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Supporting smaller climate-hit States

When the developed world is still not forthcoming with assistance, the New Delhi-headquartered CDRI’s programme is essential
The decision to launch the programme shows India’s intent at COP26 (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The decision to launch the programme shows India’s intent at COP26 (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 24, 2021 08:02 PM IST
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It’s time for regulation

The harms of social media are coming into view. The solutions must involve the best minds of the world
Lawmakers need to listen to the best of minds in the social sciences who, in turn, need to be given access to data and insights that only the Facebooks, Twitters and Googles of the world have (REUTERS)
Lawmakers need to listen to the best of minds in the social sciences who, in turn, need to be given access to data and insights that only the Facebooks, Twitters and Googles of the world have (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 24, 2021 07:58 PM IST
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A harbinger of change

The end of T20 World Cup 2021 will see a new captain, a new coach, new ideas, and the rise of new stars
The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup, in keeping with its proclivity to act as a harbinger of change, will be Mr Kohli’s last as India’s T20 captain (AFP)
The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup, in keeping with its proclivity to act as a harbinger of change, will be Mr Kohli’s last as India’s T20 captain (AFP)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 07:23 PM IST
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1 billion doses: No mean feat

The Covid-19 vaccination milestone is a reminder of what human ingenuity and perseverance can achieve
Health workers inoculate students against Covid-19, Thane, Mumbai, October 20, 2021. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Health workers inoculate students against Covid-19, Thane, Mumbai, October 20, 2021. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2021 09:11 PM IST
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Dengue: Another crisis in the making

Cleaning up areas of stagnant water bodies; clearing drains; covering water tanks; treating water sources where mosquitoes breed and fogging may mitigate the situation
Dengue patients at Combined District Hospital, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad, October 18, 2021 (Sakib Ali/HTPHOTO)
Dengue patients at Combined District Hospital, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad, October 18, 2021 (Sakib Ali/HTPHOTO)
Updated on Oct 21, 2021 01:11 PM IST
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On Kabul, a united, proactive approach

India still has an opportunity to work with regional countries that have genuine security-related concerns and put together a response focused on ensuring the human rights of Afghans
The situation has changed since the Taliban takeover and the focus of most countries has shifted to ensuring there is no spillover of terrorism from Afghan soil (REUTERS)
The situation has changed since the Taliban takeover and the focus of most countries has shifted to ensuring there is no spillover of terrorism from Afghan soil (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 07:32 PM IST
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Uttarakhand: A tragedy foretold

The floods, which killed at least 45 people (as of Wednesday morning), were caused by poor governance policies, and exacerbated by the climate crisis
The trigger for this disaster, as always, has been record-breaking rainfall (PTI)
The trigger for this disaster, as always, has been record-breaking rainfall (PTI)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 07:30 PM IST
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Repairing the Indian economy

Disinvestment and reforms can boost growth, but the informal sector needs attention too. Their contribution to long-term growth prospects of the Indian economy is by no means insignificant
This newspaper has been arguing that the Covid-19 pandemic worsened the demand crisis in the Indian economy, and that the way to overcome this is a sustained and targeted fiscal stimulus. (Bloomberg)
This newspaper has been arguing that the Covid-19 pandemic worsened the demand crisis in the Indian economy, and that the way to overcome this is a sustained and targeted fiscal stimulus. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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How to build urban climate resilience

To tackle climate challenges and build resilience, good governance will be crucial for cities, and city departments cannot afford to work in silos and blame each other for mismanagement
Delhi continued its trend of breaking weather records since August 2020, as heavy rain in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday surpassed the 24-hour rainfall record in October, dating back to 1956. (PTI)
Delhi continued its trend of breaking weather records since August 2020, as heavy rain in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday surpassed the 24-hour rainfall record in October, dating back to 1956. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Kerala floods: Another man-made disaster

Kerala (and other states too) has been reluctant to learn from scientific evidence on the climate crisis with successive governments allowing destructive economic activities
Climate scientists have been warning that there has been a shift in the rain pattern in the state, and extreme rainfall events have become a norm (AFP)
Climate scientists have been warning that there has been a shift in the rain pattern in the state, and extreme rainfall events have become a norm (AFP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 06:27 PM IST
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The importance of the Delhi government’s mentoring programme

One of the major focus areas of the Delhi government has been education, and the results at the board level have been encouraging. The new mentoring programme, which other states can think of replicating, is a good and much required add-on to the ongoing changes in the education sector in the Capital.
Mentoring is crucial, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a support system to guide them. Students from privileged backgrounds enjoy a set of mentors: Educated parents and their extended network, good schools and their ecosystem, coaching, and access to career information. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Mentoring is crucial, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a support system to guide them. Students from privileged backgrounds enjoy a set of mentors: Educated parents and their extended network, good schools and their ecosystem, coaching, and access to career information. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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The Congress moves half a step

