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Updated on Dec 31, 2021 09:44 PM IST
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Dec 31, 2021 09:44 PM IST
Delhi records jump in Covid-19 cases with 1,796 new infections
Dec 31, 2021 08:58 PM IST
Tamil Nadu restricts malls, theatres at 50% capacity till Jan 31
Amid rising COVID cases, Tamil Nadu Govt announces new restrictions effective till Jan 31 — malls, jewellery & textile shops, malls, theatres, beauty parlours, showrooms, amusement parks, and metro trains to operate at 50% capacity.
Dec 31, 2021 07:54 PM IST
Maharashtra minister Yashomati Thakur tests positive for Covid-19
Maharashtra Minister Yashomati Thakur says she has tested positive for Covid-19. The minister says she is asymptomatic and requests all who came in contact with her to get tested.
Dec 31, 2021 07:44 PM IST
Maharashtra reports massive spike in Covid infections, over 8,000 new cases in last 24 hours
Maharashtra reports 8,067 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 4 Omicron cases; 1,766 recoveries, and 8 deaths today.
Active cases stands at 24,509 while the total recoveries are 65,09,096.
Dec 31, 2021 06:36 PM IST
Sikkim announces Covid restrictions till January 10
Sikkim announces new restrictions till January 10, 2022 amid Omicron threat.
Pubs, discos, cinema halls, restaurants, fast food centres, bakeries, gymnasiums, barbershops, spas, and salons to operate with only 50% of seating capacity.
Dec 31, 2021 06:14 PM IST
Mumbai’s Dharavi reports 34 fresh Covid-19 cases, as per BMC data
34 fresh COVID19 cases reported in Dharavi in the last 24 hours, active cases in the area rise to 95, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Dec 31, 2021 05:10 PM IST
Karnataka logs 23 new Omicron cases, including 19 foreign returnees
“23 new cases of Omicron confirmed in Karnataka today, of which 19 are international travellers from USA, Europe, Middle East and Africa,” says state health minister Dr Sudhakar K.
Dec 31, 2021 04:21 PM IST
No proposal to extend ITR filing due date: Govt
There is no proposal to extend the date for income tax return filing, says Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj, Govt of India
Dec 31, 2021 03:39 PM IST
GST on textile to remain at 5%, announces Sitharaman
The GST Council meeting has decided to retain the status quo on GST rate on textile to 5% and not raise it to 12%. The issue of GST rate on textile will be sent to the tax rate rationalization committee which will submit its report by February, announces FM Nirmala Sitharaman. Read more
Dec 31, 2021 03:36 PM IST
Kerala’s Omicron tally rises, 44 new cases recorded in last 24 hours
Kerala records 44 fresh confirmed cases of Omicron, taking total cases of the coronavirus variant to 107 in the state, says Kerala Health Minister Veena George.
Dec 31, 2021 03:00 PM IST
Omicron has started replacing Delta variant in India, reports ANI quoting official sources
Dec 31, 2021 02:24 PM IST
Section 144 in Mumbai extended till Jan 15 in view of Omicron
Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC extended in Mumbai till Jan 15. Mumbai Police prohibits citizens from visiting beaches, open grounds, sea faces, promenades, gardens, parks, or similar public places, from 5pm to 5am.
Dec 31, 2021 01:33 PM IST
Centre to defer GST hike on textiles from 5% to 12%
The GST council has decided to defer the hike in GST rate on textiles from 5% to 12%.
Dec 31, 2021 01:27 PM IST
Serum Institute applies for full authorisation of Covishield
Serum Institute Of India has applied to the country’s drug regulator and the health ministry for full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, the company’s chief executive said on Friday.
Dec 31, 2021 12:53 PM IST
Omicron is the main Covid variant in France
An official told news agency AFP on Friday that Omicron is the main Covid-19 variant in France.
Dec 31, 2021 12:40 PM IST
Covid-19 weakening in Uttar Pradesh, but vigilance necessary: CM Yogi
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday Covid-19 is weakening in the state and urged people to not worry about the coronavirus pandemic situation. Read more
Dec 31, 2021 12:29 PM IST
Puducherry to observe night curfew till January 31
The Puducherry government said on Friday that a night curfew has been imposed in the Union Territory till January 31.
Dec 31, 2021 11:25 AM IST
Nirmala Sitharaman chairs 46th GST council meet
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday chaired the 46th meeting of the Central Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in New Delhi. Read more
Dec 31, 2021 11:11 AM IST
Waterlogging reported in parts of Chennai after heavy rains
Dec 31, 2021 10:57 AM IST
Delhi’s air quality in ‘very poor category’
The national capital’s air quality slipped to the very poor quality on Friday. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the AQI was at 308 during morning hours.
Dec 31, 2021 10:09 AM IST
Bihar reports first case of Omicron variant; patient recently visited Delhi
Bihar has reported its first Omicron case in a 26-year-old man as the coronavirus variant continues to spread at an alarming rate across India. Read more
Dec 31, 2021 10:01 AM IST
Protesting doctors call off strike after meeting with police
The protesting doctors belonging to the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) called off the strike following a meeting with the police, reports ANI.
“We had a meeting with Joint CP last night. Withdrawal of FIR process started (in connection with ITO protest). After 12 pm today we will call off our strike against the delay in NEET 2021 counselling,” said Dr Manish, president of FORDA.
