Sanya Mathur
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Texas shooting: A history of gun violence in US, and a call for tougher laws

  • On his 18th birthday, Salvador Ramos shot and killed at least 19 students and two adults after he opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, highlighting how out of control America’s gun problem has become.
Law enforcement work the scene after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 18 children were killed in Uvalde, Texas.(AFP)
Law enforcement work the scene after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 18 children were killed in Uvalde, Texas.(AFP)
Updated on May 25, 2022 06:54 PM IST
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Canada’s British Columbia feels the effects of climate change

Many Canadians who have been affected by landslides and flooding in British Columbia last week brought on by massive rains, which experts say have been made worse by climate change
Houses and farms are seen cut off after record rainfall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on November 17, 2021. (AFP/File)
Houses and farms are seen cut off after record rainfall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on November 17, 2021. (AFP/File)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 10:32 PM IST
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BySanya Mathur

As festivals continue in India, how the world suffered due to crowded gatherings

Whether it’s a religious event or a conference or a rally, super-spreading events that can infect dozens, hundreds, even thousands, of people have illustrated the potential for the coronavirus to infect in dramatic bursts
People standing to receive food aid distributed by the
People standing to receive food aid distributed by the "G10 das Favelas", a group of slum entrepreneurs, amid the coronavirus disease pandemic at Heliopolis slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 15, 2021 09:48 AM IST
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French Senate clears controversial “separatism bill”

Lawmakers in the French parliament’s upper house this week approved a tougher version of a controversial bill that the government says aims to safeguard France from radical Islamists but which critics fear could be anti-Islamic, according to local media reports
Police officers stand guard outside the Bois d'Aulne secondary school as people pay homage to slain history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an attacker for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in his civics class, on October 19, 2020, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. (AFP)
Police officers stand guard outside the Bois d'Aulne secondary school as people pay homage to slain history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an attacker for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in his civics class, on October 19, 2020, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. (AFP)
Published on Apr 14, 2021 12:13 PM IST
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China airs video confession of blogger booked for insulting PLA soldiers

In the one-minute long video played during a prime time news programme, the 38-year-old man, identified as Qiu, admitted to “annihilation of conscience” and “arrogance” for insulting PLA soldiers involved in the deadly brawl against the Indian army at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh last June
A screenshot from the video telecast by state media showing the confession of a blogger, identified as Qiu, arrested for allegedly insulting PLA soldiers online. (CCTV/SCREENGRAB)
A screenshot from the video telecast by state media showing the confession of a blogger, identified as Qiu, arrested for allegedly insulting PLA soldiers online. (CCTV/SCREENGRAB)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 06:11 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Xi Jinping declares ‘complete victory’ over rural poverty in China

Chinese state media called the achievement a “miracle” and said it was under Xi’s leadership that nearly 100 million people had been lifted out of poverty
A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping applauding during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. (AP/ FILE)
A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping applauding during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. (AP/ FILE)
Updated on Feb 25, 2021 05:05 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Chinese report claims to have detailed knowledge of India’s border deployment

The analysis by expert Pan Xinmao, formerly from the PLA Academic of Military Science’s Operation Theory and Doctrine Research Department, was published on the website of the Outlook Weekly
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrate Republic Day near the bank of Pangong Tso, in Ladakh. (PTI)
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrate Republic Day near the bank of Pangong Tso, in Ladakh. (PTI)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 06:15 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Landmark ruling: Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife for housework

The Beijing court said the compensation awarded to the woman was for “unpaid labour” she did during the time the couple were married. This was the first such decision by a court in China, state media reports said, adding that the verdict raised questions about the status of women in Chinese families and unrecognised domestic work.
People visit the Forbidden City in Beijing on February 19, 2021. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (AFP)
People visit the Forbidden City in Beijing on February 19, 2021. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 09:37 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

US President Joe Biden forms military task force to tackle China

Later, Biden spoke about his “priorities of protecting the American people’s security... and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific” in his first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping
US President Joe Biden speaks to department of defence officials at the Pentagon on February 10, 2021. (AP)
US President Joe Biden speaks to department of defence officials at the Pentagon on February 10, 2021. (AP)
Published on Feb 11, 2021 01:45 PM IST
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ByYashwant Raj | Edited by Sanya Mathur

Justin Trudeau calls up Narendra Modi, seeks Covid-19 vaccine shipment

Dispatch of shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada is believed to be “imminent” and awaiting emergency-use authorisation by public health authorities in Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India in February 2018. (REUTERS)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India in February 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 11, 2021 12:43 PM IST
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ByAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Covid-19: When lawmakers turned lawbreakers

