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Dec 24, 2021 09:46 PM IST
MiG-21 aircraft of the IAF crashes in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer
A MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer on Friday evening. The aircraft crashed near the Desert National Park Area. No details about the pilot are known at the moment.
Dec 24, 2021 09:37 PM IST
Kerala reports 8 more Omicron cases
Eight more people tested positive for Omicron in Kerala today, the total number in the State is 37. The first Omicron case in the State has been discharged: Health Minister Veena George
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— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2021
Kerala on Friday reported eight more cases of Omicron, which pushed the total count to 37.
Dec 24, 2021 08:50 PM IST
BMC makes 7-day home quarantine must for all arrivals from Dubai
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday issued guidelines for all passengers arriving in Mumbai from Dubai in view of the threat posed by the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Read more
Dec 24, 2021 08:00 PM IST
Maharashtra’s Omicron count crosses 100-mark
Maharashtra’s Omicron count crossed 100-mark on Friday after 20 new cases were reported during the day. The capital city Mumbai reported 11 Omicron case
Dec 24, 2021 07:18 PM IST
Haryana considering imposing night curfew from 11pm-5am: State govt
The Haryana govt announced on Friday that unvaccinated people will not be allowed to enter public places in the state from January 1. The state governnment also added that it is considering imposing a night curfew from 11pm till 5am.
Dec 24, 2021 07:08 PM IST
Gujarat imposes night curfew in 8 cities in view of Covid-19 crisis
Night curfew to be in force from 11pm to 5am daily in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Gandhinagar and Junagadh from 25th December, in view of current COVID19 situation: Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office#Omicron
— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2021
Dec 24, 2021 05:49 PM IST
Delhi reports 180 new Covid-19 cases, 82 more recoveries
The national capital on Friday reported 180 new Covid-19 cases and 82 more recoveries.
Dec 24, 2021 05:33 PM IST
India’s Omicron count at 358; 183 such cases analysed, says health ministry
The Union health ministry said on Friday that 17 states and Union Territories (UTs) in India have reported cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in South Africa in November. Read more
Dec 24, 2021 05:13 PM IST
Odisha restricts Christmas and New Year celebrations in view of Covid
In view of the current Covid situation, Odisha Government has restricted the Christmas & New Year celebrations w.e.f 25th Dec to 2nd Jan. Social gatherings, rallies, orchestras, celebrations in hotels, clubs, restaurants, parks, etc will be banned across the State pic.twitter.com/oF43jI2SP2
— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2021
The Odisha government has restricted Christmas and New Year celebrations starting from Saturday in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation.
Dec 24, 2021 04:40 PM IST
Treatment protocols for Delta and Covid-19 will apply to Omicron: Health ministry
The treatment protocols for COVID-19 & Delta will apply to Omicron. While the evidence emerges, the immune escape potential for Delta is higher & its high transmission rates will lead to high surge cases: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on COVID19 pic.twitter.com/3vU9opYFdz
— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2021
Dec 24, 2021 04:06 PM IST
India reporting less than 10k new Covid-19 cases for last 1 month: Health ministry
The Union health ministry said on Friday that the country has been reporting less than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases for the last one month.
Dec 24, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Ludhiana blast: Court running as per routine, security tightened, say police
A day after an explosion occurred on the premises of the Ludhiana district court, police said on Friday that security has been tightened around the court complex and the court is running as per routine. Read more
Dec 24, 2021 03:42 PM IST
Ludhiana court explosion: Will act against those spoiling Punjab’s atmosphere, says law minister
Punjab | I’ve come here to give confidence to people of Punjab. I want to assure you all that State & Central govts will work together and will take strict actions against those who are trying to spoil the atmosphere of Punjab&country: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in Ludhiana pic.twitter.com/kLhQxy10bJ
— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2021
Union law minister Kiren Rijiju said on Friday that the Centre and the Punjab government will work together and take strict actions against those who are trying to spoil the atmosphere of the state as well as the whole country.
