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  • Nov 27, 2021 08:00 PM IST

    Two cases of coronavirus Omicron variant detected in Britain

    Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa, reported news agency AFP. “We have moved rapidly and the individuals are self-isolating while contact tracing is ongoing,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement. Read more

  • Nov 27, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    Nepal makes 7-day quarantine mandatory for passengers arriving from South Africa

    Nepal on Saturday made a 7-day quarantine mandatory for air-bound passengers travelling from/via South Africa, news agency ANI quoted Nepal’s ministry of health and population as saying.

  • Nov 27, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Karnataka CM holds emergency meet over ‘omicron’ variant of Covid-19

    Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai held an emergency meeting on Friday over the new variant of Coronavirus ‘omicron’. Many officials, including state health minister Dr K Sudhakar, attended the meeting, reported news agency ANI.

  • Nov 27, 2021 06:10 PM IST

    Heavy rains cause waterlogging in many areas in Chennai

    Several areas in Chennai partially submerged in floodwater due to torrential rains over the past few days.

  • Nov 27, 2021 05:51 PM IST

    Germany announces first suspected case of new Covid-19 variant, reports AFP

    A German regional official said Saturday that health authorities have identified the first suspected case in the country of the new Covid-19 variant, in a person who returned from South Africa, reports news agency AFP.

  • Nov 27, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    2 dead during first winter storm in UK, reported AP

    At least two people have died in the UK after the year’s first winter storm battered parts of the countries with gusts of nearly 100 mph (160 kph), reported news agency AP. The storm, which was named Arwen by the country’s Met Office, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, causing road causing road closures, train delays, power cuts and high waves, the report further said.

  • Nov 27, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    Maharashtra mandates full Covid vaccination for using public transport. Here are the new norms

    • Maharashtra state government has made full vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for people using public transport and in public places including government offices, shops, malls etc.,
    • Maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour in taxis, private cars has been made compulsory.
    • A penalty of 500 would be imposed on those who violate the norms and also to the conductor/driver.
    • Vehicles owners to be charged 10,000 if a passenger is found violating norms inside their vehicles.
    • Maximum attendance at weddings in open places, lawns, grounds capped at 25% of the venue’s capacity and in closed spaces it is limited at 50% of the capacity. Read more
  • Nov 27, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    Delhi LG directs officials to ensure Covid appropriate behaviour, preparedness in hospitals amid Omicron scare

    Delhi LG Anil Baijal has directed officials to ensure Covid appropriate behaviour and preparedness in hospitals to handle emergent situation due to new variant. 

    On Monday, experts and representatives of civil aviation ministry to attend meeting with the DDMA and may decide on testing of passengers from international flights and quarantining those from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong etc., reports ANI citing government sources.

  • Nov 27, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    International passengers coming to Maharashtra to be governed according to Centre’s directions

    The international passengers arriving at Maharashtra would be governed according to the directions issued by the Union government while domestic passengers are required to either be fully vaccinated or carry a negative RT PCR certificate valid for 72 hours, reports ANI. 

  • Nov 27, 2021 03:14 PM IST

    SKM demands Modi direct states, Railways to withdraw cases against protesting farmers

    SKM said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should direct state governments and the Railways to withdraw cases registered against farmers during the protest, reports ANI citing a farmer leader.

  • Nov 27, 2021 03:10 PM IST

    Farmers protest: SKM decides to postpone tractor rally to Parliament on first day of Winter Session

    Farmers’ body Samyukt Kisan Morcha, following a meeting today, decided to postpone the proposed tractor rally to Parliament initially planned for November 29, reports ANI citing farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh.

  • Nov 27, 2021 02:42 PM IST

    Delhi court summons P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram in Aircel Maxis case

    Former Union minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti Chidambaram and others have been issued summons by a Delhi court in the Aircel Maxis case, reports ANI. The court took cognizance of the charge-sheets filed by the ED and the CBI in the matter.

  • Nov 27, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    Delhi Congress leader Mukesh Goel joins AAP 

    Delhi Congress leader Mukesh Goel joined the Aam Aadmi Party in the presence of party leader and Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia, reports ANI.

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  • Nov 27, 2021 02:23 PM IST

    ‘Need to be proactive’: Modi as Omicron variant threat looms

    PM Narendra Modi said that all international arrivals should be monitored, tested as per guidelines and with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at risk’ because of the new variant following a meeting today. 

