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Subtle but uncertain shifts emerge in Mizoram’s delicate refugee policy

Published on Jul 14, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Aizawl should ensure that the biometric data of refugees remains securely confined to a local database and not used to deport refugees back to war-torn Myanmar.

Champai: Indian citizens shake hands with Myanmar nationals during a rally against scrapping of the Free Movement Regime (FMR), at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate, at Zokhawthar village along India-Myanmar border, in Champhai district of Mizoram, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Post Pezeshkian’s win, the said and unsaid of Iran’s future foreign policy

Facing economic turmoil and geopolitical shifts, Masoud Pezeshkian aims to improve relations with Europe while strengthening ties with China and Russia

Iran's President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian gestures during a gathering with his supporters at the shrine of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in south of Tehran, Iran July 6, 2024. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS (via REUTERS)
Published on Jul 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Infiltration – a major concern for internal security in Tripura

The BSF has strengthened its operation against trans-border criminals and has cracked down on the networks of touts and smuggling of contraband items.

Agartala, Jul 12 (ANI): Border Security Force (BSF) officials inspect the Single Row Fencing (SRF) at the Kathalchari Border Out Post area (India-Bangladesh border) (ANI Photo)(Papan Das)
Published on Jul 13, 2024 07:30 AM IST
ByPriyanka Deb Barman

How the Ellora caves are facing the brunt of security risks and a lack of funds

Proposed measures like CCTVs and metal detectors face delays due to funding shortages, leaving the UNESCO site vulnerable

A group of devotees gathered in Ellora caves(HT File)
Published on Jul 12, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Legally Speaking | The never-ending controversy of NEET 2024

Many students spend years preparing for the exam. The 24 lakh candidates are competing to secure admission in only 1.08 lakh seats

A protest being held over the alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 at Jantar Mantar on Monday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 12, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Uncertain days ahead for France amidst political gridlock

The snap election leads to a hung Parliament. The resulting political stalemate threatens governance and economy in France.

Participants wave French national tricolors during an election night rally following the first results of the second round of France's legislative election at Place de la Republique in Paris on July 7, 2024. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand / AFP)
Published on Jul 10, 2024 11:54 PM IST

“Azm-e-Istehkam”: Unpacking Pakistan’s much-touted counterterror operation

Despite consensus among stakeholders, political opposition to "Vision Azm-e-Istehkam," remains, with concerns about civilian displacement

Kishtwar: Security personnel stand guard in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, Monday, June 24, 2024. (PTI Photo(PTI)
Published on Jul 09, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Why does a 12-year-old political murder still haunt Kerala's ruling CPI(M)?

The Kerala government recently attempted to grant remission to some convicts in the Chandrasekharan case, sparking controversy and criticism.

The Vijayan government is criticised for allegedly making repeated concessions to the convicts in the Chandrasekharan case(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 08, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Understanding the Supreme Court’s stance on the right to a speedy trial

Historical rulings have reinforced this right, aimed at mandating swift justice to prevent undue incarceration.

The significant delay in the completion of trials is one of the most serious concerns facing India’s justice system (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 08, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Challenges and opportunities in Delhi-Doha ties

While the India-Qatar relationship has seen significant growth, ties between the two countries are marked by complexities and challenges.

Doha, June 30 (ANI): EAM S. Jaishankar meets Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani in Doha on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (S Jaishankar X)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Behind the lingering spectre of the President’s Rule in Manipur

Despite the severe ethnic violence and governance issues in Manipur, the Modi government has opted for alternative measures over the President’s Rule

FILE PHOTO: Security personnel stand guard in front of their armoured vehicle outside a polling station during a rerun voting at 11 polling stations, in Imphal, Manipur, India, April 22, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 08:15 AM IST

Priyanka Gandhi's candidature in Wayanad could strengthen the Cong's position

Congress banks on Priyanka Gandhi's campaign efforts to reclaim key seats in Kerala's by-elections, amid strong competition from BJP and CPM.

(IMAGE VIA @priyankagandhi**) Rae Bareli: In this Tuesday, June 11, 2024 file image, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses a public meeting, in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Published on Jul 06, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Justice Chandru Report and the fight against caste-based discrimination

Jurist K Chandru, the one-person commission appointed to look into the Nanguneri incident of caste violence, inspired the 2021 Tamil movie, Jai Bhim.

Tamil Nadu still witnesses the persistent prevalence of caste-based discrimination and dislikes with a caste-based sense of pride carried over from generation to generation. (Representative Image/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2024 12:57 AM IST

A look at the new law brought in to check cheating in exams

Section 10 of the new bill specifies imprisonment for five to 10 years and a ₹1 crore fine, significantly higher than those under the earlier 1998 act.

New Delhi: Members of various student organisations stage a protest against the National Testing Agency (NTA) over the alleged irregularities in NEET-UG exams 2024, at Janter Manter, in New Delhi, Wednesday, July 3, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI)
Published on Jul 05, 2024 12:32 AM IST

From Medha Patkar to Rahul Gandhi: A look at key defamation cases

Several politicians, activists and journalists have been at the centre of high-profile defamation cases.

