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According to a news report, US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed at least 20 Indian-Americans, with 17 of them in White House positions — 13 of the 20 also happen to be women. (AFP)

Under Biden, the rise of Indian-Americans

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 07:16 PM IST
India would do well to cultivate them, as it would cultivate any US official at high levels, but respect their identity beyond their Indian roots.
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A health worker carries a carton containing vaccines during the delivery of the first consignment of 1,000 vials of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN, Jaipur, January 13, 2021 (Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
A health worker carries a carton containing vaccines during the delivery of the first consignment of 1,000 vials of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN, Jaipur, January 13, 2021 (Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)

And the vaccine is here

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:46 PM IST
When India begins its coronavirus vaccination drive on Saturday, it will start with some of the biggest numbers: 300,000 potential recipients, 3,006 centres, and over 16 million doses already at hand
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Prime Minister KP Oli’s unconstitutional move to dissolve Parliament (the new Nepali Constitution does not give the PM the right to do so) has led to a de facto split in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP). (Getty Images)
Prime Minister KP Oli’s unconstitutional move to dissolve Parliament (the new Nepali Constitution does not give the PM the right to do so) has led to a de facto split in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP). (Getty Images)

Delhi’s balancing act with Nepal | HT Editorial

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:37 AM IST
Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is in Delhi for a bilateral meeting
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The ruling puts the provisions of SMA on a par with personal laws which require no notice period (PTI)
The ruling puts the provisions of SMA on a par with personal laws which require no notice period (PTI)

Upholding the right to liberty and privacy | HT Editorial

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:37 AM IST
The Allahabad High Court has upheld the fundamental right to liberty and privacy with its ruling that a 30-day notice is not mandatory for those seeking to get married under the Special Marriage Act (SMA), 1954
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WhatsApp, the most popular mobile communication tool in the world, is going to great lengths to explain that its new use policy does not jeopardise the privacy of its users by sending additional data to its parent company, Facebook. (REUTERS)
WhatsApp, the most popular mobile communication tool in the world, is going to great lengths to explain that its new use policy does not jeopardise the privacy of its users by sending additional data to its parent company, Facebook. (REUTERS)

To big tech, India must send a message

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:35 PM IST
WhatsApp’s new policy is now a strong reminder of why India must expedite work on its own data protection law so that Indians have a right to say to big tech — “We don’t agree”.
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A man holds the flags of India and the US while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade, New York, August 16, 2015 (REUTERS)
A man holds the flags of India and the US while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade, New York, August 16, 2015 (REUTERS)

Widening strategic trust

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:14 PM IST
Much of the recent history of the relationship between India and the United States has revolved around creating strategic trust between the two countries
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The Narendra Modi government has, to its credit, also unleashed important second-generation reforms in critical sectors such as labour and agriculture during the pandemic(PTI)
The Narendra Modi government has, to its credit, also unleashed important second-generation reforms in critical sectors such as labour and agriculture during the pandemic(PTI)

The economy is looking up | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:01 PM IST
Focus on public spending, demand, and helping the informal sector
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US President Donald Trump speaks in Washington, January 6, 2021(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump speaks in Washington, January 6, 2021(REUTERS)

The destructive legacy of Donald Trump | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:40 PM IST
The US has witnessed one of the darkest days in its history. Hold the president accountable
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A farmer sitting during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, Singhu border, New Delhi, January 7, 2020(ANI)
A farmer sitting during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, Singhu border, New Delhi, January 7, 2020(ANI)

Farm unions must be flexible | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:39 PM IST
The government has been open. It is time for farm leaders to reciprocate
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Mr Mukherjee, a long-term parliamentarian, noted the trend of parliamentary disruptions and wrote how “appalled” he was with the “callousness” with which disruptions were used(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Mr Mukherjee, a long-term parliamentarian, noted the trend of parliamentary disruptions and wrote how “appalled” he was with the “callousness” with which disruptions were used(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Chronicling the role of institutions | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:21 PM IST
Pranab Mukherjee’s final memoir’s greater value — beyond the insights on parties and individuals — lies in its assessment of the institutions
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Mr Juster suggested that the idea of self-reliance, if taken beyond a certain point, would weigh down the trajectory of bilateral cooperation in defence and economics(Prabhas Roy)
Mr Juster suggested that the idea of self-reliance, if taken beyond a certain point, would weigh down the trajectory of bilateral cooperation in defence and economics(Prabhas Roy)

