Shashank Kumar

Shashank Kumar

Shashank Kumar is a senior content producer at Hindustan Times. In addition to handling the online desk, he writes breaking stories for the HT website. He earlier was involved with an international daily newspaper.

Articles by Shashank Kumar

Climate change: Arctic lost nearly 95% of its old ice since 1984

According scientists at NASA, the area covered by Arctic sea ice at least four years old has decreased from 1,860,000 square kilometres in September 1984 to 110,000 square kilometres in September 2016.
Ice floats in the Arctic near Svalbard, Norway. September Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average.(AP File Photo)
Ice floats in the Arctic near Svalbard, Norway. September Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2016 03:18 PM IST
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US President Obama’s digital legacy to be archived, opened to the public

US President Barack Obama will soon vacate the White House and also hand over the official POTUS accounts he used across internet platforms to interact with the people during his eight-year tenure.
US President Barack Obama will soon vacate the White House and also hand over the official accounts he used across internet platforms to interact with the people.(Reuters File Photo)
US President Barack Obama will soon vacate the White House and also hand over the official accounts he used across internet platforms to interact with the people.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2016 07:20 PM IST
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Kenyan start-up to monitor voting irregularities on Election Day

Ushahidi (Swahili for “testimony”) has deployed its crowdsourcing platform to allow US citizens to flag instances of “voting irregularities or voter suppression” on Election Day.
The 2016 US presidential election is geared to be a close vote as Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump appear neck-and-neck in early voting and in most projections.(Reuters)
The 2016 US presidential election is geared to be a close vote as Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump appear neck-and-neck in early voting and in most projections.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 08, 2016 02:50 PM IST
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Opposition, BJP lock horns over killing of 8 suspected SIMI activists

The government came under attack from the Opposition on Monday over the killing of eight suspected activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in an alleged encounter in Bhopal.
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected SIMI members, who were killed in an encounter at Acharpura village on the outskirts of Bhopal, on Monday.(REUTERS)
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected SIMI members, who were killed in an encounter at Acharpura village on the outskirts of Bhopal, on Monday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 01, 2016 01:51 AM IST
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BRICS declaration an example of government’s ‘abject failure’: Congress

The Congress on Monday said the BRICS declaration was a “sterling example” of the BJP-led government’s failure to get a consensus on its efforts to nail Pakistan-based terror groups.
Congress leader Manish Tewari said the BRICS declaration was an example of the BJP government’s ‘abject failure’.(ANI File Photo)
Congress leader Manish Tewari said the BRICS declaration was an example of the BJP government’s ‘abject failure’.(ANI File Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2016 01:48 AM IST
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Pak comic offers compelling reasons for India, Pakistan to not go to war

Amid the entire hullabaloo, a Karachi-based stand-up comic, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh, in a Facebook post has listed a few excellent reasons for the two countries to not go to war.
Karachi-based stand-up comic Shehzad Ghias Shaikh in a Facebook post has listed a few excellent reasons for India and Pakistan to not go to war.(Facebook)
Karachi-based stand-up comic Shehzad Ghias Shaikh in a Facebook post has listed a few excellent reasons for India and Pakistan to not go to war.(Facebook)
Updated on Sep 29, 2016 08:51 PM IST
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Can India survive a zombie invasion, asks RTI inquiry

Does the government have a security plan in place to deal with an invasion by “alien zombies”? A Mumbai resident sought this information in a Right of Information (RTI) inquiry, which went viral on social media.
In an application to the home ministry, Ajay Kumar questioned what India’s chances of survival were if it was attacked by ‘alien zombies’.(Denis Poroy/Invision via AP)
In an application to the home ministry, Ajay Kumar questioned what India’s chances of survival were if it was attacked by ‘alien zombies’.(Denis Poroy/Invision via AP)
Published on Sep 21, 2016 06:09 PM IST
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Most Indians support use of military force against terrorism: Pew survey