On July 3, the Calcutta High Court adjourned the defamation suit filed by West Bengal Governor Ananda Bose against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other Trinamool Congress Leaders. (PTI)
Published on Jul 04, 2024 11:57 PM IST

Battery swapping: The key to India’s e-bus adoption strategy

Separating batteries from buses would enable swapping operators to own the batteries instead of the bus owner, dramatically reducing the bus' capital cost

E-bus in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 04, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Naga women enter urban local bodies of the state after a long, hard struggle

In November last year, the state assembly passed a fresh municipal bill with the mandatory one-third reservation of seats for women in local bodies.

Naga women arrive to cast their votes in Chedema village, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)(AP)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 11:39 PM IST
ByAlice Yhoshü

Assam: Police crackdown on a syndicate-run cyber frauds in Morigaon

Until May this year, police had seized 7688 fake sim cards, over 250 PAN cards, 175 mobile phones, 300 ATM cards and around 200 chequebooks

Police have arrested over 200 youths from the Morigaon district in just over a year for their alleged involvement in hundreds of online bank frauds.(Morigaon Police/X)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByBiswa Kalyan Purkayastha

Why is 'atheist' DMK government organising a global conference on Lord Murugan?

The unusual event has triggered different interpretations with different interest groups looking at it differently

A large statue of Lord Murugan is illuminated as devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 9, 2017. (Lai Seng Sin / REUTERS)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Climate change and tourist rush pose challenges to pristine glacial-clad Kinnaur

Unexpected rainfall, heavy traffic jams in summer and plastic pollution plague the once pristine and remote parts of Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur: Election officials arrive at Tashigang, the world's highest polling station, on the eve of the last phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Kinnaur district, Friday, May 31, 2024. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma) (PTI)
Published on Jul 02, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Eye on the Middle East | How China-Saudi defence ties are evolving

With a fresh Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in place between both states since 2022, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is also aligned with China’s BRI.

China’s Defence Minister Dong Jun (right) with his Saudi counterpart Prince Khalid bin Salman on June 25(Photo: X/@modgovksa)
Published on Jul 02, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Space: The final (legal) frontier

Can countries stake a claim on the moon? Can countries place their weapons in space? Shedding light on the treaties that govern our activities, beyond Earth

Given the immense potential of space, can wars actually be fought in space? Can weapons be deployed on celestial bodies?(Pixabay)
Published on Jul 02, 2024 07:00 AM IST
ByKiran Mehta

Karnataka Congress’ internecine strife spills out into the open

Seven of the nine seats the party won in the state are from Kalyana Karnataka, the region to which Mallikarjun Kharge belongs

Congress' newly elected MP from Wayanad and Raebareli Rahul Gandhi holds a meeting with party leaders at the Congress Bhavan in Bengaluru on Friday. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and State Dy CM DK Shivakumar also seen. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 01, 2024 11:41 PM IST

The present and future of sustainable cooling in Delhi

According to the Multiple Indicator Survey (2020-2021), 32% of Delhi's 35,46,200 households have access to air conditioners, amounting to 11,34,784 households.

Air conditioners installed at a building near Jhandewalan, in New Delhi (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 01, 2024 11:13 PM IST

Kissa Kursi Ka, Sarpatta, Yamagola: A look at movies that took on the Emergency

Actor-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut is the latest in the line of filmmakers who have something to say about a “black chapter” in India’s history

Arya and Pasupathy in Sarpatta Parambarai. A number of films made in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil have explored the Emergency and its aftermath — some as recent as Pa Ranjith’s Sarpatta Parambarai (2021), a period sports drama set in 1975, which explores the world of boxing in north Madras in the 1970s.
Published on Jul 01, 2024 04:07 PM IST

In Mumu Shelley, a heartwarming tale of finding connections in unexpected places

How two women, worlds and ages apart from each other, hang out on a night they are forced to spend together in this funny, absurdist tale

A still from Mumu Shelley(Batul Mukhtiar / Orange Peel Films)
Published on Jul 01, 2024 08:00 AM IST

HistoriCity | Delhi’s place of pride in the gay rights movement in India

As this year’s pride month draws to a close let’s look back at the history of legal battles fought over the now-decriminalised Section 377

Eight years of legal battle ended with cries of joy and disbelief among gay activists and their allies across the country. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP File)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 10:22 PM IST

Kallakurichi hooch tragedy reignites debate over prohibition in Tamil Nadu

Historian AK Perumal recalled that prohibition was a key campaign issue in the first general election held to the Madras legislative assembly in 1937

Kallakurichi: Relatives mourn near the mortal remains of people who died after consuming spurious liquor, in Kallakurichi, Friday, June 21, 2024. (PTI Photo/R Senthilkumar) (PTI)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 08:15 AM IST

Unprecedented Hajj heat: Mercury spikes 2.5 degree Celsius above previous record

Scientists call it an ‘uncommon event’; heatwaves driven by human-induced climate change with a minor role in natural variability

(FILES) Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun as they arrive at the base of Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy, during the annual hajj pilgrimage on June 15, 2024. Saudi Arabia said on June 23 that more than 1,300 faithful died during the hajj pilgrimage which took place during intense heat, and that most of the deceased did not have official permits. (Photo by Fadel SENNA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Tracing the historical evolution of the Enemy Agents Ordinance, 1948

Primary criticism against the act is that existing legislations are equipped to handle relevant issues

Reasi: Security personnel during a search operation after a bus carrying pilgrims was ambushed by terrorists, in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, Monday, June 10, 2024. At least 9 people were killed and 33 others suffered injuries in the terror attack on the bus, according to officials. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 07:00 AM IST
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