Where India and US diverge | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:20 AM IST
With an eye on China, both countries must narrow the gap on defence, tech and trade
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The relatives of a person injured in the collapse of a roof at Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad, January 3, 2021(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
The relatives of a person injured in the collapse of a roof at Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad, January 3, 2021(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Ghaziabad roof collapse: The challenge of maintaining public infra

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:14 AM IST
While the swift action taken by the administrationpraiseworthy, the roof collapse is symptomatic of a larger problem that is rampant across India — the failure of the government machinery to not just ensure good quality public infrastructure (all built with public money), but also force contractors to keep to guaranteed timelines and maintain infrastructure projects in good shape during their lifecycle
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Whatever the opposition put up by China, if India shows it has the diplomatic skills to get other countries to work together, the case for it being a permanent member will become irrefutable.(PTI)
Whatever the opposition put up by China, if India shows it has the diplomatic skills to get other countries to work together, the case for it being a permanent member will become irrefutable.(PTI)

India at the horse shoe table

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:15 AM IST
As it enters the UNSC, New Delhi must focus on what is feasible and show its abilities
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Pakistan remains the global centre of state-sponsored terrorism with its present target being Afghanistan. It is hoped this simple fact finds reflection in the deliberations of FATF’s member-states.(REUTERS)
Pakistan remains the global centre of state-sponsored terrorism with its present target being Afghanistan. It is hoped this simple fact finds reflection in the deliberations of FATF’s member-states.(REUTERS)

Eyewash by Pakistan on terror again

UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 04:09 PM IST
The Financial Action Task Force should see through the cover-up each time
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A young woman wearing a protective mask in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Delhi, March 2020.(PTI)
A young woman wearing a protective mask in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Delhi, March 2020.(PTI)

New virus variant a threat to the young

UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:13 PM IST
According to Unicef, over 460 million children have been unable to access remote learning tools last year. The harms extend to their health too. Disruptions in health services in lower- and middle-income countries could contribute an additional two million under-five deaths.
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A medic fills a syringe with Covaxin, an Indian government-backed experimental Covid-19 vaccine, before administering it to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society, Ahmedabad, November 26, 2020(REUTERS)
A medic fills a syringe with Covaxin, an Indian government-backed experimental Covid-19 vaccine, before administering it to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society, Ahmedabad, November 26, 2020(REUTERS)

Vaccines bring greater hope

UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:10 AM IST
But Bharat Biotech and regulators must now speed up disclosures on Covaxin
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The draft policy shows how inclusiveness follows from rationality and a scientific temperament; in its demand for an equitable representation of women, disabled persons and other social, regional and economically diverse groups, as well as its recommendation for spousal benefits for partners of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, “irrespective of their gender”(AFP)
The draft policy shows how inclusiveness follows from rationality and a scientific temperament; in its demand for an equitable representation of women, disabled persons and other social, regional and economically diverse groups, as well as its recommendation for spousal benefits for partners of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, “irrespective of their gender”(AFP)

The draft STIP’s inclusion of LGBT and gender is welcome

UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:07 PM IST
If the policy, in its current version, is accepted, it will go a long way in achieving its stated objectives.
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A nurse prepares a syringe with the Covid-19 vaccine, New York, US, December 23, 2020(REUTERS)
A nurse prepares a syringe with the Covid-19 vaccine, New York, US, December 23, 2020(REUTERS)

The vaccine clearance brings hope to 2021

PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:08 PM IST
The logistics of administering the vaccine are daunting, but the preparations are in place
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Ultimately, Beijing carries out destructive policies because it faces no real retaliation.(REUTERS)
Ultimately, Beijing carries out destructive policies because it faces no real retaliation.(REUTERS)

To deal with an aggressive China, its opponents must hang together

UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:01 AM IST
That China’s blockade of Australian coal has led to hundreds of Indian sailors being stranded in China is a reminder that, when it comes to the Middle Kingdom, its opponents need to band together.
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The trickiest two demands — a repeal of the new three farm laws, and a legislation guaranteeing minimum support prices for 23 farm commodities — have been deferred until Jan 4. The fate of the talks and their outcome hinge on these two issues. There are big hurdles still to be crossed.(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
The trickiest two demands — a repeal of the new three farm laws, and a legislation guaranteeing minimum support prices for 23 farm commodities — have been deferred until Jan 4. The fate of the talks and their outcome hinge on these two issues. There are big hurdles still to be crossed.(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

