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Why the developed world must be net-negative by 2050

NDCs need to be revised, and in an upward direction by all countries, more so the developed world, which also needs to meet its commitments on climate finance
Net-zero by 2050 by all countries individually seeks to bury the basic climate burden-sharing principle of differentiation (Kunal Patil / HT Archive)
Net-zero by 2050 by all countries individually seeks to bury the basic climate burden-sharing principle of differentiation (Kunal Patil / HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:29 PM IST
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By Manjeev Singh Puri and Shailly Kedia

Why the malaria vaccine breakthrough in Africa is historic

While not perfect, the vaccine is among the biggest steps forward in the fight against malaria espeically in Africa, home to most of the world’s 200 million-plus cases and 400,000 deaths per year
These are some of the poorest countries, where the vector for the disease — mosquitoes — are hard to contain due to endemic hygiene issues (AP)
These are some of the poorest countries, where the vector for the disease — mosquitoes — are hard to contain due to endemic hygiene issues (AP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 06:13 PM IST
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Three months later, what have India’s new Cabinet ministers been up to?

Three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile Cabinet reshuffle saw the appointment of several new ministers, Hindustan Times tracks some of the key new faces and their activities in their new roles.
President Ram Nath Kovind, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah at the the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, July 7 (PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah at the the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, July 7 (PTI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 01:55 PM IST
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By HT Correspondents

In Uttarakhand, when a project destroys a village

On the morning of September 22, 200 policemen and three bulldozers appeared on the horizon, and bulldozed 16 houses, to acquire their land for the Vishnugad-Pipalkoti 444 MW hydroproject
Today, their own district of Chamoli, with its unprecedented glacial avalanche earlier this year, whose flood waters reached right up to Vishnugad – Pipalkoti and destroyed HEP’s just upstream of it (PTI)
Today, their own district of Chamoli, with its unprecedented glacial avalanche earlier this year, whose flood waters reached right up to Vishnugad – Pipalkoti and destroyed HEP’s just upstream of it (PTI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 12:12 PM IST
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By Priyadarshini Patel

A new deal on caste: The battle over reservations in promotions

For a nation to progress, caste is important to eradicate. But its perpetuation is also beneficial to many powerful communities
The Supreme Court is currently hearing a bunch of petitions on the policy of reservation in promotions for SC/STs in government jobs (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court is currently hearing a bunch of petitions on the policy of reservation in promotions for SC/STs in government jobs (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 11:53 AM IST
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Are your home or office private security guards trained? Probably not

Unlicensed agencies and their reluctance to invest; RWAs and their desire to avoid paying minimum wages; and governments and their lack of oversight are contributory factors
Talk to guards across Delhi and most of them will tell you that they have not undergone training as prescribed under the law (Representative Image) (AFP)
Talk to guards across Delhi and most of them will tell you that they have not undergone training as prescribed under the law (Representative Image) (AFP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 11:40 AM IST
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MS Dhoni: Not of old, but a saviour nonetheless

Even when he has hit a lean patch with the bat, the CSK skipper shows he can still come out and deliver at crucial junctures.
CSK captain MS Dhoni(iplt20.com)
CSK captain MS Dhoni(iplt20.com)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 11:01 PM IST
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By Somshuvra Laha, Kolkata

It's substance over statistics for India women's football coach Thomas Dennerby

India have beaten UAE and Bahrain and will face Chinese Taipei this week in the ongoing exposure to Bahrain.
Thomas Dennerby(Twitter)
Thomas Dennerby(Twitter)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:10 PM IST
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By Rajesh Pansare, Mumbai

Max Verstappen takes on the might of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes in F1 title chase

The young Dutchman has regained the lead in the 2021 championship with six races left and could well upstage the British seven-time champion this time.
Max Verstappen: File photo(Twitter/MaxVerstappen)
Max Verstappen: File photo(Twitter/MaxVerstappen)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:00 PM IST
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By Sandip Sikdar, New Delhi

Simi Singh, from Punjab, realising cricket dreams with Ireland

The player, who migrated from India after his career failed to take off at junior level, now wants to help his adopted team qualify for the T20 World Cup Super 12.
Simi Singh aka Simranjit Singh
Simi Singh aka Simranjit Singh
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 09:54 PM IST
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By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh

