Low wind speed is not allowing dispersal of pollutants in the air in Delhi NCR.

Delhi NCR air in severe category, temperatures to dip in northwest India

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:40 AM IST
  • Cold wave or 'severe’ cold wave conditions are also very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and east Madhya Pradesh during the next two days
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In the study, the researchers assessed 97 patients with Covid-19, measuring their mitochondrial DNA levels on the first day of their hospital stays. (Image used for representation).(HT Photo)

Rapid blood test to identify patients at highest risk of severe Covid-19

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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States have been given a free hand to increase the number of session sites, if needed, as a single site cannot administer the vaccine to more than 100 beneficiaries in a day.

Covid-19: Nationwide vaccination drive to start today

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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A health official shows a Covishield vaccine dose in Amritsar.(PTI)

Rest for at least half an hour: Centre's guideline ahead of vaccination Day 1

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:12 AM IST
Paracetamol may be used to provide symptomatic relief from post-vaccination adverse reactions, the ministry has specified.
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A health worker performs a trial run of Covid-19 vaccine delivery system in New Delhi, India. The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million.(AP)
A health worker performs a trial run of Covid-19 vaccine delivery system in New Delhi, India. The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million.(AP)

Covid-19 LIVE updates: India to vaccinate 3 lakh health care workers today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:53 AM IST
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On average, perceived destitution (financial condition being well below average) is 3.4 times more widespread than perceived opulence (financial condition being well above average) in India.(PTI image)

Number Theory: How much does an average Indian earn?

By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:00 AM IST
The average annual per capita income of households interviewed in the LASI survey conducted in 2017-18 is 44,901. This is just about 39% of the per capita income in the same year according to the National Account Statistics
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Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Farm laws: Bhupinder Hooda, other Congress leaders taken into custody over march

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:54 AM IST
Hooda along with state party chief Kumari Selja, general secretary Randeep Surjewala and other party leaders were taken into preventive detention here by the Chandigarh Police and first taken to the Sector 3 police station.
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Kumari Selja said JJP and the BJP will have to pay a heavy political price in Haryana for supporting the farm laws(HT FILE)
Kumari Selja said JJP and the BJP will have to pay a heavy political price in Haryana for supporting the farm laws(HT FILE)

‘We are not in the game of greed for power’: Kumari Selja

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:43 AM IST
  • Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja said that she hoped that Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) MLAs and Independents would vote against the Khattar government in Haryana assembly.
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A priest offers prayers after the first consignment of Covid vaccine arrives at a storage facility in Ajmer.(PTI)
A priest offers prayers after the first consignment of Covid vaccine arrives at a storage facility in Ajmer.(PTI)

Sanitation workers, Padma awardee doctor, MP: List of 1st vaccine beneficiaries

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:27 AM IST
Initially, several state politicians showed interest in getting the jabs first in an attempt to allay any fear among people. But in his last interaction with the states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that the priority will be healthcare workers and not politicians.
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Kamal Morarka had a keen interest in sports and served as vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and vice-president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association.(Twitter)

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PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:56 AM IST
Kamal Morarka was a Union minister in the Chandra Shekhar government in 1990-91 and a Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan from Janata Dal (Secular) during 1988-94.
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A farmer sitting during an ongoing farmer's protest against the new farm laws, at the Delhi-Ghazipur border in New Delhi. (ANI)
A farmer sitting during an ongoing farmer's protest against the new farm laws, at the Delhi-Ghazipur border in New Delhi. (ANI)

Farmers' protest : 9th round of talks inconclusive, next meeting on Jan 19

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:14 AM IST
The farm unions representing tens of thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, who have launched a mass agitation on the borders of the national capital, are demanding that the government scrap three laws approved by Parliament in September.
PM Modi will launch the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.(PTI)
PM Modi will launch the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.(PTI)

Covid-19 vaccination drive: PM Modi to address the nation at 10.30am

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:44 AM IST
Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine has reached all state capitals and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, a backup to Covishield, has also reached some states.
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