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  • Feb 12, 2022 10:51 PM IST

    Biden, Putin end hour-long call on Ukraine, reports AFP

  • Feb 12, 2022 09:56 PM IST

    Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin begin high-stakes call on Ukraine, reports AP

    US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have begun their closely watched call on Ukraine as the US warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine may be imminent, reports AP.

  • Feb 12, 2022 09:09 PM IST

    Delhi reports 920 new Covid-19 cases, 13 deaths in last 24 hrs

    Delhi reported 920 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours as the total caseload there reached 18,50,516 and the death toll climbed to 26,060. Daily positivity rate was at 1.68% and the city also has 4,331 active cases.

  • Feb 12, 2022 07:43 PM IST

    Maharashtra logs 4,359 new Covid-19 cases, 32 deaths in last 24 hrs

    Maharashtra saw 4,359 new Covid-19 cases and 32 fatalities in the last 24 hours pushing the state’s caseload to 78,39,447 and the death toll to 1,43,387.

  • Feb 12, 2022 07:40 PM IST

    Bihar to lift all Covid related curbs from Feb 14, CM Nitish Kumar says

     

    All Covid-19 curbs will be revoked from February 14 in the state of Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar announced. 

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  • Feb 12, 2022 07:37 PM IST

    TMC constitutes 19-member national working committee

    The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has constituted a national working committee with 19 members including party leaders Abhishek Banerjee, Amit Mitra, Partha Chatterjee, Yashwant Sinha, and Firhad Hakim, reports ANI citing senior leader Partha Chatterjee.

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  • Feb 12, 2022 07:35 PM IST

    Mumbai reports 349 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths

    With 349 new Covid-19 cases and three more deaths, Mumbai’s total caseload so far reached 10,53,762 cases and the death toll climbed to 16,682, data from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) showed. The city has 2,925 active cases. 

  • Feb 12, 2022 07:24 PM IST

    Election Commission allows foot marches in poll-bound states in accordance with guidelines of respective SDMAs

    The Election Commission of India allowed foot marches in the five poll-bound states  with limited number of persons as mandated by the SDMAs in the respective states.

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  • Feb 12, 2022 06:59 PM IST

    Himanta Sarma continues attack against Rahul Gandhi, calls him ‘modern day Jinnah’

  • Feb 12, 2022 05:43 PM IST

    Industrialist Rahul Bajaj to be cremated with full state honours, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

    Industrialist Rahul Bajaj will be cremated with full state honours, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said.

  • Feb 12, 2022 04:42 PM IST

    Industrialist and Padma Shri awardee Rahul Bajaj passes away

    Industrialist and Padma Bhushan awardee Rahul Bajaj passed away on Saturday at the age of 83 at a private hospital in Pune.

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  • Feb 12, 2022 04:10 PM IST

    Navjot Singh Sidhu denies infighting in Punjab Congress

    Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu denied any infighting within the party’s state unit, reports ANI. 

    “Where is the internal infighting in Congress? Rahul Gandhi has given a decision and we all have welcomed it. No one has any issue with the high command’s decision,” he said. 

  • Feb 12, 2022 04:09 PM IST

    Covid-19: Tamil Nadu extends restrictions till Mar 2, allows primary classes to reopen

    Tamil Nadu extended Covid-19 related restrictions till March 2 while allowing kindergarten and play schools to reopen. The ban on gatherings would continue and maximum attendance has been capped at 200 for marriages and related events and at 100 for deaths and funerals. 

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  • Feb 12, 2022 03:13 PM IST

    BJP, allies release manifesto for Punjab polls

    The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in Punjab – Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) – release their manifesto for the Punjab Assembly polls in Jalandhar, reports ANI.

  • Feb 12, 2022 03:07 PM IST

    Russia to reduce diplomatic staff in Ukraine, reports AFP 

    Russia said that it would cut back on its diplomatic staff in Ukraine, reports AFP.

  • Feb 12, 2022 01:22 PM IST

    Hijab row: Karnataka suspends classes for pre-university students

    Karnataka government suspends classes for pre-university students in the state from 12th to 15th February 2022, the state primary and secondary education department announced.

  • Feb 12, 2022 12:29 PM IST

    West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar prorogues state Assembly from Feb 12

    West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar prorogues the State Legislative Assembly with effect from 12th February 2022.

  • Feb 12, 2022 12:03 PM IST

    Punjab polls: AAP CM face Bhagwat Singh Mann holds roadshow in Dhuri

    Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministerial candidate for Punjab Bhagwant Singh Mann holds a roadshow in Dhuri.

