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A section of economists has argued that there are limits to what easy money, which is what monetary policy offers through cheaper interest rates and higher liquidity, can achieve in an economy facing a demand-side problem. (REUTERS) Exclusive
A section of economists has argued that there are limits to what easy money, which is what monetary policy offers through cheaper interest rates and higher liquidity, can achieve in an economy facing a demand-side problem. (REUTERS)

Why June quarter capex numbers will be important

UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2021 01:52 PM IST
The jury is still out on the long-term damage to the economy because of the reimposition of lockdown restrictions and the health spending-inflicted shock of the pandemic. It is the long-term impact which matters as far as investment activity by private capital is concerned
Representational image. (AFP) Exclusive
Representational image. (AFP)

Decoding the Washington-Moscow-Beijing triangle

By Sreeram Chaulia
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2021 01:35 PM IST
With the presidency of Donald Trump not delivering relief to Russia despite ardent hopes in Moscow, Putin accelerated military and economic cooperation with China to demonstrate that he had other options
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI) Exclusive
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

The onus rests on PM Modi to build trust with J&K’s political forces

UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2021 12:36 PM IST
The June 24 invite is an olive branch of sorts but it comes at a time when the trust deficit between J&K and New Delhi is at its lowest. Can Mufti and the Abdullahs trust the government of India again?
New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Ishant Sharma. (Action Images via Reuters) Exclusive
New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Ishant Sharma. (Action Images via Reuters)

WTC final: Kyle Jamieson times his Virat Kohli battle to perfection

By Sanjjeev K Samyal
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 09:45 PM IST
The tall New Zealand fast bowler captures five wickets in helpful conditions at Southampton in the World Test Championship against India
Spain's Alvaro Morata looks dejected after Spain’s 1-1 draw against Poland on Saturday. (Pool via REUTERS) Exclusive
Spain's Alvaro Morata looks dejected after Spain’s 1-1 draw against Poland on Saturday. (Pool via REUTERS)

Euro 2020: Misfiring Alvaro Morata leaves Spain in some despair

By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 11:08 PM IST
This is the first time since 1996 that Spain have failed to win at least one of their first two games at the Euro, and the storyline in both games played out similarly for Spain
Tottenham Hotspur players Harry Kane (R) for England and Gareth Bale for Wales have seen contrasting fortunes in the Euro 2020 so far. (Getty Images) Exclusive
Tottenham Hotspur players Harry Kane (R) for England and Gareth Bale for Wales have seen contrasting fortunes in the Euro 2020 so far. (Getty Images)

Euro 2020: Bale and Kane, at opposite ends of a Spurs story

UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 02:17 PM IST
While the Premier League golden boot winner Harry Kane has looked dour in the two matches England have played so far in the Euro 2020, the Wales captain Bale has displayed dazzling form
India’s Shafali Verma made 96 in the first innings and 63 in the second on Test debut during India’s one-off match against England women in Bristol. The four-day match ended in a draw. (Getty Images) Exclusive
India’s Shafali Verma made 96 in the first innings and 63 in the second on Test debut during India’s one-off match against England women in Bristol. The four-day match ended in a draw. (Getty Images)

The importance of Shafali Verma

By Snehal Pradhan
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 01:54 PM IST
Shafali Verma is 17 years old. At 15, she broke a record Sachin Tendulkar had held for 30 years. At 16, she rose to the No. 1 ranking in T20I cricket. At 17, she’s blasting her way through a Test match.
Milkha Singh was at the heart of a golden generation of our country’s athletes, unofficial ambassadors of a free India. (PTI) Exclusive
Milkha Singh was at the heart of a golden generation of our country’s athletes, unofficial ambassadors of a free India. (PTI)

Milkha Singh: A lot more than the sum of his records

By Sharda Ugra
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 09:57 PM IST
Milkha was India’s first Olympic track finalist, followed by only two men and one woman over the next six decades in individual events.
In this June 20, 1961, file photo, Milkha Singh starts the 400 metres race in the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial Track and Field MeetinG, in Warsaw, Poland. (AP) Exclusive
In this June 20, 1961, file photo, Milkha Singh starts the 400 metres race in the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial Track and Field MeetinG, in Warsaw, Poland. (AP)

Milkha Singh: That race in Rome, 1960

By Dhiman Sarkar, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 07:40 PM IST
Going to the Rome Olympics, Milkha Singh was the reigning Asian and Commonwealth Games 400m champion. The Indian legend finished fourth in the final
Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh died of post COVID-19 complications on Friday night. (AP) Exclusive
Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh died of post COVID-19 complications on Friday night. (AP)

Milkha Singh was gutted but we were so proud of him: GS Randhawa

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 07:41 PM IST
GS Randhawa - The Olympian, who finished fifth in 110m in Tokyo four years later, remembers the 1960 400m final where Milkha finished fourth
Star Indian athletes Milkha Singh (left) and Kanwaljit Sandhu stride proudly round the track at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium bearing aloft the torch of Asian Games 82. (HT File) Exclusive
Star Indian athletes Milkha Singh (left) and Kanwaljit Sandhu stride proudly round the track at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium bearing aloft the torch of Asian Games 82. (HT File)