Why David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens won the Nobel Prize in economics

The prize this year is unique in the sense that it is awarded both for “methodological contributions” and applied work. The broad theme that unites their work is the use of “natural experiments” to answer important economic questions
Economists are often interested in the causal effects of policies. A “naive” way of finding the causal effects is just looking at the association between two phenomena (via REUTERS)
Economists are often interested in the causal effects of policies. A “naive” way of finding the causal effects is just looking at the association between two phenomena (via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 08:24 PM IST
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By Anand Shrivastava and Avinash Tripathi

The collective complicity for AQ Khan

The notion that Khan operated a rogue proliferation network is useful fiction. His death leaves many questions unanswered
The irony is that Khan’s technological contributions were often failures. Iran abandoned Khan’s secondhand P-1 centrifuges because they proved faulty, while North Korea forsook that method, remaining reliant on plutonium. China continued its struggles with centrifuges in the 1980s until it received assistance from Russia. (REUTERS)
The irony is that Khan’s technological contributions were often failures. Iran abandoned Khan’s secondhand P-1 centrifuges because they proved faulty, while North Korea forsook that method, remaining reliant on plutonium. China continued its struggles with centrifuges in the 1980s until it received assistance from Russia. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 06:49 PM IST
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By Dhruva Jaishankar

In Perspective | Whistle-blower Haugen’s critique of Facebook, and the way out

Facebook engagement-based algorithms and its financial incentives are at the heart of the damage it’s causing and must be regulated; the company’s trove of data needs to be opened to outside researchers; and there is unanimity among American lawmakers that regulation is necessary
Former Facebook employee and whistle-blower Frances Haugen testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing entitled 'Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower' on Capitol Hill, in Washington, October 5, 2021 (REUTERS)
Former Facebook employee and whistle-blower Frances Haugen testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing entitled 'Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower' on Capitol Hill, in Washington, October 5, 2021 (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 05:01 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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By HT Editorial

India must find its way back into trade arrangements

How can India address the ongoing changes in trading relationships as well as broader changes in the global landscape? Instead of being reactive, it could be more proactive and forward-looking, such as in building economic alliances that leverage the links between trade and investment.
As India watches, Southeast Asian countries are signing free trade agreements (FTAs), improving market access and creating conditions for deepening their already strong integration with global value chains (HTPHOTO)
As India watches, Southeast Asian countries are signing free trade agreements (FTAs), improving market access and creating conditions for deepening their already strong integration with global value chains (HTPHOTO)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 03:10 PM IST
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By Sanjay Kathuria, TG Srinivasan and Prachi Agarwal

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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Decoding China’s recent aggression vis-a-vis Taiwan

Chinese air and maritime incursions into Taiwanese territory is not a new phenomenon. China has been militarily coercing Taiwan since the 1990s. This has particularly been the case since Taiwan went through a democratic transition process.
In an article published on October 5, Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen stated, “If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic”. Her rather alarming statement was in the context of a recent surge in the number of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) encroachments into Taiwan’s southwestern Air Defence Identification Zone (AP)
In an article published on October 5, Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen stated, “If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic”. Her rather alarming statement was in the context of a recent surge in the number of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) encroachments into Taiwan’s southwestern Air Defence Identification Zone (AP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 03:10 PM IST
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By Sana Hashmi

Covid, NEP created a world of blended learning in Delhi’s schools. Will it last?

Taking lessons from the pandemic, NEP policy advocated for preparing schools “with alternative modes of quality education” to prepare schools across the country for any situation similar to the pandemic
One of the major hurdles in dealing with blended learning has been student participation – particularly when half the students are studying online and the other half are studying in the classrooms (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
One of the major hurdles in dealing with blended learning has been student participation – particularly when half the students are studying online and the other half are studying in the classrooms (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 11:40 AM IST
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In Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand, the politics of tribal identity sharpens

