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Updated on Dec 30, 2021 10:30 PM IST

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  • Dec 30, 2021 10:30 PM IST

    Maharashtra Minister Balasaheb Thorat tests positive for Covid-19

    “My corona (Covid-19) test has come out positive. I do not have any symptoms, but I will take further treatment on the advice of my doctor. Anyone who came in contact with me should get tested. Appealing to everyone on this occasion, you should use a mask, be careful,” he said.

  • Dec 30, 2021 10:12 PM IST

    Red alert due to heavy rain in 4 districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpet

    A red alert has been issued for 4 districts of Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, & Chinglepet in view of heavy rainfall. Three people have died due to electrocution today, said state revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran.

    Earlier today, a 70-year-old man was electrocuted in Chennai when he came out of his and died on the spot. Two more deaths took place at other locations.

  • Dec 30, 2021 09:22 PM IST

    Arunachal Pradesh will always be integral part of India, MEA snubs report on China renaming places

    “Arunachal Pradesh has always been, and will always be an integral part of India. Assigning invented names to places in Arunachal Pradesh does not alter this fact,” said MEA in a statement in connection with reports that China has renamed some places in Arunachal Pradesh in its own language.

  • Dec 30, 2021 08:28 PM IST

    Delhi records huge jump in daily Covid cases, 1,313 infections logged in 24 hrs

    Delhi recorded a huge jump in daily Covid-19 cases, 1,313 infections logged in last 24 hours.

  • Dec 30, 2021 08:20 PM IST

    Maharashtra sees massive spike in Omicron count, 198 new cases today

    198 new cases of the Omicron variant were reported in Maharashtra, taking the total number to 450. So far, 125 patients have been discharged after undergoing RT-PCR tests.

  • Dec 30, 2021 08:13 PM IST

    Amir Subhani, 1987 batch IAS officer appointed Bihar’s new chief secretary

    Amir Subhani, 1987 batch IAS officer has been appointed Bihar’s new chief secretary.

  • Dec 30, 2021 07:58 PM IST

    Bengal’s Covid infections nearly double in 24 hours with 2,128 new cases

    West Bengal had registered 1,089 new cases on Wednesday, which was the biggest single-day spike till yesterday.

  • Dec 30, 2021 06:58 PM IST

    Covid +ve, asymptomatic int’l passengers can isolate at hotels: Delhi govt

    Delhi government says Covid positive and asymptomatic international passengers can also be sent to designated hotels.

  • Dec 30, 2021 06:11 PM IST

    Gujarat extends Covid curbs till January 7

    Gujarat government has announced extending Covid-19 restrictions from Dec 31 to Jan 7, announced state health minister Rushikesh Patel.

  • Dec 30, 2021 05:57 PM IST

    Mumbai Police cancels holidays, week offs tomorrow, city on high alarm

    All police holidays and weekly holidays have been cancelled tomorrow and every policeman posted in Mumbai will be on duty. Information was received that Khalistani elements could carry out terrorist attacks in the city, after which the Mumbai Police has been on alert, says Mumbai Police.

  • Dec 30, 2021 05:42 PM IST

    West Bengal decides to suspend all flights coming from UK to Kolkata airport from January 3

    West Bengal government has decided to suspend all flights coming from UK to Kolkata airport from January 3.

  • Dec 30, 2021 05:12 PM IST

    Emergency meeting of Covid-19 Task Force by Maharashtra CM Thackeray begins

    The emergency meeting of Maharashtra COVID-19 Task Force called by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray begins in a virtual mode.

  • Dec 30, 2021 04:56 PM IST

    Precautionary vaccine dose to mitigate Covid severity, says Centre

    Precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccine is primarily to mitigate severity of infection, hospitalisation, death, says ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava.

  • Dec 30, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    Maharashtra, Delhi among 6 emerging as states/UTs of concern: Health ministry

    Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat are emerging as states/UTs of concern on the basis of weekly Covid-19 cases and positivity, the health ministry said at the press briefing, as quoted by PTI. Read more

  • Dec 30, 2021 04:21 PM IST

    Weekly positivity rate more than 10{a78e43caf781a4748142ac77894e52b42fd2247cba0219deedaee5032d61bfc9} in 8 districts across India, says health ministry

    “The weekly positivity rate of more than 10{a78e43caf781a4748142ac77894e52b42fd2247cba0219deedaee5032d61bfc9} is being noted in 8 districts including 6 districts from Mizoram, one from Arunachal Pradesh, Kolkata in West Bengal. The weekly case positivity rate is between 5-10{a78e43caf781a4748142ac77894e52b42fd2247cba0219deedaee5032d61bfc9} in 14 districts,” says Union health secretary Luv Agrawal.

