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Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in three of the four Tests against Australia in the upcoming series that gets underway with a day-nighter at Adelaide from Thursday.(Getty Images)

Ajinkya Rahane’s great captaincy test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Somshuvra Laha
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:25 AM IST
He has often delivered when India have been in trouble, though there is little that’s flashy about Ajinkya Rahane. With Virat Kohli to fly home after the first Test in Australia, India’s vice-captain can once again be expected to spread his quiet assurance within the team.
Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, US.(Bloomberg)
Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, US.(Bloomberg)

Desecration of Gandhi’s statue appalling: Kayleigh McEnany

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:04 AM IST
A State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday that they were aware of recent protests in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal (C) addresses party supporters and leaders in support of farmers during a protest against the recent agricultural reforms, in Amritsar.(PTI)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal (C) addresses party supporters and leaders in support of farmers during a protest against the recent agricultural reforms, in Amritsar.(PTI)

BJP out to set Hindus against Sikhs in Punjab: Sukhbir Badal

Chandigarh | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 09:25 PM IST
Asking his former ally to shun the “arrogant attitude” over the farm laws and accept what farmers want, Badal warned the BJP against any attempt to set Hindus against Sikhs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural event of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ programme on Wednesday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural event of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ programme on Wednesday.(ANI)

Vijay Diwas 2020: PM Modi to light ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ tomorrow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 09:00 PM IST
The chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat and the tri-service chiefs will also lay wreaths and pay respect to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The Eastern command of the Indian Army will pay homage to the valiant heroes of India and Bangladesh who took part in the Liberation War of 1971.
File image of Joe Burns.(File)
File image of Joe Burns.(File)

India vs Australia: ‘In David Warner’s absence, he could provide some experience,’ Darren Lehmann says Aussies should stick with Joe Burns

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:59 PM IST
India vs Australia: David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test in Adelaide against India, and at the same time, opener Joe Burns has looked out of form.
Collaboration in sectors such as digital technology, the climate crisis, and vaccine development will see a fillip. India will play an important role in the mass production of the Covid-19 vaccine(PIB)
Collaboration in sectors such as digital technology, the climate crisis, and vaccine development will see a fillip. India will play an important role in the mass production of the Covid-19 vaccine(PIB)

India is right to bet on a post-Brexit UK

By Avinash Paliwal
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:30 PM IST
The invite to Boris Johnson indicates deepening strategic and economic convergence
The PM’s handling of the pandemic, emphasis on economic reform, the support given to the poor have struck a chord with the voters(PTI)
The PM’s handling of the pandemic, emphasis on economic reform, the support given to the poor have struck a chord with the voters(PTI)

Away from the noise, voters continue to repose faith in the BJP, writes Prakash Javadekar

By Prakash Javadekar
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:28 PM IST
From rural area to tribal areas, urban parts to cosmopolitan coastal landscapes, India is giving a message. Diverse electorates, diverse elections are giving the same message — that India’s prime issue in 2020 is development and only a Modi-led NDA can provide it
To show their commitment to citizens in these times of distress, India’s parliamentarians owe it to the country to get to work(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
To show their commitment to citizens in these times of distress, India’s parliamentarians owe it to the country to get to work(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Why the winter session matters | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:30 PM IST
Covid-19 cannot be a reason to halt the work of democratic institutions, especially Parliament
EC said it has been receiving several representations from Indian diaspora residing abroad to facilitate voting through postal ballots since such overseas electors are not in a position to be present in their polling area.(PTI)
EC said it has been receiving several representations from Indian diaspora residing abroad to facilitate voting through postal ballots since such overseas electors are not in a position to be present in their polling area.(PTI)

Govt for wider consultations before allowing postal ballots for NRIs

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:59 PM IST
The EC has proposed to the government to extend the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility, so far available to service voters, to eligible overseas Indian voters.
Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan during an election campaign for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, in Madurai.(PTI)
Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan during an election campaign for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, in Madurai.(PTI)

Kamal Haasan invokes AIADMK icon M G Ramachandran’s legacy

Madurai | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:52 PM IST
Refraining from naming the AIADMK, he said the party was annoyed after he highlighted MGR in his recent address to a gathering and they claimed the leader belonged only to them.
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, speaks during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2011 (VGGIS) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.(REUTERS)
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, speaks during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2011 (VGGIS) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.(REUTERS)

