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  • Dec 08, 2021 01:36 PM IST

    Army chopper carrying senior defence officials crashes in Tamil Nadu

    CDS Bipin Rawat, his staff and some family members were in the Mi-series chopper that crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu. Search and rescue operations launched from nearby bases, news agency ANI reported qouting sources.

  • Dec 08, 2021 01:03 PM IST

    As Omicron spreads, Europe cautioned over rising Covid-19 cases, deaths

    Deaths and hospitalisations from Covid-19 will continue to rise in Europe in the coming weeks as vaccination rates remain insufficient to counter the trends, a key European health agency warned Tuesday. Read More

  • Dec 08, 2021 11:37 AM IST

    In fresh letter to SKM, Centre says ready to accept all demands of farmers

    In fresh letter to SKM, Centre says ready to accept all demands of farmers. Five-member SKM team currently in an informal huddle in Capital. Main discussion set to begin at 2pm on a decision whether to call off stir.

  • Dec 08, 2021 11:10 AM IST

    SC stays proceedings in FIRs registered by Tripura police against journalists

    The Supreme Court stays proceedings arising out of FIRs registered by Tripura police against two journalists over their reports on communal violence in the state; issues notice to the police.

  • Dec 08, 2021 10:40 AM IST

    Activities level are reaching pre-pandemic levels: RBI

    Globally, economies are opening up, activities level are reaching pre-pandemic level, says Governor Shaktikanta Das. 

  • Dec 08, 2021 10:38 AM IST

    ‘Outrageous and unprecedented’: Sonia Gandi on suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs

    At CPP meet, Sonia Gandhi terms suspension of 12 Opposition Rajya Sabha MPs as outrageous and unprecedented. She also said it violates both Constitution and rules. 

  • Dec 08, 2021 10:21 AM IST

    RBI retains GDP growth target at 9.5% in FY22

    The projection for real GDP growth is retained at 9.5% in 2021-22, consisting of 6.6% in Q3, and 6% in Q4. Real GDP growth is projected at 17.2% for Q1 of 2022-23 and at 7.8% for Q2 of 2022-23: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

  • Dec 08, 2021 10:20 AM IST

    RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 4%, retains accommodative policy stance

    Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep the policy repo rate at 4% and the stance remains accommodative. MSF rate and bank rate remain unchanged at 4.25%. Reverse repo rate also remains unchanged at 3.35%: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das following MPC meeting

  • Dec 08, 2021 08:45 AM IST

    SKM’s 5-member committee to hold urgent meeting today

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s 5-member committee to hold an urgent meeting in New Delhi at 10 am today, news agency ANI reported.

  • Dec 08, 2021 07:27 AM IST

    Encounter underway in Shopian

    Encounter has started at Check Cholan area of Shopian districts in Jammu and Kashmir. Further details shall follow.

  • Dec 08, 2021 07:10 AM IST

    Pfizer shot gives less immunity to Omicron than to other strains: Early study

    Researchers in South Africa have found in an early study that Pfizer’s vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) actually provides less immunity to the Omicron variant than to other major versions of the virus. Read More

  • Dec 08, 2021 06:17 AM IST

    Australia follows US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

    Australia will not send officials to the upcoming winter Olympics in Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday, joining a US diplomatic boycott of the event. Read More

New video embarrasses Boris Johnson on alleged illegal party

Pressure mounted on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson after a video emerged showing key aides joking about a party in Downing Street last Christmas at a time when such gatherings were banned.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(AFP)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(AFP)

Updated on Dec 08, 2021 01:23 PM IST

As Omicron spreads, Europe cautioned over rising Covid-19 cases, deaths

The ECDC said it has recorded at least 274 Omicron cases in 19 European countries. The agency added that there have yet to be reports of severe illness or death, but it’s still too early to draw conclusions from that.

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 as they walk past a store decorated as part of Christmas lightings in Paris, on Monday, December 6, 2021. (AP)

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 as they walk past a store decorated as part of Christmas lightings in Paris, on Monday, December 6, 2021. (AP)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 12:05 PM IST

78% of Canadians favour some form of boycott of Winter Olympics in Beijing: Poll

Ottawa is expected to announce its decision with regard to the upcoming Olympics Games in Beijing in the days ahead, but nearly four in five Canadians favour a diplomatic boycott.

