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Updated on Dec 15, 2021 09:46 PM IST
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Dec 15, 2021 09:33 PM IST
Tamil Nadu confirms first case of Omicron Covid-19 variant
Tamil Nadu health minister M Subramanian has confirmed the first case of Omicron Covid-19 variant in the southern state.
Dec 15, 2021 09:19 PM IST
Kerala reports four fresh Omicron cases
Kerala has reported four new Omicron cases. With this, the state’s tally climbed up to five.
Dec 15, 2021 07:59 PM IST
Maharashtra detects 4 new cases of Omicron variant
Maharashtra detects four new cases of Omicron variant. Two cases are from Osmanabad district, one from Mumbai and one from Buldhana district.
Dec 15, 2021 07:36 PM IST
Rakesh Tikait welcomed by farmers in Meerut
Farmers leader Rakesh Tikait was welcomed by farmers in Meerut upon his return from Delhi earlier today after the repeal of the three farm laws
Dec 15, 2021 06:08 PM IST
Kolkata’s Durga Puja inscribed on UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Heritage list’
Kolkata’s Durga Puja has been inscribed on the UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Heritage list’.
Dec 15, 2021 05:55 PM IST
RBI imposes penalty of ₹30 Lakh on ICICI Bank
The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of ₹30 lakhs on ICICI Bank Ltd for non-compliance with its directions on ‘levy of penal charges on non-maintenance of minimum balances in savings bank accounts’, reports news agency ANI.
Dec 15, 2021 05:45 PM IST
Portion of Singhu border reopens for light vehicles
The portion of NH-44 at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) that was shut for over a year due to farmers’ protest reopened for light vehicles. “The highway is still closed for heavy vehicles & the repair work is underway to reopen it completely,” Sonipat DC Lalit Siwach said, according to news agency ANI.
Dec 15, 2021 05:21 PM IST
Ahead of UP polls, CM Yogi announces increase in monthly allowance of village pradhans
Ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced increase in the monthly allowance of village pradhans and other panchayat representatives, people familiar with the development said on Wednesday.
Dec 15, 2021 04:55 PM IST
PM Modi to address ongoing summit on natural & zero-budget farming in Gujarat tomorrow
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday address the ongoing summit on natural and zero-budget farming being held in Gujarat, news agency ANI quoted Bharatiya Janata Party general secreatry Arun Singh as saying.
Dec 15, 2021 04:26 PM IST
Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine can be used as a booster, reports AFP
The European Union regulator has said that Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine can be used as a booster shot, reported news agency AFP.
Dec 15, 2021 04:24 PM IST
Uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen critical tackle the pandemic: Rajesh Bhushan
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today held a virtual meeting with States/UTs to review preparedness regarding medical oxygen.
“Uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen in sufficient quantity is of critical importance to tackle the pandemic,” Bhushan said.
Dec 15, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Semi conductor chips will be designed, manufactured in India: Ashwini Vaishnaw
Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that semi conductor chips will be designed, manufactured and developed in India. “Cabinet has approved budget for that,” people familair with the matter quoted Ashwini Vaishnaw as saying. Also read
Dec 15, 2021 03:12 PM IST
Cabinet has sanctioned ambitious project to establish complete ecosystem of semiconductors: Anurag Thakur
Union minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said the Cabinet has sanctioned an ambitious project to establish a complete ecosystem of semiconductors and display manufacturing.
He added, “ ₹76,000 crores will be spent on this project in 6 years.”
Dec 15, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holds Tiranga Yatra in Jalandhar
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held a Tiranga Yatra in Jalandhar, ahead of the upcoming Punjab assembly election slated for 2022.
Dec 15, 2021 02:44 PM IST
West Bengal reports 1st case of Omicron variant
West Bengal has reported its first case of Omicron after a 7-year-old boy tested positive for the new coronavirus variant, PTI reported on Wednciting the state’s health department.
Dec 15, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Omicron to be dominant variant by mid-January, reports AP citing EU official
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that Omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January.
