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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo / PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo / PTI)

PM Modi ‘humbled beyond words’ after birthday wishes, record vaccinations

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:22 PM IST
  • The BJP's plan to boost the inoculation drive led to a record-breaking feat of administering two crore Covid-19 vaccine shots in a single day.
As summits go, India is in an anomalous position wherein PM Modi attended a virtual summit of China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on September 17 — a week before the US-led Quad summit in Washington (PTI)
As summits go, India is in an anomalous position wherein PM Modi attended a virtual summit of China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on September 17 — a week before the US-led Quad summit in Washington (PTI)

September: The month for geopolitical summitry

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:21 PM IST
While security-related tensions simmer and can be regulated by astute political choice, the more serious global challenges are the yet-to-be-contained Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis
The state recorded 57,120 cases from Sept 1 to 15, compared to 88,664 recorded during the same period in Aug. The number of deaths has dropped by 54%, as they have reduced to 964 from 2,103 last month. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
The state recorded 57,120 cases from Sept 1 to 15, compared to 88,664 recorded during the same period in Aug. The number of deaths has dropped by 54%, as they have reduced to 964 from 2,103 last month. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)

35% drop in new Covid cases in Maharashtra in Sept than Aug; deaths down by 54%

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 09:46 PM IST
Indicating a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, the daily new cases in Maharashtra have dropped by 35% in the first 15 days of Sept as compared to the same period in Aug.
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra governor, courted a controversy after he took off the face mask of a woman whom he felicitated at an event in the city on Friday. (Video Grab)
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra governor, courted a controversy after he took off the face mask of a woman whom he felicitated at an event in the city on Friday. (Video Grab)

Maha governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari courts controversy after he takes mask off woman for photoshoot

By Nadeem Inamdar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 09:03 PM IST
The governor’s action comes at a time when the state and central government are implementing a severe public protocol to curb the spread of Covid-19
A health worker gives a Covid vaccine jab to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre in Pune. Pune district reported 803 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths in 24 hours on Friday. (HT)
A health worker gives a Covid vaccine jab to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre in Pune. Pune district reported 803 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths in 24 hours on Friday. (HT)

Pune district reports 803 new Covid cases, 8 deaths

PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 08:52 PM IST
Pune: Pune district reported 803 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths in 24 hours on Friday
Hospitals in Delhi see surge in seasonal flu cases among children(File photo. Representative image)
Hospitals in Delhi see surge in seasonal flu cases among children(File photo. Representative image)

Hospitals in Delhi see surge in seasonal flu cases among children

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 08:34 PM IST
The symptoms of seasonal flu are similar to that of Covid-19 including fever, cough, sore throat, headache. Amid the threats of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, experts suggested during a recent meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government should continue with robust testing to contain the spread of Covid-19 during the flu season.
The booster debate gained urgency as US Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths surged due to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus, mostly among the unvaccinated.(AP file photo)
The booster debate gained urgency as US Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths surged due to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus, mostly among the unvaccinated.(AP file photo)

Covid-19 in United States: booster debate moves to FDA vaccine advisory panel

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 06:11 PM IST
The FDA staff said in documents prepared for the committee this week that the vaccine Pfizer Inc developed with Germany's BioNTech SE is still very effective at preventing severe illness and death and that the evidence is mixed on whether its efficacy declines over time.
Supreme Court. (HT archive)
Supreme Court. (HT archive)

SC permits Kerala to hold offline Class 11 exams

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 06:09 PM IST
On September 3, the court had restrained Kerala from proceeding with its Class 11 examinations beginning September 6 on account of the “alarming” situation posed by surge in Covid-19 cases that posed a risk to health of students. More than 300,000 students in the state are supposed to appear for the examinations
Representational image. (HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (HT PHOTO)

India administers record 2 crore Covid vaccines as govt, BJP mark PM Modi b'day

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:44 PM IST
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said this was the fastest pace at which so many doses have been administered.
Sammakka, who was a Khammam district committee member operating from the bordering forests of Chhattisgarh, had a reward of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5 lakh on her head. Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy, before whom she surrendered, handed over the cheque to her. (HT PHOTO.)
Sammakka, who was a Khammam district committee member operating from the bordering forests of Chhattisgarh, had a reward of 5 lakh on her head. Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy, before whom she surrendered, handed over the cheque to her. (HT PHOTO.)

