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Bajrang Dal claims putting up controversial posters at Varanasi ghats

Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:27 AM IST
The posters read, ‘Ganga, ghats of Varanasi and temples here are symbols of Sanatan Dharma, Indian culture and centre of our faith. Those who follow Sanatan Dharma are welcome at the ghats. These are not picnic spots’.
Bajrang Dal Varanasi convener Nikhil Tripathi Rudra accepted that the posters had been put up by them. (HT Photo)
Bajrang Dal Varanasi convener Nikhil Tripathi Rudra accepted that the posters had been put up by them. (HT Photo)
By, Varanasi

Farm voice takes centre stage in Punjab, BJP unlikely to have it easy

Farm voices are already planning to consolidate their position, with most carrying a strong resentment against PM Modi’s decision in the farm laws, which had to be finally revoked
PM Modi’s security breach, under investigation now, put paid to the BJP’s plans to have a grand launch to its campaign in Punjab; the low turnout in Ferozepur also dashed its hopes. (HT FILE )
PM Modi’s security breach, under investigation now, put paid to the BJP’s plans to have a grand launch to its campaign in Punjab; the low turnout in Ferozepur also dashed its hopes. (HT FILE )
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:27 AM IST
ByVishal Joshi

Punjab asks Covid-hit families to move DC office for financial relief

The Punjab government has asked such families to submit applications to their deputy commissioner’s office at the earliest.
The Punjab government had made an announcement of providing ex gratia compensation of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000 to families of all those who lost their lives to coronavirus in the state in October 2021. (HT Photo)
The Punjab government had made an announcement of providing ex gratia compensation of 50,000 to families of all those who lost their lives to coronavirus in the state in October 2021. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:22 AM IST

Congress CEC to meet tomorrow

Candidates for Punjab assembly elections are expected to be finalised; the screening committee that Congress national general secretary Ajay Maken heads has held four meetings
The Congress CEC meeting, to be chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, will be held through video conferencing. (HT Photo)
The Congress CEC meeting, to be chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, will be held through video conferencing. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:14 AM IST

Take all steps to deal with Covid-19 outbreak: Yogi

Instructing top health officials to activate surveillance teams to full capacity and to increase the number of beds for Covid-19 patients in hospitals, chief minister Yogi Adityanath told them to take all steps to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19 and its effective control, on Thursday
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Thursday. (HT Photo)
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 01:14 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Principally opposed to President’s rule, says SAD president Sukhbir

Sukhbir added that there had been a major breach in PM security in Punjab with chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi squarely responsible for it
SAD president Sukhbir said it should be left to Punjabis to teach the Congress government in Punjab a lesson by shunting it out. (HT Photo)
SAD president Sukhbir said it should be left to Punjabis to teach the Congress government in Punjab a lesson by shunting it out. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:07 AM IST

Another spike in Covid, 2,427 new cases, 5 deaths; Patiala worst-hit

Another spike in Covid is being feared, as over Wednesday and Thursday, Punjab has already seen over 4,200 cases; NIS Patiala has been declared a containment zone
Patiala, alone, accounted for nearly 30% of the cases in the state reported on Thursday, with 687 persons found to be infected. There were five deaths reported as well. (HT Photo)
Patiala, alone, accounted for nearly 30% of the cases in the state reported on Thursday, with 687 persons found to be infected. There were five deaths reported as well. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:01 AM IST

{Lakhimpur Kheri violence} Ashish’s lawyer given copies of documents related to charge-sheet

The charge-sheet in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence was filed on January 3, and now the defence counsel has been supplied carbon copies of statements of nearly 200 witnesses, details of physical and scientific evidences and other related documents
After investigation, the SIT charge-sheeted 13 accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence of October 2021; the name of the 14th accused has also been added. (HT Photo)
After investigation, the SIT charge-sheeted 13 accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence of October 2021; the name of the 14th accused has also been added. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 12:38 AM IST

19,780 cases in city; 1,170 in hospital

The city on Thursday reported 19,780 new Covid-19 cases, making it the second consecutive day with the highest ever cases reported on a single day since the beginning of the pandemic
The city’s recovery rate is 88% with 753,354 recoveries, and mortality rate is 1.92% (Praful Gangurde)
The city’s recovery rate is 88% with 753,354 recoveries, and mortality rate is 1.92% (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 11:23 PM IST
ByMehul R Thakkar

