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Hutong Cat | Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin: Friends with strategic benefits

Over the years, Xi and Putin seem to have developed a strong personal relationship seemingly enabling them to overcome some of the historical mistrust that has plagued Sino-Russia relations. This was evident in Xi's recent visit

Ice cream, friendship, two joint statements and not-much sympathy for Ukrainians were put on display for all to see during Xi’s March 20-22 visit to Moscow. (AFP)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 08:03 PM IST

Review: Trust by Hernan Diaz

Revisiting a novel that might have missed winning the 2022 Booker Prize but is sure to continue to say more each time you read it

New York’s Financial District in a photo taken from a US Army plane in 1920. (Everett Collection/Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 07:48 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Why the WPL was a special experience

Women’s cricket appeals to the aesthetic form with the bat and trajectory, loop, dip and swerve with the ball.

At the WPL, we discover again that the women’s cricket frequency operates via lower heating and decibel levels. What comes through is in no way less authentic.(BCCI)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 06:09 PM IST
BySharda Ugra

Problematics | Swimmers’ meetings and Asimov’s pretty numbers

This week, we have challenging puzzles, one involving speed and distance and the other, a list by Isaac Asimov, giving both our puzzles a touch of unusualness. Good luck!

Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 02:12 PM IST

Number theory: Understanding the new American banking crisis

A latest study published to the Social Science Research Network on March 13 estimated that the individual US banks' assets have lost an average of 10% of their market value during the Fed's rapid rate-hike campaign, with the bottom fifth percentile experiencing a decline of about 20%.

A security guard stands outside of the entrance of the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, California, U.S.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 01:50 PM IST

The story of Kabir Talwar: From clubbing tycoon to drug merchant

At a time when a Pakistan-backed syndicate was looking to push massive quantities of drugs stockpiled in Afghanistan during the Covid-19 pandemic, and amid uncertainty over Taliban’s takeover of the country, Delhi’s clubbing tycoon Harpeet Singh, alias Kabir Talwar, used the opportunity to smuggle drugs into India

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Updated on Mar 27, 2023 01:53 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Drafting a road map to bolster the pharma sector

The outcomes from the recent Chintan Shivir will set goals for improvement in the regulatory system, making it contemporary and helping take the pharmaceutical and allied industry to the next level of operation for the good of public health

The country also meets 60% of global vaccine demand and is a leading supplier of DPT, BCG and measles vaccines. (Saikat Paul)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 09:31 PM IST
ByRajeev Raghuvanshi

Safeguard the rights of interfaith couples

Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislative council that prima facie there was a design behind alleged cases of “love jihad” and announced that the state government was thinking of a legal solution for this.

This case is likely to stoke a raging row over interfaith marriage and conversion after the Kerala ‘love jihad’ controversy.(Representative photo)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:22 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Criminal defamation in India is anachronistic

The conviction of Rahul Gandhi has highlighted three issues with the law: The ease with which a person can file a criminal case, the vague definition of who can file such a complaint, and the consequent chilling effect on free speech in India

Rahul Gandhi’s case got a lot of attention because he is a prominent Opposition leader, but there are countless cases where the defamation law is being misused to settle personal scores or to intimidate a weaker party. (PTI)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:22 PM IST

Lessons from the US bank crisis

Take note of the implications for inflation targeting and the political dimension of economic policy

Bailing out banks by pumping in liquidity defeats the very purpose of monetary tightening by raising interest rates. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 09:20 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Why Tipu’s diverse legacy echoes in Karnataka today

Tipu’s legacy is mired in false dichotomies – patriot versus tyrant, secular versus fanatic, nationalist versus usurper – and provides a convenient distraction and an incendiary strategy to frame electoral choices.

Tipu’s legacy is mired in false dichotomies – patriot versus tyrant, secular versus fanatic, nationalist versus usurper – and provides a convenient distraction and an incendiary strategy to frame electoral choices. (Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 09:47 PM IST
ByRam Ganesh Kamatham

Cause and Effect | Is the world on the brink of multiple tipping points?

Tipping points are conditions or thresholds beyond which changes in the climate system become self-perpetuating and can lead to abrupt and irreversible impacts.

Steam rises from the coal-fired power plant near wind turbines Niederaussem, Germany, as the sun rises on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Germany cut its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 2% last year, beating previous estimates but still falling far short of the cuts needed to meet its medium-term climate goals. (AP Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 07:53 PM IST
ByTannu Jain

Green hydrogen holds great promise for India

Green hydrogen can overcome difficulties that other renewable electricity-generating technologies create. India has joined the race to develop a green hydrogen economy

India is still a coal consumer, but it unveiled the National Green Hydrogen Mission earlier this year. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:30 PM IST

On criticism, important advice from PM Modi

In an interview to Network18 in September 2016, by when he had been PM for over two years, Narendra Modi spoke about the need for analysis and criticism of governments and their work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai on Thursday,(ANI/ PIB)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:27 PM IST

Can a regional front put up a credible challenge to BJP?

