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Endgame is actually a new beginning

Will the stories continue to on rely on tried and tested tropes or will this popularity encourage them to take more risks?
A scene from Avengers: Endgame. The film has finally wrapped up the(AP)
A scene from Avengers: Endgame. The film has finally wrapped up the(AP)
Updated on Apr 30, 2019 09:28 AM IST
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The communique is good but will it be reflected in BRI governance?

China used the second Belt and Road Forum to address international concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is time China converted BRI into a genuinely multilateral initiative
Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019(REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 29, 2019 08:17 PM IST
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Effect of a heatwave is not just physical, it has economic impact too

If the present trends in temperature continue, it may involve large increases in expenditure on adaptation, more provision of electricity and changes in technology and work environment.
A mirage forms at Rajpath as temperature soared to 44.6 degrees, New Delhi, June 5, 2017. Heat waves and cold waves in the country have increased greatly over the past two years, according to the ministry of statistics and programme implementation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A mirage forms at Rajpath as temperature soared to 44.6 degrees, New Delhi, June 5, 2017. Heat waves and cold waves in the country have increased greatly over the past two years, according to the ministry of statistics and programme implementation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 29, 2019 08:17 AM IST
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Elections 2019: High stakes for national parties in phase 4

As polling for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections gets underway on Monday, it marks a significant point in the political calendar. While each phase of polling is important for national parties, some are more important than others for reasons of political history and electoral presence.
For the BJP, the challenge is to retain its dominance in these states. It is acutely aware that its only trump card in the elections is Narendra Modi and his overwhelming popularity.(Hindustan Times)
For the BJP, the challenge is to retain its dominance in these states. It is acutely aware that its only trump card in the elections is Narendra Modi and his overwhelming popularity.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 29, 2019 08:13 AM IST
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Make Indian cities walkable

There are enough studies to show that better walkability make cities more viable for citizens, especially those who rely on public transport to get around
Making walking safe, comfortable, and convenient for pedestrians can even help boost tourism(Bloomberg)
Making walking safe, comfortable, and convenient for pedestrians can even help boost tourism(Bloomberg)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 03:00 PM IST
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Fight International terrorism through global counter-terrorism cooperation

The Christchurch to Batticaloa bridge should also serve as a warning to governments that continue to sponsor terrorists: the fallout from such violence is both uncontrollable and unpredictable
A woman next to coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 23(REUTERS)
A woman next to coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 23(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 07:55 PM IST
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A cautious regulation of tech companies may address many of its ills

Tech world now wants it to be regulated by government. This is a big departure from the open internet that Silicon Valley had been evangelising all along
After Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook now wants government regulation of tech companies(AFP)
After Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook now wants government regulation of tech companies(AFP)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 07:55 PM IST
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The anti-malaria fight gets a boost with Mosquirix

The vaccine pilot project must not lead to diversion of funds from the existing toolkit
A health surveillance assistant gets malaria vaccine from its bottle into an injection to be administered to a child at the beginning of the Malaria vaccine implementation pilot programme at a hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, April 23(AFP)
A health surveillance assistant gets malaria vaccine from its bottle into an injection to be administered to a child at the beginning of the Malaria vaccine implementation pilot programme at a hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, April 23(AFP)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 09:03 AM IST
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India needs to execute its vision on regional connectivity

New Delhi has laid out the key criteria that connectivity initiatives such as the BRI should fulfil
India’s primary problem with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Said to be the flagship project of the BRI, the corridor passes through territory occupied by China but claimed by India(REUTERS)
India’s primary problem with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Said to be the flagship project of the BRI, the corridor passes through territory occupied by China but claimed by India(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 09:03 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Free up political space in Bengal

All voters must be allowed to exercise free choice. At the same time, the BJP must be careful when it makes accusations, meet the test of accuracy, and not misuse any central institutions.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at an election rally, Jamalpur, Bardhaman,West Bengal, April 22(ANI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at an election rally, Jamalpur, Bardhaman,West Bengal, April 22(ANI)
Published on Apr 23, 2019 05:44 PM IST
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The Sri Lanka bombings: A time of fear and uncertainty

The Lankan blasts exposes the dysfunction within the government
Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's bomb blasts, at a school in Ahmedabad, April 22(REUTERS)
Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's bomb blasts, at a school in Ahmedabad, April 22(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 09:59 PM IST
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The battle for Delhi is three-cornered now