    He also asked officials to review plans for easing international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence.

    “PM said that in light of the new threat, people need to more cautious and the need to take proper precautions like masking & social distancing,” the PMO said in a statement.

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  • Nov 27, 2021 02:17 PM IST

    Karnataka mandates home quarantine for passengers from countries infected by Omicron variant

    Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar said that people coming to the state from South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, Botswana will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival. If positive, they will be asked to stay in and around the airport and will also receive treatment if needed. Also, home quarantine has been mandated for such passengers, reports ANI.

  • Nov 27, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    Children allowed to enter Sabarimala temple without RT-PCR test: Kerala govt

    Children are allowed to go to Sabarimala pilgrimage without RT-PCR test report. However, all adults will require either full vaccination certificate or RTPCR negative certificate not older than 72 hours to enter the temple, said Kerala government.

  • Nov 27, 2021 01:55 PM IST

    3 Kashmiris beaten up in Ranchi, 3 persons detained

    “Three Kashmiri persons were beaten up by a group of people following an altercation over removing a rickshaw parked on a street in Doranda area of Ranchi today. Both sides have given complaints. Police have detained three persons in the matter,” says Ranchi Police.

  • Nov 27, 2021 01:29 PM IST

    Passengers deplaned safely, served refreshments: Go First

    Go First flight G8 873 from Bengaluru to Patna was diverted to Nagpur due to a faulty engine warning in the cockpit which necessitated the captain to shut down the engine as a precautionary measure. Thereafter, the captain followed the standard operating procedures and landed safely at Nagpur airport, Go First spokesperson said.

    “All passengers have been deplaned and served refreshments. Alternate aircraft has been arranged to accommodate the passengers which will depart for Patna at 4:45 pm. The aircraft is being inspected by the engineering team,” the spokesperson stated.

  • Nov 27, 2021 01:17 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi calls new variant ‘serious threat’, takes dig at Centre

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raises concern over the new variant of coronavirus, demanding vaccine security from the government. 

    He takes a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture on the vaccination certificate, says “Bad vaccination figures can’t be hidden for long behind one man’s photo.”

  • Nov 27, 2021 01:09 PM IST

    Those entering Mumbai from South Africa to be quarantined on arrival, says Mumbai Mayor

    Each person entering Mumbai from South Africa to be quarantined on arrival, samples to be sent for genome sequencing, says Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

  • Nov 27, 2021 12:45 PM IST

    Bengaluru-Patna GoAir flight makes emergency landing in Nagpur due to technical glitch

    Bengaluru-Patna GoAir flight with 139 passengers & crew members on board makes an emergency land at Nagpur airport due to technical glitch, as per Abhid Ruhi, an official of Nagpur airport.

  • Nov 27, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    Major fire breaks out at factory in Surat

    Major fire breaks out at Rani Sati Dyeing Mill of Pandesara GIDC in Surat, Gujarat. 15 fire tenders have been rushed to the site for firefighting.

  • Nov 27, 2021 12:02 PM IST

    Bill to repeal farm laws to be tabled on Day 1 of Parliament winter session: Agri minister

    The bill to repeal the three farm laws will be tabled in the Parliament on the first day of the winter session (on Nov 29), says Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

  • Nov 27, 2021 11:11 AM IST

    Resident doctors at Safdarjung hospital stage protest over delay in NEET-PG counselling

    Resident doctors of Safdarjung Hospital stage protest as part of a nationwide strike called by Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) over the delay in NEET-PG counselling 2021. Read more

  • Nov 27, 2021 10:44 AM IST

    Delhi CM urges PM Modi to stop flights from countries where ‘Omicron’ variant detected

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged PM Modi to stop flights from countries where cases of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron has been detected.

  • Nov 27, 2021 10:27 AM IST

    11 Covid-19 cases at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun

    Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute bars entry of tourists & local workers for a week following detection of 11 COVID cases at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy located on its campus, says Institute Director Arun Singh Rawat.

  • Nov 27, 2021 09:42 AM IST

    India reports 8,318 new Covid-19 cases, 21.14% less than yesterday; death toll up by 465

    India reported 8,318 new Covid-19 cases, 10,967 recoveries, and 465 deaths in the last 24 hours. The active cases stand at 1,07,019, while 10,967 people were discharged since yesterday.