With a year to go for the 2024 general election, regional parties are trying to forge a common platform. But internal contradictions, the Congress’s weaknesses and the BJP’s formidable machinery remain hurdles

For electoral success, it may be more prudent to look beyond the fog of Opposition unity to the head-to-head contests between the BJP and the Congress. Unless there is a perceptible shift in the dynamics of those seats, 2024 will be a tough battle for India’s Opposition. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:22 PM IST

Just Like That | Notes on the transcendental power of meditation

When the ceaseless activity of the brain is “blocked” by deep meditation, or in moments of deep surrender, or when the ego is stilled, there is another “Self” that transcends the normal flux of our brain activity.

Dear readers, is there not a reason why we should try, while still alive, to experience the bliss and awareness, that our mind is capable of? (Pixabay)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:01 PM IST

Book Box: How to Avert a Financial Collapse

Explore solutions to a crisis by understanding financial systems with these 6 books. And meet Ashish Chauhan, CEO of the National Stock Exchange, for a bookish conversation

Ashish Chauhan, CEO, NSE.
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 02:11 PM IST

The Art and Science of Fitness | 3 films, 1 message: Live life to the fullest

This week, I bring to you, dear readers, three films - "Your Day," "A Man Called Otto," and "The Professor" — and their themes of living life to the fullest, having fun, and finding purpose.

A Man Called Otto; Your Day; The Professor.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 05:37 PM IST

First Principles | How Indian telcos are cracking the 5G challenge

It appears that an altogether different business model may emerge out of India even after the recent hiccups faced by the Adani Group once poised to emerge as a significant player in the enterprise telecom space.

Indian telcos may just show the world how to work with tight-fisted customers and still make money. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 05:32 PM IST

You don’t mean that: Sadness is not depression, restlessness is not ADHD...

But you already knew that. See why these terms are everywhere, and trace the very valid history of semantic inflation.

Misuse terms such as OCD and ADHD enough, and you can start to put together an entirely inaccurate image of yourself. No layperson is qualified to make such judgements; even mental-health professionals would hesitate to self-diagnose. (Adobe stock)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:47 PM IST

Here’s an idea: Take a shower to spark a brainwave

Allowing the mind to wander has long been accepted as part of the answer to how inspiration works. Fresh research suggests that the degree of idleness is crucial too.

Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:43 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Why must we fight the good fight? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Altruism has always been difficult, so why did humans evolve to make room for it? Perhaps because selfishness offers dwindling returns, and would have made us a short-lived species.

In every version of himself, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) finds ways, and reasons, to be kind and good. This makes him the emotional pivot of Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:37 PM IST

I knew Kapil Sharma had it in him: Filmmaker Nandita Das, on Zwigato

The struggling food-app delivery worker Sharma plays is nothing like the funnyman we know. But he had done theatre and odd jobs; he was the common man before his TV stardom, says Das.

Sharma as Manas, a laid off factory-floor manager who finds his life unsettled further after he joins the gig economy. The film is now in theatres. It’s a tale about man and the algorithm, Das says.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:38 PM IST
ByKarishma Upadhyay

Five specific sins; seven treasures of a king: Words by the numbers in Asia

In this instalment of his monthly column, author Adam Jacot de Boinod hunts down quirky figures of speech from across a continent. Look out for Capital Letters every month.

Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:18 PM IST
ByAdam Jacot de Boinod

Review: One Way to Love by Andaleeb Wajid

In One Way to Love, the first novel of the Jasmine Villa series, the beautiful Tehzeeb Hasan marries the man she falls unexpectedly in love with and goes on to discover the complexities of marriage

Straight out of a rom-com: This could be Tehzeeb and Ayub falling in love over a meal. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:41 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Calculate, move, return to sender: The slow genius of correspondence chess

Before computers arrived, PB Dhanish waited for the mailman to deliver his opponents’ moves.

PB Dhanish, who is no longer an active player, is India's only international correspondence chess Grandmaster(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST

1st batch of Agniveers excited, prepared as training course ends next week

The Navy’s sprawling lakeside training facility, INS Chilka, is brimming with verve and cheer as the country’s first Agniveers are on the threshold of a challenging military career

The passing-out parade will feature 2,600 Agniveers, including more than 270 women. (Rahul Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Why Nikhat Zareen has the attention of the boxing world

Many international coaches feel Nikhat is a shoo-in for an Olympic medal

New Delhi: India's Nikhat Zareen reacts after winning her 48kg-50kg (Light Flyweight) category semifinals match against Colombia's Ingrit Valencia at the 2023 IBA Women's Boxing World Championships, in New Delhi, Thursday, March 23, 2023. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)(PTI03_23_2023_000207B)(PTI)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 09:43 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy

Terms of Trade | Should Rahul Gandhi take the two-year jail term?

Here’s a counter-intuitive take: Embracing the sentence will generate moral capital for the Gandhi family, burnish his anti-establishment credentials, create sympathy, and perhaps improve his party’s fortunes in 2024

This family always places its partisan interest on a higher pedestal than national interest and the BJP's biggest political contribution is to end this dynastic rule. (PTI)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:36 PM IST

Digital health tech is key to achieving health SDGs

The time to act is now. It is in our collective interest that digital health technologies are targeted to those countries and populations that are furthest behind.

The CoWIN platform enabled and smoothened the humongous task of vaccinating over one billion people against Covid-19. (Reuters)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:27 PM IST
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