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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was effusive in his praise of ADMK founder.(PTI photo)

PM Modi pays tribute to MGR, inaugurates Chennai-Kevadiya train in election year

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:25 PM IST
  • PM Narendra Modi had announced at a public meeting in March 2019 in state capital that the Chennai Central railway station would be renamed after MGR following a request by the AIADMK-led government.
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Medical workers congratulate their colleague senior staff nurse after she got the first Covid-19 vaccine shot at KEM Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Medical workers congratulate their colleague senior staff nurse after she got the first Covid-19 vaccine shot at KEM Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

15,144 new cases of Covid-19 take India's tally to over 10.55 million

By hindustantimes.com, HT Correspondent | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 10:03 AM IST
The first Covid-19 vaccine shots in India were given on Saturday to nearly two lakh frontline healthcare and sanitary workers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against the pandemic.
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Vistadome coaches have larger windows than normal coaches which gives passengers a bigger viewing area. It also has a mostly transparent roof.(Twitter.com/Narendramodi)
Vistadome coaches have larger windows than normal coaches which gives passengers a bigger viewing area. It also has a mostly transparent roof.(Twitter.com/Narendramodi)

PM Modi shares photos of Jan Shatabdi Express ahead of inauguration

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 10:58 PM IST
"One of the trains being flagged-off tomorrow is the Jan Shatabdi Express between Ahmedabad and Kevadia. This train will have Vistadome coaches. Sharing some glimpses," the Prime Minister said in one of his tweets.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Screengrab)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Screengrab)

PM Modi announces 'start-up India seed fund' to support new entrepreneurs

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:39 PM IST
"Earlier, on hearing about a startup people used to ask 'why don't you do a job?'. But now people say why not create a start up instead of doing a job," PM Modi said during the summit.
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People watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on the launch of Covid -19 vaccination drive, at District Hospital in Varanasi, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.(PTI)
People watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on the launch of Covid -19 vaccination drive, at District Hospital in Varanasi, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.(PTI)

'Defining victory in war against virus': PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:07 PM IST
Prime Minister Modi emphasised that “only when our scientists are assured of the power of vaccine, they gave permission for emergency use”, asking people not to pay heed to speculations about the efficacy of the shots.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launches pan-India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive, in New Delhi, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launches pan-India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive, in New Delhi, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.(PTI)

PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India: Key highlights from his speech

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:44 AM IST
India launched one of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people.
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Our huge population was not our weakness. We turned it into our strength, PM Modi said, (PTI)
Our huge population was not our weakness. We turned it into our strength, PM Modi said, (PTI)

'Some countries let their people remain in China...': PM Modi's veiled dig

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:47 AM IST
We evacuated not only Indians but also people from other countries under Vande Bharat Mission," PM Modi said.
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There is no law or an autonomous body that governs digital content or Over-the-top (OTT) platforms in India(AFP)
There is no law or an autonomous body that governs digital content or Over-the-top (OTT) platforms in India(AFP)

I&B ministry starts work on self-regulation law for OTT platforms, online news

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:10 PM IST
  • The aim is to provide a level-playing field in media and a platform to redress public grievances against digital media.
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Doctors, healthcare workers and BMC staff getting COVID-19 vaccination at Rajawadi hospital, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Doctors, healthcare workers and BMC staff getting COVID-19 vaccination at Rajawadi hospital, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

LIVE: AIIMS worker develops allergic reaction after inoculation

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:22 PM IST
The vaccination drive covers all Indian states and union territories. The drive will be held daily from 9am to 5pm, except on the days earmarked for routine immunisation programmes.
PM Narendra Modi. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
PM Narendra Modi. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

PM Modi lauds India's Aatmanirbhar Mission in Manorama Year Book

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:08 PM IST
"I firmly believe that 2020 will be known, not as a year of external disruption, but as a year of internal discovery, for our citizens, for our society and for our nation," PM Modi wrote in an article in the Manorama Year Book for 2020.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he attends the annual bull taming event "Jallikattu" in the village of Avaniyapuram, on the outskirts of Madurai on January 14, 2021.(AFP)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he attends the annual bull taming event "Jallikattu" in the village of Avaniyapuram, on the outskirts of Madurai on January 14, 2021.(AFP)