  • Nov 27, 2021 09:15 AM IST

    PM Modi to chair key meet on Covid-19 situation and vaccination with top officials today

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a key meeting on the Covid-19 situation and vaccination status with top officials at 10:30am today. The meeting comes in the backdrop of an outbreak of the new coronavirus variant found in southern Africa.

  • Nov 27, 2021 09:03 AM IST

    99 more students test positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka

    Number of Covid-19 cases in Dharwad’s SDM College of Medical Sciences reached 281, with 99 people testing positive yesterday. Out of the 281 cases, only 6 patients are symptomatic, announced District Collector Nitish Patil.

  • Nov 27, 2021 08:42 AM IST

    Earthquake of 4.3 magnitude hits Afghanistan

    Earthquake of 4.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale hits Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, according to the National Center for Seismology.

  • Nov 27, 2021 08:09 AM IST

    Delhi AQI remains ‘very poor’ at 386

    Delhi’s air quality continues to be ‘very poor’ category, with AQI standing at 386. 

    Meanwhile, transport vehicles running on CNG and powered by electricity have been allowed to enter Delhi form Saturday, when the lifting of ban announced by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) comes into effect. Read more

  • Nov 27, 2021 07:52 AM IST

    Lalu Prasad Yadav hospitalised on complaint of fever   

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi on Friday after he complained of fever. His health condition is stable, ANI reported.

  • Nov 27, 2021 07:46 AM IST

    WTO postpones in-person ministerial meeting over Omicron outbreak

    World Trade Organization (WTO) says it has postponed its in-person ministerial conference in Geneva over concerns regarding “an outbreak of a particularly transmissible strain of the COVID-19 virus”.

  • Nov 27, 2021 07:00 AM IST

    Speeding car overturns on RTR flyover in Delhi, driver hospitalised

    A car overturned due to an overspeeding at the RTR flyover in Delhi early this morning. The driver has been hospitalised.

  • Nov 27, 2021 06:48 AM IST

    Omicron is ‘most concerning’ variant of Covid-19 since Delta

    The B.1.1.529 variant is considered dangerous due to its increased transmissibility. Some have already dubbed omicron as the “most concerning” since the delta variant, which fuelled relentless waves of infection on every continent some months ago. Read more

  • Nov 27, 2021 06:24 AM IST

    Naxal killed by security forces during encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma

    A Naxal, identified as Madvi Bheema, Militia Commander, was killed in an encounter in a joint op of security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district around 5.30 pm on Friday (November 26). One rifle, 1 IED weighing about 5 kg, 2 BGL shell and 20 electric detonators recovered, the CRPF informed.

  • Nov 27, 2021 06:01 AM IST

    Law on MSP unlikely, says Haryana CM Khattar

    It is not possible to draft a law guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP) to farmers as it would put pressure on the government to buy their produce if no one else does, said Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, as quoted by news agency ANI.

  • Nov 27, 2021 05:34 AM IST

    Puducherry receives light showers; heavy rainfall likely today

    Puducherry received light showers last night.

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the union territory, along with Tamil Nadu and Karaikal area between November 25 and 29.

    Puducherry has already declared a holiday in all schools and colleges for two days in the region for the same reason.

  • Nov 27, 2021 05:26 AM IST

    US imposes travel ban on 8 African nations over Omicron outbreak

    The United States will bar entry to most travelers from eight southern African countries from Monday onwards, due to the rise of a potentially more-contagious new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa, President Joe Biden said on Friday.

    The travel restrictions, however, do not apply on flights carrying US citizens and lawful US permanent residents.

Tiger census in Sunderbans, due to begin from Dec 5 will turn paperless

Till the last census, officials used to take down data in the field with pen and paper, this time it will be uploaded digitally through two apps – Polygon search and patrol app and MSTrIPES, a GIS-based patrolling module, will also be used.

The Sunderbans, formed by the River Ganges and River Brahmaputra, is the world’s largest and only mangrove delta inhabited by tigers. There are around 100 tigers each in India and Bangladesh over which the forest spreads. (AFP PHOTO.)