West Bengal man behind Ajnala sacrilege, say police

Police also say that the entire sequence of events has been caught on CCTV of the gurdwara, and a local court had granted the accused West Bengal man to their custody for five days
The West Bengal had been in the village for past 3-4 days, say police, adding that he was caught while coming out of Gurdwara Nanaksar by locals. (HT Photo)
The West Bengal had been in the village for past 3-4 days, say police, adding that he was caught while coming out of Gurdwara Nanaksar by locals. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 07:50 PM IST

At 15°C, Gurugram records first ‘cold day’ of this season

The minimum temperature in the city on Wednesday was recorded at 11°C, which was five degrees above normal, IMD said.
On Wednesday, Gurugram recorded 4.6mm of rainfall from 8.30am to 5.30pm. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
On Wednesday, Gurugram recorded 4.6mm of rainfall from 8.30am to 5.30pm. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 01:31 AM IST

Markets in Gurugram finding it tough to implement vax mandate

While the vaccination mandate announced by the government is being implemented in shopping malls and offices, traditional markets like Sadar Bazar and sector markets are finding it difficult to implement the rule
The Haryana government announced last month that only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter public places such as malls and markets from January 1. (HT archive)
The Haryana government announced last month that only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter public places such as malls and markets from January 1. (HT archive)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 01:26 AM IST

Gurugram reports 1,178 Covid cases with positivity rate of 12%

The district also reported 12 new cases of Omicron variant, taking the tally of such cases to 51 on Wednesday, health officials said
A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test at a UPHC in Sector 31, Gurugram, on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test at a UPHC in Sector 31, Gurugram, on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 01:17 AM IST
BySuparna Roy

Gurugram plans to vaccinate all eligible teens by January 10

The officials also said that the district administration has identified 40,000 people who are eligible for a booster dose which will start from January 10
People queue up outside a polyclinic to get vaccinated against Covid-19, in Gurugram on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
People queue up outside a polyclinic to get vaccinated against Covid-19, in Gurugram on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 01:11 AM IST
BySuparna Roy

Gurugram: Worker dies as heap of metal scrap falls on him, employer booked

The victim lived at Bajghera in a rented accommodation and had started working at the metal scrapyard only four days before the incident, police said
 (Representational image)
(Representational image)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 01:06 AM IST

Gurugram: DTCP demolishes illegal colony in IMT Manesar

The department of town and country planning (DTCP) on Wednesday demolished an illegal colony in the heart of IMT Manesar which was being developed for setting up small industrial units, officials said
An enforcement team, assisted by police, demolished 20 shops and 50 plinths at Baskusla village, officials said. (Sourced)
An enforcement team, assisted by police, demolished 20 shops and 50 plinths at Baskusla village, officials said. (Sourced)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 01:01 AM IST

BJP, protesters upload videos, claiming major breach in PM Modi’s security

The cavalcade of PM Modi and his security remained stuck on a flyover for over 15-20 minutes, with protesters blocking the road that he was to take
Punjab government has been claiming that the protesters were quite distant from the cavalcade of the PM and has tried to deflect responsibility for the major breach in PM Modi security. (ANI)
Punjab government has been claiming that the protesters were quite distant from the cavalcade of the PM and has tried to deflect responsibility for the major breach in PM Modi security. (ANI)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 01:00 AM IST

Covid-19 cases’ spike: HC seeks UP govt reply on PIL on adequate ambulance staff

In the petition, it was stated that in case of spread of the pandemic, and in order to maintain shifts of eight hours there is need of around 27,090 drivers and technical staff each for running ambulances
It was requested that for each ambulance, at least three drivers and three technical staff be appointed for their regular shift of eight hours (HT File Photo)
It was requested that for each ambulance, at least three drivers and three technical staff be appointed for their regular shift of eight hours (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 12:52 AM IST
ByJitendra Sarin, Prayagraj

{CONSTITUENCY WATCH/SAS NAGAR} Multi-party contest likely in changed political scenario

The current political scenario dictates that nothing can be taken from granted; except the fact that there could be surprises in store for all stake-holders.
Mohali sitting MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu of the Congress has won the seat three times in a row since 2007; in MC elections in 2021 too, the Congress won 37 seats of 50. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Mohali sitting MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu of the Congress has won the seat three times in a row since 2007; in MC elections in 2021 too, the Congress won 37 seats of 50. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 12:49 AM IST