  • Dec 30, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Omicron to spread like fire, you won’t even know if next person in infection, says Dr Gupta

    “Reportedly, 70 per cent of Omicron patients are asymptomatic, and with the variant’s high transmissibility, it’s going to spread like fire once it gets into the community because you won’t know if the next person is infected,” said Dr Naresh Gupta, director and professor of Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College, while speaking to ANI.

  • Dec 30, 2021 03:19 PM IST

    Govts of past looted Uttarakhand with both hands: Modi

  • Dec 30, 2021 02:34 PM IST

    PM Modi lays foundation stone of 23 developmental projects in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani

    PM Narendra Modi inaugurates and lays the foundation stone of 23 developmental projects worth 17,500 crore in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.

  • Dec 30, 2021 01:56 PM IST

    Health secretary writes to 8 states, advises strengthening of Covid-19 measures

    Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to Delhi, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Jharkhand and advised the states to enhance Covid-19 testing, strengthen hospital-level preparedness, and increasing the pace and coverage of vaccination, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 30, 2021 01:54 PM IST

    PM Modi arrives in Haldwani, Uttarakhand

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, to inaugurate and lay the foundation of various developmental projects, reports ANI.

  • Dec 30, 2021 01:47 PM IST

    Delhi Covid-19 norms: Over 89 lakh collected in fines, 67 FIRs filed since Dec 29

    The Delhi government said that more than 89 lakh has been collected in fines and as many as 67 FIRs were registered from December 29 for the violation of Covid-19 protocols in the national capital after the ‘yellow alert’ restrictions came into effect, reports ANI.

  • Dec 30, 2021 12:25 PM IST

    All parties agreed for holding UP elections on time, says election commission

    Chief election commissioner Sushil Chandra said that the representatives of all political parties met with the election commission of India and said that polls should be conducted on time following all Covid-19 protocols, reports ANI.

  • Dec 30, 2021 12:10 PM IST

    Uddhav Thackeray to chair Maharashtra Covid-19 task force meeting

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a virtual meeting of the state’s Covid-19 Task Force today, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 30, 2021 11:01 AM IST

    Close to half of Covid-19 cases in Delhi are of Omicron variant: Health minister Jain

    Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that 46{a78e43caf781a4748142ac77894e52b42fd2247cba0219deedaee5032d61bfc9} of the total Covid-19 cases in the capital are of Omicron variant as per the latest genome sequencing results, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 30, 2021 10:34 AM IST

    3 Omicron patients in UP so far, need to be alert as Covid cases flaring up in Delhi, NCR: Official

    The Additional Chief Secretary for health, Uttar Pradesh, Amit Mohan Prasad said that the Covid-19 infections in Delhi and the National Capital Region have been increasing and Uttar Pradesh needs to be alert in view of the same, reports ANI.

    He also said that the state has reported three cases of the new variant so far and out of 115 samples which were sent for genome sequencing, 112 have returned positive for Delta variant. 

  • Dec 30, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    India reports 13,154 new Covid-19 cases, 268 deaths in 24 hours

    India reported 13,154 new Covid-19 cases and 268 related deaths in the last 24 hours. Active caseload up by 5,400 to reach 82,402.

  • Dec 30, 2021 09:22 AM IST

    Raipur police arrest Kalicharan Maharaj for alleged inflammatory speech

    The Raipur Police have arrested Kalicharan Maharaj from Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, for alleged inflammatory sppech derogating Mahatma Gandhi, reports ANI.  

  • Dec 30, 2021 08:49 AM IST

    Centre extends AFSPA in Nagaland for 6 more months 

    Days after the Centre formed a committee to study the removal of AFSPA from Nagaland, the ministry of home affairs extended the act in the state for six more months from today (December 30).

  • Dec 30, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    Houseboat tourism resumes in Kerala after long pause

    Houseboat tourism resumed in Kerala’s Kottayam after a long gap, reports ANI. However, houseboat employees expressed concern about the thin footfall and the looming threat of the Omicron variant. 

  • Dec 30, 2021 07:58 AM IST

    126 tiger deaths recorded across country in 2021

    As many as 126 tiger deaths were recorded from across the country in 2021, reports ANI citing the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

  • Dec 30, 2021 06:34 AM IST

    6 JeM terrorists killed in 2 separate encounters in J&K

    Jammu and Kashmir police said that as many as six terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammed group were killed in two separate encounters in Anantnag and Kulgam. The police also said that two among those killed were Pakistani nationals and two were locals, while the identification of the remaining two was being carried out. 

126 tiger deaths recorded in India in 2021: NTCA

  • A tiger was found dead in Chhindwara of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, taking this year’s toll in the state to 44. According to reports, two days ago, a tigress died in the state’s Dindori area allegedly due to poisoning.

An official from the NTCA said the number of tiger deaths has increased in 2021, and investigations are ongoing.(Photo by Sangita Mani)

An official from the NTCA said the number of tiger deaths has increased in 2021, and investigations are ongoing.(Photo by Sangita Mani)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 09:35 PM IST

PTI | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Piyush Jain’s tax liabilities not settled, probe is still on: finance ministry

The finance ministry statement said some reports suggested that Piyush Jain has deposited 52 crore as tax dues as if the department agreed with Jain’s deposition and finalised the tax liability accordingly.”

