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Akbar filed a criminal defamation suit against Ramani last year, after she accused him of alleged misconduct during the job interview that evening, while staying at the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Priya Ramani was upset after meeting MJ Akbar, witness testifies

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 01:23 AM IST
Ramani, then a recent graduate of journalism, had visited Akbar for an interview in Asian Age, a newspaper of which he was editor at the time.

Haryana Assembly Polls: Karan Dev Kamboj, Indri MLA

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 11:04 PM IST
Kamboj, an associate of RSS for several years, was also president of Kisan Club, Yamunanagar. He contested for the first time on BJP ticket from Indri during 2014 elections and became minister of state for food and civil supply and consumer affairs after his victory in the polls.
Rickshaw-pullers have encroached upon the area under the flyover in Zirakpur.(HT PHOTO)
Rickshaw-pullers have encroached upon the area under the flyover in Zirakpur.(HT PHOTO)

Zirakpur flyover project: Seven months on, beautification work hangs fire

By Idrees Bukhtiyar, Zirakpur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2019 12:36 AM IST
In July, the DC had directed the officials to remove encroachments under the flyover.
Manish Grover, Rohtak MLA(HT Photo)
Manish Grover, Rohtak MLA(HT Photo)

Haryana Assembly Polls: Manish Grover, Rohtak MLA

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 10:10 PM IST
He was the only BJP candidate to win in Rohtak district in 2014. He lost three consecutive assembly elections from Rohtak before 2014.
HT Image
HT Image

HP BJP ‘finalises’ candidates, list sent to high command

Hindustan Times, Gaurav Bisht | By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 10:02 PM IST
The two seats fell vacant on the victory of Kishan Kapoor and Suresh Kashyap in the parliamentary polls.
The NCRB would do well in present times to start compiling data on mob lynching and cow vigilantism cases(REUTERS)
The NCRB would do well in present times to start compiling data on mob lynching and cow vigilantism cases(REUTERS)

Why India needs timely crime data

By Yashovardhan Azad
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 08:49 PM IST
The NCRB has not published its annual report on crime for 2017 and 2018. This is unacceptable
Those who were detained since then include three former Chief Ministers -- Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.(HT image)
Those who were detained since then include three former Chief Ministers -- Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.(HT image)

Jammu and Kashmir politicians won’t be detained for more than 18 months: Jitendra Singh

Jammu | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 09:19 PM IST
The Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office asserted that political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir will not be under detention for more than 18 months.
Riyadh has rejected a claim by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement that it carried out the strikes on two oil plants that initially halved Saudi production, the largest-ever assault on oil facilities in the world’s top oil exporter.(Reuters image)
Riyadh has rejected a claim by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement that it carried out the strikes on two oil plants that initially halved Saudi production, the largest-ever assault on oil facilities in the world’s top oil exporter.(Reuters image)

Saudi says it will respond appropriately if probe confirms Iran’s role in attacks

RIYADH | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 09:08 PM IST
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said the probe would prove that the Sept. 14 strikes came from the north and that Iran bore responsibility, a charge Tehran denies.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs a review meeting with the public sector banks, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(PTI)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs a review meeting with the public sector banks, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(PTI)

Nirmala Sitharaman announces loan festivals to spur demand

New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2019 03:02 AM IST
Loans will be disbursed under a “shamiyana” (tent), and both banks and NBFCs will give loans to new customers, including homebuyers, farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and retail consumers
The HT Tourism Conclave is set to take place on Friday, September 20.
The HT Tourism Conclave is set to take place on Friday, September 20.

HT Tourism Conclave 2019: Eminent personalities to look forward at the event

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 04:57 PM IST
At the HT Tourism Conclave, visionaries from the tourism industry will discuss strategies that will change the way we think tourism.
Not only did Supriyo take an auto-rickshaw, he recorded his ride and shared it on Twitter.(Twitter/Babul Supriyo)
Not only did Supriyo take an auto-rickshaw, he recorded his ride and shared it on Twitter.(Twitter/Babul Supriyo)

Watch: Babul Supriyo ditches car in traffic jam, takes auto to Mumbai airport. Gets nostalgic

Mumbai | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 05:13 PM IST
On Tuesday afternoon, Supriyo’s car got stuck in traffic while he was heading for the airport. However, instead of sitting and waiting in his car, the union minister decided to ride an auto-rickshaw.
The controversial provision making the state government pay UP ministers’ income taxes has raised eyebrows(HT Photo)
The controversial provision making the state government pay UP ministers’ income taxes has raised eyebrows(HT Photo)