He also said that patients were suffering and many surgeries have been deferred due to which the strike has been called off.
Dec 31, 2021 09:40 AM IST
1,270 Omicron cases in India, Maharashtra adds 450 to tally
The number of Covid-19 cases pertaining to the Omicron variant in the country stood at 1,270, according to the Union health ministry. Maharashtra and Delhi with 450 and 320 cases respectively, added the most to the national tally.
Dec 31, 2021 09:23 AM IST
India sees major surge in daily Covid tally with 16,764 cases
India’s daily tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) surged for a third straight day after 16,764 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the caseload to 34,838,804.
Dec 31, 2021 08:52 AM IST
Nirmala Sitharaman to chair 46th meeting of GST Council today
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will on Friday chair the 46th meeting of the GST Council in Delhi. The meeting will be attended by MoS finance Pankaj Chaudhary, Dr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, and finance ministers of States and Union Territories (UTs).
Dec 31, 2021 07:58 AM IST
Amit Shah in Ayodhya today, to visit temples and address rally
Union home minister Amit Shah will be in Ayodhya on Friday where he will pay a visit to Ram Lalla and the Hanumangarhi temple and address a rally to bolster the Bharatiya Janata Party’s position ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year. Read more
Dec 31, 2021 07:34 AM IST
Mizoram reports 243 new Covid-19 cases; tally over 141,000
Dec 31, 2021 06:45 AM IST
Arvind Kejriwal to lead AAP’s ‘Shanti March’ in Punjab’s Patiala today
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will take out a ‘Shanti March’ in Punjab’s Patiala on Friday, which comes days after the state witnessed the Ludhiana district court bombing and the sacrilege attempt at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Read more
Dec 31, 2021 06:18 AM IST
Spain sees record surge in daily Covid cases at 161,688
Daily tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Spain saw a record surge after 161,688 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday.
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More waves will come, Omicron fortunately less severe: Gagandeep Kang
The important thing to remember about third and other waves is that there will be a third or fourth or fifth, Dr Gagandeep Kang said.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 09:26 PM IST
News updates from HT: Fever, body ache to be treated as Covid, says Centre
- Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 09:02 PM IST
HT THIS DAY: January 1, 2000 — Hostages home, happy new year; tearful reunions at Delhi airport
Moving scenes were witnessed as the hostages were reunited with their family members. Some of the released passengers had to be rushed straight to hospitals as they needed immediate medical attention. While one plane carrying 101 passengers landed shortly before 9 p m. the second aircraft arrived 10 minutes later.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 07:57 PM IST
All cases of fever, bodyache to be tested for Covid: Centre lists 8 symptoms
Any individual presenting with fever with/without cough, headache, sore throat, breathlessness, bodyache, recent loss of taste or smell, fatigue and diarrhoea should be considered as suspect case of Covid-19 unless proven otherwise by confirmation or another etiology, the Centre said.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 07:18 PM IST
Govt will not extend Dec 31 deadline for filing I-T returns: Revenue Secretary
Even as the filing will continue till Friday midnight, the ITR numbers have already crossed 5.62 crore by Friday afternoon as compared 4.93 crore figure achieved on December 31, 2020.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 07:12 PM IST
Two foreign-controlled mobile cos could face action for violating law: Govt
The CBDT said search action revealed that two companies have made remittances in the nature of royalty, to and on behalf of their group companies located abroad, which aggregates to more than ₹5,500 crore.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:45 PM IST
India’s Covid vaccination coverage exceeds 145 crore, Mandaviya lauds feat
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 announced Covid-19 vaccine doses for children aged 15 and above from January 3 onwards, and “precaution dose” (booster dose) for healthcare and frontline workers, and those aged 60 with comorbidities from January 10 onwards.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:33 PM IST
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Chinese embassy’s letter to MPs triggers strong reaction
The Chinese embassy, in a letter to some of the members of the All-Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet, expressed concern over their attendance at the event and asked them to refrain from providing support to Tibetan forces.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:25 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A TIME OF CHURN: HEALTH CRISIS TO FARM CHAOS
2021 will be remembered for the second wave of the pandemic and the harsh lessons it held for the government, politicians and citizens. The year of the once-in-a-generation health crisis also saw a strong political fightback from regional parties, and a farm agitation that forced a retreat…
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:22 PM IST
Reading a virus: From Alpha to Omicron
A sense of hope dominated the last few months of 2020 after the first coronavirus vaccines were approved and administered in some parts of the world
Updated on Dec 31, 2021 06:08 PM IST
MHA issues advisory against cybercriminals offering ‘Free Omicron Test’
“Cybercriminals are taking advantage of lowering of cyber defences due to the shift of focus to the health crisis.” read an advisory issued by MHA.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 05:48 PM IST
How the dreaded Suresh Pujari was caught after 15 years
- A man that they had been tracking since 2018 was finally being deported by the Philippines government, after the Manila police had arrested him in October — an arrest that was a direct result of the CBI investigation
Published on Dec 31, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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Kerala adds 44 more Omicron cases, state tally climbs to 107
Kerala detected the first case of the new variant on December 7 and the number of infections crossed 100 in less than a month. Experts said Omicron cases are likely to peak in the state in two months.
Published on Dec 31, 2021 05:40 PM IST