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Updated on Jan 18, 2022 07:19 PM IST
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Jan 18, 2022 07:19 PM IST
Mumbai’s daily Covid cases rise marginally to 6149; city sees 7 more deaths
Mumbai saw a slight spike in its daily Covid tally with 6,149 new cases which took the total caseload to 1,011,967. Also, seven more people died on the day and the death toll mounted to 16,476.
Jan 18, 2022 06:49 PM IST
Delhi’s daily Covid cases fall to 11,684
The national capital continued a downward trend it its daily Covid-19 tally with 11,684 infections reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the caseload to 17,34,181.
Jan 18, 2022 06:17 PM IST
Kerala sees 28,481 new Covid-19 cases, 39 deaths
Kerala reported 28,481 new Covid-19 cases and 39 related deaths. The state’s active caseload stood at 142,512, reports ANI.
On the day, 83 total deaths were added as per the new guidelines of the central government and the death toll reached 51,026.
Jan 18, 2022 06:16 PM IST
UP assembly polls: BJP releases names of 2 more candidates
The BJP has relased the names of two more candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Chhatrapal Gangwar will contest from the Baheri legislative constituencey and Bahoranlal Maurya from Bhojipura.
Jan 18, 2022 05:59 PM IST
Delhi shopkeepers protest odd-even rule to check Covid surge
Delhi | Odd-even is now imposed on shops, we were already suffering due to weekend lockdown. Due to this, our shops are open only 10 days a month: Rakesh Kumar, President, Sadar Bazar traders Association pic.twitter.com/ojZtHlufKb
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Shopkeepers in Delhi protested against the odd-even rule implemented in the city to check the surge in Covid-19 cases. They demanded the government for allowing them to run their businesses on the weekends citing economic loss due to the pandemic.
Jan 18, 2022 05:55 PM IST
SP MLA Nahid Hasan’s bail plea dismissed
Uttar Pradesh | Kairana fast track court dismisses the bail plea of Samajwadi Party MLA and candidate from Kairana, Nahid Hasan. He was arrested by the Police under the Gangster Act and sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Kairana court on January 15th.
(File photo) pic.twitter.com/L7ppqp79dB
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 18, 2022
A fast track court in Kairana rejected the bail plea of Samajwadi Party MLA and its candidate from the Kairana assembly constituency Nahid Hasan, reports ANI.
Jan 18, 2022 05:50 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee to visit UP on Feb 8, to meet Akhilesh Yadav: SP’s Kiranmoy Nanda
Samajwadi Party vice president Kiranmoy Nanda said that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is slated to visit Uttar Pradesh on February 8 and will meet with Akhilesh Yadav for a virtual press conference to be held in Lucknow and Varanasi, reports ANI.
“TMC and Mamata Banerjee don’t want to contest in UP. All seats will be given to Akhilesh Yadav,” he said.
Jan 18, 2022 05:39 PM IST
Russia demands US’ response on security demands before proceeding with Ukraine talks
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow wanted answers from the US on sweeping security demands before continuing Ukraine talks, reports AFP.
Jan 18, 2022 05:32 PM IST
‘Fraud of the Congress, for the Congress, by the Congress’: FM on Devas-Antrix issue
Responding to questions regarding the Devas-Antrix issue, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it was a “fraud of the Congress, for the Congress and by the Congress”.
Jan 18, 2022 05:00 PM IST
‘GoI didn’t appoint arbitrator when Devas went to international arbitration’: Nirmala Sitharaman
In 2011, when the whole thing was cancelled, Devas went to international arbitration, Govt of India never appointed an arbitrator, was reminded to appoint arbitrator within 21 days, but govt didn’t appoint: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/Aly4xZbiz3
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that when Devas went for international arbitration, the then Government of India did not appoint an arbitrator, even after it was reminded to appoint one within 21 days.
Jan 18, 2022 04:52 PM IST
WATCH | FM Nirmala Sitharaman addresses media on SC order on Antrix-Devas case
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the media on the Supreme Court’s recent judgement about the Antrix-Devas deal.
Jan 18, 2022 04:49 PM IST
FM Nirmala Sitharaman talks about SC judgement on Antrix-Devas case, calls it ‘fraud deal’
I would like to talk on Supreme Court judgment on Devas-Antrix issue. SC has given a comprehensive order. UPA got cancelled this deal in 2011. It was a fraud deal: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/DyhcpFchkh
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed a press conference and spoke about the Supreme Court verdict on the Antrix-Devas case.
“UPA got cancelled this deal in 2011. It was a fraud deal,” she said.
Jan 18, 2022 04:24 PM IST
Centre asks states, UTs to ramp up Covid testing in strategic manner
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare asks all States/UTs “to immediately increase testing in a strategic manner keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific areas in the States/UTs” pic.twitter.com/oHSf8B0Efy
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
The Union health ministry has raised concerns about a decline in Covid-19 testing in many states and Union territories and has asked for the testing be enhanced.
