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These sites make the most of their Unesco World Heritage tag

Around the world, sites that get the tag tend to immediately draw more visitors. With the increased attention comes a need to develop infrastructure, communicate better, prevent damage from overexposure. Here are five sites that have adapted to keep that balance.
The Al Ain Oasis in the UAE has been on the list since 2011 and has built several experience centres and museums while still keeping the site’s ancient structures intact. (Image courtesy Visit Abu Dhabi)
The Al Ain Oasis in the UAE has been on the list since 2011 and has built several experience centres and museums while still keeping the site’s ancient structures intact. (Image courtesy Visit Abu Dhabi)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 08:18 PM IST
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ByCherylann Mollan

Trail mix: Will these six Indian sites get on Unesco’s World Heritage list?

Marble cliffs, ancient burial sites, a tiger reserve, a temple complex, a string of forts and iconic ghats are vying for the prestigious tag. It promises fame, pride and a stream of tourists. But only if we can manage our treasures well.
These 100-ft-tall marble cliffs stretch along the Narmada for 8 km, ending in the Dhuandhar Falls in Madhya Pradesh.
These 100-ft-tall marble cliffs stretch along the Narmada for 8 km, ending in the Dhuandhar Falls in Madhya Pradesh.
Updated on Jul 24, 2021 03:37 PM IST
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ByCherylann Mollan

Table tennis taps into AI: India star Sharath ups the numbers game for Olympics

  • Days prior to that in the national camp for the Tokyo-bound paddlers Sharath, Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee in Sonepat, Sharath had his training sessions recorded.
File image of Sharath Kamal(Getty Images)
File image of Sharath Kamal(Getty Images)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 07:31 PM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta

Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom, mother courage

  • Sweat shining, Mary shrills in delight, takes a step back, presses the ticket against her forehead before kissing it. And then, with eyes growing wider, she points her still-taped hands to the ticket and exclaims: “For this only, so long, so long, long, long, I was working so hard."
Mary Kom(HT_PRINT)
Mary Kom(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 07:03 PM IST
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Acknowledge the brutality of the second wave

Passing the blame and writing a revisionist history of the summer — either by the Centre or states — is an affront to citizens who lived through the crisis and lost loved ones
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Representational image. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 03:52 PM IST
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Ensure justice, in the courts and beyond

The Pegasus revelation must be probed to reassure half this country’s citizens that justice is our constitutional right; that there is zero tolerance for the abuse of power; that we are not wrong to repose our faith in our highest court
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Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 03:45 PM IST
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Are you obstructing your own search for love?

There’s a common mistake that’s easy to fix, says Simran Mangharam. When visualising an ideal partner, list what you want, not what you abhor.
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Updated on Jul 23, 2021 03:33 PM IST
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BySimran Mangharam

Respond to Pegasus with responsibility, remedy, and reform

The mindset around the executive branch being beyond the law or any form of ethical reproach is now what the Indian Republic has to grapple with and confront in our pervasively digital present
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Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 04:54 PM IST
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ByRaman Jit Singh Chima

Recipes from royals: Inside the opulent Nepali Rana cuisine

Rohini Rana’s cookbook offers heirloom recipes from the kitchens of the erstwhile prime ministers to the Nepali king. There’s wild boar, antelope, pheasant, jungle fowl, and a feast of 84 dishes.
A typical Rana meal, served in silver thaal, includes two types of dal, vegetables, mutton korma, chara ko ras (chicken soup), a yogurt-based salad, pickles and rice.
A typical Rana meal, served in silver thaal, includes two types of dal, vegetables, mutton korma, chara ko ras (chicken soup), a yogurt-based salad, pickles and rice.
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 03:33 PM IST
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ByMelissa D’Costa

