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  • Dec 01, 2021 08:42 PM IST

    Amit Shah welcomes Manjinder Singh Sirsa to BJP

    “I welcome Manjinder Singh Sirsa to BJP. Placing his trust in the BJP’s resolve for the welfare of the Sikh community, under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, he joined the party. I believe that his joining will further strengthen this resolve,” news agency ANI quoted Union home minister Amit Shah as saying.

  • Dec 01, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    World War 2-era bomb explodes in Munich injuring 3, reports AP

    A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring three people, one of them seriously, AP quoted German police as saying.

  • Dec 01, 2021 06:31 PM IST

    Chennai airport slashes RT-PCR test from 900 to 700

    The Chennai airport on Wednesday slashed RT-PCR test price from 900 to 700 amid Omicron Covid-19 variant scare.

  • Dec 01, 2021 06:09 PM IST

    Act to repeal farm laws may be called ‘Farm Laws Repeal Act, 2021, Centre says

    The Act to repeal farm laws may be called ‘Farm Laws Repeal Act, 2021, the Centre said on Wednesday.

  • Dec 01, 2021 05:54 PM IST

    Time to ‘think about mandatory vaccination’, says EU chief

    It is time for the European Union to “think about mandatory vaccination” against Covid, AFP quoted European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen as saying on Wednesday. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 05:34 PM IST

    Akali Dal’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa joins BJP ahead of Punjab elections

    Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Wednesday joined the BJP in the presence of Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, reported news agency ANI.

  • Dec 01, 2021 04:36 PM IST

    Nigeria detects first case of omicron variant from October, reports AP

    Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a sample it collected in October, news agency AP quoted the country’s national public health institute as saying on Wednesday.

  • Dec 01, 2021 04:19 PM IST

    Delhi Police summons Rajasthan CM’s officer on special duty for interrogation in phone tapping case, reports PTI

    The Delhi Police has summoned Rajasthan CM’s officer on special duty for interrogation in phone tapping case, reported news agency PTI.

  • Dec 01, 2021 03:50 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia confirms first case of Omicron in Gulf

    Saudi Arabia has recorded the Gulf’s first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a citizen returning from North Africa, a health ministry official said Wednesday. Read more

  • Dec 01, 2021 02:49 PM IST

    Decision on date of resumption of international flights in due course: DGCA

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday said it will notify its decision regarding the date of resumption of scheduled commercial international airline services to/from India in due course. 

    It also said that the situation is being closely-watched in view of emergence of new Covid-19 variant.

  • Dec 01, 2021 02:36 PM IST

    US and Russian foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine, reports AFP citing officials

    US and Russian foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine, reports AFP citing officials.

  • Dec 01, 2021 02:30 PM IST

    If all regional parties come together..: Mamata’s pitch to defeat BJP

    “If all regional parties come together, then it will be easy to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party,” news agency ANI quoted West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as saying on Wednesday, during an interaction with civil society members in Mumbai.

  • Dec 01, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    15 new Covid-19 cases found in 2 nursing colleges in Tumkur, Karnataka

    In Karnataka’s Tumkur district, 15 new Covid-19 cases were detected in two nursing colleges, reports ANI citing the district health officer.

  • Dec 01, 2021 01:30 PM IST

    Depression likely to form on Dec 2, to develop into cyclone, reach AP-Odisha coast on Dec 4: IMD 

    The India Meteorological Department has issued a pre-cyclone alert for North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast, in which it said that a depression is likely to form on Thursday and is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm on December 3. It will move further northwest and reach Andhra Pradesh – Odisha coast around December 4 morning.

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    Omicron: Nigeria confirms first case

    Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, confirmed its first identified case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:22 PM IST

    Omicron alert: Ranchi airport begins Covid-19 testing of all passengers

    In view of the Omicron variant, the Ranchi airport in Jharkhand has begun testing all arriving passengers for Covid-19, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:17 PM IST

    Delhi govt slashes VAT to 19.40%, petrol gets cheaper by 8 per litre

    Delhi government slashed the VAT on petrol from 30% to 19.40% that would reduce petrol prices by 8 per litre, reports ANI. The new rates would come in to effect from midnight today.

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:13 PM IST

    PM Modi to visit Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on Dec 4, inaugurate projects worth 18,000 crore

    PM Narendra Modi is set to visit Dehradun, Uttarakhand and lay foundation stone for multiple projects worth around 18,000 on December 4, reports ANI citing his office. The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor to be built at a cost of around 8300 crore is among the list of projects. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 11:54 AM IST

    Anil Deshmukh, Sachin Vaze appear before commission to probe corruption allegations

    Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze appeared before the Chandiwal Commission, formed to probe corruption allegations made by former Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 10:11 AM IST

    PM Modi wishes people of Nagaland on Statehood Day

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the people of Nagaland on Statehood Day. “On the special occasion of Nagaland’s Statehood Day, greetings to the wonderful people of the state. Naga culture personifies valour and humane values. The people of Nagaland are making rich contributions to India’s growth. I pray for Nagaland’s progress in the years to come,” he tweeted.