The Beijing 2022 logo that is seen outside the headquarters of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Shougang Park, the site of a former steel mill, in Beijing, China. Ottawa is expected to announce its decision with regard to the upcoming Olympics Games in Beijing in the days ahead, but nearly four in five Canadians favour a diplomatic boycott. (REUTERS)

The Beijing 2022 logo that is seen outside the headquarters of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Shougang Park, the site of a former steel mill, in Beijing, China. Ottawa is expected to announce its decision with regard to the upcoming Olympics Games in Beijing in the days ahead, but nearly four in five Canadians favour a diplomatic boycott. (REUTERS)

Updated on Dec 08, 2021 12:32 PM IST

ByAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda

‘Like all mothers’: Maryan Nawaz Sharif has an appeal over her son’s wedding

Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s son Junaid had married Ayesha Saif, daughter of former Ehtesab Bureau head Saifur Rehman Khan, in London early this year. Maryam could not attend the wedding as she was on the no-fly list. Now, celebratory events are being held in Lahore

Maryam Nawaz said her son's wedding is a private family affair. (AP)

Maryam Nawaz said her son’s wedding is a private family affair. (AP)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 09:47 AM IST

‘Mountains can’t stop the river’: China’s reply to Australia boycotting Olympics

Canberra’s decision to join the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics comes amid “disagreement” with China over a slew of issues that have plunged relations into the most serious crisis since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

Pictured above are Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison (L) and China's president Xi Jinping (R). (REUTERS / File Photo)

Pictured above are Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison (L) and China’s president Xi Jinping (R). (REUTERS / File Photo)

Updated on Dec 08, 2021 09:39 AM IST

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Jab mandates absolute last resort: WHO

More and more countries in Europe, including Germany, are debating whether to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory after Austria announced in November it would make inoculations compulsory as of February 1 next year, prompting large protests.

EU health agencies have recommended that Covid-19 vaccines be mixed and matched for both initial courses and booster doses as the region battles rising cases ahead of Christmas.(AFP)

EU health agencies have recommended that Covid-19 vaccines be mixed and matched for both initial courses and booster doses as the region battles rising cases ahead of Christmas.(AFP)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 06:49 AM IST

Pfizer shot gives less immunity to Omicron than to other strains: Early study

Omicron resulted in about a 40-fold reduction in levels of neutralising antibodies produced by people who had received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech SE shot, compared with the strain detected in China almost two years ago.

Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine has been seen to be providing less immunity to Omicron than to other variants in an early study. (REUTERS / File Photo)

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine has been seen to be providing less immunity to Omicron than to other variants in an early study. (REUTERS / File Photo)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 06:37 AM IST

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Biden, Putin hold key summit on Ukraine

Russian TV footage showed Biden and Putin greeting each other in a friendly manner at the start of what was expected to be a tense exchange. Biden told Putin he hoped their next meeting would be in person.

US officials said before the video conference that Biden would tell Putin that Russia and its banks could be hit with the toughest economic sanctions yet if it attacks Ukraine.(AP file photo)

US officials said before the video conference that Biden would tell Putin that Russia and its banks could be hit with the toughest economic sanctions yet if it attacks Ukraine.(AP file photo)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 06:32 AM IST

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Updated on Dec 08, 2021 01:41 PM IST

Lee statue in Charlottesville to be melted down for new art

The city council decided how to dispose of the now-removed statue at the center of the Unite the Right rally in 2017 during a meeting that stretched into Tuesday morning, The Daily Progress reported.

Workers prepare to remove the monument of Confederate General Robert E Lee.(AP)

Workers prepare to remove the monument of Confederate General Robert E Lee.(AP)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 06:14 AM IST

France arrested wrong man over Khashoggi murder: Saudi Arabia

  • The man was detained by border police on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Turkey as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, judicial and airport sources told AFP, asking not to be named.

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(AFP)

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(AFP)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 06:11 AM IST

Omicron not more severe than Delta, existing vaccines will work: WHO

Meanwhile, researchers in South Africa have found that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine actually provides less immunity to the Omicron variant than to other major versions of the virus.

Omicron’s rapid spread in South Africa has raised concern that the immune protection from vaccination may not be enough, but experts disagree. (REUTERS / File Photo)

Omicron’s rapid spread in South Africa has raised concern that the immune protection from vaccination may not be enough, but experts disagree. (REUTERS / File Photo)

Published on Dec 08, 2021 06:06 AM IST

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Australia follows US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Canberra’s decision comes amid “disagreement” with China over a number of issues, including Australia’s foreign interference laws and a recent decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, Morrison said.

Pictured above are Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison (L) and China's president Xi Jinping (R). (REUTERS / File Photo)

Pictured above are Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison (L) and China’s president Xi Jinping (R). (REUTERS / File Photo)

Updated on Dec 08, 2021 07:17 AM IST

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