“Increase the testing in a strategic manner keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific geographies within in your States/UTs,” the ministry said.
Jan 18, 2022 04:18 PM IST
India offers $500 million credit line to Sri Lanka for purchase of petroleum products
India offered credit line of $500 million to Sri Lanka for the purchase of petroleum products. The support from India followed discussions between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and Sri Lankan finance minister Basil Rajapaksa, the Indian high commission in Colombo said.
Jan 18, 2022 04:01 PM IST
AAP to announce Goa CM candidate on Jan 19 in Panaji
Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will announce the party’s chief minister candidate for the upcoming Goa assembly polls in a press conference in Panaji on January 19, reports ANI.
Jan 18, 2022 03:38 PM IST
PMLA court rejects former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea in alleged money laundering case
A Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court rejected the bail plea of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh.
Deshmukh argued that, though the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a charge-sheet against him, the court had not taken cognisance of it and so he should be granted default bail.
Jan 18, 2022 03:24 PM IST
Congress releases 3rd list of candidates for Goa polls
Congress released its third list of candidates for the upcoming state assembly elections in Goa. Michael Lobo, who recently quit the BJP and joined the Congress has been given the Calangute seat.
Jan 18, 2022 02:59 PM IST
‘We will win by 2/3rd margin’: AAP’s Punjab CM candidate Mann
Aam Aadmi Party’s CM candidate for the upcoming Punjab polls Bhagwant Mann said that his party will win with two-thirds majority, reports ANI.
“Have to deal with several problems in Punjab. Focus will be on providing jobs to youth. ‘Mafia raj’ will be abolished. I belong to a middle-class family, never thought of reaching here. Will win seats by 2/3 margin,” he said.
Jan 18, 2022 02:42 PM IST
Rajnath Singh’s writes to TN CM Stalin on exclusion of tableau in R-Day parade
This is also to bring to your kind info that during the last few years, tableaux from the State govt of Tamil Nadu has been selected for participation in R-Day during 2017, 2019,2020, & 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh further added in the letter to Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh wrote to Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, replying to the CM’s letter regarding the exclusion of the state’s tableau from the Republic Day parade this year.
Jan 18, 2022 02:14 PM IST
Kerala reports 63 new Omicron cases, state tally reaches 591
63 more Omicron confirmed in Kerala today, taking the case tally to 591. Of 591 cases, 401 persons arrived from ‘low-risk’ countries, 101 persons from ‘high-risk’ countries, 70 persons were contacts of patients and 19 reached from other States, announced Kerala health minister’s office.
Jan 18, 2022 02:12 PM IST
Akhilesh Yadav promises free electricity up to 300 units to domestic users
Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday announced a major subsidy scheme and promised up to 300 units of electricity free to domestic consumers in Uttar Pradesh if voted to power. Read more
Jan 18, 2022 12:42 PM IST
3% voters named Navjot Sidhu as Punjab CM face of AAP, says Kejriwal
Making the announcement, Kejriwal said that 3 per cent of respondents also named Navjot Sidhu as the CM face of AAP in Punjab.
Jan 18, 2022 12:18 PM IST
Bhagwant Mann to be AAP’s CM candidate for Punjab assembly elections, announces Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal announces Bhagwant Mann as AAP’s chief ministerial candidate for Punjab assembly elections.
“21 lakh plus responses received. Besides Mann, LOP Harpal Cheema, State in-charge Jarnail Singh and co-incharge Raghav Chadha present. “Wherever I went, everyone asked me dulha kaun hoga. We decided to ask 3 crore people of Punjab,” says Kejriwal.
Jan 18, 2022 12:17 PM IST
WATCH: Arvind Kejriwal set to announce AAP CM candidate for Punjab
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal addresses press conference to announce the party’s chief minister candidate for Punjab.
Jan 18, 2022 11:28 AM IST
PM Modi interacts with BJP workers in Varanasi ahead of UP polls
PM Modi begins interaction with BJP workers of his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Modi asks about poll atmosphere in Kashi.
Jan 18, 2022 11:02 AM IST
Noted cartoonist Narayan Debnath, Padma Shri awardee, dies at 98
Prominent cartoonist Narayan Debnath, who received the prestigious Padma Shri in 2021, died at the age of 98 in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Jan 18, 2022 10:33 AM IST
India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination exceeds 158.04 crore
India’s cumulative #COVID19 vaccination coverage exceeds 158.04 crores, as nearly 80 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
The Union health ministry said on Tuesday that the total number of vaccinations in India against Covid-19 have exceeded 158.04 crore, adding, nearly 80 lakh doses were administered to eligible beneficiaries in the last 24 hours.
Jan 18, 2022 10:20 AM IST
ED conducts multi raids in Punjab, residence of CM Channi’s nephew being searched
Enforcement Directorate is conducting a raid at Punjab chief minster Charanjit Channi’s nephew Honey’s residence in Homeland Heights. The ED raids are underway at 10 location across Punjab in illegal sand mining case.
