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Updated on Feb 02, 2022 11:11 PM IST

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  • Feb 02, 2022 11:10 PM IST

    Chhattisgarh records 2,764 new Covid cases, 14 more deaths

    Chhattisgarh’s Covid-19 tally climbed to 11,31,868 after 2,764 new cases were reported on Wednesday. As many as 14 patients died and the toll is at 13,883.

  • Feb 02, 2022 10:12 PM IST

    Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer among multiple Covid positive players

    Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer among multiple Covid-19 cases reported in Indian camp according to reports.

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  • Feb 02, 2022 09:09 PM IST

    Delhi sees 3,028 new Covid-19 cases, 27 deaths in last 24 hrs

    Delhi reported 3,028 new Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours which pushed the national capital’s total confirmed cases to 1,835,979 and the death toll to 25,919. The active caseload stood at 14,870.

  • Feb 02, 2022 09:07 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 18,067 new Covid-19 cases; 1,121 in Mumbai

    With 18,067 new Covid-19 cases and 79 deaths, Maharashtra’s total caseload reached 7,753,548 and the death toll climbed to 142,784. Mumbai added 1,121 infections and 10 fatalities to the state’s tally. 

    So far, the capital city has reported 1,047,596 cases and 16,640 deaths. 

  • Feb 02, 2022 08:28 PM IST

    US to deploy 3,000 troops in eastern Europe, reports AFP

    The US would deploy 3,000 troops to support NATO forces in eastern Europe, reports AFP.

  • Feb 02, 2022 07:51 PM IST

    Congress releases list of star campaigners for Uttarakhand polls

  • Feb 02, 2022 07:14 PM IST

    ‘China has a clear plan, very serious threat to India’: Rahul Gandhi

    “China has a very clear plan and the foundations of it have been put in place in Doklam. It is a very serious threat to the Indian nation,” said Rahul Gandhi. 
    “What you have done is you have brought China and Pakistan together,” he added.

  • Feb 02, 2022 07:10 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi demands apology from home minister

    Rahul Gandhi demanded an apology from home minister Amit Shah over an alleged incident when a Congress delegation of politicians from Manipur went to meet him and were asked to take off their footwear. Gandhi also said Shah was wearing his. 

    “What does this mean? That person told me and sent me photo and I can show it to you. This is not the way to deal with the people of India,” he said. 

    Union minister Piyush Goyal called it a “very very ridiculous argument” against the home minister.

  • Feb 02, 2022 07:00 PM IST

    Govt not listening to people’s complaints, idea of ‘Shahenshah’ has come back: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi criticised the government for not listening to the people. He said that the idea of a `Shahenshah’ has came back. 

    “People can keep complaining about NEET, you do not listen. Farmers can sit for a year but the king doesn’t listen,” he said. 

  • Feb 02, 2022 06:56 PM IST

    To think India can be ruled with a stick is a ‘flawed vision’, says Rahul Gandhi

    “India is a union of states which means you can’t rule over a state. You have to have a conversation. You think you can suppress states but you have no idea what you are dealing with. You have no idea of history. You have an idea that India can be ruled with a stick but it’s a flawed vision,” said Rahul Gandhi.

  • Feb 02, 2022 06:54 PM IST

    84% people have gotten poorer due to Covid-19, GST: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi said that 84% people have gotten poorer due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and GST. “The impact of not helping poor during pandemic and gst is that 84% people have gotten poorer. UPA had taken people out of poverty , that’s not our statistic,” he added. 

    “You sent 23 crore people back into poverty. You keep talking about Make in India but you have finished it off by finishing small and medium industries,” he also said.

  • Feb 02, 2022 06:51 PM IST

    ‘President’s address had nothing about unemployment’: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi said that President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to Parliament’s budget session had “nothing about unemployment and that’s what the youth in India are worried about”.

    “Three crore young have lost their jobs but you said nothing about them,” he said.

  • Feb 02, 2022 06:48 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi says ‘there are now two Indias’

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the President’s address did not mention about three things. He said that there were now two Indias, one that is for the extremely rich.

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  • Feb 02, 2022 06:20 PM IST

    Kerala reports 52,199 new Covid-19 cases, active cases at 377,823

    Kerala logged 52,199 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths in the last 24 hrs, reports ANI. The active caseload reached 377,823.

  • Feb 02, 2022 05:37 PM IST

    ‘UP wants to end negative politics’: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said that the people of Uttar Pradesh wanted to end negative politics and start moving forward, reports ANI. 

    “UP public wants to end negative politics and start moving forward. This is a sugarcane region and farmers want a timely and increased subsidy, so they trust SP-RLD. Our alliance is true and will remove liars from government,” he said.

