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Disqualification of legislators: The law and its implementation

A Gujarat court on Thursday convicted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case and sentenced him to jail for two years

Disqualification of legislators: The law and its implementation
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 11:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number theory: Tracking how housing in India is transforming

Had the 2021 census been conducted, there would be a comprehensive database on the number of houses and amenities associated with them up to 2021

The MIS was conducted in 2020-21 and has recorded information on houses which have been built or bought after March 2014. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 11:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Would’ve achieved excise revenue target if policy was not hampered: Gahlot

The completion of many of the projects involved MCD (which was then ruled by the BJP), and we did not get its cooperation. We will take up the projects with the MCD again, Gahlot says.

Delhi finance minister Kailash Gahlot. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 11:42 AM IST
By, Alok KN Mishra

Scientifically Speaking | Could drunk mice help people get sober quicker?

To understand how a hormone made in the liver called FGF21 helps the brain deal with the effects of alcohol, researchers at the University of Texas-Southwestern turned to mice. Here's what they found:

People engage in social drinking in many cultures, but it isn’t immediately obvious why digestive enzymes would’ve evolved to break down alcohol in the first place in our animal ancestors. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:44 PM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

Sacred Spirit Festival 2023: A river of music that washed away my inner debris

From Manganiyar musicians, Carnatic vocalists, Mongolian throat singers and Uzbek dancers to Bauls and famous players of the Mohan veena, the Sacred Spirit Festival 2023 was an aural feast

A morning concert by the Jaswant Thada Lake at Sacred Spirit Festival 2023. (Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Bling Ping Motion Pictures)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 08:40 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

IPL and the unrealistic hope of workload management

IPL's proximity to another world final has everyone wondering about player fatigue. Is Indian cricket dealing with it any better than in the past?

Mohammad Shami of Gujarat Titans celebrates with his captain Hardik Pandya(PTI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 12:30 PM IST

India needs a free and fair CAG appointment process

If free and fair elections are the backbone of a democracy, an independent audit system is crucial for a country’s financial hygiene and ensuring that the process of State welfare delivery is error-free.

The CAG’s Duties, Power and Conditions of Service Act, 1971, defines the duties and powers of the top official. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 08:29 PM IST
ByAnupam Kulshreshtha

A familiar, pitiful response by the UK to anti-India crimes

After every anti-India attack, the political establishment and the Metropolitan Police of London promised that protesters would not be allowed in the vicinity of the building the next time, and yet lacked the courage to stop a similar strike

There are some striking similarities between these incidents and the response of the UK government, the Metropolitan Police of London, and police in Leicester. (AP)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 08:17 PM IST
ByVijay Chauthaiwale

Two takeaways from the Surat court’s order

The verdict may open the debate on criminal defamation, and impact political speeches

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Surat district court. (PTI)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:07 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Khalistani groups overreach in the US

The violence Khalistani groups have resorted to in the US marks an overreach that is likely to come back to hurt the pro-Khalistan groups for three reasons.

The turn to violence punctures any moral high ground Khalistani groups may have hoped to claim within the US polity. (AP)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:05 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The controversy roiling Parliament is contrived

The insistence of BJP leaders that Rahul Gandhi must apologise for questioning India on foreign soil brings back memories of Indira Gandhi’s ‘foreign hand’ conspiracy theory during the Emergency. This reflects poorly on India as it aims to be a vishwaguru

The controversy helps deflect attention from any embarrassment the Modi government may face and reopens cleavages within the Opposition because not all are enamoured with Rahul Gandhi’s whimsical leadership style. (PTI)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:00 PM IST

Excerpt: Life and Legend of Bhagat Singh by Chaman Lal

On the 102nd anniversary of the colonial government’s execution of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, this extract looks at the reaction across the country to the hanging

Bhagat Singh (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 12:49 PM IST
ByChaman Lal

How India’s first women boxing world champs landed the big punches

As the women's boxing world championships enters its business end in Delhi, India's first global champions in the spot go on a nostalgia trip.

Lekha, Jenny, Mary Kom and Sarita Devi pose with their medals at the 2006 world women's boxing championships held in New Delhi.(Getty)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 10:37 AM IST
ByAvishek Roy, New Delhi

Delhiwale: Chelmsford lives

On a city avenue

Delhiwale: Chelmsford lives
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 12:37 PM IST

Not possible to predict ‘big quake’: What geologists said

On Wednesday, NCS released a preliminary report of Tuesday night’s earthquake. The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan 988km NW of Delhi, and at a depth of 156km.