Rahul Gandhi backs farmers' 'satyagraha against govt', plugs freedom struggle

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:14 AM IST
"Farmers are upholding our freedom by ensuring food security and nutrition for our children," the video shared by Gandhi states.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.(PTI File Photo)

Pan-India launch of Covid-19 vaccination programme at 10.30 am on Jan 16: PMO

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:14 PM IST
In a statement, the PMO said that over 3,000 sites across all states and union territories will be virtually connected when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the drive.
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Former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma being greeted by UP BJP president Swatantra Dav Singh and deputy CM Dinesh Sharma as he joins the party, in Lucknow on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma being greeted by UP BJP president Swatantra Dav Singh and deputy CM Dinesh Sharma as he joins the party, in Lucknow on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Former bureaucrat Arvind Sharma joins BJP, buzz over his role in UP politics

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 03:18 PM IST
Arvind Sharma, who assumed the charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in April last year, took voluntary retirement from service recently ahead of his scheduled superannuation in July 2022.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the external affairs ministry would coordinate supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine to foreign countries(AFP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the external affairs ministry would coordinate supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine to foreign countries(AFP)

India to help neighbours with emergency Covid vaccine; commercial supplies later

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:39 PM IST
India will make Covid-19 vaccines available to neighbouring countries for emergency use authorisation under the grant-in-aid programme
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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI22-12-2020_000188B)(PTI)
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI22-12-2020_000188B)(PTI)

At meeting with PM, Mamata Banerjee asks about efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 10:54 PM IST
According to an official statement, Mamata Banerjee asked if "adequate scientific confirmation was available in support of both the vaccines that are now being offered by the government of India". Adding that adequate scientific opinions should be obtained before confirming efficacy.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interaction with chief ministers of all states to discuss the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination roll-out in the country. (PTI Photo )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interaction with chief ministers of all states to discuss the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination roll-out in the country. (PTI Photo )

What PM Modi, chief ministers discussed at Covid vaccine roll-out meet: 5 points

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 08:12 PM IST
Modi said that the country is in a decisive phase of the Covid-19 fight and is set to kickstart the world’s biggest vaccination campaign from January 16.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking after holding a meeting with states on Covid-19 vaccination drive.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking after holding a meeting with states on Covid-19 vaccination drive.(ANI Photo)

'Centre to bear expenses for phase 1 of Covid vaccination': PM Modi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 05:24 PM IST
After a review meeting with states, PM Modi said that the country's scientists and medical experts have taken all precautions to provide our citizens with effective vaccines. He also directed state authorities to control rumours regarding vaccination.
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PM Modi speaking after a meeting with chief ministers on Covid-19 vaccination roll-out om Monday.(ANI Photo)
PM Modi speaking after a meeting with chief ministers on Covid-19 vaccination roll-out om Monday.(ANI Photo)

Centre, states' coordination in fighting Covid great example of federalism: PM

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 05:37 PM IST
This was PM Modi's first interaction with chief ministers following the recent approval of two Covid-19 vaccines for restricted emergency use by India's drug regulator.
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This will be PM Modi's first interaction with chief ministers following the recent approval of two coronavirus vaccines by India's drug regulator.(HT Photo)
This will be PM Modi's first interaction with chief ministers following the recent approval of two coronavirus vaccines by India's drug regulator.(HT Photo)

PM Modi to meet chief ministers today over Covid-19 vaccine rollout

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 07:56 AM IST
The government has said that two crore healthcare workers and about one crore frontline workers, engaged in the fight against the pandemic, will be the first to be inoculated.
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PM Modi had earlier chaired a meeting to review the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country along with the preparedness of the states and Union territories for the vaccination drive.(ANI)
PM Modi had earlier chaired a meeting to review the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country along with the preparedness of the states and Union territories for the vaccination drive.(ANI)

'Landmark step': PM Modi after govt announces Covid-19 vaccination drive date

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 07:57 PM IST
On January 3, the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) had granted approval for the Covid-19 vaccines of the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use.
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India has registered over 10.43 million Covid-19 disease cases till now of which 150,798 people have lost their lives.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)
India has registered over 10.43 million Covid-19 disease cases till now of which 150,798 people have lost their lives.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)