Cash and sandalwood recovered from businessIman Piyush Jain's residence during a raid conduct by the team of GST Intelligence, in Kannauj on Monday. (Arshad Khan)

Cash and sandalwood recovered from businessIman Piyush Jain’s residence during a raid conduct by the team of GST Intelligence, in Kannauj on Monday. (Arshad Khan)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 09:34 PM IST

Major Omicron spike: 198 cases recorded in Maharashtra, tally reaches 450

Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday held an emergency meeting of the Maharashtra Covid task force in view of the worsening Covid situation in the state. Schools will not be closed as of now, health minister Rajesh Tope said. 

Passengers wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus arrive at Dadar railway station in Mumbai, Thursday.(PTI)

Passengers wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus arrive at Dadar railway station in Mumbai, Thursday.(PTI)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 08:29 PM IST

J&K Police’s SIA books Hurriyat leader, 8 others for ‘selling’ MBBS seats

  • Several people, including some Hurriyat leaders, were hand in glove with some educational consultancies and were “selling” Pakistan-based MBBS seats and seats in other professional courses in colleges and universities.

Police sources said they have inputs that a number of foreign militants are currently active in north Kashmir districts. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)

Police sources said they have inputs that a number of foreign militants are currently active in north Kashmir districts. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 08:10 PM IST

Pro-Kannada organisations withdraw tomorrow’s Karnataka bandh

Leaders of several Kannada outfits under the leadership of Vatal Nagaraj, the leader of the Kannada Okkuta, met Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai this evening, ahead of withdrawing the bandh. 

Karnataka CM Basavarj Bommai(HT_PRINT)

Karnataka CM Basavarj Bommai(HT_PRINT)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 08:09 PM IST

Omicron pushes Covid tally: 4-digit Covid cases in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata

India’s surge is also believed to be driven by Omicron, but this variant can be detected only through genome sequencing and that’s why experts said it will take time to confirm Omicron’s role.

Tourists on the Ridge ahead of New Year 2022 celebrations, amid concern over rising Omicron cases, in Shimla.(PTI)

Tourists on the Ridge ahead of New Year 2022 celebrations, amid concern over rising Omicron cases, in Shimla.(PTI)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 07:30 PM IST

‘Done deal’: Philippines allocates funds to buy India’s BrahMos missile system

The Philippines government recently allocated 2.8 billion pesos ($55.5 million) for initial funding for the BrahMos cruise missile

A team from the Philippine Navy visited the production unit of BrahMos Aerospace in Hyderabad earlier this month as part of the process to acquire the BrahMos cruise missile system jointly developed by India and Russia. (HT File Photo)

A team from the Philippine Navy visited the production unit of BrahMos Aerospace in Hyderabad earlier this month as part of the process to acquire the BrahMos cruise missile system jointly developed by India and Russia. (HT File Photo)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 06:34 PM IST

‘India’s Covid surge could be…’: What Centre says on question of 3rd wave

“The present R-value in India is 1.22 which means cases are increasing and not shrinking. Deaths are stable in India as of now which is reassuring,” Dr Paul said. 

The Centre on Thursday said the Covid situation in the country has worsened in the last 3-4 days but there is nothing to worry. (ANI)

The Centre on Thursday said the Covid situation in the country has worsened in the last 3-4 days but there is nothing to worry. (ANI)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 06:31 PM IST

DGGI rubbishes ‘tax liability’ claim about Kanpur trader Piyush Jain

Kanpur-based perfume trader Piyush Jain’s arrest on December 26 led to a major war of words between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the challenger Samajwadi Party (SP) in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGI) team recover gold and cash after raiding a residence of businessman Piyush Jain, on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGI) team recover gold and cash after raiding a residence of businessman Piyush Jain, on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 06:24 PM IST

Precautionary dose to mitigate hospitalisation, not prevent Covid-19: Centre

  • ICMR director-general Dr Balram Bhargava said that use of masks should be properly followed and mass gatherings should be avoided to contain the spread of Covid-19.

ICMR DG Dr. Balram Bhargava addressing a press conference on Covid-19 in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)

ICMR DG Dr. Balram Bhargava addressing a press conference on Covid-19 in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)

Published on Dec 30, 2021 06:07 PM IST

Augment public transport while travel restrictions continue, say experts

  • Transport experts say that there is a need to make short and long term plans to address these challenges in order to stop public transport users from switching to personal vehicles

The Delhi government currently has a fleet of over 6,700 Delhi Transport Corporation and cluster buses(Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

The Delhi government currently has a fleet of over 6,700 Delhi Transport Corporation and cluster buses(Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Updated on Dec 30, 2021 05:20 PM IST

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