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I agree with Khushwant Singh that only professional medical practitioners should bear the title 'doctor' (Time to coin another word for scholars, With Malice Towards One And All, May 22).
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2011 12:24 AM IST

Honorary doctorates are a prescription for confusion
I agree with Khushwant Singh that only professional medical practitioners should bear the title 'doctor' (Time to coin another word for scholars, With Malice Towards One And All, May 22). The system of bestowing honorary doctorate degrees on politicians, actors and celebrities should be done away with.
Shaikh Rahat Jahan, via email

Going with the whole six yards
The article The female gaze (Focus, May 22) made for interesting reading. Though all the 'powerful' women politicians of India mentioned have distinct working styles, they, apart from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, have one thing in common: all of them wear simple saris to maintain a traditional image. Could this be a strategy to connect with the masses?
Vasudevan, Airoli, Navi Mumbai

Things are not looking UP for a Rahul-led Congress
This refers to the article Rahul Gandhi, the serial (Chanakya, May 22). Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati is a shrewd politician. Over the years, she has mastered the art of appeasing all the communities in the state. Rahul Gandhi, in comparison, lacks political experience and knowledge. He is not yet a mass leader. The Congress needs someone who can be projected as an alternative to Mayawati in the 2012 polls. As Chankaya rightly says, it's impossible for Gandhi to win the confidence of the people of UP in such a short time.
BM Singh, Amritsar

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Gandhi's entry into UP politics won't make any difference to the Congress. The people of UP must realise that every political party puts its own interests above public welfare. They shouldn't let any party take advantage of them and must vote for the one which promises to take note of their concerns.
Dilip Tetarbe, via email

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It would be wrong to call Rahul Gandhi a politician. If he had even an iota of political wisdom, he wouldn't have let the BJP win in Andhra Pradesh. He also made a blunder by referring to VS Achuthanandan's age just before the recent assembly polls in Kerala. Winning the UP polls, or even improving the party's performance in the state, will be an uphill task for a Rahul-led Congress.
Bhartendu Sood, via email

Making no mistakes here
This refers to Manas Chakravarty's article The Indo-Pak letters (Loose Canon, May 22). The series of goof-ups in India's list of most-wanted fugitives to Pakistan highlights the incompetence of our security agencies and questions their credibility. The mistakes have brought embarrassment to India. What is more, home minister P Chidambaram tried to shirk his ministry's responsibility by blaming the Mumbai police and the Intelligence Bureau.
Shaikh Mohammed Zaid, Mumbai

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Chakravarty's take on the home ministry's mistake was refreshingly new. From calling Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai as Hamid Halwai or wishing 'happy Pongal' to the Pakistan home minister, the entire article was rib-tickling.
Jitendra G Kothari, via email

All eyes on the government
Congratulations to the Hindustan Times for the survey on the UPA government's performance (Mid-term blues, People's Verdict, May 22). People are keeping a sharp eye on the ups and downs of the government, which has largely failed to deliver. Such awareness among people is important to ensure politicians don't take voters for granted.
MPS Chadha, Chandigarh

Homing in on perks
I agree with Karan Thapar that our politicians, unlike their British counterparts, hold on to official accommodation and cars even after their terms have ended (Resident experts, Sunday Sentiments, May 22). The same holds true for bureaucrats. Don't we know about the 'VIP culture' where 'influential people' can break laws and get away with it?
RK Kapoor, Chandigarh.

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Ranchi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav being taken for his ultrasound at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), in Ranchi, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI23-12-2020_000246B)(PTI)

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Priyanka Chopra, Adarsh Gourav and Rajkummar Rao in a still from 'The White Tiger'. (SOURCED).

Delhi HC refuses to stay Netflix premiere of ‘The White Tiger’

By Richa banka
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:43 PM IST
  • Hours before the release of the movie based on the Booker Prize winning novel of the same name written by Aravind Adiga, the court dismissed an urgent plea to injunct the makers and Netflix from premiering the movie.
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The Allahabad High Court had granted bail Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife Tazeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam Khan in a case of alleged forgery of Abdullah's birth certificate(HT FILE PHOTO)
The Allahabad High Court had granted bail Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife Tazeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam Khan in a case of alleged forgery of Abdullah's birth certificate(HT FILE PHOTO)

SC upholds bail for Azam Khan, wife and son in forgery case

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:12 PM IST
  • The Supreme Court dismissed the Uttar Pradesh government's appeal as it noted that the order was limited to grant of bail.
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Fishermen sitting at a demonstration site during a protest against the killing of four fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, in Rameswaram on Thursday (ANI Photo)
Fishermen sitting at a demonstration site during a protest against the killing of four fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, in Rameswaram on Thursday (ANI Photo)

India lodges protest after fishermen die in crash with Sri Lankan naval craft

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:50 PM IST
  • India expressed “deep anguish at the loss of lives” and emphasised the need to deal with issues related to fishermen in a humanitarian manner.
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The Bengal government also appealed to people through televised advertisements to blow conch shells at 12.15 pm, the time of Bose’s birth in 1897. Both the Centre and the state have decided to organise various programmes till Bose’s 125th birthday next year. (HT FILE PHOTO).
The Bengal government also appealed to people through televised advertisements to blow conch shells at 12.15 pm, the time of Bose’s birth in 1897. Both the Centre and the state have decided to organise various programmes till Bose’s 125th birthday next year. (HT FILE PHOTO).

