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Updated on Dec 29, 2021 10:44 PM IST

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  • Dec 29, 2021 10:44 PM IST

    Manipur imposes night curfew from 9pm to 4am amid Omicron surge

    Manipur govt imposes night curfew from 9pm to 4am in view of new Omicron cases. Music concerts, Thabal Chongba, celebratory feasts, large gatherings in indoor spaces have been restricted.

  • Dec 29, 2021 10:41 PM IST

    India, Philippines soon to sign BrahMos missile deal

    India is expected to soon get export order from Philippines for BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. 

    “India and Philippines are in an advanced stage of negotiations over the sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. Export order likely to be placed soon,” government sources told news agency ANI.

  • Dec 29, 2021 09:44 PM IST

    Karnataka reports 5 new Omicron cases in last 24 hours

    5 new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Karnataka today. All positive persons have been isolated and primary and secondary contacts have been identified and tested, says Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar.

  • Dec 29, 2021 09:41 PM IST

    Full vaccination or negative RT-PCR report mandatory for entry into Dehradun

    Dehradun administration mandates negative COVID certificate not older than 72 hours for entry into the district.

    “Full vaccination certificate or negative COVID certificate not older than 72 hours is required for entry into Dehradun,” says district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar.

  • Dec 29, 2021 09:31 PM IST

    Rajasthan mandates vaccination for entering public places from Jan 31

    Rajasthan cabinet on Wednesday made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for entering public places from January 31 onwards.

  • Dec 29, 2021 09:15 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 85 new Omicron cases, state tally touches 252; surpasses Delhi

    Maharashtra reports 85 new Omicron cases, state tally touches 252; surpasses Delhi.

  • Dec 29, 2021 08:53 PM IST

    UP govt renames Jhansi railway station as Virangana Lakshmibai station, reports ANI

    Uttar Pradesh government has issued notification to rename Jhansi Railway Station as Virangana Lakshmibai Railway Station.

  • Dec 29, 2021 08:40 PM IST

    India’s Covid-19 vaccinations cross 143 crore mark, 57 lakh jabs administered today

    India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the 143 crore mark today with more than 57 lakh vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today, according to the government data.

  • Dec 29, 2021 08:03 PM IST

    Delhi’s daily Covid-19 caseload nears 1000-mark with 923 fresh infections, positivity rate at 1.29%

  • Dec 29, 2021 06:54 PM IST

    Madras high court bans liquor sales for 3 hours on New Year’s night in Puducherry

    Madras high court orders ban on liquor sales for three hours – from 10pm to 1am – on New Year’s night in Puducherry.

  • Dec 29, 2021 05:32 PM IST

    DDMA decides to maintain yellow alert; govt in ‘wait and watch’ mode

    The DDMA has decided to not impose ‘amber’ alert in Delhi even though the positivity rate has gone above 1%.

    More curbs will not be immediately imposed. Govt is in ‘wait and watch’ mode. Read more

  • Dec 29, 2021 05:12 PM IST

    PM Modi to release 10th installment of financial aid for farmers under PM-KISAN scheme on January 1

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 10th installment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on 1st Jan at 12:30 pm via video conferencing, announced his office.

  • Dec 29, 2021 04:51 PM IST

    Delhi LG chairs review meeting over Covid-19 situation, CM Kejriwal also present

    In view of rising Covid-19 cases in Delhi, Lt Governor Anil Baijal chairs a review meeting (virtual) with Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also present at the meeting.

  • Dec 29, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Indian Army to give access to Nagaland’s SIT for recording statements in connection to firing incident, reports ANI

    The Indian Army will provide access to Nagaland’s Special Investigation Team to record statements of the troops involved in the incidents in which 14 civilians lost their lives in Mon district of Nagaland. The unit is located in Jorhat district of Assam, news agency quoted official sources. Read full story

  • Dec 29, 2021 03:13 PM IST

    Rajasthan reports 23 Omicron cases, 4 returned from abroad

    Rajasthan on Wednesday reported 23 cases infected with the Omicron variant of Covid19, which include four who returned from abroad.

    Till date, 69 cases of this variant have been found, including the 23 cases reported today. Of the total 46 detected earlier, 44 have recovered.

  • Dec 29, 2021 02:44 PM IST

    NCP MP Supriya Sule, husband test positive for Covid-19

    NCP MP Supriya Sule and her husband tested positive for Covid-19.