‘Income Tax of ministers won’t be paid by treasury anymore’: UP government

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 11:02 PM IST
Although amendments were made to increase ministers’ salaries over 40 times in the past 38 years, the sub section 3 of the Act, allowing for the state to bear the income tax of all Uttar Pradesh ministers’, had been left untouched.
In Jharkhand, more than 1.16 lakh farmers have registered themselves under the scheme so far. Only small and marginal farmer, who own cultivable land up to two hectares, would be eligible for the scheme.(HT image)
In Jharkhand, more than 1.16 lakh farmers have registered themselves under the scheme so far. Only small and marginal farmer, who own cultivable land up to two hectares, would be eligible for the scheme.(HT image)

Modi in Ranchi today, to launch slew of welfare schemes, development projects

Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 08:31 AM IST
Modi will dedicate country’s second Multi Model Terminal built at Sahibganj to the nation, inaugurate newly constructed state-of-the-art Assembly Building in Ranchi and lay the foundation of new secretariat building in Jharkhand capital.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud(REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud(REUTERS)

Saudi king replaces energy minister, naming one of his sons

Dubai | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 10:57 AM IST
Prince Abdulaziz replaces Khalid al-Falih, who had been removed just days ago as board chairman of the state-owned oil giant Aramco, a company that he once ran as CEO.
Akbar’s complaint refers to two tweets written by Ramani on October 8 and 10, 2018.(HT image)
Akbar’s complaint refers to two tweets written by Ramani on October 8 and 10, 2018.(HT image)

Journalist Priya Ramani testifies in Delhi court

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:43 AM IST
Akbar, who resigned from his position as minister of state for external affairs in November 2018 after a host of women accused him of sexual misconduct during the Me Too movement, filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani last year. He has denied Ramani’s allegations.
The Mapusa Police have said that they are close to a breakthrough and will apprehend the coach soon.(FILE PHOTO.)
The Mapusa Police have said that they are close to a breakthrough and will apprehend the coach soon.(FILE PHOTO.)

Goa Police sends teams to Bhopal, Bangalore to look for absconding swimming coach

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 04:30 PM IST
Based on the girl’s complaint and the statement she provided to the police, Ganguly has been booked for rape and molestation of the 15-year-old student over a period of six months between March and August.
A view of the house that collapsed at Bowbazar area due to the underground metro rail work, in Kolkata, West Bengal(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
A view of the house that collapsed at Bowbazar area due to the underground metro rail work, in Kolkata, West Bengal(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Metro work damages Kolkata buildings, minister among hundreds evacuated

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 12:15 PM IST
Among those asked to vacate their residences, as a precautionary measure, by senior Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd official (KMRCL) was minister of state for parliamentary affairs Tapas Roy.
Conservation activities are taken up as per a working plan of the forest department but dwellers are allowed to collect produce or claim economic benefits from the conservation efforts taken up together.(HT FILE)
Conservation activities are taken up as per a working plan of the forest department but dwellers are allowed to collect produce or claim economic benefits from the conservation efforts taken up together.(HT FILE)

Why India’s Forest Rights Act should be showcased at UN meet| Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 06:33 PM IST
Community Forest Resource Rights (CFR rights) provisions of the Forest Rights Act provide statutory backing for decentralised management.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of Garvi Gujarat Bhawan at Akbar Road in New Delhi.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of Garvi Gujarat Bhawan at Akbar Road in New Delhi.(PTI)

RSS body wants PM not to accept Gates award

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 01:42 AM IST
Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said on Monday that “diligent and innovative” initiatives of Prime Minister were brining laurels from across the world.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh(HT Photo)
Union Minister Jitendra Singh(HT Photo)

PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan will be part of India one day, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 04:57 PM IST
Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan are currently under the occupation of Pakistan.
Dharmesh said BSP patron Kanshi Ram had died under mysterious circumstances and he would soon meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to seek a CBI probe into that death.(HT image)
Dharmesh said BSP patron Kanshi Ram had died under mysterious circumstances and he would soon meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to seek a CBI probe into that death.(HT image)

Uttar Pradesh Minister calls for CBI probe into BSP founder’s death, slams Mayawati

Hindustan Times, Agra | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 10:52 PM IST
The Minister of State for Social Welfare and SC/ST Welfare, who represents the Agra cantonment seat in the Assembly, said: “Mayawati is not trustworthy and has betrayed everyone.
TMC wrote to the Centre that it was “shocked and deeply worried” to learn about Rs. 45,682 crore tax fraud since the new indirect tax regime was rolled out on July 1, 2017.(HT FILE)
TMC wrote to the Centre that it was “shocked and deeply worried” to learn about Rs. 45,682 crore tax fraud since the new indirect tax regime was rolled out on July 1, 2017.(HT FILE)