From appalling to hilarious, here’s a rogue sheet of top politicians and prominent officials around the world who were caught breaching pandemic-related travel restrictions
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets troops as they set up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, Scotland, Britain on January 28, 2021. (REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets troops as they set up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, Scotland, Britain on January 28, 2021. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 03, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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Ahead of Election Day, NYC bikers hit the roads to encourage people to vote

The so-called Justice Rides are part of biker groups’ strategy to encourage people get out and vote in places like Bronx that have historically seen low turnout.
People participate in a march organised by Riders4Rights in Brooklyn, New York.(Photo courtesy: Josh Pacheco /Instagram)
People participate in a march organised by Riders4Rights in Brooklyn, New York.(Photo courtesy: Josh Pacheco /Instagram)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Banksy’s Show Me the Monet to go on sale next month

Auction house Sotheby’s on Friday announced it would offer British street artist Banksy’s well-known tribute to Claude Monet for an estimated £3-5 million at a live-stream auction next month.
Artwork entitled
Artwork entitled "Show me the Monet" by the artist Banksy, is pictured during a photocall at Sotheby's auction house in London, ahead of the forthcoming 'Modernites/Contemporary' evening auction set to take place in October.(AFP)
Published on Sep 20, 2020 01:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Life after lockdown

The pandemic is still affecting some regions of Europe.
Many European countries, starting May, have eased their lockdown restrictions in phases(AFP)
Many European countries, starting May, have eased their lockdown restrictions in phases(AFP)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 02:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Cold weather, premature reopening may escalate Brazil’s Covid-19 spread

The president has been fighting virus-related restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic, which he has called a “small flu”. The country is now a hotspot in Latin America and with more than 1.7 million registered cases since the pandemic began.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 11, 2020 02:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Covid-19: Across West Asia, life in lockdown is a study in contrast

Iran was Middle East’s focal point in the first days of the coronavirus epidemic, where the hotspot was the country’s holiest city of Qom.
Iranians wear protective face masks to check the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, in capital Tehran on April 5.(AFP Photo)
Iranians wear protective face masks to check the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, in capital Tehran on April 5.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2020 08:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Covid-19 update: Amid lockdowns over coronavirus, Europeans miss ‘la dolce vita’

Coronavirus update: Life is no better in Spain, which reported more than 400 deaths over the last 24 hours. The grim numbers and the lockdown across Spain has made anxiety levels run high.
Medical workers in protective suits check a document as they treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Casalpalocco hospital, a hospital in Rome that has been dedicated to treating cases of the disease, Italy, March 24, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Medical workers in protective suits check a document as they treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Casalpalocco hospital, a hospital in Rome that has been dedicated to treating cases of the disease, Italy, March 24, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2020 07:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Angry protesters rally for rights

For many governments, from France to Bolivia, it was a year fraught with agitations. In many instances, the turmoil worsened already perilous economic situations.
From Hong Kong to Venezuela and Lebanon, angry protesters took to the streets this year, defying tear gas shells and police batons, rallying for a range of issues, and demanding, on many occasions, an overhaul of existing political systems.(Reuters image)
From Hong Kong to Venezuela and Lebanon, angry protesters took to the streets this year, defying tear gas shells and police batons, rallying for a range of issues, and demanding, on many occasions, an overhaul of existing political systems.(Reuters image)
Updated on Dec 31, 2019 01:54 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Probe underway over first ever crime committed in space

In a first-of-its-kind charge, McClain’s estranged partner Summer Worden, a former US Air Force intelligence officer, has accused McClain of identity theft and improper access to Worden’s financial accounts.
In this file photo taken on November 14, 2018 NASA astronaut Anne McClain, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 58/59, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Centre(HT FILE)
In this file photo taken on November 14, 2018 NASA astronaut Anne McClain, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 58/59, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Centre(HT FILE)
Updated on Aug 25, 2019 07:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

In true Spider-man style, man scales down 19-storey building to escape fire

The unidentified man descends the building in less than three minutes with the only light coming from the helicopters’ spotlight. The video shows that he manages to safely reach the ground.
The fire at the Holden Tower started around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. It apparently started in a trash chute, causing flames to shoot out and spread heavy smoke to all floors of the building.(AP photo)
The fire at the Holden Tower started around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. It apparently started in a trash chute, causing flames to shoot out and spread heavy smoke to all floors of the building.(AP photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 04:08 AM IST
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