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Scientifically Speaking | The boy who felt no pain

In all cases, those who feel no pain have had to adjust to a world containing sharp edges, hard objects, and hot liquids. They’ve endured fractures, chewed off lips and tongues, bruises, cuts, and burns. Not feeling pain is extremely dangerous, since pain has a protective purpose
L0043853 Fakirs Sandals Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Fakirs are religious mendicantswho achieve spiritual enlightenment through control of their physical sensations. These sandals have iron spikes in their soles. Popular imagery of fakirs shows them lying on beds of nails or walking on hot coals. Years of practice and meditation are needed in order to master these abilities. 1871-1920 Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
L0043853 Fakirs Sandals Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Fakirs are religious mendicantswho achieve spiritual enlightenment through control of their physical sensations. These sandals have iron spikes in their soles. Popular imagery of fakirs shows them lying on beds of nails or walking on hot coals. Years of practice and meditation are needed in order to master these abilities. 1871-1920 Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Updated on Sep 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST
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ByAnirban Mahapatra

For Kohli, the next two matches are about legacy

  • After low-to-modest run-scoring over a protracted period, Kohli needs to reinvigorate his reputation as one of the most dazzling batsmen in contemporary cricket.
India's captain Virat Kohli walks off the field after losing his wicket during the fourth day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli walks off the field after losing his wicket during the fourth day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 09:50 PM IST
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ByCricketwallah/Ayaz Memon

Number Theory: How did corporate India perform in the June quarter?

In addition to the GDP numbers, another question is worth asking. How did the second wave of Covid-19 affect corporate India?
Given the fact that India’s GDP contracted by 24.4% in the quarter ending June 2020, this also means that output is still not back to pre-pandemic levels.
Given the fact that India’s GDP contracted by 24.4% in the quarter ending June 2020, this also means that output is still not back to pre-pandemic levels.
Updated on Sep 01, 2021 04:54 AM IST
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ByVineet Sachdev

Root’s defend-attack tactics throw a big challenge to India’s support bowlers

  • The England captain has scored a century in each of the three Tests and is in great form going into the Oval Test with the series tied 1-1.
Joe Root’s defend-attack tactics throw a big challenge to India’s support bowlers(Reuters)
Joe Root’s defend-attack tactics throw a big challenge to India’s support bowlers(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 08:18 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Time for Rishabh Pant to trust his defence more

  • The India wicket-keeper was expected to bolster the batting at No. 6 but hasn't hit a fifty in five innings in the Test series against England
Time for Rishabh Pant to trust his defence more(ANI)
Time for Rishabh Pant to trust his defence more(ANI)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 08:04 PM IST
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ByRasesh Mandani, Mumbai

R Ashwin the big question ahead of the Oval Test

Spinners have shone at the Oval and India may have to give the off-spinner his first game to bolster the bowling in the fourth Test against England.
Ravichandran Ashwin(HT_PRINT)
Ravichandran Ashwin(HT_PRINT)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 07:55 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Lessons for India from Kerala’s Covid experience

Localised lockdowns, stringent restrictions, and an effective containment policy are needed to sharply reduce the number of cases. If Kerala is unable to do so, it is because the state doesn’t have adequate restrictions; it is ineffective at monitoring even; and people are not self-isolating when they test positive
People wearing masks as a precaution against Covid-19 wait to board buses as others walk in Kochi, Kerala. (AP File)
People wearing masks as a precaution against Covid-19 wait to board buses as others walk in Kochi, Kerala. (AP File)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 06:35 PM IST
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ByHT Editorial

CAA is inadequate and flawed. Devise a new refugee policy, set up a commission

The Government of India should act promptly and come up with a refugee law that supports the people of Afghanistan and promotes India’s reputation as a champion of human rights. A policy that addresses Indian concerns and, at the same time, offers respite to refugees is the need of the hour
The people of Afghanistan have historically enjoyed a good relationship with India. Several Afghan students are enrolled in universities across the country. At a time of crisis, they must be treated with dignity. They shouldn’t have to wait at the mercy of an ad hoc policy that discriminates on the basis of religion. (HT archive)
The people of Afghanistan have historically enjoyed a good relationship with India. Several Afghan students are enrolled in universities across the country. At a time of crisis, they must be treated with dignity. They shouldn’t have to wait at the mercy of an ad hoc policy that discriminates on the basis of religion. (HT archive)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 04:48 PM IST
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ByGaurav Gogoi

As states roll out NEP, address its twin deficits

States must comprehensively address both the glaring omissions of NEP — pay special attention to provide all Muslim students with 15 years of quality school education and strengthen the standards of English in regional-medium schools. Both are critical to any agenda for transformational educational reform
More than 20% of all Indian students, which comes to roughly 50 million students, are attending low-cost private and government English-medium schools. (HT Archive)
More than 20% of all Indian students, which comes to roughly 50 million students, are attending low-cost private and government English-medium schools. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 04:49 PM IST
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ByJohn Kurrien