Meet Mumbai’s first photojournalist from the transgender hijra community

Freelancer Zoya Lobo’s images have appeared in publications across India and beyond. ‘I have a message. I want to take this chance to say there is nothing a trans person can’t do,’ she says.
‘I enjoy being a journalist. I love walking the streets purposefully with my camera,’ says Lobo. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
‘I enjoy being a journalist. I love walking the streets purposefully with my camera,’ says Lobo. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 03:36 PM IST
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Covid-19: The economy is recovering but will have to deal with inequality

While lockdowns per se might not be a threat anymore — unless there is a third wave — the economy might still have to deal with significant post Covid-19 complications. Ignoring these issues can prove to be costly in the long-term
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Representational image. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 01:56 PM IST
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Tokyo Olympics: It's a TV Games for fans in Japan

  • The Tokyo Organising Committee is holding the Olympics without spectators because of fear of Covid-19 infections.
The Japanese are splurging on new TV sets. (Getty Images)
The Japanese are splurging on new TV sets. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 11:37 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

Tokyo 2020: Can world record holder Mirabai Chanu live up to the expectations?

  • Since the disappointment of the Rio Games, Chanu has taken big strides in the sport and has firmly established herself as one of the medal contenders in the 49kg category at the Tokyo Olympics.
File image of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu.(Getty Images)
File image of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 11:29 PM IST
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ByBhargab Sarmah, Guwahati

Olympics: Uneasy build-up to unusual Tokyo opening show

  • With Covid cases rising in Tokyo, the Olympics doesn’t feel like a celebration. Yet. On Wednesday, there were 1,832 cases in Tokyo, a six-month high.
A photo of Kentaro Kobayashi is held up by Tokyo 2020 organisers. (Getty Images)
A photo of Kentaro Kobayashi is held up by Tokyo 2020 organisers. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 11:30 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

Olympics: China plan to take own special road to glory in Tokyo

  • If the opportunity comes for World No 7 PV Sindhu to face World No.2 Chen Yu Fei or World No. 8 He Bing Jiao, or Amit Panghal to fight Hu Jianguan in the ring, for the Indians, it may feel like facing an unknown opponent.
World No.2 Chen Yu Fei promises to be a serious threat to India's PV Sindhu. (Getty Images)
World No.2 Chen Yu Fei promises to be a serious threat to India's PV Sindhu. (Getty Images)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 09:44 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

It is the Olympics

While the challenge this time is greater, if the Tokyo bubble holds, the world and India will witness the human spirit at its finest
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Representational image. (AP)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 05:37 PM IST
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New age IPOs: Beware of the lurking gray rhinos

With the potential advent of a new class of investors post the Zomato IPO, we are now on the verge of creating an indigenous ecosystem with our own Alibabas and Amazons. A great hope prevails in the air despite obvious risks in the environment
Pixelated acronym IPO made from cubes, mosaic pattern
Pixelated acronym IPO made from cubes, mosaic pattern
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 05:37 PM IST
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ByPrabal Basu Roy

Fear, fraternity and cricket in tense Kabul

  • Video analyst for the last 12 years, Saurabh Walkar was in Kabul when Indian photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, was killed while covering the Afghan conflict.
Saurabh Walkar left for Kabul from New Delhi on July 9 and returned on July 18. (Saurabh Walker/Instagram)
Saurabh Walkar left for Kabul from New Delhi on July 9 and returned on July 18. (Saurabh Walker/Instagram)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 04:49 PM IST
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EU’s CBAM, US Carbon Tax undermine international climate and trade laws

The world needs innovative and collective solutions that can work for all; anything exclusionary will only be sub-optimal and ineffective
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Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 04:27 PM IST
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ByRV Anuradha

Pegasus must lead to legal reform and consensus on the harms of surveillance

The government’s response, so far, has been obfuscation. It has neither confirmed nor denied the allegations, while also insisting that surveillance in India has to be “legally authorised”
A smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israel's defence ministry. (Representational image/AFP)
A smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israel's defence ministry. (Representational image/AFP)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 03:35 PM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

