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Updated on Feb 18, 2022 09:12 PM IST

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  • Feb 18, 2022 10:03 PM IST

    Punjab polls: Chandigarh declares ‘dry days’

    Chandigarh administration announces ‘dry days’ from 6pm of February 18 till the conclusion of assembly polls in Punjab on February 20 and on March 10 which is the counting day.

  • Feb 18, 2022 09:12 PM IST

    PM Modi to inaugurate Bio-CNG plant in Indore on Feb 19

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Gobar-Dhan (Bio-CNG) plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore on February 19 through video conferencing.

  • Feb 18, 2022 08:23 PM IST

    Delhi logs 607 new Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths

    Delhi records 607 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths; active caseload at 2775.

  • Feb 18, 2022 07:47 PM IST

    Mumbai’s daily Covid cases fall to 202

    Mumbai’s single-day Covid count further falls to 202; city logs first death after three days.

  • Feb 18, 2022 07:22 PM IST

    Truckers protest: Police begin evicting protesters

    Police in Canada’s Ottawa launch operation to evict agitators protesting against Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

  • Feb 18, 2022 06:31 PM IST

    Abhishek Banerjee remains TMC’s national general secretary

    Abhishek Banerjee retains position as TMC’s national general secretary amid alleged power tussle within the Mamata Banerjee-helmed party.

  • Feb 18, 2022 06:23 PM IST

    80% adult Indians fully jabbed against Covid: Mandaviya

    80% of India’s adult population fully vaccinated against Covid, tweets Mansukh Mandaviya.

  • Feb 18, 2022 05:59 PM IST

    Air India to operate 3 flights to Ukraine

    Air India announces flights for Kyiv on February 22, 24 and 26.

  • Feb 18, 2022 05:12 PM IST

    Rakesh Gangwal resigns from IndiGo’s board

    IndiGo co-founder Rakesh Gangwal resigns from board. Gangwal was the company’s non-executive and non-independent director.

  • Feb 18, 2022 05:06 PM IST

    Hijab ban: Hearing to resume on Feb 21

    Karnataka HC adjourns hearing against for February 21 the hearing on petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutes in the state.

  • Feb 18, 2022 04:08 PM IST

    Money laundering case: ED arrests Iqbal Kaskar

    Enforcement Directorate arrests Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, in a money laundering case.

  • Feb 18, 2022 03:23 PM IST

    Over 2 crore youngsters vaccinated against Covid: Mansukh Mandaviya

    Over 2 crore youngsters in 15-18 age group now fully vaccinated against, tweets Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

  • Feb 18, 2022 03:12 PM IST

    Hijab ban: Hearing resumes in Karnataka HC

    Karnataka high court begins hearing pleas challenging ban on wearing hijab in educational campuses in the state,

  • Feb 18, 2022 02:27 PM IST

    Will go to court over ‘flag’ remark: DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa must resign over his saffron flag remark. We’ll continue overnight protests at the assembly till he gets sacked from the Cabinet, otherwise, we’ll go to the court and not allow the Assembly to function: DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Congress chief

  • Feb 18, 2022 12:33 PM IST

    Historians restrained from publishing defamatory content against Vikram Sampath

    Delhi high court on Friday restrained historians from publishing defamatory content against Vikram Sampath, the author of a two-volume biography of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

  • Feb 18, 2022 11:41 AM IST

    38 of 49 convicts sentenced to death in 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case

    Thirty eight convicts have been sentenced to death in 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case, reports news agency ANI. Read more

  • Feb 18, 2022 11:24 AM IST

    Former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas’s security to be reviewed

    Former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas’s security will be reviewed, news agency ANI reported on Friday, citing government sources. 

    This came days after the AAP leader alleged Arvind Kejriwal had once told him that he would either become the chief minister of Punjab or the first Prime Minister of an independent nation, an apparent reference to Khalistan. Read more

  • Feb 18, 2022 10:31 AM IST

    PM Modi, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to hold virtual summit today

    PM Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan will hold a virtual summit today. “The two leaders will also discuss bilateral cooperation and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. 

  • Feb 18, 2022 09:03 AM IST

    India reports 25,920 new Covid cases, 492 deaths in last 24 hour

    India on Friday reported 25,920 fresh cases of coronavirus disease and 492 related deaths in the past 24 hours. Read more

  • Feb 18, 2022 08:31 AM IST

    Mild earthquake felt in Rajasthan’s Jaipur

    An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 occurred 92km northwest of Jaipur, Rajasthan at around 8.01am on Friday, according to the National Center for Seismology.

  • Feb 18, 2022 08:28 AM IST

    Blinken accepts invitation to meet Lavrov if Russia does not invade Ukraine

    Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has proposed dates for holding a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, late next week, who accepted it if Russia does not invade Ukraine, reported news agency ANI, citing local media.

  • Feb 18, 2022 07:04 AM IST

    British army on standby amid ‘red weather’ warning due to Storm Eunice

    Britain put the army on standby Thursday and schools prepared to close as forecasters issued a rare “red weather” warning of “danger to life” from fearsome winds and flooding due to an approaching storm. Also read

  • Feb 18, 2022 06:25 AM IST

    PM Modi to virtually open two railway lines connecting Thane and Diva today

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday inaugurate two additional railway lines (fifth and sixth) connecting Thane and Diva in Maharashtra. The inauguration will take place via video conferencing at 4:30pm. Read more

India, UAE sign free trade deal expected to double trade to $100 billion in 5 years

The negotiation process for the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), which was signed by commerce minister Piyush Goyal and UAE’s economy minister Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, was one of the shortest in recent years. The two sides began work on the pact in September last year and it was finalised in a little more than three months.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal with UAE’s Economy Minister Abdulla bin Touq Al-Mari during a meeting on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI PHOTO.)