More than three in five, or 62%, believe that using “overwhelming military force” was the best way to defeat terrorism around the world and about 63% were in support of increasing defence spending. On the other hand, only about 21% of the respondents were worried that relying too much on such force would create hatred and lead to more terrorism.
A majority of Indians are in favour of using military force to deal with international terrorism, according to a recently released survey.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT File Photo)
A majority of Indians are in favour of using military force to deal with international terrorism, according to a recently released survey.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2016 03:09 PM IST
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Baloch separatist leader Bugti says will seek asylum in India

Brahamdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, has been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland since his grandfather was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army a decade ago.
Brahamdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, has been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland since his grandfather was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army a decade ago.(HT File Photo)
Brahamdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, has been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland since his grandfather was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army a decade ago.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2016 04:44 PM IST
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One person every second displaced by natural disaster since 2008: Report

On an average, one person every second is displaced by disasters brought on by natural hazards since 2008, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
An Indian woman wades through knee-deep floodwaters in the Anilnagar area of Guwahati.(AFP File Photo)
An Indian woman wades through knee-deep floodwaters in the Anilnagar area of Guwahati.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Sep 06, 2016 09:59 AM IST
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To-be head of French Islam group draws flak for asking Muslims to be ‘discreet’

In the backdrop of the ban on the so-called “burkini” — a full-body swimming suit — the proposed head of a new French government-backed Muslim organisation drew flak for suggesting that Muslims should be “discreet”.
The ban on the ‘burkini’, designed for Muslim women, on some French beaches has sparked outrage across the world.(AFP File Photo)
The ban on the ‘burkini’, designed for Muslim women, on some French beaches has sparked outrage across the world.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2016 01:25 AM IST
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‘Not a baby, my heart on the floor’: A working mother shares her plight

“It’s not a baby on the floor; it’s my heart on the floor” A picture may be worth a thousand words, but these heart-rending words of a working mother who was forced to let her ill child rest on the floor of her office has tugged at the hearts of a million people.
Swati Chitalkar, a bank employee in Pune, shared how she had to balance taking care of her child and her responsibility towards her employer.(Facebook Profile Photo)
Swati Chitalkar, a bank employee in Pune, shared how she had to balance taking care of her child and her responsibility towards her employer.(Facebook Profile Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2016 01:14 AM IST
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Twitter congratulates Sindhu for stellar performance at Rio 2016

PV Sindhu created history on Friday by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, and congratulatory messages on her remarkable achievement flooded social media timelines.
PV Sindhu proved second best in the badminton women’s single against Spain’s Carolina Marin on Friday, but won hearts across the world.(Reuters)
PV Sindhu proved second best in the badminton women’s single against Spain’s Carolina Marin on Friday, but won hearts across the world.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 19, 2016 09:56 PM IST
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As it happened: RS unanimously adopts resolution on Kashmir

The Kashmir unrest was taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, a day after the government came under increased pressure from the Opposition.
Home minister Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha during a discussion on Kashmir.(ANI Photo)
Home minister Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha during a discussion on Kashmir.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2016 07:24 PM IST
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GST bill passed in Rajya Sabha, unified market plan closer to reality

India’s plan for a unified market under the goods and services tax (GST) moved closer to the finish line on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha passed the 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill , even as a few disputes remained unsettled.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing a press conference at Parliament House after the goods and services tax bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing a press conference at Parliament House after the goods and services tax bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2016 07:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterjee, Gaurav Choudhury and Shashank Kumar, New Delhi

Killing journalists: India is not immune to this threat

Whether it is the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris that claimed 12 lives or a blogger being hacked to death in Dhaka, free speech today is definitely facing a strong and unrelenting enemy. And, India is not immune to this threat, writes Shashank Kumar.
Two WDBJ7 journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot dead during a live broadcast (Photo courtesy - @WDBJ7)
Two WDBJ7 journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot dead during a live broadcast (Photo courtesy - @WDBJ7)
Updated on Aug 27, 2015 10:41 AM IST
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