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Do PLFS numbers underestimate the pain of lockdown?

  • The PLFS survey covers the July-June period rather than a fiscal or calendar year. So, when NSO released the 2019-20 PLFS report last month, this was supposed to be the first official record of what happened to labour markets during last year’s lockdown.
PLFS numbers are released in two formats: quarterly reports give employment numbers for urban India and the annual report is a more comprehensive account of the employment situation in both rural and urban markets.(File)
PLFS numbers are released in two formats: quarterly reports give employment numbers for urban India and the annual report is a more comprehensive account of the employment situation in both rural and urban markets.(File)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 05:11 AM IST
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ByIshan Anand, Anjana Thampi, New Delhi

Unusual dry spell driving up deficit, discomfort: IMD

  • August has seen poor rain across India: a 33% overall deficiency in rainfall; a 51% deficiency over central India; a 22% deficiency over northwest India; a 37.7% deficiency over peninsular India; and a 5% deficiency over east and north-east India.
A man washes his face to cope with the heat at Safdarjung flyover, in New Delhi(ANI Photo)
A man washes his face to cope with the heat at Safdarjung flyover, in New Delhi(ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 05:11 AM IST
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BySoumya Pillai, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Action against Opposition MPs for ruckus in RS unlikely soon

Venkaiah Naidu has started seeking legal consultation on possible action that can be taken against opposition MPs who allegedly disrupted House proceedings, damaged property and manhandled marshals on the last day of the monsoon session
Opposition MPs create uproar in Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of parliament, in New Delhi on August 11. (ANI)
Opposition MPs create uproar in Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of parliament, in New Delhi on August 11. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 05:09 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Tokyo show stokes optimism for India's 4x400m men's relay team

At Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, the setting was different, and so was the order. For the first time in any international competition of his career, Jacob was running the anchor leg—the final stretch that could potentially make or break a relay. Jacob feared a repeat of the CWG nightmare.
India's 4x400m men's relay team
India's 4x400m men's relay team
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 12:00 AM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta, Avishek Roy, Mumbai, New Delhi

Extensive planning, Afghan locals’ help eased evacuation

The threat perception for the convoy was high, especially following reports that “rogue elements” and Pakistani terrorists from groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani Network were present alongside the Taliban in Kabul.
ITBP commandos arrive at Hindan Air Force Station after Indian Air Force's effort for safe evacuation from crisis-hit Afghanistan, in Ghaziabad, Tuesday (PTI)
ITBP commandos arrive at Hindan Air Force Station after Indian Air Force's effort for safe evacuation from crisis-hit Afghanistan, in Ghaziabad, Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 12:07 AM IST
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ByRezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Centre must shed its ambiguity on Pegasus

The Centre is tying itself up in knots to evade the central question in this case — did the government of India procure Pegasus, and did it authorise its use?
Israeli company NSO Group is known for its Pegasus spyware for surveillance. (Shutterstock)
Israeli company NSO Group is known for its Pegasus spyware for surveillance. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 04:33 PM IST
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ByHT Editorial

Afghanistan will shape international norms

If the US is not willing to step up to protect minority, women and human rights, and can leave Afghans at the mercy of a brutal regime which has a record of rights violations, it will be hard for Washington to justify its intervention elsewhere in the future on these principles
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport on August 16, trying to flee Taliban’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. (AFP)
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport on August 16, trying to flee Taliban’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 04:25 PM IST
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In Kabul, the centrality of Pakistan

The presence of erstwhile leaders of the Northern Alliance in Islamabad is a stark reflection of current geopolitical realities
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard as people enter Pakistan through a border crossing point, in Chaman, Pakistan, Tuesday. (AP)
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard as people enter Pakistan through a border crossing point, in Chaman, Pakistan, Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 04:39 PM IST
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ByVivek Katju

Meghalaya: When two wrongs don’t make a right

While the police operation itself must be condemned for the excessive use of force during the raid, the violence, arson and mayhem that followed are counterproductive, and thereby, a disservice to the cause
A police vehicle vandalised by miscreants after the death of banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) former leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew, during a search operation at his house for his suspected involvement in an IED blast incident, in Shillong. (PTI)
A police vehicle vandalised by miscreants after the death of banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) former leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew, during a search operation at his house for his suspected involvement in an IED blast incident, in Shillong. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 02:56 PM IST
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ByJade Lyngdoh