The AAP-Congress talks on seat-sharing eventually failed, and now the contest is three-ways. As citizens prepare to choose between the three forces, the opposition parties have much to learn from the story of Delhi
With the Congress releasing a list of six candidates from Delhi, including heavyweights like Sheila Dixit (in photo) and Ajay Maken from Northeast and New Delhi respectively, the contours of the battle for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital became clear on Monday(PTI)
With the Congress releasing a list of six candidates from Delhi, including heavyweights like Sheila Dixit (in photo) and Ajay Maken from Northeast and New Delhi respectively, the contours of the battle for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital became clear on Monday(PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 09:58 PM IST
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BJP has to get the national-local balance right

The BJP appears to face the burden of triple anti-incumbency since the local legislator, parliamentarian, and the state government is of the party in most of the states where it had done well last time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in support of party candidates, ahead of the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Narayanpur, South Dinajpur, April 20, 2019.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in support of party candidates, ahead of the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Narayanpur, South Dinajpur, April 20, 2019.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 09:23 AM IST
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NYAY’s impact could be much wider than expected

Many of these could significantly alter fault lines between the poorest and the not-so poor, rather than the richest. Inability to appreciate similar dynamics played a role in the economic headwinds, which the UPA 2 faced after its dream run in the first term.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders have been talking about NYAY being a policy to re-monetise the economy. In principle, there is nothing wrong with this.(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders have been talking about NYAY being a policy to re-monetise the economy. In principle, there is nothing wrong with this.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 07:24 AM IST
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Celebrating Einstein, the scientist-statesman

His unique position as a scientist statesman creates a template for future scientists to follow
Many of science’s most well recognised symbols are related to one specific scientist. Be they equations (E = mc2), theories (that one about relativity), or even the most popular idea of the “mad scientist” look. This person is Albert Einstein(AFP)
Many of science’s most well recognised symbols are related to one specific scientist. Be they equations (E = mc2), theories (that one about relativity), or even the most popular idea of the “mad scientist” look. This person is Albert Einstein(AFP)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 07:40 PM IST
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Given the charges against her, Pragya Thakur’s choice was avoidable

The BJP has set a unhealthy precedent in not just inducting Thakur into the party, but also making her its candidate for the Bhopal Parliamentary constituency
Apart from being unprecedented, the BJP’s decision regarding Ms Thakur also reflects an extremely cynical approach to the choice of candidates – even in the context of several political parties picking candidates with serious, even heinous charges against them(Hindustan Times)
Apart from being unprecedented, the BJP’s decision regarding Ms Thakur also reflects an extremely cynical approach to the choice of candidates – even in the context of several political parties picking candidates with serious, even heinous charges against them(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 08:02 PM IST
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Jet is case of throwing good money after bad

The insolvency and bankruptcy code may be the answer to the airline’s crisis
Jet Airways, which turned 25 last year, has been, for at least a decade now, unrecognisable from the one that delighted Indians with its service standards in the 1990s and the early 2000s(Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint)
Jet Airways, which turned 25 last year, has been, for at least a decade now, unrecognisable from the one that delighted Indians with its service standards in the 1990s and the early 2000s(Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint)
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 08:01 PM IST
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Time to rein in the tax authorities

The flurry of raids has dented the credibility of the agencies
This last was evident in the most egregious instance case of them all, a raid on Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Kanimozhi’s house days before the Tamil Nadu polls – a raid in which nothing was found(Reuters)
This last was evident in the most egregious instance case of them all, a raid on Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Kanimozhi’s house days before the Tamil Nadu polls – a raid in which nothing was found(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 08:40 AM IST
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Why lateral entries may not impact governance

But if any political dispensation is really serious about improving the IAS, policymaking and governance, it has to go beyond the recruitment of lateral entrants
This decision to induct outsiders into the coveted Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is being hailed as a revolutionary step of the BJP government. But this is not the first time that lateral entrants have been inducted in senior positions in the government(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
This decision to induct outsiders into the coveted Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is being hailed as a revolutionary step of the BJP government. But this is not the first time that lateral entrants have been inducted in senior positions in the government(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 18, 2019 01:40 AM IST
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‘Near normal’ monsoon: IMD’s new categorisation is confusing

In view of the fact that t he monsoon is an important factor in India’s economic and social life, the IMD should have kept the categorisation straightforward.
While everyone in India is obsessed with the movement of the monsoon, the most complex of global weather phenomena, what often gets overlooked is how to best harvest this gift of nature(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
While everyone in India is obsessed with the movement of the monsoon, the most complex of global weather phenomena, what often gets overlooked is how to best harvest this gift of nature(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 17, 2019 09:39 AM IST
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Don’t use laws to stifle dissent and reverse social reforms