  • Dec 01, 2021 09:45 AM IST

    Plea in SC seeks future censoring on Kangana Ranaut’s social media post

    A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court against actor Kangana Ranaut that sought future censoring of all social media posts by the actor in order to maintain law and order in the country, reports ANI.

  • Dec 01, 2021 09:30 AM IST

    India reports 8,954 new Covid-19 cases, 267 deaths in 24 hours, active cases fall below 100,000

    India reports 8,954 new Covid-19 cases and 267 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active caseload fell by 1,520 cases, went below the 100,000-mark and stood at 99,023.

  • Dec 01, 2021 09:16 AM IST

    Pulwama encounter: 2 terrorists killed, identification being ascertained, say police

    Kashmir police said that two terrorists were killed during the encounter in Qasbayar area of Pulwama, Kashmir. The forces are trying to ascertain the identities of the militants. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 08:42 AM IST

    Delhi air quality in ‘very poor’ category, AQI recorded at 362

    The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded at at 362 (overall) and it remained in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 08:15 AM IST

    ‘Work towards ensuring people affected live without discrimination, stigma’: Mandaviya on World Aids Day 2021  

    “On #WorldAIDSDay, let us all pledge to work towards ensuring that people infected with & affected by HIV/AIDS lead a normal life sans discrimination and social stigma,” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

  • Dec 01, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    Bengal CM to meet Sharad Pawar in Mumbai today 

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, currently on a visit to Mumbai, is scheduled to meet Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar today.

  • Dec 01, 2021 06:48 AM IST

    70-year-old priest killed by suspected thieves in Jalore, Rajasthan

    In Jalore, Rajasthan, a 70-year-old priest was beaten to death inside his hut near a temple by suspected thieves on Monday night, reports ANI citing the police.

    “Postmortem was conducted and the body handed over to his family. Police teams have been formed to nab the accused,” DSP (Bhinmal) Shankar Lal said.

  • Dec 01, 2021 06:25 AM IST

    Encounter breaks out between police, militants in Pulwama, Kashmir

    An encounter broke out between the police, security forces and militants in Qasbayar area of Pulwama, Kashmir, during the early hours today, the police said. 

6 test Covid positive on Day 1 of new guidelines, samples sent for Omicron test

The Centre’s new travel guidelines came into effect on Wednesday. It calls for stringent checking of passengers arriving from countries designated as ‘at-risk’ nations. On the first day of implementation of these guidelines, 11 flights arrived from these countries.

Passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday, on the first day of Centre's travel guidelines.(ANI Photo)

Passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday, on the first day of Centre’s travel guidelines.(ANI Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 08:46 PM IST

EU special envoy on Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson visits New Delhi

Security ties between India and the European Union have been on the upswing in recent years in areas ranging from the Indo-Pacific to maritime security.

Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla met EU special envoy Tomas Niklasson on Wednesday and exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan. (TWITTER/@MEAIndia.)

Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla met EU special envoy Tomas Niklasson on Wednesday and exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan. (TWITTER/@MEAIndia.)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 08:42 PM IST

122 new Kendriya Vidyalayas set up in last five years: Centre

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed Parliament that between 2016 and 2021, 122 new KVs have been set up across the country.

The Kendriya Vidyalayas Sangathan, an autonomous body under the ministry of education, runs 1,248 KVs across the country. As many as 1,43,7363 students are benefiting from these schools. (ANI PHOTO.)

The Kendriya Vidyalayas Sangathan, an autonomous body under the ministry of education, runs 1,248 KVs across the country. As many as 1,43,7363 students are benefiting from these schools. (ANI PHOTO.)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 08:12 PM IST

Looked impossible, but Kashi Vishwanath Corridor almost complete, say officials

Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in March, 2019. Over 300 buildings were purchased and demolished to create the space for the project. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has inspected the work on it three dozen times.

The spacious corridor will connect Ganga and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

The spacious corridor will connect Ganga and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 07:53 PM IST

Chennai airport revises rate for Covid-19 RT-PCR test. Check details

  • The detection of the new variant has once again rattled the health community as they fear it will dampen all the efforts made to slow down the pandemic.

The detection of the new variant has once again rattled the health community as they fear it will dampen all the efforts made to slow down the pandemic. (Representative image)(Bloomberg)

The detection of the new variant has once again rattled the health community as they fear it will dampen all the efforts made to slow down the pandemic. (Representative image)(Bloomberg)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 07:50 PM IST

Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Only govt can resolve’: Akali Dal’s Delhi leader explains why he joined BJP

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the Akali leader who joined the BJP on Wednesday, lamented that the Sikh community couldn’t even get one university in the past 70 years “due to our weak leadership”.

Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa joins BJP in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP president J P Nadda and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi (PTI)

Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa joins BJP in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP president J P Nadda and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi (PTI)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 08:09 PM IST

Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa joins BJP ahead of Punjab polls

  • A prominent face of the Akali Dal in the national capital, Manjinder Singh Sirsa quit as president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) hours before joining the BJP.

A prominent face of the Akali Dal in the national capital, Manjinder Singh Sirsa quit as president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) hours before joining the BJP.(HT file photo)

A prominent face of the Akali Dal in the national capital, Manjinder Singh Sirsa quit as president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) hours before joining the BJP.(HT file photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 07:35 PM IST

Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pakistan issues visas to Indian pilgrims to visit Shadani Darbar in Sindh

Pakistan said last year 44 Indian pilgrims visited Pakistan to participate in celebrations marking the 312th birth anniversary of Shadaram Sahib from December 15 to December 21.

Pakistan has it has issued visas to Indian pilgrims who will visit a temple in the Sindh province. (Reuters File Photo)

Pakistan has it has issued visas to Indian pilgrims who will visit a temple in the Sindh province. (Reuters File Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 07:09 PM IST

Three killed in explosion at fireworks factory in Bengal village

The factory was located inside a residential building in a densely populated area, said a local police officer. The village is located around 45 km to the south of Kolkata.

Local people said the house belonged to Ashim Mondal. It was damaged in the explosion which also set the building on fire. The bodies were badly charred. (GETTY IMAGES.)

Local people said the house belonged to Ashim Mondal. It was damaged in the explosion which also set the building on fire. The bodies were badly charred. (GETTY IMAGES.)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 07:05 PM IST

These southern states to get above normal rainfall from Dec till Feb: IMD

  • The IMD has predicted below normal rainfall in states and Union territories in the northwestern part of India owing to which average temperature is expected to be normal in Haryana, Punjab and west Rajasthan during the winter months between December and February.

The IMD has issued a cyclone alert in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh due to the formation of cyclone Jawad on the morning of December 4. (HT File/Representative use)

The IMD has issued a cyclone alert in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh due to the formation of cyclone Jawad on the morning of December 4. (HT File/Representative use)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 07:02 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Centre red-flags Maharashtra’s 4 new Covid rules for flyers, wants them scrapped

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan told Maharashtra to align its Covid-19 guidelines for air travellers to the ones issued by the Centre on November 30 .

The four Covid-19 testing and quarantine conditions identified by the Union health ministry are more stringent than the cnentral guidelines notified a few hours before Maharashtra issued its version. (REUTERS)

The four Covid-19 testing and quarantine conditions identified by the Union health ministry are more stringent than the cnentral guidelines notified a few hours before Maharashtra issued its version. (REUTERS)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 05:38 PM IST

Terror-related incidents down in J&K after abrogation of Article 370, says govt

Union minister Nityanand Rai said that from August 05, 2019 to November 22, 2021 (841 days since the abrogation), 496 terror-related incidents have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir. This is down from 843 such incidents reported in a same span of time before the abrogation.

A policeman on guard in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.(AFP File Photo)

A policeman on guard in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.(AFP File Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 05:33 PM IST

Centre says no data on farmers’ death, so no compensation

This is the second time the Union government has informed Parliament it had no information on farmers’ death at various protest sites. During Parliament’s Monsoon Session too held during July-August, the government had said it did not have any such data.

Farm unions have claimed nearly 700 farmers lost their lives during the protests and their pending demands include compensation as well as withdrawal of all criminal cases lodged against protesting farmers. (AFP PHOTO.)

Farm unions have claimed nearly 700 farmers lost their lives during the protests and their pending demands include compensation as well as withdrawal of all criminal cases lodged against protesting farmers. (AFP PHOTO.)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 05:31 PM IST

‘Baba chief minister’: Akhilesh ridicules Yogi ahead of UP polls

  • Akhilesh Yadav, who is also the former UP chief minister, asked the people if they wanted the “Yogi government or a yogya (capable) government”.

Akhilesh Yadav remarks came ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly election which has incited a war of words among the opposing parties. (PTI PHOTO.)

Akhilesh Yadav remarks came ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly election which has incited a war of words among the opposing parties. (PTI PHOTO.)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 05:29 PM IST

Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, Lucknow

200 e-Emergency X-visas issued to Afghans till Nov 24: Govt informs Parliament

Afghanistan came under the control of the Taliban in August this year as US troops left the war-torn country. Thousands of Afghans fled from the country after Taliban takeover and sought asylum in nearby countries, including India. 

A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters File Photo)

A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters File Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 05:14 PM IST

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