In promotion policies for the military, keep politics out

Civilian oversight in military promotions is part of the current promotion template and has its utility in review and redress where required, for there have been aberrations. However, allowing “merit” to become a euphemism for a political endorsement could be a slippery slope
Soldiers from the armed forces march during Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, August 15, 2021. (Representational image/AP)
Soldiers from the armed forces march during Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, August 15, 2021. (Representational image/AP)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 02:45 PM IST
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ByC Uday Bhaskar

Why India must not abandon Afghanistan again

For India, which pledged more than $3 billion in development assistance since 2001 and accrued a huge amount of goodwill, Afghanistan is now a dramatically transformed terrain
Traffic jam and crowds seen near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan on August 16. (Representational image/via REUTERS)
Traffic jam and crowds seen near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan on August 16. (Representational image/via REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 12:14 PM IST
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ByShanthie Mariet D’Souza

JNU proposes to set up medical college, super-speciality hospital

An official document to be placed at University’s apex academic council (AC) on Tuesday proposes the creation of a medical school and a 500-bed hospital offering super speciality treatment, including critical services in cardiology, organ transplant, neurology, and pulmonology, along which “non-conventional departments” with 50% faculty posts reserved for scientists.
The University proposes to establish the school and the hospital on a 25-acre land available at its campus and will offer undergraduate, and postgraduate courses in all the disciplines.(File photo)
The University proposes to establish the school and the hospital on a 25-acre land available at its campus and will offer undergraduate, and postgraduate courses in all the disciplines.(File photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 09:07 AM IST
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ByFareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Four-pronged pace attacks keeps India soaring in Lord's Test

  • The Indian seamers responded with the ball, getting all 20 wickets, and also weighing in with the bat in this Test.
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates taking the final wicket of England's James Anderson to win the game during day five of the Second Test match at Lord's, London, Monday Aug. 16, 2021. (AP)
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates taking the final wicket of England's James Anderson to win the game during day five of the Second Test match at Lord's, London, Monday Aug. 16, 2021. (AP)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 07:31 AM IST
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ByRasesh Mandani

Despite issues, city’s free Wi-Fi scheme is still a hit

  • Over the last one week, HT interviewed several users of the service. Most of them have smartphones with data packs for internet service and they often use the government’s Wi-Fi over and above the service they pay for.
Khushi, a Class 9 student, attends her online class using the free Wi-Fi facility provided by the Delhi government at Mayapuri. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Khushi, a Class 9 student, attends her online class using the free Wi-Fi facility provided by the Delhi government at Mayapuri. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 07:02 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Dey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Implications of US move for the world

  • Many commentators have written that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is primarily driven by domestic political-economic concerns, even if they undermine its self-proclaimed role as the vanguard of liberalism and democracy.
A US army soldier stands guard as Afghans wait to leave from the airport in Kabul(AFP)
A US army soldier stands guard as Afghans wait to leave from the airport in Kabul(AFP)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 04:52 AM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Centre mulls single law to supervise all media

  • New law will draw elements from the Cable TV Network Act, Cinematograph Act, Press Council Act, and the new it rules, an official said.
The new law may have been borne from the realisation that while print media has the Press Council, digital news media does not have a corresponding body.(HT Archive)
The new law may have been borne from the realisation that while print media has the Press Council, digital news media does not have a corresponding body.(HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 04:56 AM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Maoism affected districts down to 70 for the first time: MHA

Only 25 districts in eight states are now categorised as ‘most affected’, while Uttar Pradesh is now free of Maoism, according to the home ministry’s revised list
Jharkhand police commandos take part in the mock drill of counter insurgency with Maoist during the inaugural function of ’17th Jharkhand state police duty meet’ at JAP -1 ground in Ranchi on February 10, 2020. (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Jharkhand police commandos take part in the mock drill of counter insurgency with Maoist during the inaugural function of ’17th Jharkhand state police duty meet’ at JAP -1 ground in Ranchi on February 10, 2020. (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 07:24 AM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Democracy cannot be held to ransom, Oppn not playing its part’