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal with UAE’s Economy Minister Abdulla bin Touq Al-Mari during a meeting on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI PHOTO.)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 09:19 PM IST

ByRezaul H Laskar & Rajeev Jayaswal

Shashi Tharoor rapped by embassy in Kuwait for sharing ‘anti-India’ tweet

The Indian embassy in Kuwait said the tweet which Shashi Tharoor shared on Friday was by a Pakistani agent who received Pakistan’s Ambassador of Peace award for his anti-India activities. The tweet said Kuwait parliamentarians have urged the Kuwait government to bar BJP members from entering the country. 

Shashi Tharoor said he does not endorse the person but is concerned about the sentiment. (ANI)

Shashi Tharoor said he does not endorse the person but is concerned about the sentiment. (ANI)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 09:10 PM IST

Daily brief: WHO chief tells why Covid-19 pandemic will ‘drag on’

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Published on Feb 18, 2022 08:59 PM IST

Former cop Arvind Negi held by NIA for leaking information to LeT

Negi was part of the probe team that carried out searches at activist Khurram Parvez’s residence in October 2020 as part of the NGO-terror funding case; apart from the agency’s larger terror funding probe in J&K of 2017.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested Arvind Digvijay Negi, its former decorated Superintendent of Police (SP) who investigated the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case for allegedly leaking sensitive information to LeT. (HT PHOTO.)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested Arvind Digvijay Negi, its former decorated Superintendent of Police (SP) who investigated the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case for allegedly leaking sensitive information to LeT. (HT PHOTO.)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Allegations against a political party ‘serious’: Amit Shah writes to Punjab CM

Without naming the Aam Aadmi Party, Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday replied to Punjab CM Charanjit Channi’s letter and assured him that he himself is looking into the matter.

The Centre is considering the issue seriously, Union home minister Amit Shah wrote to Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi. 

The Centre is considering the issue seriously, Union home minister Amit Shah wrote to Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi. 

Published on Feb 18, 2022 08:22 PM IST

Kerala assembly session makes a stormy start

As soon as the Governor entered the assembly, opposition members greeted him with “go back” slogans but he continued with his speech. After shouting slogans, the opposition members later stormed out of the assembly.

As soon as Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan entered the assembly, opposition members greeted him with “go back” slogans but he continued with his speech on Friday. (ANI PHOTO.)

As soon as Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan entered the assembly, opposition members greeted him with “go back” slogans but he continued with his speech on Friday. (ANI PHOTO.)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 07:49 PM IST

Watch: Kumar Vishwas asks why Kejriwal does not say he is against ‘Khalistan’

Just answer whether sympathisers of terrorist organisations used to come to your place or not before the last election, Kumar Vishwas said on Friday as Arvind Kejriwal dismissed all the allegations brought against him. 

Kumar Vishwas said Kejriwal should clarify his stand on ‘Khalistan’ in front of the country. 

Kumar Vishwas said Kejriwal should clarify his stand on ‘Khalistan’ in front of the country. 

Published on Feb 18, 2022 06:56 PM IST

Gas leak kills two at Bengal’s Durgapur Steel Plant run by SAIL

DSP is one of the oldest plants run by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). It produces around 2.2 million tonnes of crude steel every year.

The accident happened during repair work in one of the furnaces at the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) in West Bengal. (HT FILE PHOTO.)

The accident happened during repair work in one of the furnaces at the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) in West Bengal. (HT FILE PHOTO.)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 06:41 PM IST

Fake invoice racket busted by Mumbai GST authority

Based on tip-off from the Central Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai zone, a team from the anti-evasion wing at Raigad initiated an investigation, which revealed that this firm had availed fake ITC on the basis of bogus invoices issued by more than 20 non-existing firms and passed on this fake ITC to other firms.

The Central GST (CGST) Commissionerate, Raigad of CGST Mumbai Zone has busted a fake ITC racket and arrested the proprietor of a Kalamboli-based firm Ashok Metal Scrap, it said on Friday. (GETTY IMAGES.)

The Central GST (CGST) Commissionerate, Raigad of CGST Mumbai Zone has busted a fake ITC racket and arrested the proprietor of a Kalamboli-based firm Ashok Metal Scrap, it said on Friday. (GETTY IMAGES.)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 06:18 PM IST

Calcutta HC dismisses plea seeking removal of Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

During the hearing Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Union government had sought that exemplary cost should be imposed on the petitioner to discourage such PILs. The court, however, didn’t impose any cost.

The Calcutta high court on Friday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation filed earlier this month seeking the removal of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. (PTI FILE PHOTO.)

The Calcutta high court on Friday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation filed earlier this month seeking the removal of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. (PTI FILE PHOTO.)

Updated on Feb 18, 2022 05:53 PM IST

Ukraine crisis: Air India to operate flights on Feb 22, 24 and 26

However, the airline did not mention where in India the flights will take off from. On each date, one flight will depart for Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport.

An Air India commercial airliner (Image used only for representation)

An Air India commercial airliner (Image used only for representation)

Published on Feb 18, 2022 05:31 PM IST

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