  • Feb 02, 2022 05:22 PM IST

    Govt not responsible for loss incurred by investors in private crypto: Finance secretary

    Finance secretary TV Somanathan said that private cryptocurrencies will never become legal tender in India and the government is not responsible for losses, if any, incurred by investors in such private digital assets, reports ANI. 

  • Feb 02, 2022 04:32 PM IST

    ‘We have done what we have said’: Rajnath Singh in Pilibhit

    Union defence minister Rajnath Singh, during a poll campaign speech in Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, said that the BJP has kept its promises, reports ANI. 

    “We have done what we have said whether it is article 370 or Ram Temple. We not only do development but also keep our cultural heritage alive. Today the size of our economy is over 3 trillion,” Singh said. 

  • Feb 02, 2022 03:49 PM IST

    NCP releases list of 24 star campaigners for Goa assembly polls

    The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) released a list of 24 star campaigners for the upcoming Goa assembly polls, reports ANI. 

  • Feb 02, 2022 03:06 PM IST

    Mayawati warns BSP supporters of ‘opinion and exit polls by media’

    The supporters of the BSP should remain vigilant against the opinion and exit polls ahead of the state assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, party leader Mayawati said.

    She also accused the media of being casteist.

  • Feb 02, 2022 03:03 PM IST

    ‘BJP casteist, capitalist; divides society in name of religion’: Mayawati

    Mayawati, during her speech, also criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for being “casteist and capitalist”. She said that the party divided people in the name of religion. 

    She accused the BJP of promoting private sector, preventing the benefits of reservation to the Dalits and also for increased crimes against backward sections of the society. 

  • Feb 02, 2022 03:00 PM IST

    Mayawati slams rival parties in poll speech, urges people to vote for BSP

    BSP leader Mayawati said urged the people to vote for her party in the upcoming elections and the other major parties in the fray.

    She alleged that the Congress doesn’t think about Dalits or women apart from election times while during Samajwadi Party’s regime, Dalits faced harassment.

  • Feb 02, 2022 02:42 PM IST

    Mayawati begins BSP’s campaign for UP Assembly elections from Agra

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has begun campaigning for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Addressing a public meet in Agra, Mayawati said even thought the BSP could not win any seat amongst nine Assembly seats of Agra district in the last elections held in 2017, the party had won 6 out of nine seats in 2007 and 2012 Assembly elections in the district.

    “Sixty percent of dalits in Agra are jatav who has remained solid vote bank of BSP unlike non jatav dalit vote who remain divided,” she added.

  • Feb 02, 2022 02:14 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee re-elected unopposed as TMC chairperson, says party’s secretary-general Partha Chatterjee

  • Feb 02, 2022 11:54 AM IST

    Budget focused on modernising agriculture, development in villages

    The budget also focused on modernizing Indian agriculture with a focus on organic farming. This will make farming more lucrative. Kisan drones and other machinery will be made available to the farmers at reasonable prices.

    The budget also focused on the development of villages at the border. NCC Centres will be brought in at schools situated at the border, the Prime Minister said. Read more

  • Feb 02, 2022 11:30 AM IST

    Budget has provisions to take India in direction of modernity: PM Modi

    “It is very important for us to make a self-reliant & modern India. This Budget has several important provisions to take India forward in the direction of modernity. India’s economy is expanding continuously due to the decisions taken in the last 7 years,” says PM Modi.

  • Feb 02, 2022 11:23 AM IST

    PM Modi addresses BJP workers day after Budget, says India will observe a new world order in post-Covid society

    There is a possibility of a new world order post-COVID pandemic. Today, the world’s perspective of looking at India has changed a lot. Now, the world wants to see a stronger India, says PM Narendra Modi while speaking on Union Budget 2022.

  • Feb 02, 2022 10:40 AM IST

    Watch: Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya rides bicycle to Parliament

  • Feb 02, 2022 10:18 AM IST

    Rajya Sabha observes silence to pay tribute to those who lost lives in Malaysia, Tonga

    Rajya Sabha Members observe silence in the memory of the people who lost their lives in heavy rainfall in Malaysia and volcanic eruption in Tonga.

  • Feb 02, 2022 09:59 AM IST

    Zydus begins supply of its 3-dose Covid vaccine ZyCov-D to Centre

    Zydus has started supplies of its three-dose COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D to Govt of India. The pharmaceutical company is also planning to make the vaccine available in the private market, the company issued a statement.

  • Feb 02, 2022 09:21 AM IST

    India logs 1,61,386 new Covid-19 cases, positivity drops under 10%

    India recorded a total of 1,61,386 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Active case count dropped to 3.90 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stood at 9.26 per cent.

    The number of deaths due to Covid-19 mounted to 1,733.