  • Dec 29, 2021 01:29 PM IST

    NPP leader Letpao Haokip joins BJP

    National People’s Party leader Letpao Haokip on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi. “I think that under the leadership of PM Modi, the Northeast region and Manipur will be developed,’ he said.

  • Dec 29, 2021 01:10 PM IST

    Karnataka CM likely to review Covid-19 containment measures

    Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday indicated that he is likely to review the Covid-19 containment measures announced by his government, including the “night curfew”, in the wake of opposition from businesses, reported news agency PTI.

  • Dec 29, 2021 12:23 PM IST

    ED files 7,000-page supplementary chargesheet in money laundering case against Anil Deshmukh

    The Enforcement Directorate has named former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh as the main accused in the 7,000-page supplementary chargesheet filed in a money laundering case in a Mumbai court, reported news agency ANI. The chargesheet also names the minister’s sons in the case. 

  • Dec 29, 2021 11:57 AM IST

     

    Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain says Covid-19 cases have gone up due to arrival of international passengers

    Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday that the Covid-19 positivity rate is the city is around 1 per cent, adding the cases have increased with the arrival of international flights. 

    “Not a single Omicron patient has required oxygen support so far,” he added.

  • Dec 29, 2021 11:29 AM IST

    Earthquake of magnitude 5.9 near Crete felt in some Egyptian cities

    An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude that hit the Greek island of Crete was felt in some Egyptian cities, Reuters quoted the country’s National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics as saying on Wednesday.

  • Dec 29, 2021 11:07 AM IST

    Chennai Police restrict New Year’s celebrations in hotels and public places

    Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian on Wednesday said that Chennai Police has put restrictions on New Year’s celebrations in hotels and public places. He added that chief minsiter MK Stalin has called a review meeting on the Covid-19 sitution in the state on December 31.

  • Dec 29, 2021 10:44 AM IST

    Delhi resident doctors continue their strike against delay in NEET-PG counselling

    Resident doctors from government-run Safdarjung hospital in Delhi have continued their strike against the delay in NEET-PG counselling. 

    Speaking to news agency ANI, a patient’s relative said, “We’re facing problems in getting medical treatment here, but the doctors are raising valid demands after working through Covid-19 pandemic.”

  • Dec 29, 2021 09:38 AM IST

    India reports 9,195 fresh Covid-19 cases in a major spike; Omicron count climbs to 781

    India has reported 9,195 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to Union health ministry data on Wednesday. The active cases in the country currently stand at 77,002. 

    The country’s Omicron tally has further climbed to 781.

  • Dec 29, 2021 08:30 AM IST

    Amit Shah to lay foundation of developmental projects worth 49.36 crores in Gandhinagar today

    Union home minister Amit Shah will on Wednesday virtually lay the foundation of various developmental projects worth 49.36 crores in Gandhinagar, his parliamentary constituency, in Gujarat. The program will be held at 1.20 pm, according to news agency ANI. Read more

  • Dec 29, 2021 06:51 AM IST

    Coronavirus cases surge across Australia as omicron spreads

    Coronavirus cases surged across Australia on Wednesday as an outbreak of the omicron variant spread, with new infections in Sydney and surrounding parts of New South Wales state skyrocketing to more than 11,000, up from 6,000 a day earlier, reported news agency AP.

  • Dec 29, 2021 06:36 AM IST

    PM to hold Council of Ministers meet today; Omicron, assembly polls on agenda

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday hold a Council of Ministers meeting amid rising cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. The meeting is expected to take place at 4pm, according to Hindustan Times’ sister publication Livehindustan. Read more

Assam Rifles havildar who escorted Dalai Lama in India in 1959 dies, laid to rest

Naren Chandra Das was the lone surviving warrior of the Assam Rifles among a band of seven bravehearts who had successfully escorted and accompanied His Holiness Dalai Lama to Indian soil in 1959, said AR director general Lt Gen PC Nair.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama met Assam Rifles trooper Naren Chandra Das after 58 years in 2017, and invited him as a guest of His Holiness at the Tibetan Government-in-Exile headquarters in Himachal Pradesh’s Mcleodganj the following year (Twitter/@official_dgar)

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama met Assam Rifles trooper Naren Chandra Das after 58 years in 2017, and invited him as a guest of His Holiness at the Tibetan Government-in-Exile headquarters in Himachal Pradesh’s Mcleodganj the following year (Twitter/@official_dgar)

Published on Dec 29, 2021 10:11 PM IST

Hyderpora encounter: ‘Speculative’ remarks will invite legal action, warns SIT

In a statement, the SIT in-charge, DIG Sujit K Singh, said the probe team came across posts on social media from some political leaders and family members of the deceased casting “doubts upon the evidence obtained by the SIT so far”.