“Film on Milkha Singh got Pakistan talking about Abdul Khaliq”

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 07:43 PM IST
Athletics Federation of Pakistan president Muhammad Akram Sahi says bio-pic rekindled memories of that 1960 race in Lahore
Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh died of post COVID-19 complications on Friday night. (PTI) Exclusive
Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh died of post COVID-19 complications on Friday night. (PTI)

Milkha Singh: Asia’s most dominant runner at his peak

By N Ananthanarayanan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 07:44 PM IST
Milkha Singh’s rise to athletic stardom is a story littered with great obstacles being overcome; it began with a horrifying tragedy
Godwin Vasanth Bosco with the rare golden Kurinji. The plant flowers once in nine years and is endemic to just a few hilltops in the Nilgiris. (Ganesh G) Exclusive
Godwin Vasanth Bosco with the rare golden Kurinji. The plant flowers once in nine years and is endemic to just a few hilltops in the Nilgiris. (Ganesh G)

Meet the ecologist giving grass roots in the Nilgiris

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:47 PM IST
Less than 15% of the Nilgiri plateau remain in its natural state. Restoration ecologist Godwin Vasanth Bosco maintains a nursery of native grasses and has made it his mission to restore as much of the vegetation as possible.
In an aerial view, part of Poonam Singh and Aditya Singh’s rewilded land in Bhadlav, Rajasthan, leaps out, a rectangle of forest amid a patchwork of farmland. (Aditya Dicky Singh) Exclusive
In an aerial view, part of Poonam Singh and Aditya Singh’s rewilded land in Bhadlav, Rajasthan, leaps out, a rectangle of forest amid a patchwork of farmland. (Aditya Dicky Singh)

Where the wild things are: Take a walk inside India’s private forests

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 03:53 PM IST
Meet the mavericks who are rewilding India, one private pocket at a time. It’s a simple but radical approach: Buy plots of land, pull out exotics, plant natives, and let nature take over.
‘The news clipping I created, using a free web tool. It’s designed to look like it appeared in The New York Times,’ says Charles Assisi. Exclusive
‘The news clipping I created, using a free web tool. It’s designed to look like it appeared in The New York Times,’ says Charles Assisi.

How to build a toolkit in 20 mins, and other tales: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:59 PM IST
Tired of arguing about the workings of fake news, I decided to prove my point. So, I was nominated for a Pulitzer this week, or was I?
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(Shutterstock)

Hit the right note: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:59 PM IST
Can you use these clues to decipher who from the Mumbai Harmonics group plays which song, on which instrument, in what key?
Yadugiri VT has been researching how plant-fungi interactions could be impacted by the climate crisis. Exclusive
Yadugiri VT has been researching how plant-fungi interactions could be impacted by the climate crisis.

Fungi whisperer: Meet the scientist studying the secret lives of trees

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 01:01 PM IST
Yadugiri VT knows how much magic there is in every mushroom. Her field of research is the ways in which trees and fungi exchange favours deep underground.
Would she have done things differently? Will she ever feel so integral to a group again? Such questions sometimes linger, Kulkarni says. Exclusive
Would she have done things differently? Will she ever feel so integral to a group again? Such questions sometimes linger, Kulkarni says.

My lost year: A teen finishes school with goals unscored

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 01:02 PM IST
Tanvi Kulkarni has gone from being part of a team to spending a year in solitary introspection. ‘I think it’s a very important skill to have in life, being able to sit with defeat and learn from it,’ she says.
Lagaan, released 20 years ago, still represents much that is good about Hindi cinema: effort, talent, storytelling. This year’s Radhe, on the other hand, shows why stars need to work to a story rather than the other way around. Exclusive
Lagaan, released 20 years ago, still represents much that is good about Hindi cinema: effort, talent, storytelling. This year’s Radhe, on the other hand, shows why stars need to work to a story rather than the other way around.

The pandemic is a fitness test for the movie business, says Anupama Chopra

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:14 PM IST
Can Bollywood reinvent itself, learn from those who have survived and thrived in this time, and emerge better, stronger?
Last year, Marriott distributed over 50,000 packed meals and over 60,000 packages of dry goods across the country. Nearly 50 Marriott hotels worked (even when they were not open to guests) to feed those worst-affected by Covid across India. Exclusive
Last year, Marriott distributed over 50,000 packed meals and over 60,000 packages of dry goods across the country. Nearly 50 Marriott hotels worked (even when they were not open to guests) to feed those worst-affected by Covid across India.

Stirring to action: How India’s embattled hotel industry has stepped up to help

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:16 PM IST
Even as they struggle to survive, the country’s hotels are pitching in on the frontlines, sending meals to doctors, nurses, cops and the needy.
Oonga (played by Raju Singh in the film) becomes obsessed with local stagings of the Ramayana. If good is destined to win against evil, he reasons, couldn’t he harness it and save his village from losing land to industrialisation and lives to the conflict between Naxals and government forces? Exclusive
Oonga (played by Raju Singh in the film) becomes obsessed with local stagings of the Ramayana. If good is destined to win against evil, he reasons, couldn’t he harness it and save his village from losing land to industrialisation and lives to the conflict between Naxals and government forces?