The government and farmers’ dialogue is good news

UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:01 AM IST
But the issue is still a work in progress as there are still hurdles to be crossed
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The first month of vaccine rollout has not been smooth elsewhere too. In Germany, delays were reported at several sites after temperature logs showed some of the vaccine boxes did not maintain the freezing temperatures required for the Pfizer-BioNTech dose – potentially damaging stocks(AP)
The first month of vaccine rollout has not been smooth elsewhere too. In Germany, delays were reported at several sites after temperature logs showed some of the vaccine boxes did not maintain the freezing temperatures required for the Pfizer-BioNTech dose – potentially damaging stocks(AP)

Lessons India can learn from the vaccine rollout in other countries

UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:42 AM IST
This provides an opportunity to tweak or overhaul protocols in time
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For the last few days, the northwestern part of India has been in the grip of a cold wave or severe cold wave conditions. This situation is likely to continue in the National Capital Region for the next three days.(REUTERS)
For the last few days, the northwestern part of India has been in the grip of a cold wave or severe cold wave conditions. This situation is likely to continue in the National Capital Region for the next three days.(REUTERS)

Winter shelters for the homeless: Don’t cut corners

PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:54 PM IST
The problem of homeless people and shelters is symptomatic of a larger problem: The lack of adequate and safe housing.
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With statutory powers that cut across federal lines, the CAQM was billed as a super commission, comprising officials from several states and agencies that can need to take the individual steps collectively pivotal to address the problem.(AP)
With statutory powers that cut across federal lines, the CAQM was billed as a super commission, comprising officials from several states and agencies that can need to take the individual steps collectively pivotal to address the problem.(AP)

Air pollution: CAQM’s role is still hazy

UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:29 PM IST
There is still confusion about which agency has what sort of role in combating the problem.
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A health care worker wearing personal protective equipment collects a swab sample from a Border Security Force soldier, Gandhinagar, December 29, 2020(REUTERS)
A health care worker wearing personal protective equipment collects a swab sample from a Border Security Force soldier, Gandhinagar, December 29, 2020(REUTERS)

Infection rates are falling in India, but there is no room for complacency

UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:14 PM IST
The calm waters that India’s outbreak is in right now should not be taken as a sign that the tide has turned in the battle against the disease.
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People wearing protective face masks wait for passengers to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India,.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective face masks wait for passengers to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India,.(REUTERS)

We must realise global health requires a coordinated effort

By Anjali Nayyar
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:06 AM IST
To reap the benefits of globalisation, to ensure an equal world, global health must be central to international collaboration. It determines social and economic development for all. And peace is the logical result.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, August 15, 2020.(REUTERS)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, August 15, 2020.(REUTERS)

Modi’s clear message | HT Editorial

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:52 PM IST
But domestic competition is not enough. Indian firms need help to become globally competitive
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The numbers may rise, he added, as the full impact on disadvant-aged communities, care homes and people with disabilities becomes clear.(AP)
The numbers may rise, he added, as the full impact on disadvant-aged communities, care homes and people with disabilities becomes clear.(AP)

Mental health issues are complex for India

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 06:39 AM IST
The thrust now, as the paper suggests, should also be on developing need-based interventions with proper risk communication strategies and keeping on par with the evolving epidemiology of Covid-19.
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Brexit has given India an opportunity to show that it is not protectionist as much as forward-looking when it comes to trade, technology and investment. The question is whether the Modi government has a strategic enough sense of trade policy to grasp this chance.(AP)
Brexit has given India an opportunity to show that it is not protectionist as much as forward-looking when it comes to trade, technology and investment. The question is whether the Modi government has a strategic enough sense of trade policy to grasp this chance.(AP)

Brexit: India could gain as of now

UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:04 AM IST
The real test for India will be whether it can leverage the UK’s desire for some quick trade agreement successes and put together a 21st century economic partnership deal that stresses services, aligns data standards, and incorporates immigration
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Farm unions want the government to adopt a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land, called “C2” in economic parlance.(PTI)
Farm unions want the government to adopt a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land, called “C2” in economic parlance.(PTI)

Farm talks: No end in sight yet

UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:03 AM IST
The regulating of free markets so that farmers feel more secure may be a workable proposal
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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the pre-budget consultations, New Delhi, December 17(ANI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the pre-budget consultations, New Delhi, December 17(ANI)

Now over to the Union budget

PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:19 PM IST
The economy will pick up this fiscal year, but it must be on a sustainable path
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