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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.

‘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

The Gujarat high court’s order issuing notice to the government on the plea to criminalise marital rape cited a 2017 ruling by justice JB Pardiwala that advocated total statutory abolition of the marital rape exemption. (Representative photo: rape)

The Gujarat high court’s order issuing notice to the government on the plea to criminalise marital rape cited a 2017 ruling by justice JB Pardiwala that advocated total statutory abolition of the marital rape exemption. (Representative photo: 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.

The endangered Olive Ridley turtles travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean and visit the Odisha coast in November after travelling for thousands of kilometres in the seawater. (AFP PHOTO.)

The endangered Olive Ridley turtles travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean and visit the Odisha coast in November after travelling for thousands of kilometres in the seawater. (AFP PHOTO.)

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.

Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan was suspended in March last year because of the pandemic.(HT file)

Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan was suspended in March last year because of the pandemic.(HT file)

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.

On Wednesday, the Durga Puja was the only Indian festival to make it to the list of 20 events and traditional activities. (HT PHOTO.)

On Wednesday, the Durga Puja was the only Indian festival to make it to the list of 20 events and traditional activities. (HT PHOTO.)

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.

In a statement, the ministry said the recommendations are for the public to ensure 'holistic health and well-being' during the pandemic.(HT photo)

In a statement, the ministry said the recommendations are for the public to ensure ‘holistic health and well-being’ during the pandemic.(HT photo)

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.

The CBI is conducting a probe into allegations of misconduct and corruption made against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh earlier this year by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

The CBI is conducting a probe into allegations of misconduct and corruption made against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh earlier this year by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

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.

The Election Commission of India has been pushing for some electoral reforms including the linking of Voter and Aadhaar. (PTI)

The Election Commission of India has been pushing for some electoral reforms including the linking of Voter and Aadhaar. (PTI)

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.

A Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata, West Bengal.(HT File Photo)

A Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata, West Bengal.(HT File Photo)

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.

Group Captain Varun Singh, the only man to have survived the December 8 Mi-17V5 chopper crash that killed 13 people including chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, passed away on Wednesday morning. (SOURCED.)

Group Captain Varun Singh, the only man to have survived the December 8 Mi-17V5 chopper crash that killed 13 people including chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, passed away on Wednesday morning. (SOURCED.)

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.

Minister of state for external affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said the post-pandemic world places a greater premium on trust, technology, transparency, resilience and reliability, and IORA has a critical role to play. (Twitter/@RanjanRajkuma11)

Minister of state for external affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said the post-pandemic world places a greater premium on trust, technology, transparency, resilience and reliability, and IORA has a critical role to play. (Twitter/@RanjanRajkuma11)

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.

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday rejected the plea questioning the re-appointment of Kannur University vice-chancellor Dr Gopinath Raveendran. (PTI FILE PHOTO.)

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday rejected the plea questioning the re-appointment of Kannur University vice-chancellor Dr Gopinath Raveendran. (PTI FILE PHOTO.)

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.

A screengrab of the Hindustan Times on December 16, 1950. (HT Archive)

A screengrab of the Hindustan Times on December 16, 1950. (HT Archive)

Updated on Dec 15, 2021 07:02 PM IST

ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

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.

PM Modi is ahead of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Virat Kohli, according to the list. 

PM Modi is ahead of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Virat Kohli, according to the list. 

Published on Dec 15, 2021 06:41 PM IST

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