UP polls 2022: Over 2.65 lakh new voters added to list in Prayagraj district

In terms of fresh names added to the voter list this time, women voters have surpassed men in the district
11 assembly constituencies of Prayagraj district have witnessed names of more women voters being added to the voter list as compared to new men voters (HT File Photo)
11 assembly constituencies of Prayagraj district have witnessed names of more women voters being added to the voter list as compared to new men voters (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 12:44 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Aligarh reports two Omicron cases

Aligarh reported two cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 on Wednesday after local residents having travel history tested positive for Omicron in genome sequencing of the samples
Aligarh reports two Omicron cases (pic for representation)
Aligarh reports two Omicron cases (pic for representation)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 12:44 AM IST

In biggest spike in 7 months, Punjab sees 1,871 new Covid cases; 7 of Omicron

The Omicron cases are worrying, as this strain on the virus is far more infectious than the previous version; Ludhiana also saw biggest single-day increase in cases since June
The biggest spike comes after positivity rate of Punjab covid cases has also touched 7.95%; there were four death on Wednesday. (HT FILE PHOTO)
The biggest spike comes after positivity rate of Punjab covid cases has also touched 7.95%; there were four death on Wednesday. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 12:35 AM IST

Modi cancelled rally due to vacant chairs in Ferozepur, claims Ugrahan

Ugrahan added farmers entering politics will not change the fate of the common peasant, as the need was to change the system. At some places in Sangrur, farmers also burnt the effigy of Modi.
Ugrahan, the leader of BKU (Ugrahan) claimed that Modi was aware of the vacant chairs in Ferozepur and hence decided to cancel the rally. Farmers protested against the PM in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Ugrahan, the leader of BKU (Ugrahan) claimed that Modi was aware of the vacant chairs in Ferozepur and hence decided to cancel the rally. Farmers protested against the PM in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 12:10 AM IST

Odisha reports five-month high of 1,216 Covid cases

India's active Covid count is 214004, which is witnessing a steady rise daily. In the east, Odisha has reported a five-month high of 1216 Covid positive cases on a single day. 
“Odisha is also witnessing an increase in the number of Omicron patients. Therefore, we need to take immediate measures to ensure better COVID-19 management, without causing much inconvenience to the people”, said CM Naveen Patnaik.(HT_PRINT)
“Odisha is also witnessing an increase in the number of Omicron patients. Therefore, we need to take immediate measures to ensure better COVID-19 management, without causing much inconvenience to the people”, said CM Naveen Patnaik.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 02:29 PM IST
Written by Vanshika Lohia | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Nine mobile teams for monitoring Covid cases in Gurugram

Currently, over 2,300 patients are under home isolation in Gurugram, with areas under urban primary health centres of Tigra (186) and Chanderlok (288) have the highest number of active cases
 (Representational image)
(Representational image)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 01:17 AM IST

Gurugram: Installing gates on internal roads allowed with rider

The department of town and country planning (DTCP) on Tuesday said that it was decided by a district-level committee headed by deputy commissioner that gates would be allowed on internal roads that intersect 18-metre and 24-metre roads on a conditional basis
 (Representational image)
(Representational image)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 01:12 AM IST

Gurugram: Man fakes his own kidnapping, demands 2 lakh ransom from wife

A 30-year-old operations executive working at a beer café in Sector 29 allegedly staged his own kidnapping and demanded a ransom of 2 lakh from his wife, as he wanted to go on a vacation with his friends, police said on Tuesday
 (Representational image)
(Representational image)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 01:03 AM IST

Campaign to expose critics of Hindutva from Jan 11: Sant Samiti

Swami Jitendranand Saraswati, general secretary of the samiti said the drive will be launched in villages of Uttar Pradesh (UP) with sant sammelans at 13 places.
Swami Jitendranand Saraswati, general secretary of the samiti (sourced)
Swami Jitendranand Saraswati, general secretary of the samiti (sourced)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 01:00 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gurugram: Liquor shop owners protest curtailed business hours

Liquor shop owners in the city on Tuesday protested outside the excise office in Sector 34, demanding that they should be allowed to keep their shops open till 11pm instead of 5pm under the current Covid-19 guidelines
Liquor traders protest outside the excise office against the fresh Covid guidelines directing closure of wine shops by 5pm, at Sector 34 in Gurugram on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Liquor traders protest outside the excise office against the fresh Covid guidelines directing closure of wine shops by 5pm, at Sector 34 in Gurugram on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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