Relatives of Mudasir Gul, one of the civilians killed in the Hyderpora encounter, protest against the deaths. (HT file photo)

Relatives of Mudasir Gul, one of the civilians killed in the Hyderpora encounter, protest against the deaths. (HT file photo)

Updated on Dec 29, 2021 09:24 PM IST

Defence ministry restricts import of 351 more items for ‘Make in India’ push

The list of 351 items that face import curbs from December 2022 is the third such list issued by the defence ministry in 16 months as part of efforts to make India a hub for developing and manufacturing military hardware.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that a positive indigenisation list of sub-systems & components has been notified by the Department of Defence Production as part of the MoD’s efforts to achieve self-reliance in defence manufacturing. (ANI)

Defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that a positive indigenisation list of sub-systems & components has been notified by the Department of Defence Production as part of the MoD’s efforts to achieve self-reliance in defence manufacturing. (ANI)

Published on Dec 29, 2021 08:00 PM IST

Maharashtra imposes New Year curbs: Know what’s allowed and what’s barred

  • Several restrictions have been announced in the state for New Year celebrations in view of the rapidly rising Covid-19 cases.

No new year celebrations allowed in Mumbai, restrictions across the state too. (Photo: Manoj Verma/ HT (For representational purposes only))

No new year celebrations allowed in Mumbai, restrictions across the state too. (Photo: Manoj Verma/ HT (For representational purposes only))

Published on Dec 29, 2021 07:12 PM IST

PM Modi to release 10th installment of PM-KISAN financial benefit on January 1

The ninth installment of PM-KISAN scheme was released by the Prime Minister in August this year when he virtually transferred 19,500 crore to over 9.75 crore farmers. As the name suggests, PM-KISAN is for families involved in farming.

PM Modi will release the financial benefit of over <span class=

PM Modi will release the financial benefit of over 20,000 crore under PM-KISAN.(PTI File Photo)

Published on Dec 29, 2021 06:25 PM IST

BJP accuses SP of trying to incite violence during Modi’s Kanpur rally

Patra alleged the people, who allegedly vandalised the vehicle have been identified as SP’s student workers including national secretary Sachin Kesarwani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inauguration of various developmental projects in Kanpur. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inauguration of various developmental projects in Kanpur. (PTI)

Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:56 PM IST

Will help resume mining, says Goa CM on new policy to export iron ore dumps

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said an estimated 10 to 20 million metric tonnes of low-grade iron ore was lying at different locations outside the mining leases, and could sustain mining activity in Goa for the next four to five years.

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said the cabinet decision will pave the way for the resumption of mining activity that has been shuttered since 2018 after the Supreme Court deemed Goa’s mining lease renewals to be illegal and cancelled them. (Twitter/@DrPramodPSawant)

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said the cabinet decision will pave the way for the resumption of mining activity that has been shuttered since 2018 after the Supreme Court deemed Goa’s mining lease renewals to be illegal and cancelled them. (Twitter/@DrPramodPSawant)

Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:15 PM IST

A food delivery army is being prepped to cater to orders on New Year’s Eve!

From increasing the number of chefs to shifting employees to help in food packaging and delivery, restaurants, home chefs and food delivery partners are doing it all to ensure your meal reaches you in time on December 31st.

New Year’s eve 2020 saw a massive surge in food delivery orders. Keeping that in mind, restaurants and food delivery partners are upping their delivery game this time around, as night curfew in some cities will compel people to order in food. (Photo: Shutterstock (For representational purposes only))

New Year’s eve 2020 saw a massive surge in food delivery orders. Keeping that in mind, restaurants and food delivery partners are upping their delivery game this time around, as night curfew in some cities will compel people to order in food. (Photo: Shutterstock (For representational purposes only))

Updated on Dec 29, 2021 04:17 PM IST

ByAnjuri Nayar Singh, New Delhi

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