Covid-19 vaccination drive to begin from January 16 in India

By hindustantimes.com, Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 08:42 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a meeting on Saturday to review the status of the coronavirus pandemic in the country along with the preparedness of the states and Union Territories (UTs) for the vaccination drive.
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France has offered to shift manufacture of Panther helicopters and 70 per cent of assembly line to make Rafale fighter jets to India(Reuters)
France has offered to shift manufacture of Panther helicopters and 70 per cent of assembly line to make Rafale fighter jets to India(Reuters)

On Rafale and deadly Panther choppers, India gets a huge offer from France

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:10 PM IST
  • France has accepted the Indian request that defence technologies shared with the Indian military should not be given to New Delhi’s adversaries. France’s relationship has already reached a new low with Pakistan after PM Imran Khan attacked President Macron.
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Ten newborn babies died after fire broke out in the Special Newborn Care Unit of a hospital in Maharashtra. In picture - PM Narendra Modi(PTI)
Ten newborn babies died after fire broke out in the Special Newborn Care Unit of a hospital in Maharashtra. In picture - PM Narendra Modi(PTI)

PM Modi expresses grief over death of infants in Maharashtra hospital fire

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 06:44 PM IST
"Heart-wrenching tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we have lost precious young lives. My thoughts are with all the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover as early as possible," Modi tweeted.
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Alok Sharma has been leading the UK’s climate diplomacy, since assuming the role in February 2020, and will now focus on it exclusively.(REUTERS)
Alok Sharma has been leading the UK’s climate diplomacy, since assuming the role in February 2020, and will now focus on it exclusively.(REUTERS)

Alok Sharma made president of UN climate conference in Glasgow

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:49 PM IST
COP26, the conference of parties of UN climate negotiations, will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together representatives from nearly 200 countries, including leaders, experts, and campaigners.
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President Emmanuel Macron’s wishes to further strengthen the relationship of trust and friendship with India.(REUTERS)
President Emmanuel Macron’s wishes to further strengthen the relationship of trust and friendship with India.(REUTERS)

India, France firm on inclusive Indo-Pacific, equal access to Covid-19 vaccines

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:15 PM IST
A French embassy statement said that Indo-French cooperation will be key to tackling global challenges in 2021.
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The Narendra Modi government has, to its credit, also unleashed important second-generation reforms in critical sectors such as labour and agriculture during the pandemic(PTI)
The Narendra Modi government has, to its credit, also unleashed important second-generation reforms in critical sectors such as labour and agriculture during the pandemic(PTI)

The economy is looking up | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:01 PM IST
Focus on public spending, demand, and helping the informal sector
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Oli has been emboldened to stick to power even by breaking the party. In the process, the shallowness of Oli’s opportunistic and politically driven anti-Indian nationalism has been exposed(AFP)
Oli has been emboldened to stick to power even by breaking the party. In the process, the shallowness of Oli’s opportunistic and politically driven anti-Indian nationalism has been exposed(AFP)

What India should, and shouldn’t, do in Nepal

By SD Muni
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:59 PM IST
Irrespective of whether Nepal has elections or witnesses the restoration of Parliament, a prudent course for India would be to let Nepal cope with its internal political mess
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The theme of the convention, aimed at encouraging Indian diaspora to be part of socio-economic development in India, is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.(AP)
The theme of the convention, aimed at encouraging Indian diaspora to be part of socio-economic development in India, is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.(AP)

PM Modi to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2021 tomorrow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:52 PM IST
The Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is held in the country every year to sustain and nurture the symbiotic relationship between India and its diaspora, and to address the development challenges that the country faces.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav with party MLA and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav arrives at party office to attend a review meeting on Bihar Assembly elections.(PTI file photo)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav with party MLA and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav arrives at party office to attend a review meeting on Bihar Assembly elections.(PTI file photo)

‘PM Modi should take first shot of Covid-19 vaccine’: Tej Pratap Yadav

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:18 PM IST
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, then, we will also take it,” said the Bihar politician, reported news agency ANI.
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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal along with SAD leaders and workers, addresses a gathering over the new farm laws at Golden gate, in Amritsar, Punjab, India.(Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal along with SAD leaders and workers, addresses a gathering over the new farm laws at Golden gate, in Amritsar, Punjab, India.(Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

PM should talk directly with protesting farmers: Harsimrat Badal

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
She also attacked the Congress-led Punjab government and state chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and said he has failed to fulfill his responsibility as guardian of the state and its people.
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