Dead Maoist leader’s wife Sammakka surrenders toTelangana Police

PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:09 PM IST
Sammakka is the widow of former central committee member of the Maoist party Haribhushan alias Yapa Narayana, who was also former secretary of the Telangana state committee. Haribhushan died of Covid-19 on June 21.
The tourism industry welcomed the Central government's move of considering to resume issuing tourist visas as the Covid-19 cases have declined.(Unsplash)
The tourism industry welcomed the Central government's move of considering to resume issuing tourist visas as the Covid-19 cases have declined.(Unsplash)

Tourism industry welcomes Centre's move on resuming visa services

ANI |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:20 PM IST
  • "The tourism industry faced a loss of 7 lakh crore in the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, " Ease My trip co-founder Prashant Pitti told news agency ANI while welcoming the Centre's move.
The Phase 3 clinical trials data of Covaxin demonstrated 77.8 per cent efficacy.(Bloomberg)
The Phase 3 clinical trials data of Covaxin demonstrated 77.8 per cent efficacy.(Bloomberg)

Inappropriate to comment on WHO's Covaxin approval process: Bharat Biotech

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 03:59 PM IST
  • Bharat Biotech said it has responded to all clarifications sought by the WHO following the submission of Covaxin’s clinical trial data for Emergency use Listing in early July.
Physical distancing guidelines, isolation from peers, sudden push into online education, loss of friends, family, playtime, adventures and everything valuable and fun has given birth to complicated emotions amongst pupils everywhere.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File)
Physical distancing guidelines, isolation from peers, sudden push into online education, loss of friends, family, playtime, adventures and everything valuable and fun has given birth to complicated emotions amongst pupils everywhere.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File)

5 tips to support mental wellness of students in changing times

By Rohan Parikh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 03:17 PM IST
  • It is true that the coronavirus outbreak has caused major disruptions far and wide. But while it has disproportionately affected the physical, social and economic health of communities across the world, students are one of the most impacted.
A health worker prepares to administer a dose of Covaxin during a special vaccination drive for homeless and migrant workers against Covid-19 in New Delhi.(AP)
A health worker prepares to administer a dose of Covaxin during a special vaccination drive for homeless and migrant workers against Covid-19 in New Delhi.(AP)

India jabs over 10 million against Covid on PM Modi's birthday

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:05 PM IST
  • According to live data on the Co-Win portal, as many as 1,25,78,508 beneficiaries were inoculated till the time of filing the story.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar (Twitter/@AjitPawarSpeaks)
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar (Twitter/@AjitPawarSpeaks)

All shops in Pune to stay shut on Sunday for Ganesh Visarjan: Ajit Pawar

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 02:34 PM IST
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar  further said essential services will remain exempted. Also, restaurants and hotels will remain open.
Sir Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi&nbsp;(File Photo)
Sir Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi (File Photo)

News updates from HT: Gall bladder gangrene cases in Delhi after Covid recovery

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Jharkhand to reopen schools for classes 6 to 8(HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Jharkhand to reopen schools for classes 6 to 8(HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)

Schools Reopening: Jharkhand to reopen schools for classes 6 to 8

ANI | , Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:33 PM IST
With a continuous decline in COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand, the state government on Thursday allowed schools to conduct offline classes for class 6-8 from September 20.
Actor Mrunal Thakur will be seen next in the film Jersey.
Actor Mrunal Thakur will be seen next in the film Jersey.