Hindutva is Hindu modernity

Hindutva emerged as a response to imperialism, re-imagined the past and dreamt of a modern democratic State
The main intellectual challenge for Hindus was to justify their existence as a society. Who were they? Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Jat, Brahmins, Ahirs, Pasi, Rajputs, Vokkaligas? The coming together of various pagan traditions under the umbrella of Hinduism is a centuries-old process. But Hindutva consolidated it by welding Hindus into a political community and as a nation by emphasising the commonalities of a highly diverse Hindu society. (Shutterstock)
The main intellectual challenge for Hindus was to justify their existence as a society. Who were they? Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Jat, Brahmins, Ahirs, Pasi, Rajputs, Vokkaligas? The coming together of various pagan traditions under the umbrella of Hinduism is a centuries-old process. But Hindutva consolidated it by welding Hindus into a political community and as a nation by emphasising the commonalities of a highly diverse Hindu society. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 06:38 PM IST
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ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

The political battle over reforms

The farm groups are attempting to weave a wider narrative to collaborate with the Opposition, trade unions, and others. All of this makes it even more important for the government to stay the course on reforms, but with sensitivity, not high-handedness.
Farmers block Zirakpur-Shimla highway at Chandimander toll plaza while protesting against the new farm laws, in Panchkula, Haryana on August 28. (HT photo)
Farmers block Zirakpur-Shimla highway at Chandimander toll plaza while protesting against the new farm laws, in Panchkula, Haryana on August 28. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 03:59 PM IST
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Virat’s front foot play is making him graft more, even against average bowlers

  • Virat Kohli has been out of form, but he hasn’t looked as unconvincing as Pujara and Rahane have while being out of form.
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, bats during the third day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, bats during the third day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)(AP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 07:57 PM IST
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BySanjay Manjrekar

The uncertain future of India’s economic relationship with Afghanistan

The forceful capture of power in Afghanistan by the Taliban has halted all reconstruction and development works undertaken by India in the country for almost two decades
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said in March,“long-term commitment towards a peaceful, sovereign, stable and inclusive Afghanistan where the rights of all sections of the society are protected within a democratic constitutional framework.” (File photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said in March,“long-term commitment towards a peaceful, sovereign, stable and inclusive Afghanistan where the rights of all sections of the society are protected within a democratic constitutional framework.” (File photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 06:25 PM IST
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ByRajeev Jayaswal

With a climate action plan, Mumbai shows the way

The plan will focus on six areas — waste management, sustainable mobility, clean energy, urban floods and water management, urban green cover and biodiversity, and air quality
Commuters walk on the flooded railway track near Tilak Nagar station in Mumbai in July. Mumbai is one of the most vulnerable cities to the climate crisis-induced hazards such as sea-level rise, storm surge and urban flooding. These extreme weather events are only going to increase in the future. (HT Archive)
Commuters walk on the flooded railway track near Tilak Nagar station in Mumbai in July. Mumbai is one of the most vulnerable cities to the climate crisis-induced hazards such as sea-level rise, storm surge and urban flooding. These extreme weather events are only going to increase in the future. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 06:52 PM IST
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In Perspective: India’s big bet on drones

Last week, India’s civil aviation ministry notified new rules covering drones — the second time that regulations were updated this year itself. Citing feedback from several quarters, the government said the rules published in March were seen as being restrictive
Representational Image. (Shutterstock)
Representational Image. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 06:26 PM IST
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Afghanistan: The significance of August 31

In history books, August 15 — the day the Taliban took over Kabul — will overshadow August 31 — the date set by United States (US) President Joe Biden for the final withdrawal of the US military presence in Afghanistan
A US Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul on August 30, 2021. (AFP)
A US Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul on August 30, 2021. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 06:23 PM IST
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ByHT Editorial

Asset monetisation holds the key to value creation in infrastructure

In order to give the needed fillip to the monetisation initiative, three aspects need concerted efforts and interventions — a relentless focus on implementation; developing brownfield models and frameworks; and driving the states and partnering with them in undertaking monetisation in a structured manner
India has made massive strides in creating a mesh of infrastructure in recent years. For most sectors, this has been driven by public funding. Today, India holds one of the largest brownfield stocks of fixed assets in the world. (HT Archive)
India has made massive strides in creating a mesh of infrastructure in recent years. For most sectors, this has been driven by public funding. Today, India holds one of the largest brownfield stocks of fixed assets in the world. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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ByAmitabh Kant

Gail Omvedt, the truth-seeking sociologist

A bilingual activist-scholar who lived and wrote within the confines (and possibilities) of a middle-caste peasant household in rural Maharashtra, Omvedt stood away from the glitters of Delhi-centric academic practice. Her writings embodied a permanent protest site outside Indian sociology — always critical and satyashodhak
Researcher, author and Dalit rights activist Gail Omvedt passed away on August 25. She was 81. (Source: Krantivir via Wikimedia Commons)
Researcher, author and Dalit rights activist Gail Omvedt passed away on August 25. She was 81. (Source: Krantivir via Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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ByAsha Singh and Nidhin Donald