The promises to make the sedition law stricter are unfortunate and go against the spirit of a free republic
Home minister Rajnath Singh has stressed that a BJP-led government will make the sedition law more stringent after the elections(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Home minister Rajnath Singh has stressed that a BJP-led government will make the sedition law more stringent after the elections(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 16, 2019 11:17 PM IST
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Opinion | Demeaning women is an assault on our politics

This utter lack of respect proves that men can’t accept women politicians as equals
The latest to face this is Jaya Prada, formerly of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and now a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). SP leader Azam Khan, in an attempt to highlight her new affiliation, referred to her innerwear being khaki, the colour of the RSS uniform(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
The latest to face this is Jaya Prada, formerly of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and now a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). SP leader Azam Khan, in an attempt to highlight her new affiliation, referred to her innerwear being khaki, the colour of the RSS uniform(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2019 08:55 AM IST
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Few surprises in the World Cup squad

The Indian team has what it takes to be really competitive
Dinesh Karthik has been deemed a better wicketkeeper by the selectors (although, if that is the case, it is hard to explain how Pant is India’s Test wicketkeeper ahead of him). But he does bring a great deal of variety to the table(AP)
Dinesh Karthik has been deemed a better wicketkeeper by the selectors (although, if that is the case, it is hard to explain how Pant is India’s Test wicketkeeper ahead of him). But he does bring a great deal of variety to the table(AP)
Updated on Apr 16, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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Low food inflation adds to BJP’s political worries

Depressed food prices will create headwinds to aggregate demand, which could neutralise the expected tailwinds from higher investment
Food prices did not increase at all in the last one year. For vegetables, the inflation growth is negative. This is bound to have put a significant strain on farm incomes(Reuters)
Food prices did not increase at all in the last one year. For vegetables, the inflation growth is negative. This is bound to have put a significant strain on farm incomes(Reuters)
Published on Apr 15, 2019 01:23 AM IST
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Lacking a sense of leadership

Whether a constituent voted for her or not is irrelevant to her duties as a representative of that constituency. Maneka Gandhi’s statements are out of line, and deserve the widest condemnation
Candidates and political parties present their programmes and vision to their constituents, and deliver to all without any sense of discrimination(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Candidates and political parties present their programmes and vision to their constituents, and deliver to all without any sense of discrimination(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 15, 2019 01:23 AM IST
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Alongside the selfie, the Internet meme is a symbol of the present

The meme, however, is more than just a conveyor of emotion. It can become a symbol of the democratisation of self expression in the digital age
As selfies become the norm and digital natives take over the connected world, the meme has become almost a universal currency of expression(REUTERS)
As selfies become the norm and digital natives take over the connected world, the meme has become almost a universal currency of expression(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 10:36 AM IST
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A spirit of compromise, not extensions, will help solve the Brexit mess

Theresa May’s deal is somewhere in the middle of what the Labour party and the hardcore pro-Brexiteers want. Some compromise on either side will be needed to move forward
The deal that Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated has been rejected thrice by the UK Parliament. And no one else has a deal which could both honour the 2016 Brexit referendum as well as get accepted by a majority in the Parliament(AFP)
The deal that Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated has been rejected thrice by the UK Parliament. And no one else has a deal which could both honour the 2016 Brexit referendum as well as get accepted by a majority in the Parliament(AFP)
Updated on Apr 12, 2019 09:59 AM IST
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Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Modern Britain needs to come to terms with its own history

While a verbal apology would be in order (considering the spread of Britain-India relations in all sectors --social, economic and political), the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is actually one of many such misdemeanours of the British government during its long rule in India.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pay homage at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar(HT PHOTO)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pay homage at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 11, 2019 08:40 PM IST
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Rafale case: The Supreme Court verdict is a boost for transparency

The apex court’s ruling makes it clear that the Official Secrets Act cannot be invoked to escape legal scrutiny on matters involving public money
TheSupreme Court on Wednesday overruled the central government’s objections over the admissibility of some documents, which, the latter had claimed, were sensitive in nature and had been obtained through “unauthorised photocopying and leakage”(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
TheSupreme Court on Wednesday overruled the central government’s objections over the admissibility of some documents, which, the latter had claimed, were sensitive in nature and had been obtained through “unauthorised photocopying and leakage”(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 10:33 PM IST
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