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  • Dec 01, 2021 03:50 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia confirms first case of Omicron in Gulf

    Saudi Arabia has recorded the Gulf’s first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a citizen returning from North Africa, a health ministry official said Wednesday. Read more

  • Dec 01, 2021 02:49 PM IST

    Decision on date of resumption of international flights in due course: DGCA

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday said it will notify its decision regarding the date of resumption of scheduled commercial international airline services to/from India in due course. 

    It also said that the situation is being closely-watched in view of emergence of new Covid-19 variant.

  • Dec 01, 2021 02:36 PM IST

    US and Russian foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine, reports AFP citing officials

    US and Russian foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine, reports AFP citing officials.

  • Dec 01, 2021 02:30 PM IST

    If all regional parties come together..: Mamata’s pitch to defeat BJP

    “If all regional parties come together, then it will be easy to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party,” news agency ANI quoted West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as saying on Wednesday, during an interaction with civil society members in Mumbai.

  • Dec 01, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    15 new Covid-19 cases found in 2 nursing colleges in Tumkur, Karnataka

    In Karnataka’s Tumkur district, 15 new Covid-19 cases were detected in two nursing colleges, reports ANI citing the district health officer.

  • Dec 01, 2021 01:30 PM IST

    Depression likely to form on Dec 2, to develop into cyclone, reach AP-Odisha coast on Dec 4: IMD 

    The India Meteorological Department has issued a pre-cyclone alert for North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast, in which it said that a depression is likely to form on Thursday and is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm on December 3. It will move further northwest and reach Andhra Pradesh – Odisha coast around December 4 morning.

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    Omicron: Nigeria confirms first case

    Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, confirmed its first identified case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:22 PM IST

    Omicron alert: Ranchi airport begins Covid-19 testing of all passengers

    In view of the Omicron variant, the Ranchi airport in Jharkhand has begun testing all arriving passengers for Covid-19, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:17 PM IST

    Delhi govt slashes VAT to 19.40%, petrol gets cheaper by 8 per litre

    Delhi government slashed the VAT on petrol from 30% to 19.40% that would reduce petrol prices by 8 per litre, reports ANI. The new rates would come in to effect from midnight today.

  • Dec 01, 2021 12:13 PM IST

    PM Modi to visit Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on Dec 4, inaugurate projects worth 18,000 crore

    PM Narendra Modi is set to visit Dehradun, Uttarakhand and lay foundation stone for multiple projects worth around 18,000 on December 4, reports ANI citing his office. The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor to be built at a cost of around 8300 crore is among the list of projects. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 11:54 AM IST

    Anil Deshmukh, Sachin Vaze appear before commission to probe corruption allegations

    Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze appeared before the Chandiwal Commission, formed to probe corruption allegations made by former Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 10:11 AM IST

    PM Modi wishes people of Nagaland on Statehood Day

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the people of Nagaland on Statehood Day. “On the special occasion of Nagaland’s Statehood Day, greetings to the wonderful people of the state. Naga culture personifies valour and humane values. The people of Nagaland are making rich contributions to India’s growth. I pray for Nagaland’s progress in the years to come,” he tweeted.

  • Dec 01, 2021 09:45 AM IST

    Plea in SC seeks future censoring on Kangana Ranaut’s social media post

    A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court against actor Kangana Ranaut that sought future censoring of all social media posts by the actor in order to maintain law and order in the country, reports ANI.

  • Dec 01, 2021 09:30 AM IST

    India reports 8,954 new Covid-19 cases, 267 deaths in 24 hours, active cases fall below 100,000

    India reports 8,954 new Covid-19 cases and 267 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active caseload fell by 1,520 cases, went below the 100,000-mark and stood at 99,023.

  • Dec 01, 2021 09:16 AM IST

    Pulwama encounter: 2 terrorists killed, identification being ascertained, say police

    Kashmir police said that two terrorists were killed during the encounter in Qasbayar area of Pulwama, Kashmir. The forces are trying to ascertain the identities of the militants. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 08:42 AM IST

    Delhi air quality in ‘very poor’ category, AQI recorded at 362

    The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded at at 362 (overall) and it remained in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, reports ANI. 

  • Dec 01, 2021 08:15 AM IST

    ‘Work towards ensuring people affected live without discrimination, stigma’: Mandaviya on World Aids Day 2021  

    “On #WorldAIDSDay, let us all pledge to work towards ensuring that people infected with & affected by HIV/AIDS lead a normal life sans discrimination and social stigma,” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

  • Dec 01, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    Bengal CM to meet Sharad Pawar in Mumbai today 

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, currently on a visit to Mumbai, is scheduled to meet Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar today.

  • Dec 01, 2021 06:48 AM IST

    70-year-old priest killed by suspected thieves in Jalore, Rajasthan

    In Jalore, Rajasthan, a 70-year-old priest was beaten to death inside his hut near a temple by suspected thieves on Monday night, reports ANI citing the police.

    “Postmortem was conducted and the body handed over to his family. Police teams have been formed to nab the accused,” DSP (Bhinmal) Shankar Lal said.

  • Dec 01, 2021 06:25 AM IST

    Encounter breaks out between police, militants in Pulwama, Kashmir

    An encounter broke out between the police, security forces and militants in Qasbayar area of Pulwama, Kashmir, during the early hours today, the police said. 

4,557 Afghan nationals residing in India on ‘stay visa’: Nityanand Rai in RS

  • The Centre had granted a special e-Emergency X-Misc visa to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus seeking asylum in India following the Taliban takeover, which can be converted into a stay visa.