India is failing its Afghan friends

The absence of an asylum and evacuation system to protect partners in conflict zones is extracting costs
Hundreds of people gather near a checkpoint at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 25, 2021. In Afghanistan, India invested over a billion dollars to build a democratic State. None of this would have been possible without Afghan partners. From Kabul to Kandahar, India deployed paramilitary forces that relied on locals for support and security. (AP)
Hundreds of people gather near a checkpoint at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 25, 2021. In Afghanistan, India invested over a billion dollars to build a democratic State. None of this would have been possible without Afghan partners. From Kabul to Kandahar, India deployed paramilitary forces that relied on locals for support and security. (AP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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ByConstantino Xavier

Chhattisgarh: The inside story of the Bhupesh Baghel-TS Singh Deo battle

Saddled by a two-and-a-half year arrangement at the top of their minds, the relationship between chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singh Deo, now health minister, has never mended
TS Singh Deo (left) and Bhupesh Baghel. (PTI File)
TS Singh Deo (left) and Bhupesh Baghel. (PTI File)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 03:42 PM IST
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ByDipankar Ghose

Dindori: As district gets added to India’s Maoist map, what it means for State

In July this year, the Union home ministry revised its list of districts affected by Left Wing Extremism across the country, bringing them down from 90 to 70. The only addition, Madhya Pradesh’s Dindori
Dhurkuta village , the biggest bazaar of Baiga Chak. (Ritesh Mishra/HT photo)
Dhurkuta village , the biggest bazaar of Baiga Chak. (Ritesh Mishra/HT photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 10:34 AM IST
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Reeling Arsenal can find inspiration in a 2011 hammering

  • The Gunners have not only lost their first three matches of the Premier League season, they have also failed to score in any of them, which is a first in the famous club’s history
Reeling Arsenal can find inspiration in a 2011 hammering(AP)
Reeling Arsenal can find inspiration in a 2011 hammering(AP)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 11:48 PM IST
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Asian youth boxing: Chamoli’s gold adds lustre to a humble Chandigarh family

  • When Chandigarh pugilist Rohit Chamoli finally called to inform his father that he had won gold with a 3-2 points decision, Jai Prakash, who had been jobless for seven months during the lockdown, had tears in his eyes but immensely proud
Asian youth boxing: Chamoli’s gold adds lustre to a humble Chandigarh family(PTI)
Asian youth boxing: Chamoli’s gold adds lustre to a humble Chandigarh family(PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 10:11 PM IST
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My focus on mental work paid off, says Paralympic TT silver medalist Bhavina

  • The player from Gujarat is the first medallist for India at the Tokyo Paralympics
My focus on mental work paid off, says Paralympic TT silver medalist Bhavina(PTI)
My focus on mental work paid off, says Paralympic TT silver medalist Bhavina(PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:46 PM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

Virat Kohli: Old habits die hard

  • The India skipper had tweaked his stance to successfully counter the swinging ball on the 2018 England tour but the chinks have resurfaced to cause Kohli problems in this series.
India captain Virat Kohli(ANI)
India captain Virat Kohli(ANI)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

The dawn of the Djokovic Era

  • This US Open will be all about the Serbia world No. 1—will he win a rare Calendar Slam as well as go clear as the most successful men’s Grand Slam champion
The dawn of the Novak Djokovic Era(AP)
The dawn of the Novak Djokovic Era(AP)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:43 PM IST
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The India story is back. But it needs courage and perseverance

The rollback of the tax legislation was one of the most positive signals New Delhi has sent to investors in a long while
2030 is less than a decade away. It may take a bit longer than that to achieve true leadership in the world (Shutterstock)
2030 is less than a decade away. It may take a bit longer than that to achieve true leadership in the world (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:05 PM IST
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ByFrank F Islam

The real crisis in PSUs: Leadership

Instead of crippling the public sector and making false comparisons with the private sector, address organisational deficits
Banks and other PSUs are intended to be entities that contribute directly to economic production. To bind them, and then accuse them of not being competitive when compared to private sector entities, is unfair (ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)
Banks and other PSUs are intended to be entities that contribute directly to economic production. To bind them, and then accuse them of not being competitive when compared to private sector entities, is unfair (ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:05 PM IST
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ByM Damodaran

A leap in India’s vaccine drive

Single-shot coverage is above the global average. What is needed now, however, is building on this energy to enhance second-dose coverage
To grasp the importance of the second dose, one must understand how multiple-dose vaccines work (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
To grasp the importance of the second dose, one must understand how multiple-dose vaccines work (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:05 PM IST
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ByHT Editorial

India must pick the world’s best spinner, each time

India must pick R Ashwin — as long as he is fit. He has been repeatedly told he is not good enough to make the team.
There’s simply no other spinner in the world currently as good as Ashwin (AP)
There’s simply no other spinner in the world currently as good as Ashwin (AP)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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