Jan 18, 2022 09:24 AM IST
India reports 2,38,018 new Covid cases, 310 deaths in 24 hours; daily positivity rate at 14.43%
India reported 2,38,018 COVID cases (20,071 less than yesterday), 310 deaths, and 1,57,421 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
Jan 18, 2022 08:51 AM IST
North Korea says it was testing “tactical guided missiles”
North Korea says it conducted a test of “tactical guided missiles” in its fourth round of missile launches this month. The announcement comes a day after South Korea’s military detected the North launching two ballistic missiles into the sea.
Jan 18, 2022 08:39 AM IST
Delhi AQI deteriorates to ‘very poor’ category with AQI at 312
The air quality in the national capital on Tuesday deteriorated to ‘very poor’ from ‘poor’ category with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 312, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
Jan 18, 2022 08:22 AM IST
Earthquake of 4.3 magnitude strikes Manipur
An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 occurred around 7:52am at Churachandpur, Manipur, 46km East-Northeast of Ngopa, Mizoram, stated National Center for Seismology.
Jan 18, 2022 08:10 AM IST
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu tests positive for Covid-19
I’ve tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions.
I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) January 18, 2022
Jan 18, 2022 08:05 AM IST
Al-Qaeda outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s claim of Delhi bomb scare bogus: Delhi police
Al-Qaeda outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s claim of Delhi bomb scare bogus, says Delhi police. An unidentified bag carrying an IED was recovered from Ghazipur Flower Market area last week.
Jan 18, 2022 08:01 AM IST
J&K govt takes control of Kashmir Press Club, says it has ‘ceased to exist’
The Kashmir Press Club has “ceased to exist”, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said on Monday as it took back the premises allotted to the largest journalists’ body in the Valley following “dissensions” between two factions, one of which had tacit support from the government.
Jan 18, 2022 06:21 AM IST
Pulwama gets first RT-PCR testing lab amidst 3rd wave of Covid pandemic
Pulwama received its first RT-PCR testing lab amidst the third wave of COVID pandemic.
“Earlier, we had to send samples to Srinagar and reports would come after two days. Now, people can get their test report within a day,” an official of the health department said on Monday.
Jan 18, 2022 06:17 AM IST
Multi-layer security cover, facial recognition systems in place across Delhi for R-Day celebration
After the improvised explosive device (IED) was found at Ghazipur Flower Market ahead of the Republic Day and later diffused, the Delhi Police have fortified areas in and around Rajpath with multi-layer security cover, installed facial recognition systems (FRS) and over 300 CCTVs.
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In a video posted on Twitter, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Modiji, remember one thing, you have used ED, CBI, Income Tax department and the CBDT against several Congress leaders. But we will neither be afraid nor bow down.”
Published on Jan 18, 2022 07:14 PM IST
Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
Once the bridge across Pangong lake is complete, it will cut the 200km distance from Chinese troop positions on the north bank to a key PLA base at Rutog by around 150 km
Published on Jan 18, 2022 07:10 PM IST
In his letter, Singh said that he respected the West Bengal CM’s sentiments and it was for this reason he wanted to personally inform Banerjee about the selection process. Singh said of the tableaux proposals submitted by 29 states and UTs, 12 were finally approved.
Published on Jan 18, 2022 07:00 PM IST
In a letter, additional secretary in the ministry Arti Ahuja said this was required keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific geographies within the states and UTS.
Published on Jan 18, 2022 06:26 PM IST
Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A new show with 1,000 drones is expected to add sparkle to the Beating Retreat ceremony on January 29, which marks the culmination of the Republic Day celebrations.
Published on Jan 18, 2022 06:16 PM IST
A woman Maoist cadre was gunned down in a separate encounter at Marjum area of Sukma district. The woman killed in the encounter in Sukma was identified as Munni, and was an area committee member of Maoists, carrying a reward of ₹5 lakh on her head.
Published on Jan 18, 2022 05:42 PM IST
BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu/Ritesh Mishra
The border guarding force had received inputs that a few drivers were involved in trans-border crimes such as smuggling of gold, silver, phensedyl syrup, drugs etc, while engaged in export and import of goods between India and Bangladesh, following which surprise checks were carried out at the Petrapole ICP on January 16 and 17.
Published on Jan 18, 2022 04:35 PM IST
In a series of tweets, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said the efforts to resolve the border issues with Meghalaya have started bearing fruits as six of the 12 areas of difference have been identified for resolution in the first phase.
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 04:18 PM IST
Taking to Twitter, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote, “Sulli bai, then Bulli bai and now indecent sexual remarks against Muslim girls on the Clubhouse app! How long will this last? I have sent a notice to the Delhi Police with regard to the Clubhouse case to arrest criminals soon after filing an FIR.”
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 03:33 PM IST
Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
The embassy in Abu Dhabi also said two of the six people injured in Monday’s attack were Indian nationals and were discharged after medical treatment
Published on Jan 18, 2022 01:25 PM IST