  • Feb 02, 2022 09:03 AM IST

    CPI(M) Rajya Sabha floor leader Elamaram Kareem gives notice, demands discussion on Pegasus

    CPI(M) floor leader in Rajya Sabha Elamaram Kareem has given notice under rule 267 to suspend the business and discuss the Pegasus issue amid recent reports revealing Government of India’s engagement with Israeli firm NSO and purchase of the spyware.

  • Feb 02, 2022 09:00 AM IST

    CPI MP Binoy Viswam gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha

    CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam has given suspension of business notice under rule 267 demanding discussion on Pegasus spyware, reports news agency ANI.

  • Feb 02, 2022 08:59 AM IST

    Parliament Budget session: Rahul Gandhi to be first to speak after President’s address

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is likely to be the first speaker in the debate on motion of thanks to the President’s address on Wednesday in Lok Sabha.

    According to ANI sources, 12 hours have been allotted to opposition parties to express their reply to the Presidential address during the motion of thanks in Lok Sabha. Congress has been allotted one hour out of the total 12 hours of opposition parties.

  • Feb 02, 2022 08:42 AM IST

    Jinnah Tower in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district painted in Tricolour

    Jinnah Tower in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. (ANI)
    Jinnah Tower in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. (ANI)

    The Jinnah Tower in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur has been painted in tricolour and arrangements will be made to hoist the national flag near it. The decision came after a controversy over its name. On January 26, Hindu Vahini activists tried to unfurl the national flag on the tower.

    “On the request of various groups, it was decided to decorate the tower with the tricolour and to construct a pole to hoist the national flag near the tower,” said Guntur East MLA Mohammed Musthafa, speaking to news agency ANI.

  • Feb 02, 2022 08:19 AM IST

    Delhi air quality remains ‘very poor’, overall AQI 343

    Air quality in Delhi remains in ‘very poor’ category with overall AQI at 343, in Noida (UP) in ‘very poor’ category with overall AQI at 358 & in Gurugram (Haryana) in ‘very poor’ category with overall AQI at 313, as per System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

  • Feb 02, 2022 07:06 AM IST

    ‘More like a manifesto’: Aaditya Thackeray on Union Budget

    “This budget looks more like a manifesto, In this budget mostly announcements are made & it will be important to see the outcome. Many cities are announced to be built as smart cities but no timeline has been given,” says Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on the Union Budget 2022.

  • Feb 02, 2022 07:04 AM IST

    ‘Unconditional apology’: Hindustani Bhau in court over student riots

    “We have tendered an unconditional apology in court. Our cause was right, we had come to support the students. Unfortunately, it was misused and it turned into a riot. We will cooperate in the police investigation,” said Mahesh Mulya, advocate of Vikas Fhatak alias Hindustani Bhau.

    Phatak has been sent to police custody by the court till February 4. 

    Dharavi Police arrested one more accused, Iqrar Khan Vakhar Khan. FIR under IPC Sec 353, 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty), 427, 109, 114(Abettor present when offence committed), 143(unlawful assembly), 145, 146 (rioting), 149, 188, 269, 270.

  • Feb 02, 2022 06:24 AM IST

    UP polls: PM Modi to address BJP workers of 403 assemblies today

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of all 403 assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh on “Atmanirbhar” (self-reliant) economy at 11am today.

Budget for a modern, self-reliant nation: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted the provisions and intention of the Union Budget presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, calling it one that would “take the country on the path towards modernisation”

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Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:49 PM IST

BSP chief begins drive, calls rivals ‘anti-Dalit’

Agra will go to the polls on February 10 in the first phase of elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly

Bahujan Samajwadi Party President Mayawati waves at the supporters at an election rally, ahead of the upcoming UP Assembly elections, in Agra, Wednesday. (PTI)

Bahujan Samajwadi Party President Mayawati waves at the supporters at an election rally, ahead of the upcoming UP Assembly elections, in Agra, Wednesday. (PTI)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:49 PM IST

Gujarat ATS invokes UAPA after 27-yr-old man killed over FB post

The ATS termed the murder of the man from a shepherd community at Dhandhuka in Ahmedabad district “an act of terror”.

On Wednesday, the ATS released a statement, saying that the murder of Kishan Bharwad (Boliya) was part of a “conspiracy” to “target all those who post anti-Islam stories” on social media or otherwise. (HT File/Representative use)

On Wednesday, the ATS released a statement, saying that the murder of Kishan Bharwad (Boliya) was part of a “conspiracy” to “target all those who post anti-Islam stories” on social media or otherwise. (HT File/Representative use)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:48 PM IST

ByDarshan Desai, Ahmedabad

Capital nears ‘green zone’ as positivity dips below 5%

New Delhi: As the Covid-19 positivity rate in the national capital dropped below the 5% mark for the first time in a month, officials in Delhi government’s health department said that the administration has decided to recommend the easing of the last set of curbs that still remain in place in the city

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Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:48 PM IST

1998 road rage case: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sidhu

A bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which had in September 2018 issued a notice to the cricketer-turned-politician, will consider the review petition filed by the family members of deceased Gurnam Singh, who lost his life in the incident.