The Sunderbans, formed by the River Ganges and River Brahmaputra, is the world’s largest and only mangrove delta inhabited by tigers. There are around 100 tigers each in India and Bangladesh over which the forest spreads. (AFP PHOTO.)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 08:36 PM IST

Farm minister says crop-burning to be decriminalised, farmers suspend Parliament march

During a nationally televised address on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said his government would withdraw the three laws, following year-long protests by farmers who say the legislation would have jeopardised their livelihoods.

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to farmers on Saturday morning to end their agitation since the government was withdrawing the controversial farm laws. (PTI PHOTO.)

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to farmers on Saturday morning to end their agitation since the government was withdrawing the controversial farm laws. (PTI PHOTO.)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 07:33 PM IST

Omicron variant: Now, Gujarat imposes curbs on passengers from ‘at risk’ nations

  • The Union ministry has classified a total of nine countries as ‘at risk’ following concerns being raised about the new variant of the virus, designated as Omicron.

The Union ministry has classified a total of nine countries as ‘at risk' following concerns being raised about the new variant of the virus, designated as Omicron. (Representational image)

The Union ministry has classified a total of nine countries as ‘at risk’ following concerns being raised about the new variant of the virus, designated as Omicron. (Representational image)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 07:30 PM IST

Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad

Judges to use utmost discretion in making courtroom comments: President Kovind

Indiscreet remarks by judges in the courtrooms can give space for dubious interpretations to run down the judiciary, said President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday as he expressed pain at how disparaging remarks have been made against the most trusted institution of the judiciary of late on social media platforms

President Kovind on Saturday addressed the judges of the Supreme Court and high courts who had gathered for the 72nd Constitution Day celebrations in the Capital. (ANI PHOTO.)

President Kovind on Saturday addressed the judges of the Supreme Court and high courts who had gathered for the 72nd Constitution Day celebrations in the Capital. (ANI PHOTO.)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 06:23 PM IST

Farmers plan ‘Tractor March’ to Parliament to push for MSP guarantee

Farmers will join the proposed ‘Tractor March’ to Parliament to raise their demands, including a guarantee to purchase crop at the minimum support price (MSP).

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has called upon farmers to send 30 tractors and 500 people to the Ghazipur border every day, during the winter session of Parliament. (HT PHOTO.)

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has called upon farmers to send 30 tractors and 500 people to the Ghazipur border every day, during the winter session of Parliament. (HT PHOTO.)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 05:57 PM IST

Set your house in order first: TMC’s rebuttal to Cong ahead of winter session

Congress leaders lack the determination to take on the saffron camp, a TMC leader told news agency PTI indicating the party’s disinterest in coordinating with the Congress in Parliament. 

Trinamool may not attend teh opposition meeting on November 29 convened by the Congress ahead of the winter session of Parliament. 

Trinamool may not attend teh opposition meeting on November 29 convened by the Congress ahead of the winter session of Parliament. 

Published on Nov 27, 2021 05:02 PM IST

Bad vaccination figures: Rahul Gandhi’s dig at Centre amid omicron Covid threat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level review meeting to discuss the Covid-19 situation in India and the nationwide vaccination campaign as fear over the new omicron variant remains.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the new omicron Covid-19 variant to be a “serious threat”.(File photo)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the new omicron Covid-19 variant to be a “serious threat”.(File photo)

Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:54 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Omicron variant: From flight bans to increasing testing, how states are prepping

From demanding a travel ban to measures for scrutinising testing for the disease and emphasising on public health measures such as distancing, here is a look at how some states have responded to the situation.

Some states have imposes mandatory RT PCR testing on arrival for passengers from countries where cases of the variant have been detected.(ANI | Representational image)

Some states have imposes mandatory RT PCR testing on arrival for passengers from countries where cases of the variant have been detected.(ANI | Representational image)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 04:08 PM IST

RT-PCR test not mandatory for children on Sabarimala pilgrimage: Kerala

Adult pilgrims and staff deployed to Sabarimala will have to show either a two-dose vaccination certificate or the RT-PCR negative certificate within 72 hours.

The Sabarimala shrine opened for the two-month mandalam and makaravilakku pilgrimage earlier this month. (ANI FIle Photo)

The Sabarimala shrine opened for the two-month mandalam and makaravilakku pilgrimage earlier this month. (ANI FIle Photo)

Published on Nov 27, 2021 03:25 PM IST

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