Dec 24, 2021 02:49 PM IST
Delhi achieves 100% coverage in first dose Covid vaccination, says CM Kejriwal
??Delhi completes first dose to 100% eligible people – 148.33 lakh
Salute to Doctors, ANMs, Teachers, ASHAs, CDVs and all other Frontline workers. Congratulations to DMs, CDMOs, DIOs and all district functionaries
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 24, 2021
Dec 24, 2021 02:38 PM IST
Harbhajan Singh announces retirement from cricket
Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Read more
Dec 24, 2021 02:28 PM IST
Puducherry adds 20 new Covid-19 cases, 12 recoveries
Puducherry on Friday added 20 new cases and 12 more recoveries due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), taking the caseload and cumulative recoveries to 129, 394 and 127,360 respectively. No new deaths were reported for a fifth consecutive day and the toll remains unchanged at 1,880.
Dec 24, 2021 01:43 PM IST
If elected, will ensure there’s no sacrilege: Arvind Kejriwal
If we are elected, we will ensure that there is no sacrilege of any religion, and those involved in sacrilege are punished. All bomb blasts will be investigated, their masterminds will be sent to jail: Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM, in Gurdaspur, Punjab.
Dec 24, 2021 12:56 PM IST
Ludhiana blast: Person who died was likely handler, say police
The Ludhiana court blast occurred at 12:22pm on December 23. Preliminary investigation suggests that the person who died in the blast was the handler/criminal. Forensic experts, bomb experts looking into the matter: Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Ludhiana Police Commissioner
Dec 24, 2021 12:04 PM IST
PM Modi to hold Council of ministers meet next week
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold Council of Minister meet on December 29.
Dec 24, 2021 11:27 AM IST
Andhra Pradesh reports 2 new Omicron cases
Two more cases of Omicron reported in Andhra Pradesh. Total cases at four now: Govt of Andhra Pradesh
Dec 24, 2021 11:14 AM IST
UP govt reimposes night curfew
UP government announces reintroduction of Corona night curfew from the night of December 25. Curfew to be in effect from 11pm to 5am.
Dec 24, 2021 10:54 AM IST
No evidence of sacrilege in Kapurthala, says Punjab CM
In Kapurthala, where a man was lynched for alleged sacrilege, no evidence that sacrilege was done. Matter being probed, FIR to be amended: Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab CM
Dec 24, 2021 10:17 AM IST
Voting underway for Chandigarh civic polls
Voting underway for Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections.
Dec 24, 2021 09:46 AM IST
Rajasthan: Fire breaks out at factory in Kota
Fire breaks out at a chemical factory near City Mall in Rajasthan’s Kota district. Five fire tenders at spot.
Dec 24, 2021 09:29 AM IST
Markets open in red
Sensex slips 33.6 points to 57,281.68 in opening session, Nifty declines 5.90 points to 17,066.70.
Dec 24, 2021 09:26 AM IST
India sees 6650 new Covid-19 cases, 11% lower than yesterday
India records 6650 new Covid-19 cases, 7051 recoveries and 374 deaths. Total cases rise to 34, 772,626, including 34,215,977 discharges, 479,133 deaths and 77,516 active cases.
Dec 24, 2021 09:12 AM IST
1.16 million samples tested for Covid-19 on Dec 23: ICMR
A total of 669,809,816 samples tested up to December 23, of which 1,165,887 were tested on December 23: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Dec 24, 2021 08:23 AM IST
Beijing 2022: Japan not to send govt officials
Japan has ‘no plans to send government officials’ to Beijing Olympics, reports AFP citing govt officials.
Dec 24, 2021 08:16 AM IST
Rajiv Gandhi case convict Nalini to be released on parole today
Nalini Sriharan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, to be released on a month-long parole today.
Dec 24, 2021 07:31 AM IST
Air quality deteriorates to ‘severe’ in Delhi
Delhi’s air quality deteriorates to ‘severe’ category with overall AQI standing at 425: SAFAR-India
Dec 24, 2021 06:49 AM IST
US waives in-person interviews for non-immigrant visas
In-person interviews for H-1B and certain other types of non-immigrant visas have been waived off: State Department
Dec 24, 2021 06:42 AM IST
Italy bans New Year’s Eve celebrations
As daily Covid-19 infections reach record high in Delhi, govt bans all public New Year’s Eve celebrations and makes wearing masks, when outdoor, compulsory again.