‘The opposition knows that the business is conducted as per the business of the advisory committee’s decision. After that, there is an informal outreach as well’
Union minister Bhupender Yadav. (HT archive)
Union minister Bhupender Yadav. (HT archive)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 10:29 AM IST
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Safe for now but Afghans in Delhi lament a ‘future destroyed’

Besides Afghans on a medical visa, long-time refugees in the country too are distressed as the Taliban’s rapid ascent to power has extinguished whatever little hopes they had of returning to their homeland.
Refugees at Afghan Colony, Lajpat Nagar-2, on Monday. Several AFghan nationals reached the Capital over the last few days. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Refugees at Afghan Colony, Lajpat Nagar-2, on Monday. Several AFghan nationals reached the Capital over the last few days. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 06:50 AM IST
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BySadia Akhtar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Expert panel to review requests for 3 vaccines

On top of the review list will be Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila’s emergency use authorisation application for its Covid-19 vaccine, ZyCoV-D.
Beneficiaries wait to receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a special camp in Bikaner on August 12. (PTI)
Beneficiaries wait to receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a special camp in Bikaner on August 12. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 04:54 AM IST
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ByRhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In perspective: What the pandemic says about our ability to fight climate crisis

To understand how the pandemic relates to climate requires us to look at certain overlapping behavioural science factors that have been linked to our inability to make the required, rational choices needed to address both these crises — climate change and the pandemic
Representational image. (AFP)
Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:48 PM IST
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High on Son and Haaland after first day shows in Europe

  • Premier League contenders start with big wins as do Barca and Real in Spain
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates.(REUTERS)
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 16, 2021 06:21 PM IST
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30 years ago, the world discovered the web. And life changed

The events that led to the development of the web, received little fanfare then, but would increasingly be mentioned with these epochal events in the digital age
World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee. (REUTERS File)
World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee. (REUTERS File)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:46 PM IST
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ByAnil K Antony

Weren’t sure will be able to bring back stranded Indians: AI Kabul flight crew

Air India flight number 243 took off on time, a little after noon, Sunday, but the ground reality changed in just the two hours that the plane took to reach Afghanistan airspace. Just as the crew prepared for landing and the pilots tried to coordinate with Air Traffic Control, it got no reply
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:03 PM IST
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Over 80 Afghan cadets training at IMA worry about situation back home

IMA public relations officer, Lt Col Himani Pant, meanwhile, said the training academy has not received any communication from the Afghan authorities till Monday following the developments in their country
An Afghan National Army officer (centre) celebrates during the passing out parade at IMA, Dehradun. (HT File photo)
An Afghan National Army officer (centre) celebrates during the passing out parade at IMA, Dehradun. (HT File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:24 PM IST
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From India, a note of concern about South Africa

That Nelson Mandela’s rainbow nation should have to experience a dance of death with fire — spewed from petrol bombs — being its chosen weapon, is not something that the world expected
Members of the military patrol through the streets of Alexandra township as the country deploys the army to quell unrest linked to the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
Members of the military patrol through the streets of Alexandra township as the country deploys the army to quell unrest linked to the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 05:00 PM IST
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The fall of Afghanistan

The United States has lost. The US exit was understandable. But the way it was managed is unpardonable.The Inter-Services Intelligence has won. And India stares at a crisis
Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan, on August 14. (Reuters)
Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan, on August 14. (Reuters)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 04:49 PM IST
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As Nibri crosses 100, reading the economic signals

There are three key takeaways of Nibri crossing 100 in the week of August 15. One, vaccinations are crucial to restore economic activity. Two, partial lockdowns are preferable to blanket lockdowns from an economic point of view, and three, that this should not make us complacent
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 04:38 PM IST
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Young Indians distrust China, Pakistan; rate pandemic, economy as big challenges

The Observer Research Foundation first conceptualised the foreign policy survey last year to build on the existing strand of polling research in India. In December 2020, the poll sampled 2,037 Indians aged 18-35 from 14 cities
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 04:34 PM IST
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ByHarsh V Pant and Aarshi Tirkey

In Afghanistan, the limits of Indian power

The biggest losers are Afghans. India couldn’t have changed the dynamic and must calmly assess the outcome
Taliban fighters patrol inside the city of Kandahar province southwest of Afghanistan on Sunday, August 15. (File photo)
Taliban fighters patrol inside the city of Kandahar province southwest of Afghanistan on Sunday, August 15. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 03:43 PM IST
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