On eve of PM Modi’s visit, TMC, BJP face-off in Bengal over Netaji’s birthday

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  • Despite the TMC and the Left parties’ demand that January 23 be declared a national holiday and designated after the names they had chosen, the Modi government declared on January 19 that the day will be celebrated as Parakram Diwas.
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WhatsApp has assured that they do not expand its ability to share user data with its parent company Facebook and is working to address the "misinformation" that was being spread about its privacy norms.(MINT_PRINT)
WhatsApp has assured that they do not expand its ability to share user data with its parent company Facebook and is working to address the "misinformation" that was being spread about its privacy norms.(MINT_PRINT)

WhatsApp thanks Parliamentary committee after meeting on data privacy

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:30 PM IST
The committee met the officials of Twitter and Facebook to hear their views on safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social and online news media platforms.
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WhatsApp had earlier this month begun asking its 2 billion users worldwide to accept an update of its privacy policy if they want to keep using the popular messaging app.(HT Photo)
WhatsApp had earlier this month begun asking its 2 billion users worldwide to accept an update of its privacy policy if they want to keep using the popular messaging app.(HT Photo)

Parliamentary panel members concerned over WhatsApp's proposed privacy policy

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:24 PM IST
WhatsApp representatives who appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology said the proposed changes are aimed at bringing in more transparency and the chat and calls on platform still remain end-to-end encrypted, some of the members said.
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A Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, US. (Reuters Photo)(REUTERS)
A Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, US. (Reuters Photo)(REUTERS)

Twitter to restart giving blue ticks from January 22: All you need to know

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:20 PM IST
In 2017, the micro-blogging platform stopped its verification programme saying it felt arbitrary and confusing to many people.
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VK Sasikala was tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday(PTI FILE PHOTO)
VK Sasikala was tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Expelled AIADMK leader Sasikala tests positive for Covid-19, shifted to ICU

Written by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:31 PM IST
"She tested positive for Covid-19 but there are no other complications and her oxygen saturation is around 98 per cent," said Dr K Ramesh Krishna, medical superintendent at Victoria Hospital.
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Many session sites saw an upswing in the number of vaccinations which boosted the overall percentage.(ANI)
Many session sites saw an upswing in the number of vaccinations which boosted the overall percentage.(ANI)

Vaccination percentage rises in Bihar after govt allows on-the-spot shots

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:08 PM IST
  • The government has allowed on-the-spot administration of the vaccine from among the beneficiaries already enrolled on the Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) portal, if those listed at a vaccination centre for the day did not turn up.
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Army chief General Naravane has said the Covid-19 pandemic had exposed the fragility of global supply chains and self-reliance was the only way to insulate the military from such disruptions. (PTI PHOTO).
Army chief General Naravane has said the Covid-19 pandemic had exposed the fragility of global supply chains and self-reliance was the only way to insulate the military from such disruptions. (PTI PHOTO).

Lagging a little in military modernisation compared to adversaries: Army Chief

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:58 PM IST
  • General Naravane said dependence on imported military hardware could create vulnerabilities during a crisis, and self-reliance in the defence sector was a “strategic necessity”.
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Health workers wait at PMCH ahead of the Covid -19 vaccination drive, in Patna on January 16.(ANI)
Health workers wait at PMCH ahead of the Covid -19 vaccination drive, in Patna on January 16.(ANI)

Names of 800 healthcare workers go missing from Co-WIN portal in Bihar

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  • The NMCH administration claimed it had sent the list of nearly 800 health care workers and 1,400 hospital staff to Patna civil surgeon last December, but names of those from the in medical college were missing from the Co-Win portal
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On Thursday, the Jagannath Temple administration waived off the requirement of a Covid-19 negative report for devotees, but made wearing of masks mandatory for those entering the shrine. (HT FILE PHOTO).(HT File Photo)
On Thursday, the Jagannath Temple administration waived off the requirement of a Covid-19 negative report for devotees, but made wearing of masks mandatory for those entering the shrine. (HT FILE PHOTO).(HT File Photo)

Puri’s Jagannath Temple administrators seek early vaccination for priests, staff

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:24 PM IST
  • Odisha on Thursday exceeded its target of Covid-19 vaccination by inoculating 44,880 frontline health workers against an aim of 37,076 as vaccinators in 20 of the 30 districts managed to surpass the target.
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File photo of Rajiv Gandhi(HT Photo )

Decision on release of Rajiv Gandhi killers in a month, Supreme Court told

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:44 PM IST
This comes as a significant development just months ahead of Tamil Nadu’s assembly elections slated for April-May.
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Jayant Khobragade, an officer of the 1995 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, is currently serving as a joint secretary in the external affairs ministry. (HT FILE PHOTO).
Jayant Khobragade, an officer of the 1995 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, is currently serving as a joint secretary in the external affairs ministry. (HT FILE PHOTO).

Jayant Khobragade named India's next envoy to ASEAN secretariat

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:25 PM IST
  • India first posted a dedicated ambassador to ASEAN in 2014 following the elevation of ties between the two sides to a strategic partnership and in view of growing cooperation in areas ranging from security to trade.
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