Dec 24, 2021 06:09 AM IST
Biden bans imports from China’s Xinjiang
US President Joe Biden signs law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang and imposing sanctions on foreigners responsible for forced labour in the region: White House
Dec 24, 2021 05:48 AM IST
J&K: Encounter breaks out between terrorists and security forces
Encounter breaks out between terrorists and security forces in Mumanhal locality of Arwani area in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir.
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Ahead of New Year’s Eve, prohibitory orders may be in place in Bengaluru: Police chief
This is the second year in a row that Covid-19 related restrictions are in place in Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve. In December 2020, the Karnataka government had announced night curfew in the state from 6 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 09:36 PM IST
Remdesivir to be used in patients with moderate to severe Covid: Health ministry
According to the clinical guidance issued by the Union health ministry for management of the infection in adult patients, Remdesivir has been asked to be “used in patients with moderate to severe Covid-19 and those with no renal or hepatic dysfunction within 10 days of onset of any symptom”.
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 09:36 PM IST
DSK scam: Pune-based builder’s son-in-law gets bail from HC
Bombay HC grants bail to Kedar Vanjpe, who was accused in Rs.2000 crore scam where investors were misled.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 09:17 PM IST
45-yr-old doctor, stabbed trying to protect hospital staffer, dies. She will live
Dr Sanjay Upreti, a cardiologist with the STNM Hospital at Gangtok, the Himalayan state’s capital, was stabbed when he tried to stop an attacker from killing Kala Chettri, a female sanitation staffer at the hospital.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:36 PM IST
9-6 night curbs in Maharashtra amid Omicron spread, cap on wedding guests
Maharashtra on Friday became the first state to have crossed the 100-mark in the number of Omicron cases. Omicron is not yet the dominant variant but is contributing to the spike in the number of Covid cases, experts have observed.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:35 PM IST
Reported by Faisal Malik | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
Evicted families of Assam’s Dhalpur not illegal immigrants or land grabbers, says report
On September 23, 2 civilians were killed in clashes between evicted families and police and 18 other people including policemen were injured during the eviction drive. The state government had evicted the area to make way for an agricultural project for the local indigenous people.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:34 PM IST
Curbs on unvaccinated in Haryana, night curfew in UP; big spike in Delhi, Mumbai
Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat have brought back some restrictions ahead of Christmas and New Year festivities as the Centre has alerted all states and UTs over the rise in Omicron case.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:26 PM IST
Year after accusing him of destabilising YSRCP govt, Jagan to meet CJI Ramana
This is the first time that the chief minister would be meeting Justice Ramana, against whom he had made severe allegations in his complaint to former CJI S A Bobde on October 6, 2020.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 07:58 PM IST
3rd Covid wave in India likely to peak by February 3, projects IIT-Kanpur study
According to the forecast, the third wave of the pandemic will peak on February 3, 2020. Thursday. The rise in the cases will start around December 15, 2021, it said. India has been reporting around 7,000 Covid cases in the past few days, which is not yet an indication of a fresh wave, the health ministry said on Friday.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 07:47 PM IST
Odisha restricts Christmas, NY celebrations in view of Omicron. Details here
Odisha has so far reported 1,053,645 cases, 8,450 deaths, 1,043,391 recoveries and 1,751 active cases due to the coronavirus disease.
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 07:41 PM IST
Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi
Maha legislature not to reply to SC notice on suspension of 12 BJP MLAs
12 legislators were suspended by the Supreme Court for misbehaviour in Speaker’s chamber.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 07:35 PM IST
Doctors reveal how they have treated Omicron patients in Delhi
Unlike the previous variants, Omicron is multiplying in the throat of the patients without affecting the lungs. Hence, Omicron cases are not requiring any other treatment, doctors have said.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 06:30 PM IST
2 more RSS workers held for SDPI leader’s murder in Kerala
SDPI leader Shan (38) and BJP OBC Morcha leader Renjith Sreenivasan (44) were murdered within a span of 12 hours in a radius of 10 km in Alappuzha on Saturday and Sunday sending shockwaves through the state. The police later claimed that both were retaliatory killings.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 06:28 PM IST