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A healthcare worker gets a Covid-19 vaccine at Sion Hospital, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

MHA issues Covid-19 rules, to be followed from Feb 1: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:21 PM IST
In the fresh set of guidelines, which will remain in force till February 28, the MHA has allowed entry of all in swimming pools, which were previously opened for sportsperson only, and allowed cinema halls to increase the ceiling on people indoors.
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Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced hefty cash incentives to gram panchayats who elect their leaders without any contest. (PTI PHOTO).
Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced hefty cash incentives to gram panchayats who elect their leaders without any contest. (PTI PHOTO).

Jagan Reddy announces cash incentives for unanimous polls to gram panchayats

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:11 PM IST
  • As part of the strategy, the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday issued an order announcing hefty cash incentives to be given to gram panchayats where sarpanches and ward members are elected unanimously without any contest.
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Prime Minister Modi will address the Forum's Davos Dialogue on January 28 via video conferencing, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)
Prime Minister Modi will address the Forum's Davos Dialogue on January 28 via video conferencing, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)

PM Modi to address World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda Summit tomorrow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:11 PM IST
The PM will be speaking on a range of subjects, including India's reform trajectory and increased usage of technology.
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In a tweet, Rajnath Singh said the firm commitment to deepen India-US defence cooperation was reiterated during the talks. (ANI File Photo)
In a tweet, Rajnath Singh said the firm commitment to deepen India-US defence cooperation was reiterated during the talks. (ANI File Photo)

Rajnath Singh speaks to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:10 PM IST
  • The defence ministry said Rajnath Singh received an "introductory telephone call" from the newly-appointed US Secretary of Defence Austin and that the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together to strengthen defence cooperation and the strategic partnership between the two countries.
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Brazil had the most deforestation, accounting for 61% of the hotspots in the Amazon overall.(Reuters file photo)
Brazil had the most deforestation, accounting for 61% of the hotspots in the Amazon overall.(Reuters file photo)

Deforestation soars in Amazon forest in 2020, analysis finds

Reuters, Brasilia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:03 PM IST
  • A first look at deforestation in the full year of 2020 shows that roughly 21,000 square kilometers (8,108 square miles) of old-growth forest was cut or burned down, about the size of New Jersey, the US-based non-profit group found in its analysis of satellite data.
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) for U.S. President Joe Biden, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, DC.(Bloomberg)
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) for U.S. President Joe Biden, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, DC.(Bloomberg)

Biden’s UN nominee urged to counter China, defend 2019 speech

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:03 PM IST
Thomas-Greenfield, who would be one of the highest-ranking Black officials in Biden’s administration, plans to emphasize “old-fashioned, people-to-people diplomacy” while calling for making the UN more accountable.
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DTCP forbids builders to carry out changes in building plans with buyers’ consent

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Builders in Haryana would no longer be allowed to change their building plans without the prior consent of the existing home buyers
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Lack of cremation facilities in newer sectors compounds our grief: Residents

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Last month, when Sunil Srivastva, a resident of Sare Homes in Sector 91, lost his mother-in-law, he did not realise that apart from emotional distress, his family would also be facing a logistical nightmare in performing the last rites as it would have to be carried out at a cremation ground located 22 kilometres away, at Madanpuri near Rajiv Chowk
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This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts.(AP)
This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts.(AP)

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Scientists have known for decades that individual shark species are declining, but a new study drawing on 57 global datasets underscores just how dramatically worldwide populations have collapsed in the past half century.
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Duo assaulted by group of 12 while travelling in Sector 40

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST
In a case of road rage, two persons were allegedly assaulted and threatened by a group of at least 12 persons in Sector 40, after they had asked members of the group to move two vehicles that were parked in the middle of the main carriageway
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