Dec 15, 2021 02:28 PM IST
3 Union ministers to brief cabinet at 3pm
Union ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will brief cabinet at 3pm at the National Media Centre in Delhi.
Dec 15, 2021 02:16 PM IST
PM Modi to participate in Homage and Reception Ceremony of Swarnim Vijay Mashaals at National War Memorial
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in Homage and Reception ceremony of Swarnim Vijay Mashaals at National War Memorial on 16 December: Prime Minister’s Office
Dec 15, 2021 02:09 PM IST
Mumbai NCB raids multiple locations after arrest of foreigner for smuggling narcotics
Mumbai NCB raids underway at three places following the arrest of a foreign national for smuggling of narcotics, yesterday.
Dec 15, 2021 01:33 PM IST
At least 9 killed after bus falls into stream in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari
At least 9 people have died after a bus fell into a stream in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
Dec 15, 2021 01:00 PM IST
PM Modi condoles Coonoor crash survivor Group Captain Varun Singh’s demise
Dec 15, 2021 12:43 PM IST
Group Captain Varun Singh, sole survivor of IAF chopper crash, succumbs to injuries, informs IAF
“IAF is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on 08 Dec 21. IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family,” the Indian Air Force said in a statement.
Dec 15, 2021 12:29 PM IST
Supreme Court junks Maharashtra’s petition to make 2011 caste census public
Supreme Court junks Maharashtra government’s petition to make public the 2011 caste census data. SC says it can’t entertain a petition by the state when the Union Govt has maintained that the data is unusable and is fraught with mistakes.
Dec 15, 2021 11:26 AM IST
Calcutta HC refuses to stay upcoming municipal corporation elections
Dec 15, 2021 11:09 AM IST
Our movement is suspended, not withdrawn: Tikait at Delhi-UP border
“I am thankful to everyone who has been with us. I also extend my gratitude to the people who ran langars, villagers who brought essentials for us. Talks underway with the Centre after withdrawal of 3 farm laws. Our movement is suspended, not withdrawn,” BKU leader Rakesh Tikait tells news agency ANI.
Dec 15, 2021 10:28 AM IST
WATCH | Farmer celebrate as they leave protest site on Delhi-UP border
Farmers celebrate as they leave their protest site in Kaushambi at the Delhi-UP border. The year-long protest was called off by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) after the Centre revoked the three contentious farm laws on the first day of Parliament winter session.
Dec 15, 2021 08:54 AM IST
Finance minister Sitharaman to begin pre-Budget consultations with stakeholders today
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will begin her pre-Budget consultations with different stakeholder groups from today with the first meeting with the experts of agriculture and agro-processing industry. The meetings will be held virtually.
Dec 15, 2021 08:53 AM IST
Watch | President Kovind leaves for Dhaka for Bangladesh’s 50th Victory Day celebrations
President Ram Nath Kovind has left for Dhaka for a state visit to Bangladesh. He will attend Bangladesh’s 50th Victory Day celebrations as the guest of honour.
Dec 15, 2021 08:33 AM IST
Anti-corruption raid at AIADMK minister’s residence, offices in Tamil Nadu
Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption raid former AIADMK minister P Thangamani’s residence and office at more than 60 places including Erode, Namakkal in Tamil Nadu.
Dec 15, 2021 07:54 AM IST
Fire breaks out at godown in Thane’s Bhiwandi, fire tenders reach spot
A fire broke out at the godown of a complex in Thane’s Bhiwandi area, this morning. Four fire tenders rushed to the spot. No one injured, says Thane Municipal Corporation.
Dec 15, 2021 07:46 AM IST
US House passes bill to ban goods made with forced labour from China’s Xinjiang, reports Bloomberg
US House of Representatives have passed bill approving approved Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that economically sanctions goods made with forced labor from China’s Xinjiang and sold to the United States, Bloomberg reported.
Dec 15, 2021 07:41 AM IST
Barricades clear up at Delhi’s Singhu border as farmers end year-long stir
The Delhi Police on Tuesday dismantled almost all barricades at the Singhu border that were erected to prevent the protesting farmers from moving towards the national capital.