The key outcome of the Congress’s first in-person working committee meeting in 18 months on Saturday was a decision to proceed with internal party elections. The more things change, the more they remain the same in the Grand Old Party
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi with party leader Rahul Gandhi and others during the Congress Working Committee meeting, New Delhi, October. 16, 2021 (PTI)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi with party leader Rahul Gandhi and others during the Congress Working Committee meeting, New Delhi, October. 16, 2021 (PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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The seas versus the mountains

Beijing’s belligerence comes in the wake of its new (brief) incursions both in the middle sector (Uttarakhand) and eastern sector (Tawang) over the past month, and polemics against Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Arunachal. India should use the seas to enhance leverage, but remember its greatest challenge is in the mountains.
There is a plan for the maritime front. But the Himalayas are more vulnerable (PTI)
There is a plan for the maritime front. But the Himalayas are more vulnerable (PTI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 03:46 PM IST
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Human rights and the State

The government, political parties, and the National Human Rights Commission need to value all kinds of civil liberties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation Day programme, through video conferencing, New Delhi, October 10, 2021 (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation Day programme, through video conferencing, New Delhi, October 10, 2021 (PTI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 07:11 PM IST
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A year-round action plan on air pollution

While pre-emtive measures to control air pollution in Delhi-NCR are welcome, it is essential to remember that air pollution is not restricted to state borders. Therefore, it is imperative that similar Grap measures are implemented in bordering states. Also, some steps can be year-round measures, instead of emergency responses.
Both the central and Delhi governments have assured citizens that they are taking measures to tackle the pollution challenge. While the Centre has been talking to Delhi’s neighbouring states about introducing mitigation measures to control stubble burning, Delhi released a 10-point winter action plan and three-step plan for citizens to do their bit for clean air. (AP)
Both the central and Delhi governments have assured citizens that they are taking measures to tackle the pollution challenge. While the Centre has been talking to Delhi’s neighbouring states about introducing mitigation measures to control stubble burning, Delhi released a 10-point winter action plan and three-step plan for citizens to do their bit for clean air. (AP)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 07:14 PM IST
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In Uttar Pradesh, the SP’s challenge

On Tuesday, the Samajwadi Party (SP) kicked off its campaign for the 2022 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh with a “Vijay Yatra” from Kanpur; this yatra will, intermittently, continue till the elections and traverse the state
amajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav in Kanpur, October 12, 2021. (PTI)
amajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav in Kanpur, October 12, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 11:02 AM IST
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Bengal: When economics, culture, religion and politics come together in a pandal

This year, in Bengal, many socio-economic and environment-related themes have been on display: From the nationwide farm protests to Lakhimpur Kheri to demonstrations against the National Register of Citizens to Cyclone Yaas to “Khela Hobe”, pandals capture almost all pressing issues of the day.
What sets Durga Puja apart from many other similar large-format festivals across the country, such as Diwali in the North, Pongal in the South, Ganesh Puja in the West, and Bihu in the Northeast, is not just its economic impact, but its unique theme pandals (something seen to a much lesser scale in the golus or kolus of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where dolls are displayed on the nine days of Navaratri). (Agencies)
What sets Durga Puja apart from many other similar large-format festivals across the country, such as Diwali in the North, Pongal in the South, Ganesh Puja in the West, and Bihu in the Northeast, is not just its economic impact, but its unique theme pandals (something seen to a much lesser scale in the golus or kolus of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where dolls are displayed on the nine days of Navaratri). (Agencies)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 11:03 AM IST
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In Afghanistan, the security challenge

At least 100 people reportedly died in the latest attack by the IS-affiliate, which has emerged the leading security challenge for the Taliban, which itself is perceived as a threat to regional security
The security situation has taken a turn for the worse at a time when Afghanistan is grappling with a humanitarian crisis (AP)
The security situation has taken a turn for the worse at a time when Afghanistan is grappling with a humanitarian crisis (AP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:31 PM IST
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Vaccinating India’s young

It will provide a boost to the resumption of physical schooling and will also return a sense of normalcy to the academic calendar
The Union and state governments need to look at two objectives: Accelerating the administration of second doses, and expanding the vaccine drive to include people below the age of 18 (AP)
The Union and state governments need to look at two objectives: Accelerating the administration of second doses, and expanding the vaccine drive to include people below the age of 18 (AP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:26 PM IST
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COP 15 and the climate-biodiversity link

While climate summits attract political, public, and media attention (rightly so), biodiversity summits have failed to garner the attention they deserve. This is unfortunate because both issues are inter-connected: Healthy ecosystems make better carbon sinks to absorb CO2 pollution, and these, in turn, are vital to keep global warming down to acceptable levels.
India’s sixth national report (in 2018) claimed that the country is on track to achieve its biodiversity targets. But several experts have pointed out that large-scale diversion of forest land for development and national security purposes will have a deep impact. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
India’s sixth national report (in 2018) claimed that the country is on track to achieve its biodiversity targets. But several experts have pointed out that large-scale diversion of forest land for development and national security purposes will have a deep impact. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 03:12 PM IST
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On LAC, China’s intent is clear