(FILES) Evacuee children wait for the next flight after being manifested at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul.(AFP PHOTO / Mark Andries / US MARINE CORPS)

(FILES) Evacuee children wait for the next flight after being manifested at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul.(AFP PHOTO / Mark Andries / US MARINE CORPS)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 04:06 PM IST

Centre asks Maharashtra to modify quarantine guidelines

The Maharashtra government issued stringent guidelines in the wake of omicron variant. The Union health ministry has asked the state government to align its order with Centre’s guidelines. 

Passengers wearing protective face masks leave after arriving at Mumbai International Airport.(Reuters Photo)

Passengers wearing protective face masks leave after arriving at Mumbai International Airport.(Reuters Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 03:57 PM IST

Peace talks at important stage, says Nagaland CM

The state’s elected leaders have come together to form an Opposition-less government (United Democratic Alliance) to facilitate an early settlement of a decades-old issue

Negotiations resumed in September after the Centre named former Intelligence Bureau special director AK Mishra as its emissary to revive the stalled Naga peace talks. (PTI Photo/File/Representative use)

Negotiations resumed in September after the Centre named former Intelligence Bureau special director AK Mishra as its emissary to revive the stalled Naga peace talks. (PTI Photo/File/Representative use)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 03:56 PM IST

Cyclone Jawad: IMD issues alert for north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha coasts

The IMD said in its latest bulletin that Tuesday’s low pressure over south Thailand and its neighbourhood emerged into central Andaman Sea in the evening and persisted over the same region at 8:30am on Wednesday.

Fishermen out at sea have been advised by IMD to return to the coast by Thursday morning. (PTI File Photo)

Fishermen out at sea have been advised by IMD to return to the coast by Thursday morning. (PTI File Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 03:36 PM IST

Transfers scam: Jagtap gets bail, court stays clear of phone tapping legality

Santosh Jagtap’s lawyer Shah said the tapping was illegal and violative of Jagtap’s right to privacy and cited a March 2021 report by Sitaram Kunte, the then Maharashtra chief secretary, to claim that the surveillance was not authorised

The transfer and postings case is a strand of the main case of extortion, registered against the former minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader. (HT Photo)

The transfer and postings case is a strand of the main case of extortion, registered against the former minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader. (HT Photo)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 03:28 PM IST

‘Sentiments of rhetoric fell’: Rahul’s veiled dig at Centre over LPG price hike

  • The national oil marketing companies on Wednesday increased the price of commercial 19kg LPG cylinder by 100.50, which pushed up tthe price to 2,101 in Delhi.

'Sentiments of rhetoric fell': Rahul's veiled dig at Centre over LPG price hike. (ANI)

‘Sentiments of rhetoric fell’: Rahul’s veiled dig at Centre over LPG price hike. (ANI)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 03:30 PM IST

Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India defers resumption of international flights with an eye on Covid variants

A notice issued by the regulatory body on civil aviation said that the central government is currently monitoring the global coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation.

Commercial international flights were set to resume from December 15; however, the decision came under review in wake of emergence of the omicron coronavirus variant. (File Photo / HT)

Commercial international flights were set to resume from December 15; however, the decision came under review in wake of emergence of the omicron coronavirus variant. (File Photo / HT)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 03:21 PM IST

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Ahmedabad announces smartphone to lucky winner taking Covid vaccine second dose

Beneficiaries getting their second dose between December 1 and 7 are eligible to enter the lucky draw, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation said. 

The Union health ministry said that 81,097,973 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Gujarat as of 7am on December 1.(AFP | Representational image)

The Union health ministry said that 81,097,973 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Gujarat as of 7am on December 1.(AFP | Representational image)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 02:53 PM IST

Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Indian govt looks to tackle problem of anaemia among pregnant women

The Indian government is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to tackle the problem of anaemia that affects more than 50% of pregnant women in the country

The Indian government is looking to tackle problem of anaemia among pregnant women. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)

The Indian government is looking to tackle problem of anaemia among pregnant women. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 02:49 PM IST

MP home dept permits woman constable to change gender

Following her application, the Madhya Pradesh police headquarters sought permission from the home department for the employee to undergo gender change [without affecting her service record]

State home department’s additional chief secretary Rajesh Rajora said the constable was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder since childhood (Photo Courtesy- policehousing MP website)

State home department’s additional chief secretary Rajesh Rajora said the constable was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder since childhood (Photo Courtesy- policehousing MP website)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 02:35 PM IST

Peninsular India recorded highest rainfall in November since 1901

Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south interior Karnataka received 169% excess rainfall last month, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday

A young girl walks to school amid a downpour in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)

A young girl walks to school amid a downpour in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 02:19 PM IST

PM Modi to lay foundation for ambitious Delhi-Dehradun corridor project on Dec 4

  • According to an official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Modi will lay the foundation stone of 11 development projects, including the government’s ambitious project — the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)

Published on Dec 01, 2021 02:13 PM IST

OPS-EPS duo amends AIADMK bylaws to shut doors on VK Sasikala 

The amended bylaws will strengthen norms to retain the present leadership structure of top two positions held by O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami.

File photo of AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and leader of opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Edappadi K Palaniswami.(ANI)

File photo of AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and leader of opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Edappadi K Palaniswami.(ANI)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 01:57 PM IST

Elgar Parishad case: HC grants bail to Sudha Bharadwaj

The Bombay high court granted bail to activist Sudha Bharadwaj while rejecting default bail pleas of her eight co-accused arrested in connection with alleged inflammatory speeches at the December 2017 Elgar Parishad conclave in Pune

Sudha Bharadwaj was among over a dozen activists and academics arrested in connection with the conclave that was held a day before the violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune. (HT Photo/File)

Sudha Bharadwaj was among over a dozen activists and academics arrested in connection with the conclave that was held a day before the violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune. (HT Photo/File)

Updated on Dec 01, 2021 03:23 PM IST

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