  • Feb 12, 2022 11:11 AM IST

    ‘Motivated comments on internal issues not welcome’: MEA issues statement on hijab row

    “A matter regarding dress code in some educational institutions in Karnataka is under judicial examination by Karnataka High Court…Motivated comments our internal issues aren’t welcome,” MEA issues a statement on comments by some countries on dress code in some educational institutions in Karnataka.

  • Feb 12, 2022 10:15 AM IST

    US set to evacuate embassy in Ukraine ahead of possible Russian invasion, reports AP citing officials

    The United States has asked its citizens to leave Ukraine in the next 48 hours and is all set to evacuate the US embassy in the country ahead of possible invasion by Russia, reported news agency AP citing officials.

  • Feb 12, 2022 10:01 AM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir: 3 terrorists arrested in Sopore district

    Three active Al-Badr terrorists were arrested in Dangiwacha area of Sopore District by police; arms and ammunition recovered.

  • Feb 12, 2022 09:06 AM IST

    India reports 50,407 new Covid cases, 804 deaths in 24 hours

    India reported a slight dip in coronavirus infections with 50,407 new Covid-19 cases and 804 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Feb 12, 2022 07:51 AM IST

    Polling begins for municipal corporation election in West Bengal

  • Feb 12, 2022 07:07 AM IST

    West Bengal civic polls: Preparations underway, voting to begin shortly

  • Feb 12, 2022 06:12 AM IST

    Earthquake of 4.1 magnitude strikes near Uttarkashi

    An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter Scale occurred around 05:03:34 IST, today at 39km east of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, stated the National Centre of Seismology.

  • Feb 12, 2022 06:01 AM IST

    Low intensity bomb goes off outside NPP worker’s house in Manipur

    A low-intensity bomb went off in front of the residence of a worker of the National People’s Party (NPP) in the Imphal East district of Manipur around 8pm on Friday. No casualties have been reported.

Andhra police burn 200 tonnes of cannabis worth 500 crore as part of Operation Parivartan

The narcotic plant is grown extensively in the north coastal Andhra districts of Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. The tribal areas of Visakhapatnam bordering Odisha are known for huge quantities of cannabis cultivation, from where it is smuggled to different parts of the country.

The Andhra Pradesh police set fire to over 200 tonnes of processed cannabis (ganja) at Koduru village near Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)

The Andhra Pradesh police set fire to over 200 tonnes of processed cannabis (ganja) at Koduru village near Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)

Updated on Feb 12, 2022 11:52 PM IST

Dynasts sleepless after first phase of Uttar Pradesh elections: PM Modi in Kannauj

KANPUR: Taking a swipe at the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the “parivarvaadis” (dynasts) had lost their sleep and were unable to dream anymore after the first phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh, and the voters have realised that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the antidote to rioters and criminals in the state

Kannauj: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally, ahead of the second phase of UP Assembly polls, in Kannauj, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_12_2022_000109A) (PTI)

Kannauj: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally, ahead of the second phase of UP Assembly polls, in Kannauj, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_12_2022_000109A) (PTI)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:52 PM IST

‘Motivated comments’: MEA on foreign criticism amid hijab row

A statement issued by external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi referred to comments by ‘some countries’ on dress code in educational institutions in Karnataka, but didn’t name any one

Karnataka has been rocked by the issue, with Muslim girls seeking to assert their right to wear the hijab in educational institutes (PTI)

Karnataka has been rocked by the issue, with Muslim girls seeking to assert their right to wear the hijab in educational institutes (PTI)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:47 PM IST

India’s daily new Covid cases dip below 50,000

New Delhi
After a gap of 40 days, the daily Covid-19 case tally in India dropped below the 50,000-mark on Saturday, as case numbers around the country in the third wave of the viral outbreak continued to contract

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Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:46 PM IST

China failed to honour pact: India at Quad meet

New Delhi
India and Australia on Saturday pushed back against China’s criticism of the Quad as a tool to provoke confrontation, and said the grouping has a positive agenda of ensuring peace and stability so that countries in the region are free from the threat of coercion or intimidation

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Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:46 PM IST

NCB seizes 800kg drugs in 1st operation on high seas

The operation was conducted jointly with the Indian Navy beyond India’s exclusive economic zone in the Arabian sea.