Farmers started leaving the protest site on the Delhi-Haryana border on Saturday after the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) suspended the agitation following the repeal of the Centre’s three farm laws and the government conceding to its other demands.
Dec 15, 2021 07:32 AM IST
One terrorist killed in overnight encounter in J&K’s Pulwama: Police
One unidentified terrorist has been neutralized in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. The operation is underway. Details awaited, informed Kashmir Zone Police.
An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Rajpura area of Pulwama last night.
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‘High time’: Gujarat high court to review law that says marital rape isn’t crime
The Gujarat high court also issued notice to the country’s top law officer attorney general KK Venugopal, the Gujarat government and the union government on a public interest litigation on criminalising marital rape
Published on Dec 15, 2021 09:42 PM IST
DRDO covers bright lights on coastal watch to avoid distracting Olive Ridleys
The high-powered lights at the Integrated Test Range Centre have been installed for coastal security watch. The DRDO has covered the lights to reduce the intensity.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 09:39 PM IST
RBI lowers cash limit for Indian and OCI card-holder Kartarpur pilgrims
Indians and OCI card-holders will be allowed to carry up to ₹11,000 in Indian currencies or US dollars while going on a pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. This is lower than the usual limit of ₹25,000.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 09:35 PM IST
UNESCO recognises Kolkata’s Durga Puja as Intangible Cultural Heritage
The UNESCO’s announcement was welcomed by Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) as chief minister Mamata Banerjee is widely recognized as the biggest patron of the festival.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 08:58 PM IST
Ayush ministry suggests docu on ‘holistic health’ amid 3rd Covid wave fears
In a statement, the ministry said the recommendations are for the public to ensure ‘holistic health and well-being’ during the pandemic.
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 08:51 PM IST
Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
News updates from HT: Court refuses to quash CBI summons in Anil Deshmukh case
- 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 15, 2021 08:48 PM IST
Cabinet clears bill on electoral reforms, allowing Aadhaar-Voter ID linking
The Election Commission had proposed amendments including linking of the ID card with Aadhaar number which will curb multiple enrollments of the same individual at different places, it said.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 08:36 PM IST
Kolkata’s Durga Puja gets UNESCO nod, PM says ‘an experience everyone must have’
- With Kolkata’s Durga Puja festival becoming the new addition in the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list by the UNESCO, India now has a total of 14 events that represent the country’s tradition and culture in it.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 07:46 PM IST
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Stared death in the face last year, only survivor of Mi-17 crash passes away
A top-notch fighter pilot, Varun was flying in the ill-fated Russian-origin helicopter as a passenger. He had encountered a rare, life-threatening emergency aboard his fighter jet in October 2020, but his lightning reflexes and flying skills averted a crash. He was commissioned in IAF as a fighter pilot in 2004.
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 07:23 PM IST
Delhi sees Indian Ocean as region of peace, works to keep seas, airways open
Minister of state for external affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh highlighted the need for greater collaboration among Indian Ocean Rim Association, or IORA member states for post-pandemic recovery.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 07:15 PM IST
Kerala high court rejects plea questioning re-appointment of Kannur VC
The plea challenging the re-appointment was moved by university senate member Dr Ramachandran Keezoth and two others. They pleaded that the re-appointment was against the norms of the University Grants Commission and the VC had also crossed the permissible age of 60 years.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 07:07 PM IST
HT This Day: Dec 16, 1950 – Nation mourns Patel’s death
The mortal remains of the great leader were cremated at the Sonapur Burning Ghat (Chowpatty) at 7-40 p.m. near the spot where his brother, Vithalbhai Patel, was cremated 17 years ago.
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 07:02 PM IST
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PM Modi world’s 8th most admired man in 2021, ahead of Big B, SRK, claims survey
The results have been calculated from the combination of responses to two questions – whether a respondent admires the figure at all and then whether they are the figure the respondent admires the most, the analytics company said.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 06:41 PM IST