Two years after it came to power, Hemant Soren has displayed political initiative with his clear focus on tribal identity-based politics — but this political initiative itself is now possibly generating friction, both within his alliance and with the opposition
Soon after taking over the reins of power in December 2019, Soren said that in his second term as CM, he wanted to give Jharkhand the direction it needed to fulfil the objectives with which the tribal-dominated state was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000. (PTI)
Soon after taking over the reins of power in December 2019, Soren said that in his second term as CM, he wanted to give Jharkhand the direction it needed to fulfil the objectives with which the tribal-dominated state was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 11:08 AM IST
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Congress shouldn’t get carried away by Lakhimpur Kheri. Fix structural issues

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra enthused the cadre and sent a message. But having a clear chain of command in Delhi and resolving factionalism in Punjab and Rajasthan are essential for the party
Even the fissures embodied by reformists in the party’s central architecture seemed to be on the mend (PTI)
Even the fissures embodied by reformists in the party’s central architecture seemed to be on the mend (PTI)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 10:25 AM IST
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By Vinod Sharma

Glasgow: The science, the policy landscape, and the (absence of) action

Sharma and Kerry have suggested that India should enhance its NDC and make larger commitments to bring down CO2 emissions drastically so that, globally, the 1.5 degree goal can be kept alive
Do per capita carbon emissions have a role to play in deciding climate action being taken by countries? (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Do per capita carbon emissions have a role to play in deciding climate action being taken by countries? (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 11:27 AM IST
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By Jayashree Nandi

By 2025, India can have 200 unicorns. Here is how

Today, India is the third largest start-up ecosystem globally by number of start-ups, with more than 15,000 start-ups opening shop in 2020, up from 5000 in 2010
For unicorns and decacorns, as they look to scale further, access to private funds would be increasingly difficult given their ultra-high valuations, forcing them to turn to public markets (Shutterstock)
For unicorns and decacorns, as they look to scale further, access to private funds would be increasingly difficult given their ultra-high valuations, forcing them to turn to public markets (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 09:52 AM IST
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By Vikash Jain, Shaleen Sinha, and Vaibhav Malhotra

The karma of teams and the battle of brands

Top IPL teams have the X-factor that sets them apart. Their players walk into a match high on confidence, convinced they are ahead of others.
IPL Trophy(IPL / Twitter)
IPL Trophy(IPL / Twitter)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 08:48 PM IST
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By Amrit Mathur

Mumbai in the margins as India cheers the Tokyo hockey high

Once abuzz with top hockey teams and players, the metro today presents a sad picture with the sport’s ecosystem having crumbled while the nation’s Olympic hopes have been revived.
Mumbai in the margins as India cheers the Tokyo hockey high
Mumbai in the margins as India cheers the Tokyo hockey high
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 08:39 PM IST
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By Rutvick Mehta

LAC and the India-China stalemate

LAC is fragile, and India has to deal with a more complex geopolitical situation than in October 1962
Almost six decades after the war of October 1962, India and China are yet to arrive at a modus vivendi on an intractable territorial issue, which, at its core, is a manifestation of major power contestation within the Asian grid (AFP)
Almost six decades after the war of October 1962, India and China are yet to arrive at a modus vivendi on an intractable territorial issue, which, at its core, is a manifestation of major power contestation within the Asian grid (AFP)
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 07:38 PM IST
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By C Uday Bhaskar

DU’s absurd cutoffs reflect a systemic failure. Design better admission methods

For about 10 of the 94 courses in DU’s colleges, the cutoff in the first list this year was a perfect 100%.
It runs the risk of allowing only the entry of students from elite schools and well-to-do families (Hindustan Times)
It runs the risk of allowing only the entry of students from elite schools and well-to-do families (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 07:25 PM IST
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By Chandrachur Singh

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 IPL trends: Virat Kohli confidence dip, home players over imported talent

  • Every IPL season throws up new trends, discoveries and a subtle evolution of T20 cricket. This season in the UAE leg, these were the major takeaways for me.
The IPL trends: Virat Kohli confidence dip, home players over imported talent(RCB/Twitter)
The IPL trends: Virat Kohli confidence dip, home players over imported talent(RCB/Twitter)
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 07:46 AM IST
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By Sanjay Manjrekar

My target is to play the Asian Cup, says Bala Devi

Recovering from ACL surgery, the India striker knows it is a long shot but then so was playing for Rangers.
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 10:23 PM IST
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By Dhiman Sarkar, Kolkata
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