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani inspired me, says Mark Zuckerberg. Explains why

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:55 PM IST
Zuckerberg in an online event mentioned Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance’s late founder, who he said had envisioned phone calls in India as cheap as postcards, priced at less than a cent then. His son Mukesh Ambani’s ability to make that wish come true has inspired him, Zuckerberg said.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after attending the government's weekly Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in London.(AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after attending the government's weekly Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in London.(AP)

UK’s Boris Johnson to visit India in January ahead of trade talks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:43 PM IST
India is the UK’s 17th-largest trading partner and total trade between the two countries was worth $16.5 billion in 2019, according to Bloomberg data.
India cricket team in training.(Screengrab/BCCI)
India cricket team in training.(Screengrab/BCCI)

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli & co. engage in ‘fun drill’ ahead of pink-ball Test - WATCH

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:31 PM IST
India vs Australia: The Virat Kohli-led Indian team will play the pink-ball Test against Tim Paine’s Australia in Adelaide starting Thursday.
A health worker gets ready to take samples from people to test for Covid-19 as another registers them at a marketplace in New Delhi.(AP)
A health worker gets ready to take samples from people to test for Covid-19 as another registers them at a marketplace in New Delhi.(AP)

Govt says Covid-19 cases, deaths declining in India; cautions against any laxity

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:14 PM IST
India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is also among the lowest in the world. At present, India’s CFR is 1.45 per cent, whereas globally it is 2.26 per cent, Bhushan said.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu virtually attends The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Global Summit-2020.(PTI)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu virtually attends The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Global Summit-2020.(PTI)

Green buildings movement should become people’s movement: Vice President Naidu

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:11 PM IST
The vice president wanted every future building to go green mandatorily and said that this should apply to all kinds of building. Not only new buildings, the existing buildings too have to be retrofitted to make them environment-friendly, he felt.
People out at Janpath Market on a cold day in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
People out at Janpath Market on a cold day in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Delhi has made progress, says health ministry; spotlight now on Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:35 PM IST
India on Tuesday recorded 22,065 fresh infections, pushing the tally of Covid-19 cases to 9,906,165. The country’s death toll has mounted to 143,709 after 354 new fatalities related to the viral infection.
The two sides also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the evolution of the Indo-Pacific region and developments in the Middle East, Jaishankar said.(REUTERS)
The two sides also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the evolution of the Indo-Pacific region and developments in the Middle East, Jaishankar said.(REUTERS)

UK foreign secretary holds talks with Indian counterpart

New Delhi | By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:31 PM IST
Dominic Raab and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held talks for about four hours and discussed a wide range of issues, including the post-pandemic world, defense, trade and the environment, the diplomats told reports after their meeting.
Shubman Gill and Pat Cummins(Twitter)
Shubman Gill and Pat Cummins(Twitter)

‘Should’ve studied Shubman Gill in the KKR nets, might be too late now’: Australia pacer Pat Cummins

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:58 PM IST
If Shubman Gill does make his Test debut in the historic pink ball Test match on December 17 then he will be up against his IPL teammate Pat Cummins, who is one of the most potent weapons of the Australia bowling unit.
The Scindia School Gwalior ranks No 1 in the world’s largest school ranking survey(The Scindia School)
The Scindia School Gwalior ranks No 1 in the world’s largest school ranking survey(The Scindia School)

The world’s largest school ranking survey places The Scindia School as the #1 Boys’ Boarding School in India

PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:25 PM IST
This is the second year in succession that The Scindia School has been rated the Best Boys’ Boarding School in India.
File image of Virat Kohli.(File)
File image of Virat Kohli.(File)

ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli climbs to 2nd spot; Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane also in top-10

Press Trust of India | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:27 PM IST
ICC Test Rankings: Kohli fell short of Australia star batsman Steve Smith by 25 points. While Smith was at the top position in the latest rankings with 911 points, Kohli was at the 2nd position with 886 rating points.
Ajinkya Rahane in action.(REUTERS)
Ajinkya Rahane in action.(REUTERS)