Mrunal Thakur: I wasn’t okay with letting go of projects due to Covid, but I had to

By Rishabh Suri
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 11:41 AM IST
Actor Mrunal Thakur reveals she let go of some projects as she didn’t want to do any for the sake of it.
The Dalai Lama wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latter's 71st birthday and congratulated him for work despite the growing challenges posed by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).&nbsp;(File Photo / HT)
The Dalai Lama wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latter's 71st birthday and congratulated him for work despite the growing challenges posed by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). (File Photo / HT)

‘Ahimsa and karuna’: Modi gets a letter from Dalai Lama on his 71st birthday

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:16 PM IST
The Dalai Lama said that as someone who cares deeply for India, he noticed the Prime Minister's governance has brought about a “growing confidence” despite the challenges of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Rahul Gandhi's birthday wish to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was remarkably brief: “Happy birthday, Modi ji” – a gesture that many considered odd.&nbsp;(File Photo)
Rahul Gandhi's birthday wish to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was remarkably brief: “Happy birthday, Modi ji” – a gesture that many considered odd. (File Photo)

Rahul Gandhi's curt wish for ‘Modi ji’ as Congress marks ‘Unemployment Day'

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:21 PM IST
The Indian Youth Congress has organised various programmes across the country on the occasion to mark the day as ‘National Unemployment Day’. The youth wing alleged that the unemployment rate in the country has increased from 2.4 per cent to 10.3 per cent in just one year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)

'Good health and long life': Wishes pour in as PM Modi turns 71

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:10 AM IST
Vice president Naidu also extended his wishes and said that PM Modi's exceptional vision, exemplary leadership and dedicated service have led to the all-around growth of the nation.
Covid-19: The study, called Com-COV3, will test different vaccine schedules in 12- to 16-year-olds, looking at the immune responses and milder side effects.&nbsp;(Representational Image / REUTERS)
Covid-19: The study, called Com-COV3, will test different vaccine schedules in 12- to 16-year-olds, looking at the immune responses and milder side effects. (Representational Image / REUTERS)

Covid-19: As UK prepares to vaccinate kids, a study looks into mixed dosage

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:58 AM IST
While children in the UK will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, officials have said that advice about second doses will be given at a later date. 
Onlooker takes a picture as workers put the final touch to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris. The "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. The famed Paris monument will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of fabric in silvery blue and with 3,000 meters of red rope.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Onlooker takes a picture as workers put the final touch to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris. The "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. The famed Paris monument will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of fabric in silvery blue and with 3,000 meters of red rope.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris' Arc de Triomphe ‘a gift offered to Parisians, French and all art lovers’

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Paris
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • The installation of Arc de Triomphe in Paris, by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, will open on Saturday. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but to touch it too.
All these patients successfully underwent laparoscopic removal of necrotic perforated gall bladders, Dr Arora said.(Representative Image)
All these patients successfully underwent laparoscopic removal of necrotic perforated gall bladders, Dr Arora said.(Representative Image)

After Covid-19 recovery, 5 patients treated for gallbladder gangrene

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:42 AM IST
The five patients, including four men and a woman, were aged between 37 and 75 and all of them complained of fever, pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen and vomiting.
Australia's trial home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to ease travel curbs(AP file photo)
Australia's trial home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to ease travel curbs(AP file photo)

Australia's trial home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to ease travel curbs

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:37 AM IST
Australia’s New South Wales to conduct a pilot program of home quarantine in the next couple of weeks, which could apply to Australians, non-residents and crew for flagship carrier Qantas Airways Ltd, signalling an easing of one of the most hardcore border regimes in the world
From where and how Sars-CoV-2 came is still not clear, although the closest resembling virus was found in bats in China(Reuters)
From where and how Sars-CoV-2 came is still not clear, although the closest resembling virus was found in bats in China(Reuters)

Did Covid-19 jump from animals to humans on multiple occasions?

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 06:49 AM IST
  • The anomalies require further investigation, scientists told Nature, suspecting that these mostly are the result of errors, but they raise a strong possibility that virtually diminishes the theory that the virus began spreading from a lab.
People get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Mumbai .&nbsp;(HT PHOTO)
People get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Mumbai . (HT PHOTO)

Booster dose not the focus of vaccination drive: Govt

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 02:08 AM IST
  • A “booster dose” refers to an additional dose of the vaccine that is given to someone who has already built enough protection after being fully vaccinated.
Covid genome sequencing lab set up in Patiala
Covid genome sequencing lab set up in Patiala

Covid genome sequencing lab set up in Patiala

PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:54 AM IST
To identify new variants of coronavirus, the Punjab government has commenced its first state-run Covid-19 genome sequencing facility at VRDL laboratory in Patiala
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