Rs. 45K-cr tax fraud understated, may cross Rs. 1L cr: TMC to Centre

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 12:19 AM IST
Mitra asked the Sitharaman to conduct a “thorough investigation” into what he described as “widespread tax frauds and Hawala” under the indirect tax regime that came into force on July 1, 2017.
Prime Minister emphasized the need for those in high office to be punctual.(HT FILE)
Prime Minister emphasized the need for those in high office to be punctual.(HT FILE)

Be punctual, avoid appointing relatives, PM tells ministers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 11:51 PM IST
The prime minister also asked the ministers to be careful about the remarks they make in public. He asked them to make only those promises that can be kept.
At least five persons who attended former finance minister Arun Jaitley’s funeral on Sunday reported their phones stolen. (ANI Photo)
At least five persons who attended former finance minister Arun Jaitley’s funeral on Sunday reported their phones stolen. (ANI Photo)

Two ministers among those whose phones were stolen during Arun Jaitley’s funeral

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 06:47 AM IST
The minister said every 10-15 minutes someone claimed to have lost their phone. “I do not blame the police as they cannot trace every pickpocket, but some additional CCTV cameras would help them in keeping such elements away from a gathering,” he said.
Akbar filed a complaint against Ramani, who has been charged with criminal defamation under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, which carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.(HT FILE)
Akbar filed a complaint against Ramani, who has been charged with criminal defamation under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, which carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.(HT FILE)

Priya Ramani records statement in MJ Akbar defamation case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2019 06:46 AM IST
The case pertains to Ramani’s allegations of sexual misconduct by Akbar, dating back to 1993 when he was editor and proprietor of the Asian Age, and she had applied for a job at the paper. She alleged that Akbar had called her to his hotel room for an interview.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government had not lost the momentum for reforms.(MOHD ZAKIR SIDDIQUE/HT PHOTO.)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government had not lost the momentum for reforms.(MOHD ZAKIR SIDDIQUE/HT PHOTO.)

India’s GDP growth higher than global economies: Sitharaman

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 06:36 PM IST
Global GDP growth may be revised downwards from the current estimate of 3.2%, she said adding that globally the demand was going to be weak.
Ministers taking blessings from UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath and UP Governor Anandiben Patel who were present in ‘Swearing in Ceremony’ at Raj Bhawan,Lucknow(Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)
Ministers taking blessings from UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath and UP Governor Anandiben Patel who were present in ‘Swearing in Ceremony’ at Raj Bhawan,Lucknow(Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)

Muzaffarnagar riot accused Suresh Rana gets cabinet rank in Yogi Adityanath’s govt

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Umesh Raghuvanshi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 09:34 AM IST
The expansion followed resignations of five ministers and discussions between the BJP leaders and those of its ideological fountainhead, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, on Tuesday.
A man rides a motorcycle passing a closed college during restrictions, after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar. The elections for the municipal corporations were held in four phases in October last year after a gap of 13 years.(REUTERS)
A man rides a motorcycle passing a closed college during restrictions, after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar. The elections for the municipal corporations were held in four phases in October last year after a gap of 13 years.(REUTERS)

Srinagar, Jammu mayors get MoS status

Hindustan Times, Jammu | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2019 01:17 AM IST
The order, issued by additional secretary Subash Chhibber on Tuesday, said the hospitality and protocol department shall make necessary insertion in the J&K State Warrant of Precedence with the approval of the competent authority.
Munda added that the ministry will protect the sheep from which pashmina shawl is produced as they perish during monsoon.(HT image)
Munda added that the ministry will protect the sheep from which pashmina shawl is produced as they perish during monsoon.(HT image)

Tribal fest begins in Ladakh after UT move

Leh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 07:04 AM IST
Speaking at the event, Munda said the national object of inclusive development (sabka vikas) includes the development of tribes as an important component .
On the drawing board are facilities for homestays in monasteries dotting the region, development of eco-tourism, including bird-watching, and preservation of heritage structures, the minister said. The idea of promoting Ladakh as a retreat for writers and researchers will also be explored.(AFP)
On the drawing board are facilities for homestays in monasteries dotting the region, development of eco-tourism, including bird-watching, and preservation of heritage structures, the minister said. The idea of promoting Ladakh as a retreat for writers and researchers will also be explored.(AFP)

Tourism in Ladakh: Centre charts plans for homestays, bird-watching

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2019 12:43 AM IST
Promoting homestays in the region was one way of enabling tourists to get a taste of the local culture, and the Centre was working on this, he said.
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