The NCB had specific intelligence inputs that two large boats carrying a large quantity of narcotics were headed from the Arabian sea towards Gujarat or Mumbai (Representative use)

The NCB had specific intelligence inputs that two large boats carrying a large quantity of narcotics were headed from the Arabian sea towards Gujarat or Mumbai (Representative use)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:37 PM IST

ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

India and Australia to work jointly on trusted supply chains: Jaishankar

The ministers addressed the media after holding the annual India-Australia foreign ministers’ framework dialogue and the maiden cyber framework dialogue.

External affairs minister Dr. S Jaishankar speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Australian foreign minister Marise Payne in Melbourne on Saturday. (ANI)

External affairs minister Dr. S Jaishankar speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Australian foreign minister Marise Payne in Melbourne on Saturday. (ANI)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:36 PM IST

Woman raped in Delhi-bound train, 1 arrested

A 21-year-old woman from Delhi was raped by a manager of a pantry car in a moving Bengaluru-Delhi Sampark Kranti express on Friday night, according to Government Railway Police

A 21-year-old woman from Delhi was raped by a manager of a pantry car in a moving Bengaluru-Delhi Sampark Kranti express (Representative use)

A 21-year-old woman from Delhi was raped by a manager of a pantry car in a moving Bengaluru-Delhi Sampark Kranti express (Representative use)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:36 PM IST

Rahul Bajaj: Pioneer who charted his own path

Bajaj’s iconic reign at Bajaj Auto began amid tumult when Piaggio refused to renew a licence to manufacture its scooters in India.

Rahul Bajaj was also the most vocal supporter of Indian industry and a key member of the Bombay Club, which lobbied against the abrupt opening up of the economy to multinational companies. (ANI)

Rahul Bajaj was also the most vocal supporter of Indian industry and a key member of the Bombay Club, which lobbied against the abrupt opening up of the economy to multinational companies. (ANI)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:35 PM IST

Odisha girl dies by suicide after parents force her to attend offline classes

After the disruption to the academic schedule due to Covid-19, the Board of Secondary Education had reduced the syllabus of classes 9 and 10 by more than 33 per cent and unveiled a scheme of assessment for the session 2021-22 both for classes 9 and 10 students under which internal assessments would be done by the class/subject teachers periodically.

A class 10 student in Malkangiri district of Odisha died on Saturday, a day after she consumed pesticide. (HT FILE PHOTO.)

A class 10 student in Malkangiri district of Odisha died on Saturday, a day after she consumed pesticide. (HT FILE PHOTO.)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:33 PM IST

Impact of ragas on humans among proposals selected for government funding

The other proposals include devising an automated system to answer questions on the Ramayana, looking at the connection between the neeti shastras (scriptures dealing with issues of principle and law) and modernity, and devising a prototype of sustainable settlements based on the prescriptions of vastu shastra, an Indian framework for architecture.

The outcome of these research projects will be published in peer-reviewed journals. (Representative use)

The outcome of these research projects will be published in peer-reviewed journals. (Representative use)

Updated on Feb 12, 2022 11:42 PM IST

KCR defends Rahul Gandhi, demands dismissal of Assam CM for controversial comment

Taking a dig at the majority-minority divide, KCR pointed out that no country would prosper if the people were divided on religious lines.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday demanded the immediate dismissal of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for making derogatory remarks about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI PHOTO.)

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday demanded the immediate dismissal of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for making derogatory remarks about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI PHOTO.)

Updated on Feb 12, 2022 11:14 PM IST

Day after students asked to wear uniform instead of burqa, villagers attack Murshidabad school

Locals alleged that on Friday the headmaster of the school had told the students to wear the school uniform instead of burqas. On Saturday morning, more than a hundred villagers surrounded the school and demanded that the headmaster be handed over to them.

Late on Saturday evening police managed to rescue the teachers and headmaster of the Murshidabad school, who were locked up inside the school, amid stone pelting by villagers. (SCREENGRAB.)

Late on Saturday evening police managed to rescue the teachers and headmaster of the Murshidabad school, who were locked up inside the school, amid stone pelting by villagers. (SCREENGRAB.)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 10:21 PM IST

Amid internal rift, Mamata Banerjee forms new 20-member national working committee

Prominent names which were there in the previous list but have been dropped from the new list released on Saturday include TMC MPs Derek O Brien and Saugata Roy. The 2017-list included Suvendu Adhikari. He joined the BJP in December 2020 ahead of the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly polls.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Saturday set up a new 20-member national working committee of the party. (HT PHOTO.)

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Saturday set up a new 20-member national working committee of the party. (HT PHOTO.)

Published on Feb 12, 2022 09:32 PM IST

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