India must strengthen partnerships across the Indo-Pacific to stand up to China’s belligerent stand on Line of Actual Control
The stance adopted by Beijing on the LAC standoff fits in with the belligerence on display in China’s other disputes, ranging from trade differences with the United States and Australia to the unusually large incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The stance adopted by Beijing on the LAC standoff fits in with the belligerence on display in China’s other disputes, ranging from trade differences with the United States and Australia to the unusually large incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 06:54 PM IST
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Air India: The right reform

The sale of AI is good for the government, the consumer, and possibly for the Tatas because, free of much of its debt, AI, even in its present shape, may well turn in an operational profit
AI has a challenging flight ahead, but it will help that it is being piloted by a group that has repeatedly demonstrated that it has both the heart and the head for business (Hindustan Times)
AI has a challenging flight ahead, but it will help that it is being piloted by a group that has repeatedly demonstrated that it has both the heart and the head for business (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 07:23 PM IST
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A shot in the arm for NGT and citizens

The Supreme Court said the National Green Tribunal does have suo moto powers and can take up environmental issues on its own
The court was considering a batch of appeals on whether NGT has the power to take notice of press reports or even seek a response from the State on preventing environmental damage without any application being filed before it (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The court was considering a batch of appeals on whether NGT has the power to take notice of press reports or even seek a response from the State on preventing environmental damage without any application being filed before it (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 07:16 PM IST
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The killings in Kashmir

India has a hard task ahead. Boost security, nab terrorists, ensure communal peace. Figure out a Kashmir strategy that combines democracy, dignity, and rights for all
Relatives of ML Bindroo mourn his death at his residence in Srinagar, October 6, 2021. Bindroo was shot dead Tuesday evening near his shop by militants (PTI)
Relatives of ML Bindroo mourn his death at his residence in Srinagar, October 6, 2021. Bindroo was shot dead Tuesday evening near his shop by militants (PTI)
Updated on Oct 08, 2021 08:50 PM IST
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Formulating a robust forest conservation law

On October 2, the Union government released a consultation paper on amending the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), 1980. Environmentalists have criticised it on various grounds. These are serious criticisms, and for formulating a robust forest law, the government must address them before moving further.
States, civil society, and local communities should have been allowed reasonable time to analyse this document since any change in forests laws will have a far-reaching impact on society and the environment (HT Photo)
States, civil society, and local communities should have been allowed reasonable time to analyse this document since any change in forests laws will have a far-reaching impact on society and the environment (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 03:57 PM IST
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Where Delhi and DC agree, disagree

Strategic imperatives bind the two nations. The government has taken a political risk in deepening ties with DC. Washington must not export its own battles with Moscow to the Indian theatre and it must keep an eye on the bigger challenge.
The frequency of high-level engagement between India and the United States (US) is remarkable. Both countries, of course, have a lot to talk about — from trade to tech, defence to democratic values, climate to Covid-19 (AP)
The frequency of high-level engagement between India and the United States (US) is remarkable. Both countries, of course, have a lot to talk about — from trade to tech, defence to democratic values, climate to Covid-19 (AP)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 02:52 PM IST
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The diversity of the Indian economy

Some sectors are thriving, with supply-side issues; other sectors are struggling, due to a demand crunch
Given the fact that MPC itself has been consistently flagging the weakness of aggregate demand, it is a little surprising that excess demand can also trigger inflation (Ramesh Pathania)
Given the fact that MPC itself has been consistently flagging the weakness of aggregate demand, it is a little surprising that excess demand can also trigger inflation (Ramesh Pathania)
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 06:53 PM IST
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Air pollution: Frame a joint response

The Centre, Delhi and neighbouring states must figure out a joint response to help farmers stop stubble burning
With upcoming assembly elections in Punjab, and the farmer agitation still continuing, penalising farmers for burning stubble can be politically costly (Hindustan Times)
With upcoming assembly elections in Punjab, and the farmer agitation still continuing, penalising farmers for burning stubble can be politically costly (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 06:53 PM IST
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When Facebook crashed

The Facebook outage is a reminder of the fragility of the digital ecosystem, which in past decades has seen power increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few.
Reports said the outage was so sweeping that it locked Facebook’s employees out of their company mails, the office messaging applications and even from the office building as their key cards stopped working. (AFP)
Reports said the outage was so sweeping that it locked Facebook’s employees out of their company mails, the office messaging applications and even from the office building as their key cards stopped working. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 04:25 PM IST
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