From film to book, Devashish Makhija’s Oonga is a moral with a story

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:16 PM IST
The 2013 film — about a young Adivasi boy’s bid to see good win over evil in his village — received critical acclaim around the world, but never had a commercial release in India. Now, Makhija has turned the story into a young adult novel of the same name, hoping it will finally be heard.
Oonga, published by Tulika Books, was released in February 2021. Exclusive
Oonga, published by Tulika Books, was released in February 2021.

Read an excerpt from Devashish Makhija’s book, Oonga

By Devashish Makhija
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:17 PM IST
The story, based on the 2013 film of the same name, follows a young Adivasi boy who becomes obsessed with local stagings of the Ramayana. If good is destined to win against evil, he reasons, couldn’t he harness it and save his Odisha village from losing land to industrialisation and lives to the conflict between Naxals and government forces?
Vikas Temani, founder and business head of Paul and Mike, is disrupting India’s chocolate market with homegrown cacao beans and bars that feature unusual combinations of flavours. (Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times) Exclusive
Vikas Temani, founder and business head of Paul and Mike, is disrupting India’s chocolate market with homegrown cacao beans and bars that feature unusual combinations of flavours. (Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

Sweet success: How a chocolate brand from Kochi made India proud globally

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Paul And Mike, a three-year-old brand, is helmed by Vikas Temani, a man with no confectionery background. And yet it ended up winning silver at the International Chocolate Awards last month, Their backstory is hot and a little sweet.
Netherland's forward Memphis Depay shoots as he is challenged by Austria's defender Aleksandar Dragovic during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group C football match. (AFP) Exclusive
Netherland's forward Memphis Depay shoots as he is challenged by Austria's defender Aleksandar Dragovic during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group C football match. (AFP)

Euro 2020: In orange, Memphis Depay relives Lyon life

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 11:16 PM IST
Holland coach Frank de Boer has helped the Dutch striker replicate his club form. He helped his team in the Euro 2020 game against Austria
Locals lineup their boats at Assi Ghat at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. (HT archive) Exclusive
Locals lineup their boats at Assi Ghat at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. (HT archive)

Indian cities need river-sensitive master plans

By Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and Victor R Shinde
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 06:28 PM IST
Last week, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) released the draft Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2041 for public review. The plan generated a lot of excitement in the media and among the citizens
Assam chief minister Himanta BiswaSarma has emphasised the need to explore areas of cooperation with Bangladesh. (File photo) Exclusive
Assam chief minister Himanta BiswaSarma has emphasised the need to explore areas of cooperation with Bangladesh. (File photo)

Paradiplomacy: The possibilities, and challenges, of Assam-Bangladesh relations

By Subhrangshu Pratim Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 06:06 PM IST
Foreign policy is conventionally seem as the exclusive domain of the sovereign State, while paradiplomacy is the common term used when referring to regional or sub-national governments conducting international engagements
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, France's President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Queen Elizabeth attend a drinks reception on the sidelines of the G7 summit, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Britain, on June 11. (File photo) Exclusive
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, France's President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Queen Elizabeth attend a drinks reception on the sidelines of the G7 summit, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Britain, on June 11. (File photo)

The G7 deal on minimum corporate tax is flawed

By Ashish Goel and Shilpa Goel
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 05:50 PM IST
According to the US and G7 countries, subjecting companies to a minimum tax rate on a country-by-country basis will end the “race to the bottom” on corporate tax rates, and disincentivise base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) practices. But, the proposal is not as straightforward as it seems
Regional cancer centre of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma PGIMS, at Rohtak, Haryana. (HT archive) Exclusive
Regional cancer centre of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma PGIMS, at Rohtak, Haryana. (HT archive)

Can India leverage data to conquer cancer?

By Binay Panda
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 05:45 PM IST
Comparing science funding between the US and India is a non-starter. India’s gross expenditure on research and development (R&D) is roughly 1.25 lakh crore or less than $20 billion, and accounts for 0.65% of its GDP
Representational Image. (File photo) Exclusive
Representational Image. (File photo)

HT Editorial: The real spoiler in Kabul

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 04:39 PM IST
Pakistan exports terror and props up Taliban. Its accusations against India are baseless. It has no business in deciding, or even having a view on, what is an acceptable degree of Indian presence in Afghanistan. This is between Delhi and Kabul
US Vice President Kamala Harris an Indian-American, had made a personal pitch speaking of her relatives still in India. This would have been unimaginable a year ago with vice president Mike Pence, or five years ago with even vice president Biden. (File photo) Exclusive
US Vice President Kamala Harris an Indian-American, had made a personal pitch speaking of her relatives still in India. This would have been unimaginable a year ago with vice president Mike Pence, or five years ago with even vice president Biden. (File photo)

When Indian-Americans shape Washington policy and politics

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 04:28 PM IST
President Joe Biden’s administration has more Indian-Americans in the White House and in Senate-confirmed positions across federal agencies than any administration in the past — 70 appointed or nominated officials, according to Indiaspora, a leading advocacy group for the community
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