Sidhu is a sitting MLA from the Amritsar East seat, and he has filed his nomination papers from the same seat for the upcoming election on February 14. (Shilpa Thakur)

Sidhu is a sitting MLA from the Amritsar East seat, and he has filed his nomination papers from the same seat for the upcoming election on February 14. (Shilpa Thakur)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:45 PM IST

Rajnath reaches out to farmers in Lakhimpur

Singh, who addressed the rally through a mobile phone after dense fog prevented his helicopter from landing in the district, was speaking just a week before assembly polls kick off in the crucial state

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh campaigns in Pilibhit on Wednesday. (ANI)

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh campaigns in Pilibhit on Wednesday. (ANI)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:43 PM IST

Centre issues new guidelines, parents’ nod not a must for kids to attend physical classes

The guidelines also focused on the smooth transition from online to classroom learning by preparing bridge courses, focusing on students who need extra interventions, ensuring that every student reads books beyond those in the syllabus, and implementing remedial programmes.

States and Union territories have been asked to add these modified guidelines in the existing school standard operating procedures (SoPs) for the reopening of schools issued by the Union health ministry in October 2020 and then in February last year. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

States and Union territories have been asked to add these modified guidelines in the existing school standard operating procedures (SoPs) for the reopening of schools issued by the Union health ministry in October 2020 and then in February last year. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:42 PM IST

‘Main Tamil hoon na’: Rahul Gandhi on mentioning Tamil Nadu in Lok Sabha speech

  • Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday spoke in Parliament during which he slammed the BJP-led central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the idea of ‘shahenshah (king)’ has come back in India.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha during the Budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. (ANI Photo/Sansad TV)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha during the Budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. (ANI Photo/Sansad TV)

Updated on Feb 02, 2022 11:26 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

After suspension of flights last year, Seaplane service to restart as bids open

Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (MEHAIR) won the bids on Tuesday and is likely to start seaplane operations on the Ahmedabad- Kevadia route in the next four months.

India’s first seaplane service began on October 31. But, the operations were suspended early 2021, just ahead of the second wave of Covid-19. (File/PTI)

India’s first seaplane service began on October 31. But, the operations were suspended early 2021, just ahead of the second wave of Covid-19. (File/PTI)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:17 PM IST

Major drowning of Chinese soldiers in 2020’s Galwan clash: Australian newspaper

In the early stages of the June 15-16 battle, many Chinese soldiers were killed while attempting to swim in the fast-flowing Galwan river in sub-zero temperature, an investigative report of The Klanon has claimed.

The brutal clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh pushed the India-China bilateral relationship to a breaking point. (CCTV footage grab via AP Video)

The brutal clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh pushed the India-China bilateral relationship to a breaking point. (CCTV footage grab via AP Video)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 10:40 PM IST

Four months on, TMC bandwagon faces reality check in Goa

Desertions, internal dissent and ‘second-hand’ candidates mar the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) claim of offering a ‘new dawn’ for Goa

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and tennis ace Leander Paes interacts with a fish seller during his 'NaveSakalichiBhasabhas' campaign in South Goa. (File/ANI)

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and tennis ace Leander Paes interacts with a fish seller during his ‘NaveSakalichiBhasabhas’ campaign in South Goa. (File/ANI)

Updated on Feb 02, 2022 10:21 PM IST

Indian plan to send wheat to Afghanistan back on track, shipment begins next week

Afghan ambassador Farid Mamundzay said India is going to deliver 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan in the next week or two, and the delivery will be completed in a month’s time

A top UN World Food Program official said in November that Afghanistan is facing a "tsunami of hunger," with the country on the verge of economic collapse and more than half of the population struggling to eat this winter. (AP File Photo)

A top UN World Food Program official said in November that Afghanistan is facing a “tsunami of hunger,” with the country on the verge of economic collapse and more than half of the population struggling to eat this winter. (AP File Photo)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 09:44 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi accuses Amit Shah of ‘indecency’, Himanta Biswa Sarma replies

Rahul Gandhi in his speech accused Amit Shah of political indecency talking about an incident of a Manipuri delegation being asked to remove their shoes inside Amit Shah’s house.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said Rahul Gandhi should be the last person to talk about political decency. (HT_PRINT)

Himanta Biswa Sarma said Rahul Gandhi should be the last person to talk about political decency. (HT_PRINT)

Published on Feb 02, 2022 09:12 PM IST

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