Anti human trafficking Bill: Civil society recognises urgency, but has concerns

The new Bill expands the scope of the powers of the National Investigation Agency and goes on to add transgender persons to the list of trafficked persons apart from women and children
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Representational image. (Getty Images/Vetta)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 03:12 PM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj

New path to Olympic glory: Test, trace, isolate

While more than 11,000 athletes are going to be tested every day, availability of antigen test kits and collection of samples have become a cause of worry already as athletes from 206 different countries have begun to come into Tokyo.
A barge with the Olympic rings mounted on it floats in the water ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics(AP)
A barge with the Olympic rings mounted on it floats in the water ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics(AP)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 12:08 AM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

Abhinav Bindra touch in Afghan shooter’s Tokyo dream

Mahdi will be one of just five Afghans going to Tokyo. Previously, he’d found a way to cope with the Olympic postponement
Afghanistan shooter Mahdi(Team Afghanistan / Twitter)
Afghanistan shooter Mahdi(Team Afghanistan / Twitter)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 10:37 AM IST
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BySharda Ugra

If it was cupping in Rio, it's blood flow restriction in Tokyo

When the greatest athletes from around the world--following the most cutting-edge and varied training and recovery methods in existence--come together, expect revelations. If it was cups in Rio, it is blood-flow restricting bands in Tokyo.
Olympic rings in Tokyo: File Photo(Twitter)
Olympic rings in Tokyo: File Photo(Twitter)
Published on Jul 21, 2021 10:55 PM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta, New Delhi

In Afghanistan, how India missed the bus

India is in the midst of frantic efforts to avoid such a scenario. Since it is ill-placed to halt the Taliban, it has reportedly reached out to the insurgents to open a line of communication with the probable new rulers.
As the Taliban captures district after district, the fall of Kabul looks imminent, unless the United States (US) and the international community realise the folly of surrendering the country to the insurgents (AFP)
As the Taliban captures district after district, the fall of Kabul looks imminent, unless the United States (US) and the international community realise the folly of surrendering the country to the insurgents (AFP)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:30 AM IST
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ByShanthie Mariet D’Souza

The increasing threat of lightning strikes

Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning strikes (usually in the pre-monsoon and monsoon months) are the single largest killers among natural disasters in India, according to the National Disaster Management Authority
India is certain to see a spike in lightning mortalities in the future (HT Photo/Burhaan Kinu)
India is certain to see a spike in lightning mortalities in the future (HT Photo/Burhaan Kinu)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:30 AM IST
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The Congress in Punjab

Imposing a power-sharing formula, despite chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s concerns, is a risky strategy
It is an open secret that Mr Sidhu’s sources of strength were Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI)
It is an open secret that Mr Sidhu’s sources of strength were Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:31 AM IST
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Tokyo's heart missing from Olympics

  • The airport itself wore a weary and deserted look--rows of empty seats, no big banners. To be sure, one reason behind the well-organized process in place was to ensure the airport did not get crowded. Still, it seemed eerily discomforting for one of the busiest airports in the world to be so quiet.
A woman wearing a protective mask walks with an umbrella to shield from the sun walks in front of a Tokyo 2020 display at Tokyo Metropolitan government building at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Tokyo(AP)
A woman wearing a protective mask walks with an umbrella to shield from the sun walks in front of a Tokyo 2020 display at Tokyo Metropolitan government building at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Tokyo(AP)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:31 AM IST
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ByAvishek Roy

Amit Panghal's opportunity to surpass who inspired him

  • It's the last few days of the preparatory camp before the boxers leave for Tokyo and world No 1 Amit Panghal is making the most of it.
Amit Panghal(Getty)
Amit Panghal(Getty)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:32 AM IST
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India-US trade relations need a reset. Dispel misperceptions, strike a new deal

Since 2016, the US administration has been increasingly undertaking trade actions against India, including tariff and non-tariff barriers and anti-dumping duties
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:25 AM IST
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ByJahanwi Singh and Neha Raman
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