India vs Australia: Despite Ishant Sharma’s absence, we have bowling attack to get 20 wickets, says Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Adelaide Test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 03:59 PM IST
India vs Australia: For India, the biggest challenge is to decide on their bowling attack which will be missing the fast bowler Ishant Sharma who was ruled out due to an injury.
The minister said that 100% FDI is allowed through automatic route in almost all sectors.(PTI)
The minister said that 100% FDI is allowed through automatic route in almost all sectors.(PTI)

FDI into India continuously growing due to attractive policies: Goyal

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 03:10 PM IST
Under the government approval route, foreign investors have to take prior approval of the respective ministry/department. Through the automatic approval route, the investor just has to inform the RBI after the investment is made.
Steve Smith(Twitter)
Steve Smith(Twitter)

Steve Smith walks off practice session with injured back, compounds Australia’s troubles ahead of the 1st Test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:30 PM IST
Steve Smith’s injury will keep Australia on their toes as they have already lost one of their batsmen David Warner to an injury. Young opener Will Pucovski too was ruled out due to a concussion suffered during the first practice game against India.
File photo of Ricky Ponting.(Getty Images)
File photo of Ricky Ponting.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: I’m sticking with Joe Burns for first Test, says Ponting

Sydney | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:23 PM IST
The 31-year-old Burns has been going through a terrible phase, having scored just 62 runs at 6.89 with a highest score of 29 in his last nine first-class innings.
Canada’s three lead political parties have been competing for the Sikh vote to prepare for a possible snap poll in 2021(HT File Photo)
Canada’s three lead political parties have been competing for the Sikh vote to prepare for a possible snap poll in 2021(HT File Photo)

Not convenient, India tells Canada on meeting of top diplomats. It’s a signal

New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:27 PM IST
India’s decision to put off the foreign office consultations scheduled with Canada signals the downturn in political ties between the two countries over PM Trudeau’s remarks on the farm protests
File photo of Australian Test captain Tim Paine and Indian captain Virat Kohli.(Getty Images)
File photo of Australian Test captain Tim Paine and Indian captain Virat Kohli.(Getty Images)

India look more settled than Australia going into 1st Test, feels Isa Guha

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:23 PM IST
Isa, a veteran of 113 internationals for England, feels that out-of-form Joe Burns will not be opening alongside Marcus Harris in the opening Test at Adelaide starting on December 17.
MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma celebrate(HT/Subhendu Ghosh)
MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma celebrate(HT/Subhendu Ghosh)

‘MS Dhoni used him as a guy who bowled a lot of overs’: Ajit Agarkar explains how former India captain made Ishant Sharma a better bowler

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:46 PM IST
Ishant, who burst onto the scene with a menacing spell against former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting in 2008-09, lacked the ability to take wickets in a bunch. He was always a bankable option but never quite the match-winner. Agarkar explained how Dhoni persisted with him to get the best out of the Delhi pacer.
Dr. Bedi gave valuable advice to students on how to attain success with one’s own actions.
Dr. Bedi gave valuable advice to students on how to attain success with one’s own actions.

Live life full of self-reliance and self-dependence: Dr. Kiran Bedi

UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:42 PM IST
Dr. Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, was conducting an online lecture, which was organized as a part of the Symbiosis Golden Jubilee Lecture Series.
Australia's Steve Smith(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia's Steve Smith(Action Images via Reuters)

‘I would have made Steve Smith the captain, he’s one of the best in the team’: Mark Waugh ahead of first Test against India

Adelaide | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Ahead of the four-Test series against India, there has been discussions and debates on whether it was time to reinstate Smith as captain after Matthew Wade was made the stand-in skipper in the second T20I in the absence of an injured Aaron Finch.
India captain Virat Kohli with his Australian counterpart(Twitter)
India captain Virat Kohli with his Australian counterpart(Twitter)

‘We don’t talk about taunting Virat Kohli, that’s rubbish’: Australia head coach Justin Langer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:40 PM IST
Ahead of the first India-Australia Test match in Adelaide, Australia head coach Justin Langer on Tuesday, said, that his side just plans on how to dismiss Virat Kohli rather than focusing on how to taunt the Indian skipper.
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