*People gather after a building tilts following an earthquake, at Shakarpur area in New Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 12:38 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi and Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

Pakistan’s perfect storm: An economic crisis meets a political one

Pakistan’s news cycle has shifted from bailout negotiations with the IMF to pitched battles between former prime minister Imran Khan’s supporters and security forces

Data from Gallup Pakistan, an affiliate of a global survey research agency, shows that Imran Khan enjoys majority support across the country in the latest public poll held in the first 20 days of February. (AP)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 12:34 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Uphold dignity in death penalty

The State must administer death sentences in a just and dignified way. Exploring more humane ways to execute it can be a first step

This debate has played out at various levels across the world, but which, in India, has been muted. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 07:51 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

India must develop a scientific temper

Traditional wisdom is important. But it must be checked for superstition and misconceptions. In a country where the Constitution makes it a duty to develop the spirit of inquiry, experts must battle misinformation

We need to articulate the boundaries of scientific possibilities during collaborations, revisit them frequently, and consider new knowledge (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Cities can lead the way on climate transformation

A climate-resilient urban transition will underpin and accelerate India’s development into a larger, more productive and inclusive economy

Effectively integrating blue, green, and grey infrastructure in urban areas can help in adaptation and mitigation (ht archives)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 08:54 PM IST
ByAromar Revi

Macron scripts a narrow win on pension reform, but jury on legacy still out

Macron may have scripted his political survival for now, but his quest for legacy will be decided by the reaction from the streets, which remains unpredictable

People stage a protest against the retirement bill in Paris, Monday, March 20, 2023 (AP)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 07:38 PM IST

Xi-Putin talks hint at new tests for India

The joint statement after the summit indicated that the road ahead for New Delhi to build a consensus on key issues may be rough

Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21, 2023 (AFP)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 07:38 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

World Water Day: Accelerating change to solve the water crisis

Water is an indispensable resource for existence and we must protect these natural resources for the well-being of humanity and thefuture of the planet

The World Water Day (WWD) has been observed on March 22 every year since 1993. WWD is a reminder about importance of sustainability of water use and provides us with an occasion to think of actionable insights to tackle the global water crisis. About 2.2 billion people in the world are deprived of access to safe water. (AP)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 01:42 PM IST
ByDr Konda Reddy Chavva

Balance energy needs with climate action

Focus on channelling greater finance at lower costs, building resilience, securing clean sources of energy, and bringing this transition closer to people. As G20 president, India is uniquely placed to do this

The largest polluters and economies have a responsibility — not just because of the actions of the past but also for what we build in the future. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 01:12 PM IST

The Has Beens: Chronicling India-Australia cricket ‘before history’

The 75 years of cricket between the countries was celebrated during the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series. Megan Ponsford’s book brings alive a tour that brought together cricketers from the two countries 13 years earlier

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese, Australian skipper Steven Smith and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma during a ceremony celebrating 75 years of friendship with Australia and India(ANI/ PIB)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 08:31 PM IST
BySharda Ugra

Learnings from the Ukraine battlefield for armed forces

There are six key takeaways for India from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Indian armed services, especially the Indian Army, has its task cut out.

The armed forces must invest in armour, missile and artillery capabilities and apply emerging technologies not as substitutes but as enablers of these firepower-intensive capabilities. (AP)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:35 PM IST

A strong partnership to lead the way on water security

Israel, a global leader in water management, is working closely with India. As Israel and India complete 30 years of full diplomatic relations, the two countries can jointly lead the way for sustainable development to establish state-of-the-art solutions for the entire world.

One of the main areas affected by the climate crisis is the global rainfall cycle, resulting in less rain, more droughts, and extreme rain events. (Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 08:07 PM IST
ByNaor Gilon

India’s best friend in Asia

Fumio Kishida’s visit to India and his vision of the Indo-Pacific is good news for the region

If the late Shinzo Abe engineered a paradigm shift by placing India at the centre of its engagement in the region, Fumio Kishida has taken it forward, as seen in the Japanese PM’s visit to India this week. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:17 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A climate wake-up call for the world

While the science of the new IPCC report is not new, this document connects the dots of the crisis and provides a road map for the world to tackle it.

The report’s narrative is clear: Humans are altering the climate and natural systems in unprecedented ways. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:15 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Essay: Of avian romance in the Capital

From the loud anthem of the brown-headed barbet to the frenetic dance of the purple sunbird, love is in the air for Delhi’s birds

Purple sunbirds (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 06:18 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Behind the police crackdown on Amritpal’s outfit

Since Saturday, there has been an internet shutdown in Punjab, and flag marches by police in multiple cities and villages.

Punjab police personnel walk in front of house of Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh at village Jallupur Khera, Amritsar.
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 02:59 PM IST
ByRavinder Vasudeva and Neeraj Chauhan
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